Directors

DIRECTORS

Keith Watson

Founder Guardsman Insurance Services Inc.

Keith Watson was born in Ompah and moved to Kingston in 1954 at the age of 12.

In 1969 he founded Guardsman Insurance Services in Kingston and now has three offices in eastern Ontario.

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Keith is a strong supporter of the Canadian Justice system and demonstrates this support with his active participation. He has been a member of the OPP Auxiliary Police, he organized the acquisition of the OPP rollover vehicle simulator to demonstrate seat belt safety, organized and chaired the International Law Enforcement committee and is a founding board member and supporter of the OPP Youth Foundation.

Keith believes that a positive environment will impact the attitudes of our youth and assist them to develop to their full potential.

Amongst his many awards Keith has received the OPP Commissioner's Citation, the Governor General's caring Canadian award and was the first Canadian to receive the New York State Police Superintendent' citation. He is also the recipient of an Honorary Degree at St. Lawrence College for his community support along with being a Rotary Paul Harris recipient.

Keith is married to Bernice and they have two grown children and three grandchildren.



Rommel G. Masse

The Honourable Mr. Justice but you can call me Mel

The Honourable Mr. Justice Rommel G. Masse is a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice at Kingston, presiding over Criminal matters and Youth Justice Court in Kingston, and family matters elsewhere in the province. He was aappointed the Local Administrative Justice for Kingston, Napanee, Bancroft, Belleville, Picton, Sharbot Lake, and Trenton as of October 30, 2001.

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Mel was born and raised and educated in Windsor where he first obtained his Professional Engineer designation before returning to the University of Windsor to graduate in 1976 with his Bachelor of Laws degree. Mel was called to the bar in April 1978 and was a partner in the firm of Baker & Masse in Hamilton.

In 1981 he was appointed the full time Crown Attorney for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell where he established the Court Ordered Community Services Programme.

Mel was appointed Judge of the Provincial Court of Ontario (Criminal Division) in 1989 with chambers in Ottawa. In 1993 he moved to the Brockville courts and since 1998 has presided over criminal matters, and Youth Justice Court matters in Kingston, and over both criminal and family matters in other parts of the province with Chambers in Kingston.

Mel has been a leader and strong supporter of a number of community groups & Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, Board of Directors on the Hawkesbury General Hospital, Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, Part President of the Ontario Conference of Judges and member of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston. He has for many years supported the fundraising efforts in the Kingston area for the OPP Youth Summer Camp. Mel is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the OPP Youth Foundation.

Mel and Linda have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two mature children.



R. J. Eamer Bob

O.P.P. Chief Superintendent (retired)

Bob Eamer was raised in Cornwall, Ontario. He enjoyed a 36 year career with the Ontario Provincial Police serving in Long Sault, Timmins, Belleville, Peterborough, Kingston and Smiths Falls.

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In retirement Bob became a senior associate with Consulting Matrix Inc. and has led projects to provide strategic planning and project development support to clients in the technology and public safety sectors, including the Canadian Police College, Research in Motion (RIM), the Ontario Securities Commission, Xwave Solutions and ClearNeed Information Systems.

Bob concluded his 36 year police career as Chief Superintendent and Regional Commander of the Eastern Region of the Ontario Provincial Police. In that position, he was responsible for the leadership of 1,100 police officers and support staff. In 1997 he provided the executive sponsorship for the development of the Ontario Provincial Police Youth Summer Camp and continues to support the camp through fundraising efforts with a group of Kingston area supporters. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the newly established OPP Youth Foundation, established to provide assist in fundraising activities, provide appropriate accountability processes and allow the OPP to explore additional opportunities to assist youth in need of assistance to meet their potential.

He has been a Rotarian for over 20 years and is still an active member of the Napanee Rotary Club. He enjoys fishing, curling and struggles with golf.

Bob and Rose have been married for 40 years and they have three grown children and one grandchild.



M. F. Ryder O.O.M. Frank

O.P.P. Detective Chief Superintendent (retired)

Frank Ryder was born and raised in London, Ontario. M.F. (Frank) Ryder O.O.M. is a 32-year retired veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police. During his tenure with the OPP he was appointed to the position of Commander of Operational Policy and Support Bureau and of Investigation Support Bureau; his last appointment was Commander of Investigation Bureau.

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He is a recipient of the Long Standing and Good Conduct medal, the Queens Jubilee Medal and in June 2005 was named an Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Services.

He served as the OPP Executive Sponsor of the OPP Youth Camp for two years, where he observed first hand the value of this initiative which was clearly exhibited on the faces of all the young campers and on the faces of civilian and police volunteers who bonded with the children.

Frank and Ruby have been married for 35 years and have two grown children. Frank and Ruby have been involved in coaching girls' softball for over 17 years. Their coaching philosophy focused on equal playing time, fair play, good sportsmanship and player development. Frank and Ruby are also involved in volunteer service for the Canadian Red Cross Meals on Wheels program in the City of Barrie.



Chris Seeley

Chris Seeley started his working career with the Picton Parks and Recreation Dept. then moved on to a 34 year career as a teacher and administrator working primarily with children and youth with special needs. Chris developed curriculum resource materials and programmes for this field of education.

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Chris has an extensive history of community work, serving as President of the Lennox and Addington Association for Community Living, Napanee Special Olympics, Community Advisory Board for the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, Beechgrove Children's Mental Health Centre in Kingston and Chair of Napanee Legion Youth Education Committee, Lennox and Addington Housing Authority amongst many other undertakings.

His public service also includes 9 years of Napanee Municipal Government as Councillor, Deputy-Reeve and Mayor, serving on many committees and projects including the Napanee Police Committee.

Since retiring Chris has continued his community service by volunteering his expertise to the position of Executive Director of the Napanee District Community Foundation over the last 3 years. He has been a member of the Rotary Club and Royal Canadian Legion.

Chris is a Life-long Learner and a student of Genealogy and Russian history. Pre-revolution and Russian culture are his current interests.

Chris is married to Rosaleen Cutler. They are parents to 4 children, aged 16 to 24 years and presently live between Cobourg and Napanee.



Kevin Lehman

Mr. Kevin Lehman has been a life-long volunteer on youth issues, starting when he formed a youth club when he was in his teens. He has spent time coaching and managing soccer, baseball and hockey teams. He is a father of 2, step-father of 1 and the grandfather of 6. Kevin retired in 1994 after a career in General Management, CAO or CFO with different Canadian corporations. He started working with computers in 1973 and since 2004 has volunteered with the OPP to create Internet Safety, Cyberbullying and Sexting presention with the Crime Prevention Section.




Bradley Walton

Is the founder of Walton Financial Group Inc.

Bradley was born in Barrie Ontario. He has been in the financial service industry for over 13 years, helping families in the Simcoe County area. Bradley has extensive expertise in taxation, estate planning, portfolio design and advance case work. He enjoys cooking, skiing and spending quality time with his wife Dana and his son Mason.

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Bradley supports the following charities and organizations:
  • Women's and Children's Shelter Barrie
  • Barrie Minor Hockey
  • Big Brothers and Sisters (Former Big Brother)
  • Minesing Baseball
  • Oro Minor Hockey
  • World Vision
  • Crones and Colitis Foundation
  • Children's Wish Foundation


Bridget Higgins

Bridget retired after 36 years service with the Ontario Provincial Police. She started at Headquarters in Toronto and then moved to Orillia. Her career was spent in the Transport Branch, now the transport Bureau.

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While in Orillia, Bridget volunteered for 10 years with the O.P.P. Summer Camp program. She and another volunteer oversaw the purchasing of equipment and clothing for the camp that was based at Headquarters. Her memory of the benefit to the youth who attended those camps gives her a continuing interest in the camp program.



Joanne Smith

Tim Horton Franchisee

Joanne Smith was born is Shelburne Ontario in 1969 but was raised in the hamlet of Terra Nova where her parents owned the Terra Nova General Store. From a very early age Joanne learned to deal with the public and how to overcome the obstacles associated with customer service.

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In 1988 Joanne married her husband Brian, and took up residence of Wasaga Beach. Shortly after they entered the world of being entrepreneurs and have never looked back. After the birth of their two daughters a business opportunity presented itself in Ottawa so they packed their things and set off on a new adventure. While in Ottawa they built their business to be the proud owners of 5 Tim Hortons locations and huge supporters of the Tim Hortons Children Foundation. In 2005 they had the opportunity to move back to Wasaga Beach and currently own two Tim Hortons locations in the Midland/Penetanguishene area.

Joanne has been nominated twice for Business Woman Of The Year and in 2013 Joanne and her husband Brian were nominated for a philanthropy award in the town of Midland.

Joanne and her family are very involved in the Tim Hortons Children Foundation due to a deep passion for disadvantaged kids and the desire to help these children get the most out of life and aim for a positive future.

A Foundation camp experience exposes economically disadvantaged children to new growth opportunities and challenges with the goal being each participant leaving camp a more caring, responsible and motivated person.

"You never stand so tall as when you stoop to help a child" Abraham Lincoln



Dave Osborne

O.P.P. Inspector (retired)

Dave Osborne was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He enjoyed a 30-year career with the Ontario Provincial Police serving in Nipigon, Nakina, Owen Sound, Peterborough, Millbrook, Thunder Bay and Orillia. He retired with the rank of Inspector in 2011.

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Because of his strong interest in history, Dave has contributed to several projects and publications related to the history of the OPP and its members. In 2015, he received his BA degree in History from Laurentian University. He has researched several papers related to the historical perspective of people and events related to Simcoe County, and won a research award from the Simcoe County Historical Association. In the years ahead he hopes to organize a research and writing group of OPP history.

Since his retirement Dave has volunteered his time with several organizations, many with the OPP. He has been a member of Friends of The OPP Museum since 2008 and he has been their President since 2014. He has been the chair of their major fundraiser, the Pedal for the Past, for the past three years. He will be the co-chair for the 2017 P4P fundraiser.

In 2016, Dave co-chaired the Commissioned Officer's Association golf tournament with OPP Youth Foundation administrator, Kevin Lehman. Proceeds were shared between Friends and the Youth Foundation.

Dave is also vice chair of the OPP Veteran's Association Chapter 18, and will be the chair for the 2018 OPPVA Provincial Annual General Meeting, to be held in Midland.

Dave was the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Orillia Museum of Art and History, and currently sits on their history committee. He also sits on the OPP Accolades Award Committee. As a result of his experience, he helped to found the Friends' Heritage Award, recognizing writing and research in OPP history, and the bi-annual OMAH history awards, recognizing writing and research in local Orillia and area history.

Dave and his wife Cyndie have three adult children. In their younger years he was involved as a coach in various sports, and was President of the Northminster Church Hockey Association in Peterborough. He volunteered with the OPP Youth Foundation when it first started, and is happy to be a part of the board over a decade later.



Dave Lee

O.P.P. Inspector (retired)

Dave Lee who currently serves as the Director of Campus Community Police at the University of Guelph was raised in Mississauga, Ontario where his interest and passion for community involvement first took shape.

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Retired from the Ontario Provincial Police after a 30-year career which included serving as an Inspector, Deputy Director and Instructor at the Police Academy. Dave has lived in Orillia, London, and Collingwood, and has always been actively involved in community events, activities and programs, both in a professionally and personally capacity. Specifically, Dave has worked to improve community relations with local highschools and non profit organizations and is passionate about supporting local events that encourage community participation and engagement.

Dave has been a strong advocate for safety and community awareness around safe driving, child car safety, bicycle safety and Drivewise programs. Dave's two daughters have also inspired him to support education around school bullying and programs such Block Parents and Neighbourhood Watch.

In his spare time Dave enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Tammy their family.



Grant Arnold

O.P.P. (retired)

Joined the OPP in 1965, served Brechin, Toronto, Whitby, Manitouwadge, Kakabeka Falls, Shabaqua and Thunder Bay Detachments. I was In Service Training Instructor for many years.

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After my retirement in 1994, I joined 16 Chapter, and am currently the Chair of 16 Chapter.

I am married to Marilyn, and have 2 sons, Jason, and D/Cst Wade Arnold



Harold Coffin

Harold Coffin was elected to the Ontario Provincial Police Association Board of Directors October 2017.

Harold started his policing career in 1990 with the Paris Police Service performing a combination of front-line policing duties and as a Community Safety Officer. He was the President of the Paris Police Association for 7 years and was instrumental in transitioning his members to the OPP in 2000.

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Harold became a frontline uniform member and was the first High School Officer assigned in Brant County. Harold is a certified Hostage/Barricade Negotiator and integral member of the Critical Incident Stress Response Team. Prior to being elected to the OPPA Board of Directors Harold was seconded to the Alcohol Gaming Corporation of Ontario as a Detective Constable for 7 years.

During his OPP career, Harold represented member interests on three different Branch Executives. He held many positions including Detachment Representative, Branch Executive, Secretary, Vice President and President.

As a member of the OPPA Board of Directors, Harold is the Association representative on a number of committees including Diversity/Inclusion, Health and Safety, Paid Duty Review, Provincial Communication Center LERC, Ontario Police College LERC, PTSD Committee, Audit Committee and Collision Reduction Committee.

Harold is the recipient of the Commissioners Citation, Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.



Angie McCollum

O.P.P Inspector

Inspector Angie McCollum was appointed to the Ontario Provincial Police on February 4th, 1991 and served as in General Law Enforcement in Apsley and Brantford before being promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Operational Research and Strategic Planning Bureau and Uniform Recruitment in General Headquarters.

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In 2011, Angie was promoted to S/Sgt, Manager, RMS/CDE Application Support Unit and has served as Executive Officer for Field Operations Command and as Operations Manager, Uniform Recruitment. In 2016, Angie was promoted to Inspector, Provincial Operations Centre, and has also assumed the role of Insp for Staff Training and Development, Business and Strategic Planning for Central Region and in January 2018, Angie accepted the role of Commander, Community Safety Services.



HONORARY DIRECTORS

James W. McMahon

Chief of Staff International Association of Chiefs of Police

James McMahon came to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in November, 2006. In his capacity as Chief of Staff, Jim oversees the day to day operations of the IACP staff.

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Prior to the IACP, Jim served as the Director of the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) for the state of New York. Jim oversaw the OHS's efforts to coordinate and enhance New York's anti-terrorist efforts, specifically developing a comprehensive statewide strategy to detect, protect against, respond to, and prevent terrorism.

Jim served with the New York State Police for 37 years. During his last nine years with the New York State Police, Jim served as the eleventh Superintendent in the history of the Division of State Police. He joined the State Police as a Trooper in 1966 and became Superintendent on April 4, 1994. As Superintendent, he commanded a full-service statewide law enforcement agency: the eighth largest in the country, with more than 6,000 sworn members and civilian staff support. During his tenure as Superintendent, Jim was a strong supporter of the New York State Police Youth Camp, held annually at the Police Academy in Albany New York. Jim provided invaluable assistance to the OPP in the development of the OPP Youth Summer Camp program.

A lifelong resident of New York, Jim now resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Joan



Guy Thibault

Assistant Chief of the Land Staff Major-General

Major-General Guy Thibault joined the Canadian Forces in 1978 and completed a BSc in Mathematics and Physics at the Royal Military College. Upon completion of Army Signal Officer training in Kingston, he served in various operational capacities within the Special Service Force Brigade in Petawawa, 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and Canadian Forces Europe in Lahr, West Germany.

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He has served in various operational, policy and project appointments in both National Defence Headquarters and Army Headquarters. He was the Base Commander, Canadian Forces Base Kingston from 2002 through January 2004, prior to deploying with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Upon return from mission, he attended full time postgraduate studies and completed a Master's degree of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University. He is a graduate of the Land Forces Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces Staff College and the National Security Studies Programme. Promoted to Brigadier-General in September 2005 he was named Command of Land Force Central Area, Joint Task Force Central under the newly formed Canada Command. Upon his promotion on 18 June 2007, Major-General Thibault was appointed Assistant Chief of the Land Staff.



PAST DIRECTORS

Edward G. Clinton

Carmen Marrier-Fitzpatrick

Mark Allen

Terry Harkins B.A., M.Ed, M.A.

Linda Buckland

Leslie Craig (Deceased 2016)

Robyn MacEachern

Greggory Weatherill

Kim Williams

Thomas Randall

Alex Ivanov