Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette
Governor General of Canada
Chair of the Board
Richard has been involved with Scouts since he was 8, having been a Cub, Scout, Venture Scout and Assistant Leader in the UK, where he earned the Queen’s Scout Award. Since 2012 he has been active as a Beaver Scouter and a Cub Scouter with 85th Old Mill (Toronto): he currently has a son and daughter in Cubs and another daughter in Beavers. Richard joined the Board of Scouts Canada in 2016.
Professionally, Richard is Head of Business Solutions at RBC Ventures. He has worked on four continents and across multiple industries, with spells in financial services, retail, venture capital and consulting. Richard is active as a skier and marathon runner and enjoys fencing. He lives with his family in Toronto, where he is a committed Toronto FC fan.
Vice Chair of the Board — Strategic
Adam first joined Scouting at the age of 5 in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland joining a local Beaver colony where friendships were formed that continue today. He continued in Cubs and briefly Scouts before re-joining the organization as a Rover in a crew committed to growing community safety in Mount Pearl. In 2009 Adam was asked to join the Scouts Canada leadership team as part of the Chief Commissioners Task Force for Growth, he was actively involved in the national Scouting movement in various roles until 2014. Adam received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was honored with Scouts Canada’s Silver Acorn Award in 2014.
Adam’s personal adventure and professional career has taken him across Canada and around and the world. Living in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario has given Adam insight into Scouting across Canada.
Adam currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Tanya and their two four-legged friends.
Vice Chair of the Board – Finance
Kerri Onken is a Charted Profession Account (CPA) working for the District of Mission in British Columbia. While in Mission, she served as vice-president for the Canadian Union of Public Employees before moving into the Deputy Treasurer/Collect position. After graduating from the Certified General Accountant (CGA) program, she served as Education Chair for the local chapter of the CGA for 2 years and is currently participating in the CPA mentoring program. Kerri is the Treasurer and Associate Warden for St Matthew Anglican Church in Abbotsford where her contributions were recognized with the Order of the Dioceses of New Westminster in 2015.
Kerri was a Girl Guide in North Vancouver in the early 70s where she developed her love for outdoors and gardening. After moving to a small family farm in Aldergrove, Kerri assisted her brother and sisters in 4H while she participated in band and outdoor clubs in high school. Kerri passed on the Girl Guiding philosophy to the next generations first with her daughter and now with her three granddaughters and is excited to participate in Scouts Canada.
Past Chief Commissioner & Chair of the Nominating Committee
Mount Pearl, NL
Steve served as Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors from November 2008 to 2012 and is currently a Trustee of the Interamerican Scout Foundation and an Executive Member of the World Scout Parliamentary Union. Steve is also the Canadian Head of Contingent for the World Scout Jamboree 2019. Most importantly, Steve is a Scouter with the 1st Mount Pearl Lions Scouting Group. He has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Cub Scout in 1986. As a young leader, Steve was the founding chair of Scouts Canada’s National Youth Committee in 1995. He lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Janet, and sons, Ben, Ciaran and Sam. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Certificate in Public Administration from Memorial University, and a Masters degree in Management from McGill University. For twenty years, he served in elected public office in a variety of roles, including Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Steve is presently the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Mount Pearl. He and his wife own FOCUS Driver Training Incorporated and Maritime Driving School, which operate Young Drivers of Canada centres in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.
Honourary Legal Council
Tim Welch has been involved with Scouting since the age of 7 in Cubs with the 114th Ottawa Pack. Tim had a number of positive life-changing experiences in Scouting and grew up knowing his children would one day be involved in the program. Joining the 3rd Ottawa in 1999 as a Beaver Scouter, he proceeded to work in Pack and Troop sections and eventually accepted the Group Commissioner role, becoming active at the Area and Council levels. In 2015, Doug Reid asked Tim to take on the role of Council Commissioner for Voyageur, a posting he completed in August of 2018, and accepted the National Commissioner role in November 2018.
Tim and his wife Connie have two boys, Ian and Eric, both of whom went through the Scouting program and enjoyed many adventures. Tim is a career sales and business professional, loves the outdoors and continues to enjoy outdoor adventures whenever and wherever he can, and loves to laugh and help bring out the best in others.
National Youth Commissioner
Annabelle Loder’s first memories of Scouting are of dropping in to see her dad at Cub meetings when she was 3. At the age of 5, she officially joined Scouts Canada as a Beaver with 2nd Eastern Passage, in NS. Due to being in a military family, Annabelle has grown up through the program in various places, even joining Sea Scouts whilst living in Australia. She has volunteered as a Scouter with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts since the age of 14. In 2014 Annabelle became a Youth Spokesperson and further developed her love of Scouting by taking on the role of Group Youth Commissioner for 4th Orleans, ON. In 2016, she took on the role of Council Youth Commissioner for Voyageur.
Most recently she has accepted the role of National Youth Commissioner in November 2018. Annabelle graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Communications and currently works for the Federal Government.
Executive Commissioner and CEO
Andrew Price was appointed Executive Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada in April of 2014. Andrew donned a blue and brown hat at age 5 and hasn’t looked back since. His educational pursuits have given him the opportunity to expand his Scouting horizons to include New Zealand, Spain, and Scotland. Andrew served as a Deputy Area Commissioner in Ontario, a Deputy Council Commissioner in BC, and an Area Commissioner in Alberta prior to joining the National Leadership Team as the Deputy National Commissioner for Volunteer Services in 2010. In November of 2012, Andrew was named Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors, a position he held until assuming his current role. Andrew is passionate about growing Scouting and ensuring more young Canadians benefit from great, safe Scouting adventures. Prior to joining the Scouts Canada staff, Andrew spent ten years working at Imperial Oil where he held varying roles in Marketing, Refining, and Corporate departments. Andrew is married to Brenda, a passionate Scouter, and they enjoy many outdoor adventures together accompanied by their Irish Setter Kayleigh.