Marty Albert, Naturalist & Manager – HICOP
Mount Nemo Scout Camp, Battlefields Council, Hamilton,ON
Marty joined Scouts Canada as a leader in 1996. Outside of Scouting, Marty has served as a Maple Syrup Interpreter at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph and as the manager of the Nature Centre at Terra Cotta Conservation Area. While working with Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Coordinating Office, he designed programs linking the Scouts Canada badge programs and Nature Watch Citizen Science Monitoring Protocols.
Marty presently serves as the lead Interpretive Naturalist and manager at the Hencher Interpretive Centre for Outdoor Program at Mount Nemo Scout Camp and continues to create and deliver new programs and activities connecting the natural sciences and the Scouts Canada badge program.
Christian Neilsen, Council Youth Commissioner
Saskatchewan, Regina, SK
Christian Nielsen currently enrolled as an engineering student at the University of Saskatchewan and has spent his formative years as a Cub Scout, Scout and as a Venturer Scout with groups within the Saskatchewan Council. Having served as an Activity Leader, a Scouter in Training, and as Area Youth Commissioner for Wascappelle Area he bring a wealth of knowledge to the committee. He currently is in his second year as Council Youth Commissioner for Saskatchewan Council and has spent many hours working with the national and provincial scouting youth networks, including time organizing and facilitating leadership training geared toward Scouts and Venturers. Recently Christian was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Stéphane Hogue, Deputy National Commissioner Camping
Stéphane Hogue, is a technical writer, photographer and explorer that never seems to spend enough time outdoors. His favourite places are the Canadian Rockies and the deserts of Utah. He loves organizing camps and activities, and one of his greatest joys is watching kids have fun. As a youth member of Scouts Canada, he earned his Chief Scout’s Award. As an adult member, he is a Scout leader. Stéphane lives in Hudson, Québec, with Scouter Karen and Scout Kyle.
John Edwards, DCC-Camps for Central Escarpment Council
John Edwards is retired from a career in Marketing with Nortel Networks. In Scouting, he has served as a Section Leader, Service Team, Trainer, District Commissioner, Council Commissioner and Treasurer, Provincial Council for Ontario. Contributions to Ontario Council included service as a Director and President of the Ontario Incorporated Body. John worked to accredit Blue Springs Scout Reserve as Scouts Canada’s fist WOSM- SCENES Centre. He continues to serve as a Deputy Council Commissioner – Camps, Central Escarpment Council and member of the National Property Committee.
Joseph Pepin, DCC-Properties for Quebec
Alex Killby began Scouting in London Ontario with frequent weekend camps to Scouts Canada’s nearby Camp Sylvan, and has been in love with the Scout Camp experience ever since. Having worked closely with the programming team during his time at Kandersteg International Scout Centre (SCENES), Alex has gained a true appreciation for the unique programming potential at each camp brought on by an opportunity to learn about, protect, and engage youth with the local ecosystem. Alex is excited to be a member of the Scouts Canada SCENES Committee, and looks forward to the important task of realizing the ecological potential of each of our beautiful camps across Canada.
Gennesse Walker-Scace, Assistant National Youth Commissioner for Central Canada
Gennesse Walker-Scace is currently the Assistant National Youth Commissioner for Central Canada. She has been a member of Scouts Canada since 2003, when she joined the 1st Victoria Harbour Cub Pack. Adventures in Scouting have played a monumental role in her life throughout grade school as a member of the Wye Marsh Scouts, Venturer Scouts and 4th Midland Company. The Wye Marsh is an education and wildlife rehabilitation centre and while in the Scouting group Gennesse worked learned about environmental stewardship while teaching members of the public about conservation. In secondary school she earned a Specialist High Skills Major in the environment, building upon her already strong sense of stewardship.
Upon graduation from secondary school the skills she learned in Scouting inspired her to enroll in Carleton University’s interdisciplinary Public Affairs and Policy Management degree program where she is learning how to write public policy for a changing Canadian landscape.
Now living in Ottawa, Gennesse is treasurer of the Rideau Area River Crew and is a Beaver Leader with a local colony. Her role as Assistant National Youth Commissioner provides her the pleasure to meet young-people from across Ontario and Quebec to capture their energy and ideas to further the scouting movement in Canada. She has enjoyed many memorable weekends at Mount Nemo Scout Camp, and is looking forward to applying her knowledge of Scouting and environmental education as a member of the SCENES Committee.