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 joined the Board of CAA Niagara in 2015. She 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. In 2015 Janice was named the Niagara-on-the-Lake Citizen of the Year. 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. In 2016 Janice completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) and received the ICD.D designation.

Michael Goodale

Michael Goodale

Vice Chair

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2016, Mike 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, Mike 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. Mike furthered his knowledge of corporate governance by completing the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) and receiving ICD.D designation in June 2019. Mike is a graduate of McMaster University and currently resides in Grimsby where he volunteers with several community organizations.

Rob DePetris

Rob DePetris

Past Chair

Rob has been a member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2014 and is currently the Club's representative on the National CAA board. He is a Tax Principal at WMKL LLP. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University, is a graduate of University of Toronto Law School, and in 1994, was called to the Bar. He was the first chair of the board of directors Innovate Niagara, past chair of the United Way of St. Catharines and District, past chair 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.

Ray Archer

Ray Archer

Director

Ray 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.

Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Director

Adam has been a member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2016 and is currently the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Adam is Vice President, Client Services with the Credit Bureau Services Canada and has been with the company since graduating from the University of Windsor in 1995. He is part of the third-generation partnership group of his family-owned business that was founded in 1932. Adam has played a key role in growing the company from its origins of serving a local client base, into one that serves a wide variety of organizations throughout Niagara, Ontario, and Canada. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for Pearl Gloves Community Promotions and is a co-founder and part of the organizing committee for Hats & Horses - Niagara Derby Day. Adam is extremely passionate about the Niagara community and brings a vast amount of experience in fostering a member-centric culture within CAA Niagara. 

 

Michael Cottendon

Michael Cottendon

Director

Michael joined the CAA Niagara Board of Directors in 2020. Michael joined the Board as a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of management and technology experience. He was co-founder and Managing Director at T4G Limited, a technology consulting company that provided custom technology solutions in the retail, travel and hospitality, finance, and telecommunications sectors. Now retired, he continues as a member of the T4G Board of Directors. Michael holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a registered CPA CMA. Michael also volunteers as a member of the Town of Pelham, Finance and Audit Committee.

 

Lyndsay Gazzard

Lyndsay Gazzard

Director

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

Bruno Iafrate

Bruno Iafrate

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2005, Bruno served as Board Chair from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 to 2018, Bruno represented the Club on the CAA National Board and as Chair of the CAA National Audit Committee. Bruno's business experience includes working as the CFO and VP of Operations Imbibitive Technologies Corporation, an environmental company and the COO of Niagara Waterjet, a manufacturing company providing supply-chain components to various industries and sectors. Bruno also shares his time as a current board member and Treasurer of the Niagara Industrial Association, a member centric organization providing manufacturing opportunity throughout the industrial and manufacturing companies located throughout the Niagara Region. Throughout the years, he has volunteered his time with the St. Catharines YMCA Board, the YMCA Building Committee, and the  Canadian Italian Business Professional Association of Niagara.

Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

Director

Bill Kerr joined the CAA Niagara Board of Directors in 2018 and is currently the Chair of the Human Resources and Executive Compensation Committee. Prior to retiring in 2020, Bill was a partner in one of Canada's leading sales intercept companies, providing sales and marketing support for Canada's leading financial institutions and retailers. His business background includes senior positions at Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS). In his last role at CTFS he was General Manager of the Professional Dispatch Group delivering roadside assistance to over 1.5 million vehicles across Canada. He has a passion for coaching minor hockey and helping to grow junior golf in Niagara.

Matthew Leask

Matthew Leask

Director

A member of the CAA Niagara Board of Directors since 2020, Matthew is an Associate lawyer at Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP in St. Catharines, where he specializes 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.