Honourary & Past Board of Directors
Christine Rodway has been sailing since she was a child with her father and grandfather out of Frenchman's Bay. Christine's early boating experience was exclusively focused on sailing, earning her CYA White Sail 1-3 by the time she was in her teens. Christine is a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron; having achieved her Seamanship status. Christine is the Commander of York East District, managing five squadrons and teaching safe boating. Christine is also a member of the Aquatic Park Sailing Club, where her sailboat is moored for the summer months.
Miles Smit MA, Ph.D has been involved with T-SAR since January, 2014. He is co-Director and co-Founder of the Petrarch Institute, which specializes in online education on Renaissance and Classical learning rubrics, such as Stoicism, Rhetoric and the Virtues. He has provided consulting and advisory to private and public sector clients on Risk, Strategy, Facilitation and Education. Since 2018 Miles has served as President of the Canadian ideas society, Civitas. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium, and is a supporter of fine and decorative arts in Canada, and the Toronto creative music scene. He lives near the lake shore near downtown Toronto, and is active in the Parish of Holy Family.
L Col Matthew Gaasenbeek III HBA is currently the Honorary L. Colonel of the Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regiment, and his past leadership roles are vast, including: President of the RCMI, Chairman of the Ontario Development Corporation, Director of Midland Doherty.
Andrew Wnek BCom, MBA, CPA, CA is asenior financial executive with significant retail, oil and gas and not for profit industry experience, he held senior finance roles with Canadian Tire Corporation including Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration in a twenty one year career. Andrew also developed strong technology knowledge as the Chief Information Officer for over seven years for the Corporation. Most recently he was the National CFO for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Robert Kyba BSc and BCom, CMRP is a management consultant with 35 years' experience, specializing in applied analytics, and marketing challenges-launching new brands, corporate programs and new businesses, or enhancing the marketing outcomes for existing brands. In a career spanning healthcare marketing, lifestyle assessment, behavioural analytics and the provision of strategic insight, his recent work is geared to the needs of the medical community including leading pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers.
John Thompson BA, CD is one of Canada's more prolific commentators and researchers on issues of terrorism and other forms of organized violence and political instability. He served 13 years in the Canadian Army, five in the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and ran the Mackenzie Institute for over 20 years. He is also an emerging author.
William A King, J.D. (Retired) has practiced law for over 35 years. He graduated from Osgoode
Hall Law School in 1971, articled at Edison, Aird & Berlis (now Aird
& Berlis LLP) and returned there following the Bar Admission where
he stayed until mid 1976. He then founded his own practice, primarily
focused on corporate law, real estate, wills, powers of attorney and
estates, and has remained a sole practitioner to the present. William
has served on the Board of The North Toronto Hockey Association and was a
founding member and director of the Canadian Foundation for the Study
of Infant Deaths.
Sylvie Lavoie, BBA, CGA (Retired) has been a member of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario since 1992. She completed her Bachelor in Business Administration from York University in 1976 after completing her studies in the Bahamas and Boca Raton, Florida. Her experience in accounting, internal audit, and with accounting systems and operations includes Canadian General Electric, Ultramar Canada, and Tupperware Canada. Since 1989 she is a consultant and as such, she helps small and medium enterprises to choose software, implement it, and train personnel to manage their own financial affairs. Sylvie has taught at Seneca College part time and was treasurer of the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club for two years. Sylvie was treasurer of Les Centres D'Accueil Heritage from 2008 until March 2011.
Gary Gibson joined the Metropolitan Toronto Police in 1976 and retired March 2012 with over 35 years of experience. During the 1980's Gary worked in many different roles in areas of critical importance, including the Major Crime Unit, Homicide, and The Public Order Unit (Riot Squad). In August 1993 Gary was assigned to the Toronto Police Marine Unit and during his time there he developed an expertise in Marine Law. He also had several other roles of critical importance, including Boat Patrol Officer, Community Service Officer (He has been on several TV shows), and Coordinator of G20 Marine Logistics.
Jane McKenna is a long-time community leader in Burlington where she has lived for over 35 years. In that time, she has been involved with many projects for organizations including Rotary Central, The Carpenter Hospice and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. A self-educated entrepreneur, Jane has launched her own company, Rainmaker Consulting, a firm that builds on years of experience with in-house consulting services delivered to many of Burlington's small businesses. A tireless volunteer, Jane brought her trademark optimism and energy to Queen's Park as Burlington's provincial representative.
Freda Kemp BSc, MBA - From an early career in marketing and brand management, Freda Kemp made a commitment to work for social good. For the balance of her career, she has worked with government organizations and NGO's in the areas of social marketing, sponsorship and fundraising. She has both developed programs and secured the resources to fund those programs. Ms. Kemp currently works with the City of Toronto Museums Unit. With an experienced team, she has led the drive to secure government, sponsorship and private funding for Museum programs and exhibits and for the recent Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812. She has also worked closely with the Fort York Foundation to generate capital funding for the new Fort York Visitor Centre.
Barbara Byers is the Public Education Director and Research Director at the Lifesaving Society and is the Research Director of the National Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada. Barbara is the Past Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the current chair of the Educational Programs Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Water Safety Congress (USA), the International Lifesaving Federation's Drowning Prevention Commission, a past member of the ILS Drowning Report committee and one of the principal authors of the 2007 World Drowning Report.