Board Meeting

Meet the CAA Niagara Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the Club's governing body and acts on behalf of its Members to ensure effective organizational planning, support internal leadership, maintain financial viability and oversee the Club's mission and strategic priorities. The Board collaborates as a team with shared responsibilities and is committed to working closely with CAA Niagara's Management Team to achieve success in all areas of the operation.

CAA Niagara 2021 Board of Directors
Janice Thomson

Janice Thomson

Board Chair

Janice Thomson joined the Board of CAA Niagara in 2015. Thomson has been President & CEO of Niagara Falls Tourism since May 2019, following an 18-year career as Executive Director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & VCB. Janice served as Chair of the Niagara Parks Commission (2010-2018), Chair of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (2014-2016, currently Vice Chair) and a Board member for the TO2015 Pan and ParaPan Am Games Organizing Committee. Previously, Janice served nine years as Commissioner of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (two years as Chair) and had an 18-year career in senior executive positions within the import automotive industry.

Michael Goodale

Michael Goodale

Vice Chair

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2016, Michael Goodale enjoyed a 33-year career with the Ontario Public Service, retiring as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Division for the Ministry of Transportation. In addition to CAA Niagara, Michael has gained valuable board experience through his involvement with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the Niagara Parks Commission and the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) Food Bank. Michael furthered his knowledge of corporate governance by completing the Directors Education Program (DEP) and receiving the ICD.D designation in June 2019. Michael and his family reside in Grimsby where he volunteers regularly.

Rob DePetris

Rob DePetris

Past Chair

Rob has been a member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2014, is a former Board Chair and currently a member of the National CAA Board. He is a Tax Principal at WMKL LLP. Rob specializes in estate and tax planning for owner manager businesses. He hold an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration in Co-op Accounting from Brock University, is a graduate of University of Toronto Law School and, in 1994, was called to the Bar. He has taken the in depth tax program of CPA Canada and various advanced tax courses. His community involvement includes being the first chair of the Board of Directors of Innovate Niagara, Past Chair of the Board of the United Way of St. Catharines and District, Past Chair of the Board of the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce, Past President and Treasurer of the St. Catharines Minor Baseball Association, Past Chair of the Cities of St. Catharines and Thorold Prosperity Council, Current Treasurer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Current Secretary of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines and Current Director of the 2022 Canada Summer Games Hosting Committee.

Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2016, Adam Cook is Vice President of the Credit Bureau Services Canada. A graduate of the University of Windsor, Adam is excited to contribute his knowledge and experience to CAA Niagara.

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

Director

Bill Kerr joined the CAA Niagara Board of Directors in 2018. Bill is a partner in one of Canada's leading sales intercept companies. His business background includes senior positions at Canadian Tire Financial Services and President, Comp-U-Card of Canada. He has a passion for coaching minor hockey and helping to grow junior golf in Niagara.

Richard Halinda

Richard Halinda

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2004, a past Chair of the Niagara Board and a past Director of the CAA National Board. Richard Halinda has practiced law for more than 37 years, with offices in Fort Erie and Welland. An avid golfer, Mr. Halinda is a member and past Director of the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway and is a past member, Director and President of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

Bruno Iafrate

Bruno Iafrate

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2005, Bruno Iafrate has represented CAA Niagara as Board Chair from 2009-2012 as well as representing the Club on the National Board. Mr Iafrate is the CFO and Vice President of Operations of Imbibitive Technologies Corporation. Mr. Iafrate is also a current Board member of the Niagara Industrial Association and has sat on the Board for the St. Catharines YMCA, the YMCA Building Committee, and the Canadian Italian Business Professional Association of Niagara.

Ray Archer

Ray Archer

Director

Ray Archer joined the CAA Niagara Board of Directors in 2020, bringing with him over 19 years of IT security experience from the banking sector. Most recently, Ray was employed by Scotiabank as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, where he was responsible for pioneering anti-fraud and information security practices that have been leveraged by the North American online banking industry. Prior to gaining private sector experience, Ray enjoyed a fulfilling 23-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he was involved in technical and commercial crime investigations

Lyndsay Gazzard

Lyndsay Gazzard

Director

Lyndsay Gazzard has been a member of the Board of CAA Niagara since June 2017, following a 20 year career in the Canadian restaurant industry with organizations including Yum! Brands and Tim Hortons. Specializing in strategic procurement, supply chain and logistics, she founded her own consulting business in 2013. Lyndsay is committed to lobbying for rural education initiatives and currently sits as Chair of the Board for Royal Oak School in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is a past recipient of the Community Service Award for contributions to local education, from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Matthew Leask

Matthew Leask

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2020, Matthew Leask is an Associate lawyer at Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP in St. Catharines where he specialises in corporate, commercial and real estate law. Growing up in Norfolk County, Matthew relocated to the Niagara Region in 2012, where he has since established strong ties to the community. Currently, he is the Chair of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board and is a past member of the Town of Pelham Summerfest Committee.