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Board of Governors

Chair of the Board

Andrew Obee

Oakville, ON

Andrew Obee has been continuously involved in Scouting since beginning as a Beaver Scout at the age of seven. He is a ‘Grassroots Scouter’, having spent much of his 35 years as a leader working at the Section level. After his time in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Andrew became an Activity Leader at age fourteen, working with a Cub Pack and then as a Scouter in Training, working with a Scout Troop when he turned sixteen. He then began volunteering as a Section Scouter at the Troop, Company, and Crew levels. Passionate about ensuring that the outdoors continue to be a core part of Scouting, Andrew has been involved in organizing major events such as the Scout Brigade of Fort George, World Jamborees and the Bushcraft Outdoor Skills Scouter Training program.

Andrew has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2016 and prior to becoming the Chair of the board used to chair the Board’s Audit Committee.

Professionally, Andrew is CEO of the Ficanex Group of Companies, helping the financial services industry in Canada effectively compete in the market. Andrew has a Bachelors Degree in Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from Queens University.

Vice Chair of the Board — Strategic

Steve Kent

Mount Pearl, NL

Steve served as Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors from November 2008 to 2012 and is currently the 2nd Vice-President of the Interamerican Scout Foundation and Honourary Consultant to the Executive of the World Scout Parliamentary Union.  Most importantly, Steve is a Scouter with the 1st Mount Pearl Lions Scouting Group.  He has been involved in Scouting since joining as a Cub Scout in 1986. As a young leader, 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 three sons.  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.  He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program.

For twenty years, he served in elected public office in a variety of roles, including Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Steve is presently the President of FOCUS Group Consulting Inc., working with clients in the areas of government relations, marketing and communications, campaign management, and strategy.  He is also the Vice-President and co-owner of FOCUS Driver Training Incorporated and Maritime Driving School Incorporated, which operate Young Drivers of Canada centres in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

Vice Chair of the Board – Finance

<b>Kerri Onken</b>

Kerri Onken

Kerri Onken

Mission, BC

Kerri Onken is a Charted Profession Account (CPA) working for the District of Mission in British Columbia.  While in Mission, she served as vice-president for the Canadian Union of Public Employees before moving into the Deputy Treasurer/Collect position.  After graduating from the Certified General Accountant (CGA) program, she served as Education Chair for the local chapter of the CGA for 2 years and is currently participating in the CPA mentoring program.  Kerri is the Treasurer and Associate Warden for St Matthew Anglican Church in Abbotsford where her contributions were recognized with the Order of the Dioceses of New Westminster in 2015.

Kerri was a Girl Guide in North Vancouver in the early 70s where she developed her love for outdoors and gardening.  After moving to a small family farm in Aldergrove, Kerri assisted her brother and sisters in 4H while she participated in band and outdoor clubs in high school.  Kerri passed on the Girl Guiding philosophy to the next generations first with her daughter and now with her three granddaughters and is excited to participate in Scouts Canada.

Past Board Chair & Chair of the Nominating Committee

Richard Thomas

Toronto, ON

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. He is an active Section Scouter with the 85th Old Mill Group, having supported Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for the past several years. Richard’s family is heavily involved in Scouting, with a son and daughter in Scouts  and another daughter in Cubs. Richard joined the Board of Scouts Canada in 2016.

Professionally, Richard has worked on four continents and across multiple industries, with spells in financial services, retail, venture capital and consulting. He is active as a skier and runner and enjoys fencing. Richard lives with his family in Toronto, where he is a committed Toronto FC fan.

National Commissioner

<b>Tim Welch</b>

Tim Welch

Tim Welch

Ottawa, ON

Tim Welch has been involved with Scouting since the age of 7 in Cubs with the 114th Ottawa Pack.  Tim had a number of positive life-changing experiences in Scouting and grew up knowing his children would one day be involved in the program.  Joining the 3rd Ottawa in 1999 as a Beaver Scouter, he proceeded to work in Pack and Troop sections and eventually accepted the Group Commissioner role, becoming active at the Area and Council levels.  In 2015, Doug Reid asked Tim to take on the role of Council Commissioner for Voyageur, a posting he completed in August of 2018, and accepted the National Commissioner role in November 2018.

Tim and his wife Connie have two boys, Ian and Eric, both of whom went through the Scouting program and enjoyed many adventures.  Tim is a career sales and business professional, loves the outdoors and continues to enjoy outdoor adventures whenever and wherever he can, and loves to laugh and help bring out the best in others.

National Youth Commissioner

<b>Annabelle Loder</b>

Annabelle Loder

Annabelle Loder

Ottawa, ON

Annabelle Loder’s first memories of Scouting are of dropping in to see her dad at Cub meetings when she was 3. At the age of 5, she officially joined Scouts Canada as a Beaver with 2nd Eastern Passage, in NS. Due to being in a military family, Annabelle has grown up through the program in various places, even joining Sea Scouts whilst living in Australia. She has volunteered as a Scouter with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts since the age of 14. In 2014 Annabelle became a Youth Spokesperson and further developed her love of Scouting by taking on the role of Group Youth Commissioner for 4th Orleans, ON. In 2016, she took on the role of Council Youth Commissioner for Voyageur.

Most recently she has accepted the role of National Youth Commissioner in November 2018. Annabelle graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Communications and currently works for the Federal Government.

Executive Commissioner and CEO

<b>Andrew Price</b>

Andrew Price

Andrew Price

Ottawa, ON

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.

Board Members

Adam Benson

Toronto, ON

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 honoured 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.

Jean-Francois Champagne

Montreal, QC

Jean-François Champagne joined Scouting in 1988. Over the years he held various positions at all levels of Association de Scouts du Canada (ASC). A strong believer in the youth-led organization, in 2000 he was the youngest District Commissioner to be elected. Under his leadership, youth were granted voting rights in the Scouting governance for the first time.

In 2009, Jean- François began his term as the youngest president of the organization in a difficult time as membership had been free-falling for years without being able to implement the required changes. He has driven, using participatory leadership, the major reforms allowing ASC to return to growth. Jean-François also played an important role in strengthening relationships between Scouting organizations in Canada. This partnership was formalized by the signing of a new memorandum of understanding between Scouts Canada and Les Scouts du Canada under the governance of the Governor General of Canada Charles Johnston in 2012.

From 2014 to 2017, he was nominated as the International Commissioner. During that mandate, ASC has actively participated in more international events than ever before. Jean- François also negotiated and discussed partnerships with other National Scout Organizations (NSO) all over the world.

In 2016, he was designated as the ASC Head of Contingent for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree which was the biggest cooperation project between the 2 Canadian NSOs. This milestone project was a big success and Canada sent the largest contingent ever to a World Jamboree out of Canada.

Jean-François is now president of his ASC local Scout Group. Jean-François currently works as a Human Resources Director, executive and support staff at the University of Québec in Montréal. He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, change management and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He lives in Montréal, Québec with his wife Sylvie and two sons.

<b>Robert Craddock</b>

Robert Craddock

Robert Craddock

Calgary, AB

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.

Christine Dupuis

Memramcook, NB

Christine Dupuis has been a volunteer with l’Association des Scouts du Canada since 2008 and has been a member of the Conseil National of l’Association des Scouts du Canada since 2015. She has also been a leader for the Éclaireur (11-14 years old) for over 11 years and is a Certified Trainer with l’Association des Scouts du Canada.

Christine is an archivist at the Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson of the Université de Moncton and is responsible for the private and institutional archives. She is also a practicing National Archive Appraisal Board (NAAB) appraiser and serves on the NAAB Board as director for the Atlantic region.  She is also a founding member of the research Group on Archives and Women in Acadia (GRAFA) at the Université de Moncton.

Christine also collaborates on several large-scale projects including two funded by the Human Sciences Research Council (SSHRC): Military Service, Citizenship, and Public Culture in Atlantic Canada directed by the Institut d'études acadiennes of the Université de Moncton and the Gregg Center for Study of War and Society; and a partnership project Three Centuries of Francophone Migrations in North America led by the Université Saint-Boniface.

Heath Johnson

Riverview, NB

Heath Johnson is an educator, volunteer, and life-long Scouter. He has been involved in the Scouting movement since the age of six, having been a youth member in all sections, and attributes Scouting as a defining experience in his life.  As an adult volunteer, he has continued his commitment as a Scouter in Moncton, Halifax, Oxford (UK), Dorval (QC), and Levin, New Zealand. Experiencing Scouting in different provinces and countries has given him a broader perspective on Scouting, and what it can offer.

Heath holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford. Professionally, Heath is the head of the business and IT faculties at a local career college. Combined with previous work in economic development, over the last decade he has helped hundreds of young people pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions. Prior to this work, Heath was a management consultant, assisting businesses facing difficulties.  

In addition to his 23 years volunteering with Scouts Canada, Heath has volunteered for the Board of Directors of Orienteering New Brunswick for 11 years, during which time membership doubled and the organization hosted a national championship.  He was also proud to volunteer as a translator at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In recognition of his leadership, Heath received the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from HRH Earl of Wessex in 2005 and was named one of Greater Moncton’s “Top 20 Under 40” in September 2020.  

<b>Kathleen Provost</b>

Kathleen Provost

Kathleen Provost

Antigonish, NS

Kathleen started her involvement in Scouting when her son join Beavers, her husband began volunteering as a leader and soon after her daughter joined too. Though she helped out at camps, cooking, being an honorary Rainbow leader  (Lachine) when asked, she felt she could make a real difference with the administrative side of the scouting life. For the last 15 years, Kathleen volunteered as a group commissioner and group registrar (11th Ottawa); she was a Board member of Scouts Canada Foundation for a number of years and acted as Deputy National Commissioner, Development for three years.

Professionally, Kathleen was appointed St. Francis Xavier University’s Campaign Director after tenure of more than 4 years at Coady International Institute, as Director, Fund Development and Communications. She brings over 25 years of fundraising experience within the not-for-profit sector. Her career has brought her from Quebec, to Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Kathleen is a recognized bilingual leader in the field of fundraising; and she has been a Certified Fundraising Executive since 2007.

<b>Brigitta Schuler</b>

Brigitta Schuler

Brigitta Schuler

East St. Paul, MB

Brigitta joins the Board as an experienced volunteer who is new to Scouting. The majority of her volunteer background comes through leading church youth groups and participating in a variety of youth summer programs. She is very excited to participate in Scouts and learn more about what makes this program so great.

Brigitta currently attends the Asper School of Business in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She will be graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a double major in International Business and Supply Chain Management.

Bill Schulte

Sooke, BC

Bill’s love for the outdoors goes back to his time as a Scout in Fraser Lake, BC. While his original Scouting time was short, Bill returned to Scouting in 2004 as a Beaver Scout Leader in Sooke, BC. Since then, Bill has been a Scouter for Cubs, Scouts and Venturers; Group and Area Commissioner, Cascadia Council Commissioner (2012 to 2015) as well as a Certified Trainer. The last few years Bill has been involved with the Pacific Jamboree Teams, Camp Committees, and the Canadian Fellowship of Baden-Powel Guilds.

Bill retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2008 after 31 years as an Electronic Technician and Combat System Engineer. Bill currently manages the Formation Command Analytics department in Maritime Pacific Command.

Carlie Tiller

St. Thomas, ON

Carlie first joined Scouting in 2011 as an S.I.T with a Beaver Colony in St. Thomas, Ontario. Intrigued by the adventures and experiences that the Beavers were having, Carlie joined the 7th St. Thomas Venturer Company, a Group where she continues to be a participant and Section Scouter.  Carlie has worked in various roles at the Area level in Elgin Area, and most recently completed a term as the Council Youth Commissioner in Tri-Shores Council. Her favourite memory in Scouting to-date is travelling with her Rover Crew and meeting Scouts from all over the world. 

In her personal life she volunteers with Character Curtain Calls, a children's theatre company out of St. Thomas—working with youth in the community, Grades 2-9, to advance education in the field of dramatic arts. 

Carlie looks forward to the next chapter of her Scouting career as a member of the Board.