Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette

Patron Scout
Governor General of Canada


Richard ThomasRichard Thomas

Chair of the Board
Toronto, ON

richard.thomas@scouts.ca

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.


Adam Benson

Vice Chair of the Board — Strategic
Toronto, ON

abenson@scouts.ca

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 works in digital marketing and data analytics at Cadillac Fairview and lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Tanya and their two four-legged friends.


Abigail Ma

Vice Chair of the Board – Finance
Vancouver, BC

abigail.ma@scouts.ca

Abigail Ma first joined Scouting as a Scouter with the cub pack in 2008. After two years as a Scouter, she decided to join Scouting as a youth participant and joined the Rover program with the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group in 2011. Abigail graduated from the Rover program in 2012, but learned so much in her year as a Rover that she decided to stay on with the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group as a Scouter and mentor. Abigail continues to be a Scouter and mentor for the Rover program of the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group, where she provides training opportunities for Rovers in the area of management and leadership development.

Abigail holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (legacy Chartered Accountant designation) and is also a CFA® charterholder. She is currently the Director, Financial Planning and Analysis at the BC Lottery Corporation, where she provides budgeting, forecasting, and decision support analysis for the organization.


Steve KentSteve Kent

Past Chief Commissioner & Chair of the Nominating Committee
Mount Pearl, NL

skent@scouts.ca

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.


Mark Josselyn

Honourary Legal Council
Ottawa, ON

Mark.Josselyn@gowlings.com


John Estrella

National Commissioner
Markham, ON

jestrella@scouts.ca

John A. Estrella, PhD, CMC, PMP, is currently an active Company Scouter with 7th Markham. Prior to his appointment as a National Commissioner, he served as the Deputy Contingent Leader at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) in Japan. He attended the 22nd WSJ in Sweden and national jamborees in Canada, USA and Philippines; served as a member of the Board of Governors, contact Scouter for all sections, Group Commissioner, and Deputy Area Commissioner (Honours & Awards); completed Wood Badge I for all five sections, Group Committee, and Service Team; WB II for Troop and Company; and taught WB courses.

For his especially distinguished service to Scouting, he was awarded the Silver Acorn in 2015. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. As a youth, he earned the Eagle Scout Award and the Scout Citizen Award, and got inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He later joined NESA as a Life Member. His wife and three children are all active in Scouting.

Professionally, John worked on various consulting engagements for some of the world’s most respected organizations in Asia, North America and Europe. In addition to his management consulting career, he authored six books and several courses for audiences in Canada, U.S., U.K., France, Sweden, Japan, India and other countries. His BSc (Dean’s List) and MSc (Teaching Fellow & Scholar; 4.0 GPA) degrees are in Computer Science. The Project Management Institute (PMI) Educational Foundation awarded him a scholarship for his PhD in Organization and Management (4.0 GPA).


Caitlyn Piton

National Youth Commissioner & Chair of the National Youth Network
Mission, BC

cpiton@scouts.ca

Caitlyn has been involved in the Scouting movement since she was 14 years old after discovering the incredible opportunities that Scouting offers youth. Since the age of 7, and during her first 3 years of Venturers, she was a member of Girl Guides of Canada and has been recognized with the Chief Commissioners Gold Award and the Queen’s Venturer Scout Award. In her time with Scouting, she has been both a Cub and Beaver Scouter, and of course a Venturer and a Rover with the 1st Yennadon Scout Group.

Caitlyn has also taken on the role of Area Youth Commissioner for Three Rivers Area, and Council Youth Commissioner for the Fraser Valley Council. Before becoming CYC, Caitlyn was the Area Commissioner for Three Rivers at only 18 years of age. During this time she supported Scouting to grow in the Area and developed a team of individuals focused on youth involvement and supporting Scouters. She has been to PJ in 2011 as an Offer of Service and PJ in 2015. Caitlyn also had the exciting opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Scout Forum in London in 2012 and meet with Scouts from all over the world.

In her educational pursuits, Caitlyn has travelled down a few paths and has decided that teaching is where her passion lies. Specifically, she wants to teach High School Physical Education because she believes in the power of teaching young people to be active and understands the positive impact it can have on lives. Before opting to teach PE, she took many courses in child psychology and development. Caitlyn loves to read, play and coach volleyball and can solve a Rubik’s Cube.

Follow Caitlyn on her path @CaitlynKaralan


Andrew PriceAndrew Price

Executive Commissioner and CEO
Ottawa, ON

aprice@scouts.ca

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.

 

Andrew Obee

Oakville, ON

andrew.obee@scouts.ca

Andrew has been continuously involved in scouting since starting as a beaver scout at age 7. He is a “Grass Roots Scouter”, having spent much of his 35 years as a leader working at the section level. After his time in Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts, Andrew became an activity leader at 14 working with a Cub Pack and then as a Scouter in Training, working with a Scout troop before working as a section scouter at the troop, company, and crew levels. Passionate about ensuring that the outdoors continue to be a core part of Scouting, Andrew has been involved in organizing major events such as the Scout Brigade of Ft. George, World Jamborees and the Bushcraft Outdoor Skills Scouter Training program.

Andrew got involved at the national level after helping take the Canadian Contingent to the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015 and joined the Board of Governors in 2016. He is a member of the National Property Committee and chairs the Audit Committee.

Professionally, Andrew is CEO of the Ficanex Group of Companies, helping the financial services industry in Canada effectively compete in the market. Andrew has a Bachelors Degree in Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from Queens University.


Brigitta headshotBrigitta Schuler

East St. Paul, MB

brigitta.schuler@scouts.ca

Brigitta joins the Board as an experienced volunteer who is new to Scouting. The majority of her volunteer background comes through leading church youth groups and participating in a variety of youth summer programs. She is very excited to participate in Scouts and learn more about what makes this program so great.

Brigitta currently attends the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a double major in International Business and Supply Chain Management.


Katie Beers

Fredericton, NB

kbeers@scouts.ca

Katie has been involved in Scouting since she was 11 when she started as a Scout with St. Michael’s in Moncton. Katie has since served as the Area Youth Commissioner for Southeast Area and Council Youth Commissioner and Deputy Council Commissioner for Communications for New Brunswick Council. Katie has enjoyed the many amazing opportunities Scouting has given to her including going to the 2007 and 2013 Canadian Jamborees, attending the World Scout Conference in Slovenia and partaking on the journey to creating the Canadian Path.

Katie is currently a Student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and serves as the Vice President External of the UNB Student Union.


Brenda SweeneyBrenda Sweeney

Oakville, ON

bsweeney@scouts.ca

Since 2007, Brenda has followed her sons through Scouting, initially as a Cub Scouter and currently as a Venturer and Rover Scouter with 4th Trafalgar in Oakville, Ontario. She first became involved with the Board of Governors when she served as Vice Chair, Chief Scout Recruitment Task Force, Aug. 2010 – April 2013 and as a Communications Advisor to the Board Steering Committee on Child & Youth Safety, Nov. 2011 – July 2013.

Presently, she is the Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee and is the Board’s representative director on the Scouts Canada Foundation Board.

Professionally, Brenda is an accredited, nationally-recognized public relations professional with special expertise in issues and crisis management, employee communications, community engagement and communications research. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society and has earned the Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) designation from the Directors College of Canada.


Norm Williams

Toronto, ON

nwilliams@scouts.ca

Norm Williams has held executive marketing positions in companies like Nabisco, Cadbury, TD Financial Group, and BMP Financial Group.  He has a track record of building and revitalizing brands, creating differentiated customer experiences and rejuvenating organizations.

Scouting played an important part in Norm’s life growing up in Montreal. He believes that his experience as a Cub, Scout, and Venturer have, in many ways, shaped the person he has become. Norm is moved on from his role as Deputy National Commissioner of Organizational Development to become a new Member of the Board of Governors.


Robert Craddock

Calgary, AB

robert.craddock@scouts.ca

Robert Craddock began Scouting as a Cub in Edson, Alberta in 1960 and continued through Scouts. He is currently a Section Scouter with 210 McKenzie Scouts in Calgary. He has been a scouter (with a couple of breaks for other life events) since 1972 and  has been a section Scouter in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. He’s worked as a Service Scouter in Chinook; notably as part of the “Timber Trails” equestrian camps and generally filled the role of the guide leading the group down the wrong canyon. He worked as a member of the Canadian Path core team for the past few years.

Robert holds degrees in psychology, social work and public administration. Professionally he began his career as a social worker focusing on the area of child abuse and neglect, later shifting to work in training and development. Robert has taught at several universities and worked in the public and private sector as an organizational effectiveness consultant. He is currently Partner Emeritus with Key Consulting Group “The Leadership Company”, where he has been a partner for 22 years mostly working in strategic pathing, implementation of complex change, and in coaching and working with leaders at all levels of organizations.

Robert was also an Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves) for 16 years and retired as J3 Army Advisor for the Regional Cadet Support Group (Northwest). He continues to work as an Army Cadet Instructor; primarily working with older cadets on instructional and leadership skills. Robert loves travel, hiking, shooting sports, sea kayaking and SCUBA. He and Jane travel as much as they can. Robert’s most recent adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago- French Route, across Spain with his son Sean … except for a boring bit which they skipped.


David ConnellyDavid Connelly

Yellowknife, NWT

David Connelly CD, MBA, B.Comm lives in Yellowknife. He joined cubs in Nova Scotia and became a Queen Scout in Ontario. Locally he organizes funding for scouting in the NWT.

David brings extensive strategic focus and governance experience having served as Board Chair, Committee Chair or Director on more than 20 public corporations, for profit, indigenous, not-for-profit and government boards.  He is a candidate for the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors’ professional governance designation.

A businessperson, investor, philanthropist, and adventure traveller, David consults on: strategic planning, organizational governance, social responsibility and indigenous economic development. A former Reserve Naval Officer and decorated veteran he chairs the Canadian Forces Liaison Committee (North).

From 2010-13 he served on the Board of Governors including the Governance Committee and as the founding Chair of the National Property Committee and four years as Deputy National Commissioner Property and Camps.  In 2017 the World Scouting Foundation invested him as a Baden Powell Fellow. He is a firm supporter of no scout left behind, safe scouting and transparent and accountable governance.

He is a founder of True North Rotary and an Arctic based palliative organization, Past Chair of the NWT Chamber of Commerce, NWT United Way, NWT and Nunavut Saint John Ambulance. His life partner is Rebecca Simensen.


Jean-Francois ChampagneJean-Francois Champagne

Montreal, QC

Jean-François Champagne joined scouting in 1988. Over the years he held various positions at all levels of Les Scouts du Canada (ASC).

A strong believer in youth led organization, in 2000 he was the youngest district commissioner to be elected. Under his leadership, for the 1st time the youth have been granted voting rights in the Scouting governance.

In 2009, he began his term as the youngest president of the organization in a difficult time as membership have been free-falling for years without being able to implement the required changes. He has driven, using participatory leadership, the major reforms allowing ASC to return to growth.

Jean-François also played an important role in strengthening relationships between scouting organizations in Canada. This partnership was formalized by the signing of a new memorandum of understanding between Scouts Canada and Les Scouts du Canada under the governance of the governor general of Canada Charles Johnston in 2012.

From 2014 to 2017, he was nominated as international commissioner. During that mandate, ASC has actively participated to more international events than ever before. He also negotiated and discussed partnerships with other NSOs all over the world.

Jean-François is now acting as ASC head of contingent for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. ASC also designated him to represent them on Scouts Canada Board of Governors.

Jean-François currently works as division director of building services at University of Québec in Montréal. He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational and change management. He lives in Montréal, Québec with his wife Sylvie and two sons.