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Tom Wightman, ChairTom Wightman Board of Directors 2014-15


Tom Wightman retired in 2013 after 25 years as a partner with KPMG, Chartered Accountants. His retirement allows him to spend more time with community and charitable activities, including St. Lawrence College. Tom is passionate about the benefits SLC brings to the communities it serves, having seen first-hand the quality of the many graduates who have worked with KPMG over the years, and the difference SLC graduates have made in all walks of life in its communities . Tom is currently a board member of the Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation, an advisor to the Pamoja Tunaweza Boys & Girls Club (Tanzania), an advisor to H’Art School of Smiles, a member of the Bath Canada Day Committee, and Chair of the Kingston United Way Volunteer Advisory Committee. His community involvement has included being Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade, the founding treasurer of the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, a member of the board of the Ottawa-Carleton Economic Development Corporation and a member of the Nominating Committee of the Ottawa-Carleton Community Foundation. Tom enjoys playing pickup hockey, golf, sailing, board games and, especially, spending time with family and friends.




Glenn VollebregtPresident and CEO Glenn Vollebregt
President and CEO

St. Lawrence College

With over twenty years of senior management experience and thirteen years of dedicated service on the College’s Executive Team, Glenn was appointed President and CEO at St. Lawrence College on January 2, 2013. Glenn is committed to the Colleges mission of student success, academic excellence, and leadership in our communities, and brings a broad range of senior administrative experience, a deep passion for student success and a proven financial

 background to this leadership role. He holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, UK, a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, and a Business Accounting Diploma from Georgian College. Glenn’s strong student focus and financial leadership has enabled the College to invest in its core business – students and their success. During his tenure, St. Lawrence College has experienced strong enrollment growth, with the student population nearly doubling in the last decade. The College has also consistently ranked among the top three colleges in Ontario for graduate employment and employer satisfaction with our graduates. Glenn is an avid athlete who races in triathlons, practices yoga, runs and cycles competitively and yet still finds time to read, paint and attempt to play various musical instruments with limited success. Aside from everything else in Glenn’s hectic life, ensuring that he finds quality time to spend with his family continues to be one of his most important priorities.


Bruce Tessier, Secretary

BMO Nesbitt Burns

Bruce Tessier SLC Board of Directors Photo

Bruce Tessier is a Certified Financial Planner and Associate Portfolio Manager with BMO Nesbitt Burns. He has been employed in the financial services industry for the past 24 years. Bruce is also quite active in the community and has served as President for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Cornwall, fundraiser for the major gift campaign of the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation as well as the St. Lawrence College The Difference We Make Campaign. As a former graduate of the Business Administration Finance Program, Bruce also serves as a director with the St. Lawrence College Foundation and was recently appointed to the Board of Governors effective September 2013.


Gordon MacDougall 

Senior Vice President, Advancement, Student & External Affairs 
Gordon MacDougall Board of Directors photo 2014

St. Lawrence College

Gordon MacDougall is the Senior Vice President of Advancement, Student & External Affairs at St. Lawrence College. A member of the senior executive team, Gordon has primary responsibility for a broad portfolio of operations including Marketing & Communications, Recruitment & International Education, Office of the Registrar, Applied & Institutional Research, Planning & Policy Development, Strategic Enrolment Management, Student Services, Alumni & Development, External Affairs and Business Development. Prior to this most recent appointment Gordon’s background included a variety of senior management roles including Chief Information Officer (CIO) for more than 12 years, Vice President of Education & Information Technologies, and Vice President for Business Development & Technologies. In addition, Gordon served as Interim President & CEO of the college during the six month presidential search in 2012. A graduate of St. Lawrence College – Brockville campus, he continued his studies at the University of Western Ontario. His career at St. Lawrence College began as a faculty member in the School of Nursing 26 years ago. He has extensive experience in planning, process re-engineering, and project management, and has led a number of institutional strategic and business planning initiatives. A strong community supporter, Gordon has been extensively involved in regional economic development, business and health care. As a long time board member and past Chair of the Kingston Technology Council, he developed a keen interest in the regional business community. He went on to serve as Vice-Chair of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), where he was a Director for 6 years. Appointed as a Kingston General Hospital Governor in 2005 he served as a Director on the Board, as well as on a number of committees of the hospital, until 2013. Gordon actively participates in a number of provincial college system committees and working groups, and is a faculty member with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Leadership Development Institute. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Queen’s Family Health Team.


Lorraine Carter photo Board of DirectorsLorraine Carter 
Senior Vice President, Academic 
St. Lawrence College

Lorraine Carter has been Sr. Vice President Academic at St. Lawrence College since 2007. She has been in management at St. Lawrence since 1987 working in a variety of capacities. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Brockville Campus. Prior to accepting her leadership role at the single campus, she was Dean of Technology and Trades with responsibilities for programming in Kingston, Cornwall and Brockville. Other roles at St. Lawrence have included the college-wide Director of Continuing Education and campus specific roles such as Chair of Student Services and Academic Development, as well as shorter assignments as both a teacher and a counselor. Lorraine has worked on a number of college, system and community committees both as a representative of the college and as a parent and community volunteer. She currently sits on the Executive Board of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum representing education and is a college representative on the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service. A graduate of Queen’s University – both B.A. Honours and Masters – she completed doctoral work at Latrobe University in Australia. Though she left Australia before completing her PhD she did not return empty handed. She met and married her husband, Jeff, in Melbourne. They have two children, both currently pursuing post-secondary studies in Ontario.


Patricia Kerth, TreasurerPatricia Kerth
Sr. Vice President Corporate Services 
St. Lawrence College

Patricia Kerth is the Senior Vice-President Corporate Services, CFO, and Treasurer to the Board of Governors at St. Lawrence College. She provides leadership to the Finance, Information Technology and Facility Management Services departments and is responsible for the College’s Integrated Risk Management portfolio. Patricia joined St. Lawrence as Director of Finance in 2003 and was promoted to Executive Director of Finance and Facilities in December 2011. Prior to joining St. Lawrence College, Patricia held key financial positions including Accounting Supervisor at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent; Business Manager for the Ursulines of the Chatham Union, and in a number of other non-profit and private sector organizations. A graduate of Athabasca University with an MBA, Patricia also has a Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation from The Certified General Accountants’ Association of Canada and a Bachelor of Arts combined Honours degree in Linguistics and Psychology from Carleton University. Patricia is an active member of the Administrative Services Coordinating Committee (ASCC) of Colleges Ontario. Other provincial roles held include serving on the Collaborative Purchasing sub-committee of ASCC, and the Ontario College Management Team for the 2011 Support Staff Negotiations. A resident of Brockville for over ten years, Patricia served as the Treasurer on the Board of the Brockville Yacht Club (BYC) and is currently a member of the BYC and the Brockville Country Club enjoying her spare time boating and golfing.


Mayor Dave HendersonMayor David Henderson Board of Directors photo 2014
City of Brockville

David Henderson was elected Mayor of the City of Brockville in 2006 and again in 2010. Prior to elected office, Mayor Henderson was an active member of the Kinsmen and Rotary service organizations as well as serving eleven years on the Board of Directors of The Brockville and Area Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the University of Waterloo ( B.Sc.) and Queens University (M.B.A) and longtime owner and president of Henderson Printing Inc where legend has it that he put his knowledge of Chemistry to work mixing inks and his business schooling towards growing the company into one of eastern Ontario’s largest commercial Printing companies. Born in Brockville, active in local competitive sports, and now raising two teenage children, Henderson has always considered it a responsibility to contribute to the community, to help build the community through volunteering, donating where able, be it coaching, participating on Boards and Committees, or contributing financially. The City provides so much to those lucky enough to live and work in the area and it depends on people giving back. Mayor Henderson has always considered education especially important, to the individual, to the family, to the corporation and to the community and if the role of mayor can enable St Lawrence College to succeed in Brockville then he will do whatever he can to see it happen.

Mayor Bryan Paterson
City of KingstonMayor Bryan Paterson

On October 27, 2014 Bryan was elected as the 96th Mayor of the City of Kingston. Bryan first ran for City Council in 2010 in Trillium District, where he lives with his wife Shyla and their two boys. As a City Councillor, Bryan used his background as an economist to push forward a progressive agenda centered on economic development, quality of life initiatives and the facilitation of more affordable housing in Kingston. Over the last four years, Bryan served as the Chair of the City's Planning Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on Development, an initiative aimed at streamlining the development approvals process in Kingston. Bryan also served on the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) board, actively participating in the development of a new strategic plan to attract new business to the city.
In working to advance more affordable housing in Kingston, Bryan served as a member of the board of Town Homes Kingston, a non-profit housing provider. Bryan has also been an active member of the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Association board working to ensure Kingston's downtown remains healthy and strong. Bryan moved to Kingston in 2000 to attend Queen's University as a graduate student. After obtaining his Master's and PhD in Economics at Queen's, he then joined the economics faculty at Canada's Royal Military College in Kingston, where he has worked as an Assistant Professor since 2006.

Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy
City of Cornwall

Leslie O’Shaughnessy was elected Mayor of Cornwall in 2014 after serving as a Councillor in 2003-2006, and again elected as a Council in 2010.  Mayor O’Shaughnessy has also served as Deputy Reeve and Reeve of the former Charlottenburgh Township.  He was elected by his peers to serve as Warden of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry in 1997.  Leslie has a history of volunteering in his community and has been involved with many Boards which include the Community Futures Development Corporation, Children’s Aid Society, Eastern Ontario Health Unit to name a few.After 25 years working as a Realtor in Cornwall and the surrounding area, Leslie is looking forward to assisting the St. Lawrence College Foundation in any way possible so that the Cornwall community can productively and academically grow to meet our future objectives.



Mary Mansworth


I was born in Cork, Ireland  and immigrated to Canada in 1973. I moved to Brockville in 1976 and have been involved in many community organizations including Big Sisters, Brockville Community Housing and Brockville Municipal Non-Profit Housing, Brockville Association for Community Living to name some.  I was on the Board of Child and Youth Wellness, three years as Chair. I also sat on the board of Providence Continuing Care in Kingston. I was Chair of the Board of Brockville and Area YMCA and a board member of YMCA  Canada from 199 to 2002. At present, I am Chair of the board of Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit restaurant in Brockville which is strongly supported by Empty Bowls, a fundraiser put on each year by the studio potters of St. Lawrence College. I have been a part-time Continuing Education student at the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College for the past 12 years. Besides pottery, my hobby is sailing and I was Commodore of the Brockville Yacht Club from 2006 -2008.

Steve Smith
Hansler Smith

Steve Smith was born and raised in Brockville and has lived here most of his life.  He is the CEO of Hansler Smith Limited, an Ontario based industrial supply company, where he has been employed for over 33 years.  He is also the CEO of a small Vancouver based IT company (Consensus Managed Services Inc.) which gives him a unique perspective, not only across different industries, but across our diverse country as well.   As an active member of the community,  he currently sits on the Brockville General Hospital  Board of Governors and the Friends of Palliative Care Golf Tournament Committee.  He recently finished an 8 year term on the Brockville & Area YMCA Board, 3 of them as Chair.  Steve is married to his wife Cindy and they have 2 children and 1 grandchild. Both Steve and Hansler Smith Limited are a very strong advocates for the Brockville College campus and he is entering his 3rd year as a SLC Foundation Board member.





Should you be interested in learning more about the St. Lawrence College Foundation Board of Directors please contact Rob Zuback, Director, Alumni & Development