Board Of Directors
Kyle Paterson, President
Kyle Paterson has been a lifetime resident of the Durham Region who cherishes the concept of living, working and contributing to the community in which he lives. Formerly holding the Member Relations role at the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Paterson made the move to Bryson Insurance in 2015 where he is now the Director of Operational Analytics. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, he also chairs the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee. Furthering his commitment to the community, he sits on the Downtown Whitby Steering Committee and is an Ambassador for Durham Sustain Ability.
Cathy MacAskill, Vice-President
MacAskill Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
Cathy MacAskill is the Executive Director of MacAskill Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, as well as the Head Weight Loss Coach and Pilates Instructor. After graduating from Wilfred Laurier University and several years of corporate management, MacAskill made a career shift and began managing Dr. MacAskill’s Chiropractic practice. McAskill is a passionate community member and volunteers her time to numerous organizations such as school community councils, Rotary, YMCA, Hearth Place, Whitby Minor Baseball and Whitby Minor Hockey.
Brandon McBride, Secretary
Mason Bennett Johncox
Brandon McBride is a lawyer at Mason Bennett Johncox Professional Corporation primarily practicing in the areas of business, wills and estates, and real estate law. Currently, McBride is a 2017-2018 Board member of the Rotary Club of Whitby, member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Committee, and member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Satellite Club of Brooklin.
Kevin Bathe, Treasurer
Ritchie Shortt & Tully LLP Chartered Accountants
Kevin Bathe is an accountant at Ritchie Shortt & Tully LLP Chartered Professional Accountants in Whitby. Bathe stays involved in the community as a member of the Durham Youth Justice Committee through the Boys and Girls Club of Oshawa, volunteers his time to Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity and regularly attends events held by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Accounting Association to stay connected with students and provide career advice.
Derrick Gleed, Mayor's Designate
Regional Councillor, Town of Whitby
Regional Councillor Derrick Gleed has served on Council since 2013, first as the North Ward Councillor and currently as Regional Councillor. Gleed’s involvement has included serving on the LACAC Heritage Whitby Committee, Whitby Seniors Services Committee of Council, Brooklin Downtown Development Steering Committee and Groveside Cemetery Board. Appointed as a Regional Councillor in 2016, Gleed is currently on the Health & Social Services Committee. He also sits on the Durham Region Local Housing Authority, the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change, as well as the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. Gleed has been in the Life and Health Insurance business for 34 years and is the Managing Partner of Petley Hare Life and Financial here in Durham. Gleed has also been an active community volunteer for the 28 years of living in Whitby, including the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise amongst numerous other organizations.
Tara Brodie joined Durham College in June 2017 as the Director of Corporate Training Services (CTS), headquartered at the Whitby campus. As Director of CTS, Brodie leads a high-performance team that liaisons and builds partnerships with Durham and GTA businesses to develop and deliver training solutions to address todays’ business challenges. Prior to joining Durham College, Brodie worked at Longview, a financial software company, as the Global Director of Learning Services. There she developed and implemented successful strategies to transform and grow an existing North American training division into a world-class global education service organization. Brodie's experience also includes a 12-year tenure at IBM Canada, where she excelled in various IT and Services sales roles, and substantially grew partner and vendor relationships as a curriculum manager within IBM Education.
Matt Douglas is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for CRCS DKI with a Business Diploma from Loyalist College. Douglas is a founding member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Committee, and a member of 100 Men Who Care Oshawa. Douglas dedicates his time to various event committees which include, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre Epilepsy Durham and their Epic Golf Challenge and a local business committee that raises funds for Breakfast Club of Canada.
Brion Hendry (CA, CPA)
BDO Canada LLP
Brion Hendry is a Partner in Assurance and Accounting at BDO Canada and the Technology and Life Sciences Practice Leader for the Greater Toronto Area with over twelve years’ experience auditing Canadian and US technology companies. Hendry serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Whitby-Oshawa Conservative Electoral District and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Committee.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Matthew Mackenzie is a Government Relations and Strategic Communications professional with a background in industry associations, private sector consulting, publicly-traded corporations and post-secondary sectors, currently serving as the Government Relations Officer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Mackenzie is a proud partner in the newest online news source, Huntsville Doppler and serves on many Boards such as Scogog Fibre Inc. (Municipal Services Corporation of the Township of Scugog), Science Rendezvous, C3 Digital Media Group Inc. and Mackenzie Communications Inc.
new initiatives hr consulting inc.
Miller brings over 15 years’ experience as a human resources professional to large and small corporations throughout North America. Millers’s passion is too educate and partner with employers/business-owners. As an advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, she is an active Advisor with the Spark Centre in Durham Region. For the last nine years, she is active as the Vice-Chair for Big Brother & Sisters of South West Durham and Northumberland.
Royal Ashburn Golf Club
Dave Paterson operates the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, his family business. Through Royal Ashburn, he supports and works with many community organizations including the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame and the Whitby Dunlops. As a passionate and committed community member, Paterson has helped raise funds to support Youth Education for Conservation, a program he developed in 2009 with Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.
Heather St. Amand
Heather St. Amand is the Director of Communications and Marketing at the Abilities Centre. Prior to that time, she worked at Channel 12 CHEX-TV in Oshawa and at Global Thunder Bay and Newcap Television in Lloydminster, Alberta. St. Amand spends her spare time as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham, a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter and a freelance photographer and writer for Snapd Whitby, Ajax and Pickering.