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).
National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network
Maple Ridge, BC
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.
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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.
Executive Director — Human Resources and Volunteer Services
Valarie Dillon joined Scouts Canada in December 2010 as our Executive Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services. In this position, she supports both staff and volunteers, and oversees our Volunteer Support Strategy. A seasoned human resources leader with over 20 years of experience, Valarie brings a specialization in talent development, enterprise performance and change management. She works collaboratively with Scout Canada’s staff and volunteer leadership to ensure that we have the talent we need now and in the future. In addition, she is concentrating on ensuring that the organizational design and performance management of employees and volunteers supports the Scouts Canada vision and strategic goals.
Deputy National Commissioner — Volunteer Services
Jane started her Scouting career as a Brownie Junior Leader in Tillsonburg, Ontario. She later joined Scouts Canada in 1967 in North Bay. She has served on the National Executive of the Canadian Fellowship of B-P Guilds for 12 years starting as the Communication Officer and progressing to the National President.
Jane was a member of the Blue Springs Scout Reserve Camp Committee from 2004 until 2015. In 2005, Blue Springs was recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) as a Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and the Environment (SCENES) making it Scout Canada’s first SCENES Centre.
Jane has served as a Pack Scouter, Camp Chair, Group Commissioner, OOS at 2 National Jamborees , a member of the Canada House Team for the World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan and for the past four years, Jane has been the Deputy Council Commissioner for Recognition in Tri-Shores Council.
Jane is very active within her Catholic Parish. Her whole adult life has been and is still about volunteering and giving back to her community.
Executive Director — Field Services
Ian was both a Cub and Scout with the 1st Timberlea Group just outside Halifax. He was an Assistant Venturer Advisor for 1st Glen Margaret Venturers, Nova Scotia as well. He received a Teaching Degree from Dalhousie University in 1981. He began Scouting career as Field Executive in Nova Scotia (1985-1990), then continued on to be Executive Director for Northern Region, British Columbia (1990-1995) and then Director of Program – Scouts, Venturers and Rovers, at the National Office (1995-present). He is currently the Executive Director of Field Services. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Elva and they have two sons, Mark and Martin, and a daughter, Jocelyn.
Executive Director — Marketing and Communications
Executive Director — Business Services
Deputy National Commissioner — Program
Deputy National Commissioner — Technology and Innovation
Deputy National Commissioner — Marketing and Communications
Dirk has been a Scout for most of his life, joining the movement as a Cub Scout and continuing through to Venturer Scouts. As an adult volunteer, Dirk rejoined Scouting with the 1st Stroud Scout Group, north of Toronto, when his two sons started in Beavers and Cubs. Dirk led the group and area fundraising efforts for the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden (2011) and Japan (2015), and served as a member of the International Service Team and the Marketing Communications Lead for the Canadian Contingent Management Team for these two jamborees respectively. He is still a member of the 1st Stroud Group, serving as a Group Committee volunteer. The amazing adventures of a life in Scouting still resonate with Dirk as he uses his free time to hike, paddle and travel in the great outdoors.
Professionally, Dirk is the Director of Marketing with Ideal Warehouse Innovations, Inc., a company specializing in the development, manufacture and supply of safe facilities maintenance equipment. He leads a dynamic team creating a world-class brand on three continents in the material handling/logistics industry. Other past leadership roles have included Vice President, General Manager, Managing Director and Sales Manager. Dirk is also an alumni of the Toastmasters International program where he enhanced his leadership and public communication skills over a 10 year period. Along the way he achieved several awards while participating in regional and provincial public speaking competitions.