Board Of Directors


Matthew Mackenzie, President

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.


Kyle Paterson, Vice-President

Bryson Insurance

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.


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.

Kevin Baker

Durham College

Kevin Baker is the principal of Durham College’s Whitby campus and Dean of the Schools of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology and the Centre for Food. Following his studies at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School, Baker has held a variety of progressively responsible positions in publicly-funded, post-secondary education.


Matt Douglas


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.


Robbie Ichelson


Robbie Ichelson is the Chief Learning Officer and Director at canaPHEM and the founder of The Canadian Academy of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine Inc. Ichelson is a graduate of Humber College, Centennial College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. With almost twenty-five years’ experience providing front line prehospital care and mentorship, he has evolved to become a leader in patient advocacy, prehospital research and education.


Cathy MacAskill

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.


David Paterson

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

Abilities Centre

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.