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
Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors
Andrew started his term as Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors in November 2012. 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 has been a Deputy Area Commissioner in Ontario, a Deputy Council Commissioner in BC, an Area Commissioner in Alberta, and was, most recently, Deputy National Commissioner for Volunteer Services. Andrew is passionate about bringing the spirit of Scouting to programs and has always believed that this is best achieved by supporting Scouters with quality training, in-person coaching, and timely recognition. Professionally, Andrew has spent the last nine years supporting Imperial Oil’s retail and refining businesses. He currently resides in Calgary with his wife Brenda and his dog Kayleigh.
National Youth Commissioner & Chair of the National Youth Network
Kaylee is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Alberta. She has been involved with Scouting since Beavers and went all the way through the youth program. She recently held the position of Assistant National Youth Commissioner- West, where she supported youth leadership and involvement. She is currently a Rover Scout with 59th Velociraptor Crew in Edmonton.
Kaylee has her Chief's Scout Award and is a Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson. In 2010 she became a Junior Baden-Powell Fellow with the World Scout Foundation, and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012.
Vice Chair of the Board – Strategic
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
Leona Harari is from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. She works for BDO Canada as the Senior Manager – Tax Services. She has been involved with Scouts Canada since 1996 and most recently served as Treasurer with Quebec Council.
Past Chair of the Board & 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. He has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Cub Scout in 1986. He lives in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, Janet, and sons, Benjamin and Ciaran. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Memorial University and a Masters degree in Management from McGill University. He is currently serving his second term as a Member of the House of Assembly in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also the co-owner of FOCUS Driver Training Incorporated, which operates the Young Drivers of Canada centres in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a youth member, Steve was the founding chair of Scouts Canada’s National Youth Committee in 1995.
Honourary Legal Council
John S. L. Chow
John is currently serving as Director of the Oylin Kong Shaw Benevolent Association in Vancouver following an international career in the telecommunications industry. In his Scouting “career”, John is the founder, Group Commissioner and Head Advisor of the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group (PCC Rovers) with over 100 members. Previously, John has served as Scout leader for the 2nd East Vancouver Scout Group and 5th Mountain Scout Group; Group Scouter (Group Commissioner) for the 8th Northview Scout Group; President Burnaby Region; Council Commissioner for the Pacific Coast Council and Executive Commissioner – West. Most recently he served as a Deputy National Commissioner for Scouts Canada. John has been recognized with a Queen’s Scout Award while at the 2nd East Vancouver Troop, Scouts Canada’s Silver Wolf, the highest honour bestowed on Volunteer members, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Susie James is a Business and Strategic Planner with the Department of National Defence with expertise in financial policies and procedures, financial project management and developing business cases on financial matters. In her Scouting career`, Susie has served in numerous roles within Scouts Canada since 1994 at the local, district and regional levels, including: Primary Section leader, Group Commissioner, DAC Program and DAC Recognition. She sits on the executive of the Voyageur Region Rover Round Table and the Central Canada Rover Round Table, and also serves as a Section Leader for Beavers, Registrar for the 23rd Nepean, Trainer for Voyageur Council and Lead for the Council Beaveree.
Susie has been recognized with the R. S. Dell award for exceptional service to Rovering and Scouting.
Trevor is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience managing all facets of a business from human resource management to financial planning, strategic investments, product management and technology innovation. Trevor’s volunteer work with Scouts Canada has focussed on providing guidance and strategy for volunteer processes and technology tools to support growth. In Calgary, Trevor leads a 12person management committee to oversee risk management, training compliance, financial management and leader screening for 150 youth/50 leaders. Trevor also helped the national service centre make key strategic technology decisions as Scouts Canada implemented many of the recommendation detailed in the Action Plan for Canadian Scouting.
Christian is the President of Microcom Computer Inc. He is a former Deputy National Commissioner and National Commissioner with l’Association des Scouts du Canada and is currently the National Vice President of l’Association. Christian lives in Montreal with his wife and two young children.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Education with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in June of 2012, and received honours as the Most Distinguished Graduate. She currently teaches French Immersion kindergarten with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Elizabeth joined Beaver Scouts at the age of five and has been a member of Scouts Canada ever since. In 2006, Elizabeth was a Veterans Affairs Youth Delegate on behalf of Scouts Canada for the 90th Anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel in France and Belgium. She became a Baden-Powell Youth Fellow in 2010 at the World Scout Foundation's 60th BP Fellowship Event in Ottawa. Elizabeth is currently a Cub Scout leader with 1st St. James' Scout Group in Saskatoon.
As he completes his degree in Software Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, Mike is currently working as a Software Developer at a high-growth software start-up, part of a small team bringing a new product to market. Mike has been involved in Scouting since joining the Movement as a Beaver at age 5. Over the past 17 years, he has served in leadership roles in every section as a youth, and just completed two terms as President of the largest Rover Crew in Eastern Canada. Mike’s other Volunteer roles have included: Deputy Council Commissioner - Communications for NB Council; Member of NB Council Administration Committee (Finance & Property Management; Community Manager and founding member of Scouts Canada Social Media Team since 2011; Strategic Team member, Scouts Canada Program Revitalization and Team Lead, Rover Program Revitalization Project. Mike is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a Sir Howard Douglas Scholar, University of New Brunswick for excellence in academics and community involvement.
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.
Fort St. John, BC
Darren Thomson is from Fort St. John, British Columbia. He is currently works as an owner and General Manager of Booster Juice in British Columbia. He has been active in Scouting since Cubs and as an adult been involved in three Pacific Jamborees, Council Commissioner for Cascadia Council and currently sits on the National Program Service Committee.
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.
Jennifer is a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer who has served as Senior Counsel with RBC since 2000. Her areas of focus include working on mergers and acquisitions on behalf of RBC; Extensive drafting, negotiating and project management; Corporate Governance through work on transactions, and as Assistant Corporate Secretary for RBC, dealing with issues on Board Independence, Director Evaluations, Board processes, Board meeting materials organization and drafting reports to the Board and corporate minutes. Jennifer`s expertise in marketing law is applied to support RBC’s sponsorship and brand marketing groups. Among numerous volunteer roles, Jennifer has served as a Board Member of the Greater Toronto Scout Foundation since October 2011.