Tim Richardson - Executive Director
Tim Richardson joined Project Canoe in 2015, having previously worked at the organization as a summer program coordinator. Tim studied Nonprofit Management and Leadership, has worked with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, sits on the board of arts-based cancer initiative "Twist Out Cancer", and was a fellow in "Connect the Sector". He is inspired by his passion for building community, engaging youth and the great Canadian outdoors. Tim wore a trip rope from one of his first canoe trips for a decade before it was taken off during arm surgery.
Gillian Burt - Program Director
Gillian joined Project Canoe in 2017 as the Summer Program Director. She comes to the team with over 10 years in experiential and traditional education, focusing on programs rooted in social justice, holism and sustainability. She has been paddling since she could walk, loves keeping the smell of campfire on her clothes for as long as possible and lives and breathes the outdoors. She is passionate about community engagement, environmental stewardship and facilitating individualized experiences for youth to learn and grow.
Mariana Borsuk-Gudz - Intake Manager
Mariana joined the Project Canoe team in 2017 as a canoe tripper, and is currently working as PC’s Intake Manager. Working with Project Canoe combines two great loves of Mariana's - getting out into the great outdoors, and working with outstanding youth. She brings over ten years of experience with wilderness tripping, and five years experience working with youth in a wilderness and recreational therapy context, as well as with therapeutic counselling and youth outreach. Mariana is currently based in Toronto, ON, and is a registered social worker holding a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree, specializing in working with children and their families.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brian Freeman (Chair & President)
Brian has been on the Board of Directors of Project Canoe for more than ten years, and served as the Chair of the Board and President for more than five years. Brian graduated with a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a J.D./MBA from the University of Toronto. Brian currently works as General Counsel for The Stronach Group, North America’s largest operator of horse racing tracks. Brian is passionate about empowering youth and the transformative impact of Project Canoe’s wilderness program.
Anne Comer (Vice-Chair)
Anne started volunteering with Project Canoe in 2012 and joined the Board in 2013. Having a career that spans both education and business gives Anne a unique perspective on personal development and organizational effectiveness, which she brings to Project Canoe’s HR & Governance committee.
Landon Roedding (Treasurer)
Landon, a Chartered Professional Accountant, has over 14 years of experience in financial reporting and is currently working at Blue goose Pure Foods as their financial controller. Landon previously worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP as a senior manager in their audit practice as well as working in senior financial roles with Sherritt International Corporation and Kinross Gold Corporation. Landon grew up with canoeing and hiking integrated into his family vacations and has nurtured a passion for the outdoors ever since. Landon enjoys sharing his love of the outdoors with others through canoe, camping and hiking trips. In his role as Treasurer, Landon has leveraged his many years of experience in financial reporting to support the financial functions of Project Canoe and ensure sound financial practices are being followed.
Peter Szathmary (Secretary)
Peter has been a volunteer with Project Canoe since 2011, working on Fund Development Committee and the Finance Committee. Having spent many summers of his youth camping and canoeing with Scouts Canada he gained a love for the wilderness early in life and remains an avid tripper to this day. Working with the passionate people at Project Canoe fulfills Peter’s desire to support the wellbeing of Toronto’s youth by sharing the healing power of the wilderness.
Peter has been a technologist for over thirty years, specializing in information technology for trading floors and wealth management. Peter is a lifelong Torontonian with two grown children who both share his love for the outdoors.
Olivier Adrien (Member)
I started as a youth with Project Canoe in 2012, after 2 years of canoe tripping with PC I became a Summer intern in 2014. Having fell in love with the frontline work of Project Canoe, I spent the next 4 years working on community outreach programs and research projects.
I spend my summers hiking and kayaking, and helping grass-root community projects on the up and up. I have benefited, witnessed and have had the privilege to facilitate the growth and healing that comes from outdoor recreation and I hope to continue to help the next generation in its stewardship with my continuing studies in social work.
Aaron Campbell-Sholzberg (Member)
In my youth I was a participant with Project Canoe as well as a canoe trip leader when I was an adult. With those experiences I consider myself very lucky. I have learned first hand both as a participant, leader, and behind the scenes board member just how important Project Canoe is for youth with barriers. I understand our program inside and out and have personally witnessed lives transform due to the right guidance, care, and environment. Our youth are not the only ones who change and grow on this journey but the staff and everyone involved as well. I have been a volunteer on the program committee since 2006 and I have been on the board since 2010. I work for Mountain Equipment Co-op and I am a student at the University Of Toronto studying Sociology and Political Science.
Amy Jones (Member)
Amy Jones is a Child and Youth Worker, who has been doing group residential care in the field of Children’s Mental Health for almost a decade. She became interested in canoe tripping during a networking trip that PC hosted for service providers. That trip inspired her to plan two PC partnership trips for youth in the group home where she works full-time. Amy is currently on maternity leave with her first child – getting an early start raising the next generation of canoe trippers!
Anaya Lambert (Member)
Anaya began her relationship with Project Canoe in 2016 in her role as an LGBTQ2S+ Community Programs Facilitator; doing outdoor education and outdoor recreation coordination at one of Canada’s renown LGBTQ2S+ organizations. Bringing her unique wealth of knowledge and commitment to anti-oppression, equity, inclusion and decolonial work Anaya sits on Project Canoe’s Programs Committee. Her desire is to leave behind a legacy of a Canadian backcountry experience that is diverse in leadership, expertise, race and knowledge systems. Her energetic framework and connection to the land and outdoor spaces is what inspires her to share the transformative quality of outdoor education and outdoor recreation with every community.
Chilombo Njolomba (Member)
Chilombo Olawoye is the Program Manager at The Teresa Group, which is an HIV/AIDS service organisation serving families in Toronto. She has extensive experience working with at risk youth and other vulnerable populations within the social service sector and shelter systems in Toronto, Peel and York regions. She is passionate about serving children and their families in ways that support the building and strengthening of those families, so the impact of interventions/programs and supports can be sustainable, when the services no longer exist.)
Mark Oldershaw (Member)
Mark Oldershaw is a Canadian sprint canoeist. He won the bronze medal in the C-1 1000 m at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He is a third generation Canadian Olympic canoer, fifth family member to compete at the Olympics and the first member of the family to win an Olympic medal. On July 1, 2015 Oldershaw was named the flagbearer of Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games opening ceremony.
Sara Udow (Member)
Sara is an urban and community planner in Toronto but has never really stopped being a canoe tripper/camp counselor. Sara has worked with many summer camps and canoe tripping organizations over the past 15 years and has been on Project Canoe's Fund Development and Programming Committee for one year. Sara believes that the wilderness acts as a powerful backdrop for the important life lessons we learn on canoe trips - teamwork, community development, leadership skills, resiliency and most importantly, how to have fun.
Adam Kirsh (Member)
Adam Kirsh started volunteering with Project Canoe in 2012 as a member of the Program Committee. Previously, he attended and worked at YMCA Camp Pine Crest where he developed a passion for paddling and wilderness canoe trips. Adam currently works for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Adam joined the Program Committee so he could talk about his two favourite things: canoeing and policy.
Craig Woodall (Member)
Craig has been volunteering with Project Canoe since 2015 and joined the Board in 2016. Following a 25 year career in the engineering and construction industry, holding a variety of Leadership positions, Craig formed his own Leadership Consulting firm, providing coaching and strategic support to companies across North America. He is also an avid Sea Kayaker, instructing and guiding trips across Canada.