BOARD OF GOVERNORS

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EVELYN KELLY

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): RTR, ACR (Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists), RN, BSc (Anatomy),  MA (Health Care Administration) DIM (Ministry), Queen’s Governance Program

Position/Responsibility on Board: Board Chair

Years of Service on Board: Since 2007 (2003 – 2010 Recording Secretary for the Board)

Background: Career started as a Radiological Technologist, Flight Nurse and Nursing Officer with the Canadian Forces eventually teaching Radiation Sciences and Anatomy at the Michener Institute and the University of Toronto. As a member of Canadian Forces Medical Services, commanded 25 Toronto Medical Company and acted as the Reserve Medical Advisor to the Commander of 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters and Land Force Central Area. Past National President of the Last Post Fund. President of Ev Kelly Services, teaching online and in-hospital courses for Radiation Technologists. Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA – Public Administration and Public Policy, University of Western Ontario. Canadian Institute of Management – Certificate of Management and Administration (4 year program)

Position/Responsibility on Board: Immediate Past Board Chair

Years of Service on Board: Since 2006

Background: Worked in various positions through to senior management in heavy industry prior to self employment in 1996. I remained in the machine and tooling business until retiring in 2016. I also enjoyed a parallel career in the Canadian Forces Reserves from 1966 to 2004 commanding the Elgin Regt (RCAC) and 31 Combat Engineer Regt (The Elgins), from 1996 to 2002. Additionally, I instructed at Fanshaw College in business management and supervision.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I joined CGL out of interest in the Commissionaires and their mission and mandate. Later, I accepted the invitation to become a Governor as a path to assist CGL to maintain their direction as stated in the Statement of Purpose.

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Education/Professional Designation(s): Marketing Certificate, Sir George Williams University, Montreal; Graduate, Fellowship Real Estate Industry (ARI) University of Toronto; Fellow, Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)

Position/Responsibility on Board: First Vice Chair

Years of Service on Board: Member of Commissionaires since 1992

Background: Commanded Lawrence Park C.I. Cadet Corps (Cadet LCol); As a Master Cadet, attended the first Special Cadet Camp in Banff, Alberta; Joined Reserve Army while in high school, “Sapper”, Royal Can. Engineers; Officer Training, The Royal Regt of Canada, 6 months full time, Base Borden; Joined the British Army as a Canadian, served with the King’s Regt in Hong Kong and the SAS Special Forces, in jungle operations against Chin Peng and his terrorists in Malaya (Malayan Emergency); Qualified Military Parachutist, Changi, Singapore; Commanded, The Royal Regt of Canada; Served in Honorary Positions, Royal Regt of Canada,  Toronto Scottish Regt,  Grey & Simcoe Foresters; Serving Past Chairman, Executive Council Hon Col’s of Canada (Army); Serving Vice-Chairman, Veterans Committee of the Board, Sunnybrook Hospital; Member, International Counter Terrorism Officers Association; Former Canadian Chairman, WW Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, in this capacity reported directly to Group Capt. Leonard Cheshire VC, in UK; Former Vice Pres. Canadian Commandery’s, The Military and Hospitaller; Order of St. Lazarus, (KCStL); Former President (Ontario), St. John Ambulance (KStJ); Former President, Fort York Branch Can. Legion (Branch 165); Former Director (Canada), World Society for the Protection of Animals, appointed by MGen Peter Davies, CB, Director General UK; Former Director, The Royal Canadian Military Institute; Former A de C, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (10 years) Recently, retired Vice-President and Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities; Recognized in the Military, by three Foreign Countries.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: My father served in WWI and WWII and he taught me to respect and honour Veterans.  CGL Board is a great way to respect his wishes, and volunteer my time.

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Lieutenant Commander (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s):  RN, Train the Trainer, Canadian Securities Course

Position/Responsibility on Board:  Chair, Finance Committee

Years of Service on Board:  Since 2016

Background:  Career with the Royal Bank of Canada for 35 years in various senior management roles. Joined the Naval Reserve in Hamilton during High School and then promoted as a Direct Entry Officer following graduation as a Nurse.  Worked in various management roles both at HMCS STAR and HMCS YORK.  Appointed as the first female Executive Officer at HMCS YORK. Past President of the Fort York Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 and the first female President in 85 years.  Volunteers at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre as a wheelchair escort, appointed to the Veterans Advisory Council of the Board in 2015 and a Member of the Comfort Fund for Veterans at Sunnybrook. Volunteers with Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service and Nursing Sisters Association of Toronto.  Speaker with the Memory Project. 

Why decided to serve on the CGL Board:  I was encouraged to join the CGL Board by other members of the Board who thought I would be a good fit for this nonprofit organization.

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Captain (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA – Royal Military College; LLB – University of Toronto

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

Years of Service on Board: Since 2014

Professional Background: Joined the military following high school. Commissioned as Lieutenant in Royal Canadian Artillery following Royal Military College. Moved to Toronto to attend law school, and moved to the Reserves with 7 Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. Practiced law at Fraser and Beatty from 1986 to retirement in 2014 specializing in Civil Litigation.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I believe that we provide innovative and quality opportunities for employees and employers. I want to assure that this continues into the future.

ADRIAN JOHN PRAYSNER

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA (Wilfred Laurier), MCSC, CD

Position/Responsibility on Board: Chair AMOD 2016; Former Chair CGL Marketing Committee

Years of Service on Board: Since 1998

Background:  Commanding Officer, The Royal Regiment of Canada; Senior Staff Officer Infantry – LFCA & Canadian Infantry Advisory Board; Canadian Forces Liaison Council; Senior Staff Officer Administration & Logistics; SO Personnel TMD HQ.  Various training roles. Civilian background includes management positions with Bell Canada; Stentor and BCE within sales, training, marketing and strategic planning functions for regional and national business markets. Other roles include Vice President Sales, Marketing and Support Services for mid-sized software firm with global client base. President ORA; VP DCRA; Treasurer Army Cadet League Foundation of Ontario. Currently Managing Partner Camicol Enterprises providing consulting services in US and Canada.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: Third generation military; my father, a WWll veteran and career infantryman, made the challenging transition to a civilian career with assistance of those that understood military skills. I would like to contribute the support that he benefited from, to others.

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RON SMITH

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): CRA designation Appraisal Institute of Canada, Mohawk College, Hamilton

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor, Chair of HR Committee, Chair of Property Committee

Years of Service on Board: Since 2005

Background: Retired Real Estate broker with Coldwell Banker Realty, TD Canada Trust Senior Commercial Mortgage Officer. AVCO Financial Services Manager. Reserve Army, Commanding Officer Elgin Regt (RCAC), Commanding Officer LMD HQ/G4, Directing Staff, Militia Officer Training School, Commanding Officer 22 (London) Svc Bn/21 Svc Bn, total 33 years. Chair of St John Ambulance, St Thomas Branch for 15 years.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I joined the Commissionaires Board because of the excellent reputation Commissionaires have and I wanted to help with the continuance of this fine reputation.

MARK TINLIN

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)

Education/Professional Designation(s): BA Law and Political Science – Carleton University; CSE – American Security Institute

Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

Years of Service on Board: Since 2013

Background: Careers in law enforcement and university administration, retired Director of Public Safety for Carleton University. Held political offices as Deputy Mayor of South Frontenac and currently city councillor in St. Thomas. Extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations in an executive position as Priory Secretary and Registrar for the Order of St. John, Priory of Canada, as well as a career in the Canadian Forces Reserves serving with The Elgin Regt [RCAC] I Hussars and OIC Military Police LMD retiring in the rank of Captain. Additionally, I served for several years as an academic advisor to the Police Foundations Program at Algonquin College of Applied Arts.

Why decided to serve on CGL Board: I jointed CGL because I believe in the goals and objectives of the Commissionaires and of my desire to help veterans find meaningful and fulfilling work.

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PAUL HONG

Lieutenant (Navy)

Education/Professional Designation(s):  HBA (University of Western Ontario), LLB (Osgoode Hall), MA (RMC).

 Position/Responsibility on Board: Governor

 Years of Service on Board:  Since 2016

 Background:  Maritime Surface/Sub-surface Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Served onboard several Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. Currently the Operations Officer at HMCS York. Former Aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Currently on the board of directors for St. John Ambulance (Council for Ontario). Previously served on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including as Vice Chair of Caledon Community Services (a social services agency), on the executive of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association and on the executive of the Naval Officers Association of Canada (Toronto branch). Served as an international election observer with non-governmental organizations on missions to Ukraine and Tunisia. Former director of policy to the ministers of foreign affairs and national defense. Called to the Bar in Ontario.

 Why decided to serve on the CGL Board: To support veterans and others who provide an important service to our community.