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, and was, most recently, a trainer and an Area Commissioner in Alberta. Andrew is passionate about bringing the spirit of Scouting to programs and has always believed that this is best achieved by supporting leaders with quality training, servicing, and timely recognition. Professionally, Andrew has spent the last six years supporting Imperial Oil’s retail business. He currently resides in Calgary with his wife Brenda.
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, and the Special Events Coordinator for the 2013 Canadian Scout Jamboree.
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 has worked at Microsoft Canada since 2003, where he is currently the Vice President of Retail Sales and Marketing, responsible for the Xbox video game and Windows PC businesses at retail.
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
Jon is the Technical Services Leader for IBM's Global Resiliency Services for Western Canada. Jon began his career in 1986, with a small accounting firm in Birmingham, England, where he gained his accounting qualifications, Jon went on to work for Royal Bank of Scotland Group where he was responsible for Internal Audit and Corporate Governance within the Financial Services Division. From 1996 to 2003, Jon was responsible for Governance, Disaster Recovery, and Insurance for the London Stock Exchange, during which time he gained his technical insurance qualifications. In 2003 Jon moved to Canada and subsequently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Calgary. Jon has been associated with Scouting since being a Cub. Moving through the organization, Jon eventually served as a Scout Leader for 13 years. Jon lives in Calgary and is married with two children.
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.
Executive Commissioner & Chief Executive Officer
Michael McKay first joined Scouting as a Cub Scout in Sackville, New Brunswick, in the early 1970s and has been involved in Scouting at various points over the last 40 years. His professional career started with the Canadian Forces at the Royal Military College where he studied engineering and went on to become an Aeronautical Engineer.
In 1992, Michael was selected as one of four of Canada's astronauts from 5,300 candidates, along with Julie Payette, Dave Williams and Chris Hadfield. He had to withdraw for medical reasons but remained active in the program until 1997, participating in several missions and working with the projects that were delivering the Space Vision System and the robotic arms for the International Space Station.
After leaving the military in 2001, Michael worked in the private sector, and has held the CEO role in two organizations. In 2005, he became the CEO of PixeLINK, a company that manufactured digital cameras for industrial applications. In 2009, he became the CEO of the Ottawa Flying Club/Flight College, a non-profit organization that provides professional flight training to commercial pilots. All told, he has 26 years of management and leadership experience.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering Physics degree and a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from the Royal Military College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.
Michael is married with two daughters and lives in Ottawa. He continues to be involved in Scouting and is currently a volunteer leader with the 17th Southminster Scout Troop. His sport passions include cycling and gliding, which he enjoys at the Gatineau Gliding Club.
Amy Barrett-Smith lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband and two daughters. She is a Sales Manager at the Delta Guelph. Amy was a member of Scouting from 1993 until 2001 and has returned to join the Board of Governors.
Chair of the Property Committee
David Connelly CStJ, CD, MBA, B.Comm., is a strategic consultant to organizations and Aboriginal groups implementing economic development opportunities. Having assisted over 30 successful strategic alliances; his approach considers broader economic development issues including: training, health, governance, and infrastructure. He has helped pioneer ground breaking partnerships and benefits agreements. David lives in Yellowknife, NT.
Peter Ford is a Pharmacist in Moncton, New Brunswick where, along with his partner, they own and operate Ford’s Apothecary. He has seven children ages 1 to 25. He was a Cub Scout leader with his children from 1994 until 2003 and is now a member of the Board of Governors.
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.
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.
Neal is currently a third year Commerce student at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, concentrating in Managing People and Organizations. He is also a member of the Sprott Business Students Society, and has participated in multiple events at school. In his professional life, Neal works for Scotiabank as a Customer Service and Support Representative, the former being a position he has held for two years. His work ethic and willingness to learn is recognized by his peers and supervisors, and he most recently received a distinguished achievement assessment. He has been involved in Scouting since he was a child and was elected to the Board of Governors in November 2010. He currently resides in Nepean, ON.
Elizabeth Smith-Windsor is currently enrolled in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been involved in Scouting for many years and in 2010, became a Junior Baden-Powell Fellow with the World Scout Foundation.
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.