Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.
Board of Governors
His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston
Governor General of Canada
Chair of the Board
J first got involved with Scouts Canada at the age of 6. His parents registered him in Beavers as a way to make new friends after moving from Saskatchewan to Ontario. He spent 10 years as a youth in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts (earning his Chief Scout Award) and Venturers. He has been a Scouter since 2006. He is currently a Scout Leader with 2nd Glen Abbey in Oakville along with his son and father, making for three generations in their troop. Professionally J is currently the Senior Vice President, Marketing with Cadillac Fairview Corporation.
J lives in Oakville with his wife, son and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys reading, skiing, cycling, golf, camping and cottaging, physical fitness, amateur woodworking and home renovation.
Vice Chair of the Board – Finance
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.
Christopher von Roretz
Vice Chair of the Board – Strategic
Chris was enrolled as a Cub Scout in the fall of 1992, and has remained in the movement ever since. He is currently a Section Scouter with the Dorval Strathmore group on the island of Montreal, where he has been volunteering with various sections since 1997. He has held roles as the Youth Commissioner and Council Commissioner for the Quebec Council, and served a previous term on the Board of Governors as a member-at-large. Chris has also been on a number of committees including the Canadian Path working group, the 2015 WJ contingent team, and the 2007 Canadian Jamboree team.
Professionally, Chris teaches biology at John Abbott College and is an Affiliate Member of McGill University’s department of Biochemistry. Here he does part-time research on “cellular suicide” (apoptosis), continuing the work he started during his PhD. His community involvements extend beyond Scouting as he is also a City Councillor for Dorval and sits on several other local committees. Chris enjoys hiking, soccer, fitness, and has recently dabbled in amateur theatre.
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 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.
Honourary Legal Council
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 & Chair of the National Youth Network
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
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.
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.
Hailing from the National Capital region, Jean François works with the Protection Services team of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.
His scouting involvement has primarily been with l’association des scouts du Canada starting with Beavers, then Cubs and finally Venturers. While in Venturers JF started to take on the role of Scouter within a group Cub pack. Never shying away from new challenges and wanting to have influence at higher levels he climb through the ranks and became Cub Commissioner for the Ottawa Council, then Council Commissioner. As part of this districts training team, JF teaches winter camping and various sessions in the Wood Badge training. He is also one of the DAFA training leaders.
He also was Chair of the Board of Société Scogestion 1982 Inc for 4 years. This entity manages all the holdings for the Ottawa Council including, Camp Awacamenj Mino.
In 1996 he received the Annapurna badge from The Right Honorable Roméo LeBlanc. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2016 he received la Médaille Vanier, highest volunteer service award at l’ASC from The Right Honorable David Johnston. JF is currently vice-president of l’association des scouts du Canada.
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East St. Paul, MB
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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 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.
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.
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 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.