Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette

Patron Scout
Governor General of Canada


Richard 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 with 85th Old Mill (Toronto): his son is in Cubs and his daughters are in Beavers.

Professionally, Richard is Vice President, Strategy & Business Architecture at RBC. 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 has recently taken up fencing. He lives with his family in Toronto, where he is an ever-optimistic 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 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 member of the Interamerican Regional Scout Committee. He has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Cub Scout in 1986. As a youth member, 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, Benjamin, 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. Steve was elected as a MHA for Mount Pearl North in 2007, and was re-elected in 2011. He has served in a number of ministerial roles and is currently Deputy Premier, the Minister of Health and Community Services, and the Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement. 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

Bio to come


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 Sweeney

Oakville, ON

bsweeney@scouts.ca

Brenda Sweeney is an experienced director-level executive with extensive background in strategic communications, product management, sales and marketing, and public relations education.  She has been recognized through multiple awards as an ethical practitioner with strengths in communications research, stakeholder relations and issues and crisis management.  Brenda has served as a Cub and Scout Leader with the 4th Trafalgar – Oakville Area of Central Escarpment Council since September 2007, and her additional volunteer roles in Scouting have included serving as Vice Chair of the Chief Scout Recruitment Task Force, Aug. 2010 – April 2013 and as Communications Advisor to Scouts Canada’s Board Steering Committee on Child & Youth Safety, Nov. 2011 – July 2013.  Brenda is a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a 2013 National Award of Excellence (Silver Medal) for Issue and Crisis Management from the Canadian Public Relations Society.


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.


Mark Little, Board of GovernorsMark Little

Calgary, AB

Mark has been involved at a leadership level with Scouts Canada since he came to Calgary in 2008, having previously been a Cub and Scout in the UK. Mark has worked at almost all levels of Scouting leadership from section leadership with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers as well as Council roles as Deputy Council Commissioner and Council Commissioner for Chinook where he led the organization to 4 years of consecutive growth. Mark also supported national programs including leading the development of the New Scouter Welcome Kit (NSWK) in 2010. Mark was awarded the Medal of the Silver Acorn and a Canada 150 Medal in 2017 for his broad contributions to Chinook Council, Scouting, the community of Southern Alberta and the revitalization of Camp Impeesa.

Professionally, Mark is the Vice-President of Health & Safety at Cenovus. Mark’s career spans more than 20 years in the Canadian and international energy business with leadership positions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Prior to his current role, he spent 15 years with progressively increasing responsibility with roles in technical geology, planning, strategy, risk management, operational excellence and cost leadership.

Mark has a Master’s degree in Geology from Oxford University and a PhD in Climate Change. Mark is an avid skier, photographer, fitness enthusiast and lives in Calgary with his 2 boys – Oliver and David, and fellow Scouter and wife, Natalie.


David Connelly

Yellowknife, NWT

Bio to come


Jean-Francois Champagne

Montreal, QC

Bio to come