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.
National Leadership Team
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 and 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.
Deputy National Commissioner – Organizational Development
A former Beaver, Cub and Rover in Newfoundland and Labrador, Adam Benson currently resides in Bedford, Nova Scotia. With an extensive background in business, Adam presently is a partner in a strategic IT management consulting firm, working with clients across North America. Adam looks forward to helping Scouts Canada build its marketing and technology strategies.
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
Deputy National Commissioner - Program Services
Doug is originally from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He joined Scouting as a Cub in 1971 with First St. Martin’s, a group he would stay associated with for 26 years. Since 2004 he has been involved with the First Riverlake Group, Fall River; first with Troop and since 2007, Advisor to the First Riverlake Venturer Company. Doug is employed with The Global Group, Canada’s largest office furniture manufacturer. He is married and has 2 children.
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.