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Directors

Patrick S. Curtis BA, CIM, FCSI

Chairman

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HCol Patrick Curtis is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager at CIBC Wood Gundy. He has advised institutional and private clients since 1994. He has attained numerous industry designations and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Prior to this, Patrick was an award winning Sales Executive at Xerox Canada.

Patrick is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. During university, he successfully operated a College Pro Painters franchise and founded Protomark, a company which designed and sold products for the painting industry.

He is currently Honorary Colonel of RCAF 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, a Director and Vice-President of the NATO Association of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada and the Rotary Club - Forest Hill.

In 2012, Patrick founded Toronto Search and Rescue – Marine (T-SAR). Today, T-SAR has over 25 volunteers and as a member in good standing with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, provides on-water search and rescue in and around Toronto's waters. T-SAR also provides a community life jacket loaner program and educational outreach to children in grades two and six in the Greater Toronto Area.  

Christine Rodway

Vice Chair and Corporate Secretary

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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 focussed on sailing, earning her CYA White Sail 1-3 by the time she was in her teens. Cottaging took her away from sailing for a few years but she was drawn back to it while in France where she found herself wandering around marinas and dreaming of a life at sea. Upon returning home, she bought her first sailboat. The dream of living aboard became a reality in 2007 when Christine traded in her 23' CS for 36' Catalina.

Christine lived aboard her sailboat for five years before purchasing another vessel; a large power boat to afford more space. Together, with her husband Petr Jano, they successfully navigated the 42' Silverton from Midland to Toronto via the Trent-Severn Waterway. Christine and Petr continue to enjoy summers and winters living aboard at Marina Quay West in Toronto.

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.

Christine has spent the last sixteen years building her professional career with Soroc Technology. She now enjoys the very dynamic position of Vice President National Services. She manages a team of 129 people delivering IT maintenance services to the company's clients across Canada.

Recently Christine was appointed to Vice-Chair / Corporate Secretary, a volunteer position she is very excited about. It will be a strong complement to her marine education and to her community outreach activities.  

Goran Jovanovic B.Sc

Treasurer and Director

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Goran Jovanovic is the founder and President of Omega Network Solutions. Since 2005, his company has been successfully providing IT services to small and medium-sized businesses throughout the GTA. Goran brings more than thirty years of business and IT experience in a varied range of environments from large corporations such as Imperial Oil to small businesses.

Goran is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in computer sciences. He was a founding member of the Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto. Goran combined his love of skiing and rescue work as a Canadian Ski Patroller for nine years.

Goran has gained valuable financial experience throughout his business career that he will bring to the role of Secretary-Treasurer of Toronto Search and Rescue. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two teenage children.  

Glenn Osmond B.Sc, CCP

Director

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Glenn Osmond is a human resources professional with extensive experience in providing advice at a corporate level within the public sectors of both Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario.

His areas of expertise have included compensation, job evaluation (system design and administration), pay equity and the development and administration of pay policies. His experience has also focused on organizational design as well as providing support to collective bargaining and the employee relations process through labour market research and analysis, collective agreement administration and assisting HR professionals and legal counsel with the resolution of compensation grievances.

Glenn is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in psychology and is a certified compensation professional.

Over the years, he has served in a volunteer capacity with the St. John's Junior Chamber of Commerce, as past President of the Toronto chapter of the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), and in various roles with the Canadian Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA). He is also a licensed pilot and a member of the Buttonville Flying Club.  

Miles Smit MA, Ph.D

Director

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Miles Smit has been involved with T-SAR since January, 2014. He currently serves as Executive Vice President to Speakers Action Group, a think-tank dedicated to upholding the core Canadian values of tolerance and understanding through education against racism and anti-Semitism.

Miles co-founded the Petrarch Institute, which specializes in online education on Renaissance and Classical learning rubrics, such as the Virtues.

He also provides freelance strategic management consulting and advisory support to international clients in the private sector.

Miles serves on the Board of Directors 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 lakeshore in downtown Toronto, in the Parish of St. Michael's Cathedral.  

Angela Tai B.Sc

Director

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Angela Tai is an experienced Human Resources professional, specializing in Compensation analysis and consulting. Early in her Human Resources career Angela worked in corporate HR within the Financial Services Sector before moving on to Human Resources Consulting in downtown Toronto, working with clients in the private and public sectors as well as not-for-profit organizations. Angela's expertise includes equity compensation, job evaluation, pay equity, compensation structure design and salary administration.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from the University of the West Indies and a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University.  

Sylvie Lavoie, BBA, CGA

Director

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Sylvie Lavoie 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.  

Dr. Paul Nash Ph.D.

Director

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Dr. Paul Nash is a professional writer and editor. He is Toronto-based Correspondent for Diplomatic Courier magazine and a frequent China commentator. He is a member of the National Press Club of Washington, D.C., serving on the Newsmakers Committee. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Senior Investment Writer/ Manager Investment Communications for a large global investment firm, He also teaches international relations for a U.K university.  

Honorary Directors

L Col Matthew Gaasenbeek III HBA

Honorary Director

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Matthew Gaasenbeek is an Honorary Director of Toronto Search and Rescue and brings decades of experience to the table. He 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.

Within the community Matthew has worked tirelessly as an environmentalist, taking leadership roles in the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Quetico Park Foundation, and Bird Studies Canada.  

Kathryn Langley Hope RN BScN MA (cand) CLT

Honorary Director

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Kathryn is president of K E Hope Consultants for 25 + years, focusing on both practice and patient care management, ergonomics, education and research, in the allopathic and complementary health fields privately, institutionally and in the community and of Bio Med Nova, 'specializing in proven innovative technologies', now utilizing Low Intensity Laser Therapy in clinics in Ontario.

Educated at The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Toronto, then U of T, graduating from U of Windsor, this led her to a challenging, very diverse, exceptional career in Canada and the US.

Kathryn brings a breadth of volunteer service, including being a Member of the ROM's Currelly Society and RPC, the Bata Shoe Museum Collector's Circle, Canada Company, the RCMI as member and benefactor, the ACC/NATO Council of Canada as Member of the Board and benefactor, Brushamania as a Member of the Board and supporter, along with involvement in multiple regiments/organizations supporting the families and members of our Canadian Forces and the NTCC Annual 'Kettle' Campaign as a Leader for 11+ years. As a Rotary Paul Harris 4 Sapphire Fellow, a Nightingale Honour Roll Nominee, Dame of the The Order of St George and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, these indicate, some of that depth which she brings to our board.  

Andrew Wnek BCom, MBA, CPA, CA

Honorary Director

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A senior 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. He has served on several Boards including as Finance Chair for six years on the Royal Conservatory of Music Board and as Audit Committee Chair for Momentum, a technology service provider. Andrew is married with three children, has volunteered extensively for a number of schools and served with a community association for over ten years.  

Robert Kyba BSc and BCom, CMRP

Honorary Director

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Robert 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.

Insights gleaned from a strongly team-focused approach have led Robert to develop effective proprietary analytical tools and new approaches to brand management.  

John Thompson BA, CD

Honorary Director

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John Thompson 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.  

Mike Sundell BFA

Honorary Director

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Before he landed his first Art Directors position in New York City with Margeotes, Fertitta and Weiss in 1993, Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He remained in the United States working for such firms as AKA Advertising in Portland, Oregon and Wong Doody in Seattle. Returning to Canada in 1996, he headed immediately to Toronto where he now calls home.

He's built award winning campaigns for four out of the top five advertising agencies in Canada, namely Taxi, DDB, Zig and BBDO. He left Sharpe Blackmore Euro RSCG in 2010 where he was Associate Creative Director to launch his own firm, Character & Klatch Brand Development, Advertising and Design. His work has won him numerous awards from Communication Arts, Marketing, New York Art Directors, ADCC, New York Festivals, Applied Arts and the One Show.  

Barbara Byers

Honorary Director

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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.

She is responsible for leading the collection, analysis and dissemination of water incident research in Canada. This scientific evidence-based data is used to guide the development of drowning prevention initiatives.

Barbara is responsible for developing the strategic and executional components for the Lifesaving Society's annual Water Smart campaign, directed at changing the behaviour of Canadians to prevent drowning and water-related injuries.

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.

Barbara has been with the Lifesaving Society for over 20 years. Prior her position with the Lifesaving Society, Barbara had marketing/advertising positions with Warner Lambert and the Leo Burnett advertising agency. She is a graduate of the HBA Program at the University of Western Ontario and resides in Toronto.  

Past Directors

Gary Gibson

Director

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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

Director

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Jane McKenna is a long-time community leader in Burlington and has lived here 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.

During her time as Burlington MPP, Jane dedicated herself to delivering the same level of professional and dedicated service to her constituents that she has shown in her community. She served as Critic for Children & Youth Services, Critic for Government Services and most recently Critic for Economic Development, Trade and Employment. She also served as Co-Chair of the Greater Toronto Area Policy Advisory Council and Co-chair for Community Outreach.

Jane was an active member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. As part of her committee work she was involved in the investigation into the scandal around diluted chemotherapy drugs and a key member of the Local Health System Integration Network Act review. Jane also introduced legislation designed to raise awareness of the warning symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest in children and youth, and authored a well-regarded discussion paper, Paths to Prosperity: A Fresh Start for Children and Youth.  

Freda Kemp BSc, MBA

Director

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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.

Working as a consultant to all levels of government and to non-profit organizations, Ms. Kemp has helped bring the private sector together with the public and non-profit to the benefit of all. Her project experience includes the APEC conference, the 2008 Toronto Olympic Bid, the Ministry of Enterprise Opportunity and Innovation's Conference and the Student Connection Program. Past clients include Health Canada, Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, City of Kingston, City of Mississauga, Town of Richmond Hill, Kingston Public Library and the Midland Public Library on feasibility studies, strategies and capital campaigns. In addition to her work with Toronto Search and Rescue, Ms. Kemp also serves on the Board of Sharon Temple Museum Society.  

John-Edward C. Hyde BA, MA, LLB, JD

Vice-Chair and Legal Counsel

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John Hyde is a management-side lawyer and a partner at the firm of Levitt & Grosman LLP, nationally recognized as one of Canada's pre-eminent Boutique Labour and Employment Law Firms.

John advises management on all aspects of employment and labour law, including representation before administrative tribunals, collective agreement negotiation, arbitrations, wrongful dismissal defense and human rights. He also assists clients in providing strategic legal and human resources advice on labour and employment matters arising out of complex mergers, acquisitions and the sale of businesses. John's pre-law background is in operations and human resources management in the transportation industry. This experience provides him with the unique opportunity to assist clients in the formulation of practical legal solutions, specifically tailored to their needs.

John is one of only 24 lawyers in Ontario certified as a Specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

John is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute and is an avid sailer at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.  

Derek Cartier

Commanding Officer and Director

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Derek Cartier has a long history of service with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA). For 15 years he has served with a CCGA Search and Rescue unit holding positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as Deputy Commanding Officer with the rank of Vice-Commodore.

As Deputy Commanding Officer he oversaw all operational matters and was responsible for coordinating joint operations with other agencies. In 2010 he was recognized for his excellent operational support for assisting Marine Police units during the G20 Summit in Toronto.

He has served on several competition teams, competing in both national and international Search and Rescue competitions. He was Captain of the team that won the 2007 Canadian Search and Rescue Championship, in addition to winning two major titles at international Search and Rescue competitions in 2003.

A long-time resident of Toronto, Derek is responsible for logistical operations at a major Canadian retailer. He is married with two children and lives near the waterfront in Toronto.  

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