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 lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Tanya and their two four-legged friends.


K OnkenKerri Onken

Vice Chair of the Board – Finance
Mission, BC

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.


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


Tim Welch, National CommissionerTim Welch

National Commissioner
Ottawa, ON

tim.welch@scouts.ca

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.


Annabelle Loder, National Youth CommissionerAnnabelle Loder

National Youth Commissioner
Ottawa, ON

annabelle.loder@scouts.ca

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.


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.

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 Human Resources Director, executive and support staff 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.


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.


Andrew ObeeAndrew 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.


K ProvostKathleen Provost

Antigonish, NS

Kathleen started her involvement in Scouting when her son join Beavers, her husband began volunteering as a leader and soon after her daughter joined too. Though she helped out at camps, cooking, being an honorary Rainbow leader  (Lachine) when asked, she felt she could make a real difference with the administrative side of the scouting life. For the last 15 years, Kathleen volunteered as a group commissioner and group registrar (11th Ottawa); she was a Board member of Scouts Canada Foundation for a number of years and acted as Deputy National Commissioner, Development for three years.

Professionally, Kathleen was appointed St. Francis Xavier University’s Campaign Director after tenure of more than 4 years at Coady International Institute, as Director, Fund Development and Communications. She brings over 25 years of fundraising experience within the not-for-profit sector. Her career has brought her from Quebec, to Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Kathleen is a recognized bilingual leader in the field of fundraising; and she has been a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2007.


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.


Fazilah Shariff

Calgary, AB

Fazilah is new to Scouting and passionate about the impact the organization has on the development of youth in Canada. As a child she was involved with Girl Guides where she developed a love for adventure and the outdoors. She actively volunteers with various not-for-profit organizations to bring awareness to local and international social and human rights issues. She is also an advocate for women’s rights. Her interest in public speaking has led her to take on leadership roles within public speaking organizations. Fazilah has also served on several local and national boards.

Fazilah has a professional background in healthcare administration and has held various positions within this field. She has a Master of Social Work, specializing in policy and community development, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology.


Carlie Tiller

St. Thomas, ON

Bio coming soon.


Audrey Wubbenhorst

Toronto, ON

Audrey Wubbenhorst is a professor and board director.  She currently teaches in the public relations programs at Humber College.

Prior to joining Humber, Audrey spent over a dozen years at BMO Bank of Montreal.  She worked in a wide variety of roles including communications, marketing, human resources and commercial banking.

She has served on several board including the Central LHIN, Build Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter.  She is currently on the board of Scouts Canada, the National Diabetes Trust Corporation (known as the Clothesline program) as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) West chapter.

Audrey has an MA in Communications as well as an MBA.