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Lynn Barry

Lynn Barry (Olivier), MSW, RSW, worked with permanent guardians for two years and was a child welfare investigator for over 18 years with Alberta Children’s Services. She was the Coordinator for Training and Staff Development with Child Welfare from 1999-2002. She is a Founding Director with the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse (since 1985) and has coordinated and produced “For the Kids”: A Sexual Abuse Training Program for Police and Social Workers; and “You’re Not Alone”: A Child Witness Court Preparation Training Program. Both programs have sold nationally and internationally. 
Lynn, through the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse (, continues to conduct regular workshops on child abuse response to police officers, child welfare workers, teachers, day care staff and other community professionals. She has been approved as a provider (#1100) for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB – Category A Credits. 
Lynn is now devoted to teaching senior social work courses as a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary and she conceived and developed both the Calgary Child Witness Court Preparation Program ( and the Child Abuse Response Certificate Program and remains the director of both programs. She was awarded a 2005 Centennial Medal by the Alberta Government for her contributions in the field of social services. 

Beth Bow

Beth was born and raised in Toronto where she was a Girl Guide from Brownie to "Cadets" and a Guide leader until she started having sons.  She has a strong family history in Scouting with both her brother and her father being involved as well. During her time as a Girl Guide, Beth was awarded the Canada Cord and camped every summer at Doe Lake G.G. Camp.
With the enrollment of her eldest son in Scouts, Beth started on Group Committee and shortly thereafter became a Rover Advisor. Her three sons are now all actively involved in Scouts and she and her partner are both Venturer Advisors and Beth also serves as an Area Commissioner for Humber West in GTC. 
With a BA in political science from the University of Western Ontario and a B.Ed. from Brock University, Beth is currently a Special Education teacher at an inner city school in Toronto where she also runs a "School Scouts" program.

Brian Cheng

Since joining the Scouting Movement as a youth member, Brian Cheng has served Scouts Canada as a Deputy Area Commissioner, Deputy Council Commissioner, and Group Commissioner. Within Pacific Coast Council, he co-founded three new Scout Groups and is currently a Venturer and Rover Advisor at the 99th St. Francis Xavier Catholic Scout Group in Vancouver, B.C., where his Scouting adventure began.
Brian is a lawyer whose practice focuses on business relationships, commercial transactions, and landlord-tenant disputes. Additionally, he will be pursuing his Master of Laws degree at the University of British Columbia this May. When he is not at a Scout meeting or in court, Brian enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, and biking.

Bob Ebbinghaus 

As Senior Electrical Inspector with the Electrical Safety Authority (, Bob Ebbinghaus is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. While Bob has a great passion for safety, his other passion is scouting.
Bob has been a member of Scouts Canada for the past 40 years, the last 29 years in a volunteer role in both Windsor and Elgin Areas.  In that time he has been a Colony, Pack, and Troop Scouter and served both Windsor and Elgin area as a Group Commissioner and DAC. Bob is currently Area Commissioner for Elgin Area.
In 2010, Bob was recognized by the Electrical Safety Authority as their first ever recipient of the Volunteer Employee of the Year Award. Bob was recognized for combining his passion for safety and scouting by bringing electrical safety awareness to the youth, volunteers and parents in his scouting group. ESA made a donation on Bob’s behalf to the Elgin Area Youth Assistance Fund where many youth with financial needs have had their registration fees offset.
Bob looks forward to bringing his safety knowledge to the National Safety Committee, to ensuring best practices across the organization are used and to making scouting safer for all of Scouts Canada’s youth, volunteers and employees.

Judi Fairholm

For 18 years, following her graduation as R.N. in Calgary, Alberta, Judi Fairholm worked as a nurse, instructor and health coordinator in Canada, India and Taiwan. Her broad nursing and international experience afforded many opportunities to witness the trauma and devastation inflicted on young lives around the world by physical, emotional and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, harassment, bullying and relationship violence. 
With a far reaching vision that saw beyond intervening in the problem of violence after the fact, Judi joined the Canadian Red Cross as a prevention educator in 1985. Since then, she has devoted her career and life to the safety and well-being of children and youth across Canada and around the world through her work with the Canadian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 
Today, as National Technical Director, Judi spearheaded the growth of Canadian Red Cross RespectED: Violence & Abuse Prevention from a grassroots initiative to a national, award-winning program to prevent child/youth abuse, neglect, bullying, harassment, and interpersonal violence.  
Since 2000, she has worked on international projects in Turkey, Sri Lanka, Benin and Chad. Judi’s role as educator, writer, consultant, and mentor, both nationally and internationally, gives her a wide knowledge base and global perspective. Her cross-cultural experience, collaborative and development skills have enhanced her work with youth, educators, health and welfare professionals, Aboriginal organizations, justice professionals, and sport and recreation organizations. 
In addition to her leadership of RespectED, Judi is currently involved in preventing sexual exploitation and abuse at the international level in her role as a consultant to the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.

Iain Howieson

Iain Howieson is currently the President of 2i’s Consulting Inc. working as a consultant in the areas of safety and management. In 2012, Iain retired after an outstanding career with Imperial Oil where he worked extensively in the downstream and projects organizations for 32 years. His last role with Imperial Oil was as the senior Refining Advisor.  
Iain joined Imperial Oil after graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queen’s University in 1980. Throughout his 32-year career, he has held numerous positions in Imperial's Refining and Supply organization while moving throughout Canada. Prior to his current assignment, Iain was on loan to Syncrude to as a Project Executive, responsible for the safe construction and commissioning of a $1.6B sulphur dioxide emissions reduction project. Previous to this Iain was the Refinery Manager for Imperial Oil Limited’s Nanticoke Refinery, located on the shores of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario. 
Iain has held many other exciting roles over his Imperial Oil years with more than half of his career being spent at Imperial's refineries in Edmonton, Sarnia, and Nanticoke. His assignments have included project and process engineering positions, numerous business roles in head office including business analysis and product supply, as well as Project Executive leading the national low sulphur gasoline projects for the Imperial Oil refineries. Safety has been a constant passion for Iain throughout his career.
Iain has been involved extensively with Scouts Canada starting first as a child, where he participated in Cubs and continued through to Venturers. He entered into Scouting Leadership, acting as a Beaver, Cub, and Scout leader for a total of 12 years while his three boys participated in Scouting. Iain enjoys travelling with his wife, visits with his four children, camping, cheering for the Leafs or Oilers, throwing rocks at the curling rink, golfing, and skiing.

Andrew Price

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. 

Brad Schmermund

Brad started as a Beaver Scout and moved through the sections being a Cub Scout, Scout, Medvent, and is now currently a Rover Scout with the 59th Greenfield Velociraptor Rover Crew. Currently Brad is the Council Youth Commissioner for Northern Lights Council. 
Brad’s interest in safety started in Scouting when he started helping with Archery courses during the summers in Northern Lights Council. Through learning the ins and outs of being an archery rangemaster, Brad learned the value of risk management and how safety plays a key role in successful program. As a Medvent Brad learned the importance of proactively protecting people and what can happen if hazards aren’t controlled. When enrolling for post-secondary education, Brad kept with that interest and enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. During his two years in the program he experienced the broader spectrum of health and safety from toxicology to hazard recognition, evaluation, and control methods. 
Brad is currently the Industrial Hygiene Technologist for the Suncor Energy Edmonton Refinery. Conducting assessments and provides insight to help anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control hazardous chemical, physical, and biological exposures onsite. 

Ilan Yampolsky


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