|BOARD OF DIRECTORS |
| ||Rick Le Blanc |
Rick has been a scuba diver since 2007. He is currently the 1st V.P. of the Scarborough Underwater Club Inc. (SUCI), and re-elected for another 2 year term.
Personal: Two of my 3 children are also certified Open Water divers. I love outdoor activities including camping and cycling.
Personal Motto: "It's not your aptitude but your attitude that will determine your altitude" - MLK
Business: Owner of The Grasshoppers, lawn care and snow removal company.
Contact email: ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
|Mar Smith |
Director, Sport Safety
Marlyn "Mar" Smith has been diving for more than 25 years & has instructed for over 15 years. Mar has complete access to all of the Great Lakes. She is also involved in many Ontario diving organizations and activities; such as the South Western Ontario Divers Association dive club, to which she has provided 23 years of dedication and is currently serving as Vice-President for the 2011 dive year. Mar is also an active member of the Ontario Underwater Council, Save Ontario Shipwrecks and is a friend to the Sarnia Underwater Club & the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit. In the past, Mar has been associated with the Avro Arrow Recovery Team and was a founder of the non-profit group Great Lakes in Depth. As a diver, Mar is certified in all levels of SCUBA diving, including specialized cave diving. Mar can teach and certify her students through professional instruction agencies such as SCUBA Divers International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) and Divers Alert Network (DAN).
Marlyn logs over 120 to 150 dives each year in a wide variety of challenging diving environments and is qualified to train in the highest level of technical diving offered in Canada. As known by her friends, students and colleagues, Mar is a cave diving enthusiast, and one of the best all round divers to buddy up with. When you learn how to dive, why not learn from someone who dives the talk?
Contact email: ouc.safety<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| || Vacant |
If you are interested in giving back something to our sport, contact ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.com
Contact email: ouc.membership<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
If you are interested in giving back something to our sport, contact ouc.president<"@">underwatercouncil.comContact email: ouc.communications<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| David W. Taylor |
David discovered scuba diving in St. Maarten in February of 2000 and has since done over 900 dives, half warm and half not very warm. He is a PADI Rescue Diver, a member of Niagara Divers Association, Treasurer and Director of Save Ontario Shipwrecks and a member of SOS Hamilton. He is also a Tutor for the Nautical Archaeology Society courses that are being run by SOS.
Outside of diving, Dr. Taylor is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Contact email: ouc.finance<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| REGIONAL CO-ORDINATORS |
| Wayne Plumb|
Regional Coordinator - Ontario East 1
Wayne is from Ottawa and operates a Dive Charter operation out of Brockville.
Contact email: ouc.east1<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Wayne Plumb|
Regional Coordinator - Ontario East 2
Wayne is from Ottawa and operates a Dive Charter operation out of Brockville.
Contact email: ouc.east2<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| || Joe Sildiryan |
Regional Coordinator - Ontario Central-East
Joe has been diving since 2003. His current certifications include PADI Instructor, Ice, Rescue, Nitrox, DAN O2 provider
He's a member of Ajax Scuba Club where he's also been the equipment manager for 3 years running. His favorite dive sites are in Kingston and some of the shipwrecks in North Carolina.
When he's not diving, you'll find Joe building submarines (sandwiches, that is) at his two "Subway Sandwiches" locations.
Contact email: ouc.central-east<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| || Ken Boyce |
Regional Coordinator - Ontario Central-West
Ken Boyce joined the Etobicoke Underwater Club in 2008 and has served on the club's executive for 3 years.
A nitrox certified advanced diver Ken has about 120 dives in his log book.
Ken has developed a strong interest in supporting OUC, attending every OUC Board meeting this year as his club's official observer.
His plan as a region coordinator is to keep the members in touch with the activities of OUC as well as keep OUC in touch with the activities of its club affiliated and commercial members.
Contact email: ouc.central-west<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| || Vacant|
Regional Coordinator - Ontario South
Contact email: ouc.south<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Chris Fields |
Regional Coordinator - Ontario West
Chris has been working the recreation field as a Aquatics Supervisor and Advanced Level Instructor Trainer for the past 15 years.
He took his Open Water Certification in summer 2001 and has been diving ever since. To date Chris's highest level of certification is Rescue Diver but he is planning on continuing into the Dive Master program in the coming year.
Chris's favourite place to dive is in Ontario, there are so many different dive sites within a few hours.
Contact email: ouc.west<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Vacant |
Regional Coordinator - Ontario North
Contact email: ouc.north<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| David Shepherd |
Regional Coordinator - Ontario North-West
Based in the Thunder Bay Area, David is an SSI Advanced Open Water / Specialty Instructor.
Contact email: ouc.northwest<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| PORTFOLIO HOLDERS |
| ||Peter White |
OUC Liaison, Fathom Five / OUC Advisory Board
Peter served the Ontario Underwater Council as President for 2 terms from 1986 through 1989.
He has for the last number of years served as the OUC's liaison to Fathom Five. The OUC is the only outside organization to hold a full position on the Fathom Five board.
In 1991 Peter was awarded the prestigious LCDR Ken Grant Memorial Trophy for Exceptional Service to the Ontario Underwater Council.
Contact email: ouc.fathom5<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Raimund Krob |
Past President, Advisor
Raimund has been a certified diver for almost 30 years and is currently a teaching status PADI Instructor.
Raimund held the position of OUC President from 2005 thru 2011 where he implemented a 5 year plan to refresh and strengthen the OUC. Prior to that, he held the position of OUC Director of Sport Safety, and prior to that, OUC Regional Coordinator Ontario Central.
In 2011 Raimund was awarded the prestigious LCDR Ken Grant Memorial Trophy for Exceptional Service to the Ontario Underwater Council.
A former President (2001-2005) of Scarborough Underwater Club Inc. (S.U.C.I.), Raimund is currently learning the ups and downs of underwater videography.
Contact email: ouc.advisor<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Stephen Weir |
Coordinator, Incident Reports
Stephen has been writing for Diver Magazine for 30 years. He also writes for the Toronto Sun and the Toronto Star and handles PR tasks for Caribana and other cultural events.
Stephen has assisted the OUC many times over the years. He used to handle the publicity for Underwater Canada.
Stephen has been collecting fatality reports for over a decade and, for his own personal study, has been working on a Google map, placing all of the dive deaths of 2010 on a map with information on the age, level of training, type of diving, etc for each victim.
Stephen feels strongly that it helps divers to know why people die diving and that it is important to separate diving deaths from deaths while diving.
As well it is vital, that agencies such as the OUC can use this data when making health and safety recommendations to the government, training agencies and clubs.
Contact email: ouc.reports<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| Marianne Collins |
Marianne has been diving since 1981 and has been a member of the Etobicoke Underwater Club since 1983, serving on the Club Executive in various portfolios over the years. A biological illustrator by trade, some of her favourite subjects are those of the undersea world. Marianne uses her scuba skills in the service of the science, making fish models for museum exhibits, illustrating undersea murals and Fish Field Guides for the ROM.
For OUC, Marianne has volunteered thousands of hours for the Council over 25 years. She served on the Underwater Canada planning committee and was the last recipient of the Rolex Volunteer of the Year Award. Marianne was also awarded OUC’s Distinguished Service Award.
Marianne has held various portfolios including: Coordinator - Insurance, General Editor - Ontario Diver newsletter, Coordinator - Scuba Community Directory, graphics designer.
In 2011 Marianne was awarded the prestigious LCDR Ken Grant Memorial Trophy for Exceptional Service to the Ontario Underwater Council.
She has lent her artistic skills to the design of many OUC brochures, t-shirts, Treasure Hunt and Ice Floe Race crests and is the creator of the current OUC logo.
Contact email: ouc.insurance<"@">underwatercouncil.com*
| David Noble |
Webmaster, Technical Consultant - Insurance, Training
Dave has been scuba diving since 1997 and is currently a PADI Course Director and a DAN Instructor Trainer.
Dave has held the Director of Sport Safety postion on several occasions, and has been influential in the redevelopment of OUC's Risk Management program in conjunction with the Insurance portfolio. Dave was also responsible for redesigning many of the standard document layouts to present a more professional look and feel. Dave has rewritten and updated most of the OUC website pages and has spent significant amounts of time developing and implementing a Visibility strategy.
In 2008 David was awarded the prestigious LCDR Ken Grant Memorial Trophy for Exceptional Service to the Ontario Underwater Council.
Personal Goal(s): Just have fun - and drag others along with me - kicking and screaming
Personal Motto: Live life for what it can offer you today - when you look back, you don't want regrets about things you didn't do!
Inspirational words: Take this sport, wrap it in enthusiasm and never let go of those special moments with nature. Go as far as you can. Education is Safety.
Contact email: webmaster<"@">underwatercouncil.com*