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Ontario Underwater Council




Mission: to promote the sport of scuba diving in Ontario through safety, advocacy,
cultural & environmental awareness
, self-governance.....and fun!

The OUC Team

  BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President
Rick Le Blanc
President


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.


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Vacant

Director, Sport Safety                

            
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Membership
Vacant
Director, Membership



POSITION VACANT
VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

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Communications

Vacant
Director, Communications

POSITION VACANT
VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

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Finance
David W. Taylor
Director, Finance


David discovered scuba diving in St. Maarten in February of 2000 and has since done over 1100 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.

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  REGIONAL CO-ORDINATORS
East 1
Wayne Plumb
Regional Coordinator - Ontario East 1


Wayne is from Ottawa and operates a Dive Charter operation out of Brockville.

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East 2
Wayne Plumb
Regional Coordinator - Ontario East 2


Wayne is from Ottawa and operates a Dive Charter operation out of Brockville.

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Central East
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.

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Central West
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.

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Vacant
Vacant
Regional Coordinator - Ontario South

POSITION VACANT
VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

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Derek Causarano

Regional Coordinator - Ontario West                

                                

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North
Vacant
Regional Coordinator - Ontario North


POSITION VACANT
VOLUNTEER REQUIRED

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Northwest David Shepherd
Regional Coordinator - Ontario North-West


Based in the Thunder Bay Area, David is an SSI Advanced Open Water / Specialty Instructor.

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  PORTFOLIO HOLDERS
Peter White
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.

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advisor 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.

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advisor 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.

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Marianne Collins Marianne Collins
Coordinator, Insurance


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.

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Dave Noble 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.

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