David Harris, Founder & CEO

February 14, 2005 is a day that changed my life forever. At the age of 19, my son Cameron took his own life. As the founder of the charitable organization CameronHelps, a volunteer running coach at a local hospital, and as a public speaker it is my goal to make a difference: to save one life at a time. This mission is only achieved through the support and dedication of all individuals. Being a runner is a passion of mine. I know the tremendous mental, physical and spiritual benefits running offers. It helped me through my darkest of days. For this reason, I believe our Team Unbreakable Running Programs are very important, along with all of the awareness activities and initiatives we are developing. I cannot thank you enough for helping CameronHelps in achieving our mission.

Robert Wordham, Board Chair

Robert Wordham is a seasoned professional manager, business entrepreneur and retired professional engineer. From 1961 to 1988 he worked for multinational companies such as Rolls Royce, Canadian Pratt and Whitney, and General Electric in various executive positions. In 1988 he started his own consulting business, Wordham International Inc. In 1994 Wordham International expanded with the acquisition of Ratcliffs Canada Inc., a copper and brass rolling mill. During this period as CEO. Robert spearheaded export sales in 46 countries and the size of the company doubled to $120 million in revenues. After a joint venture with another firm was created in 1999, he was appointed SVP of the parent company. Robert retired from this position in 2003. In 2004 his consulting company assisted a Canadian manufacturer and he was asked to stay on as part time CEO of the Canadian operation. Robert retired from this position in 2008. He currently assists small start-up companies.

Jim Schembri,  Director

Jim  joined the CameronHelps board in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the area of government relations and communications. Jim is currently the Director of Communications for the Office of the Mayor, Brampton. In his current role, Jim works closely with municipal, provincial and federal political stakeholders on issues related to the City. He also plays an advisory role with respect to various partnerships and relationships, including community groups and residents. Prior to 2014 Jim ran his own business, providing sales, communications and government relations consulting to clients. He is the past chair of the Brampton Board of Trade and Committee Member of the Peel Region United Way.

Dr. Catherine Sabiston,  Director, Clinical Programs

Dr. Catherine M. Sabiston is a Professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Physical Activity and Mental Health. Her research primarily focuses on strategies to improve physical activity, and reduce sedentary behavior, among individuals across the lifespan and how physical activity relates to mental health. Dr. Sabiston has over 160 peer reviewed articles, and has given over 350 conference presentations and community public health talks. She has received numerous career awards for her work in sport, exercise, and health psychology and has held $19 million in funding to conduct her research. A couple of summaries of her work can be found online:  https://www.anxiety.org/team-sports-help-teens-avoid-depression

Robert Bracey,  Director

Robert Bracey is the CEO and President of Quartet Service Inc. In addition to being Director of CameronHelps, Rob also serves on the board of CODE, an international agency focused on advancing literature and education in some of the world’s regions in greatest need. Rob has over 35 years of experience in consulting, management and sales including roles at Nortel, Coopers & Lybrand and several boutique financial firms. He has also served as the Co-President of Venture Tech Network (VTN), North America’s biggest IT service provider association. Rob has had entrepreneurial experience in Japan, the former Soviet Union and Australia. In addition, he was the former President of the Canada Japan Society in Toronto, and served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. He taught at Western’s Business School and co-authored a leading text book while teaching at the University of Toronto. Mr. Bracey earned an Honors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA in Japanese from one of Japan’s leading universities. His MBA was completed under full academic scholarship.

Arthur Soler, Director

Arthur Soler is the retired President of Cadbury Chocolate Canada Inc. Previously, he held senior management positions with Warner Lambert Canada Inc. in both the Consumer Health and Confectionary Divisions. He started his career at Procter & Gamble Canada Inc. Currently, Arthur provides advisory and brand management services to the Packaged Goods and Agri-Food industries and until recently, was an expert advisor with Agri-Food and Agriculture Canada. He was also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Avrio Capital Inc. Arthur has been the Chairman of the Association of Manufacturers of Non-Prescription Medicines, the Confectionary Manufacturers Association of Canada and a Board member of CPI Financial Corporation.

Jarvis Sheridan,  Director

Jarvis is a lawyer, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982. Since then, he has been in private practice as the managing partner of a seventeen lawyer firm in Oakville, Ontario, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP. His practice area is in business law, working on legal matters with owner-operated businesses, including tax and succession planning. Jarvis also maintains an interest in Canadian Constitutional Law about which he writes and speaks. Prior to law school, Jarvis took an undergraduate degree in social work and worked with social service agencies for four years. His training and experience have assisted in understanding communication, counselling, negotiation and facilitation of change. Jarvis has been a director and Chair of many boards of community-based organizations, including an arts council, a research ethics board, a children’s choir, an enterprise development centre, a canoe club and the Oakville Y, and he has developed a particular interest and specialization in governance matters for the non-profit sector.

Gary J. Hassard, C.A.,  Director

Gary has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate financial and corporate-restructurings, including having held senior leadership positions for more than 20 years. Gary was National Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc. and partner in charge of the legacy Coopers & Lybrand. In his role with PwC, Gary led the firm’s activities relating to: Mergers & Acquisitions, Seeking and Arranging Funding, Venture Capital Investing, Hospitality and Leisure, Economic and Viability Studies, Operational Reviews, and Refinancing and Reorganizations. In his role with Coopers & Lybrand, Gary was a senior partner practicing in Corporate Finance and Business Recovery Services and oversaw a number of other areas of the Toronto practice including Corporate Finance, Hospitality and Leisure Business Recovery Services, Valuations, Dispute  Analysis and Investigations, Project Finance and Privatizations and Real Estate Advisory Services. Gary stepped down from his partnership with PwC to pursue other business opportunities in 2003.

Chad Harper,  Director

Chad is Vice-President of Confederation Freezers. In this role he is responsible for national sales, operations and warehousing management and facility services. Chad is also accountable for client negotiations and contracts. He has an extensive background in the food industry, particularly in the areas of productivity, distribution, safety, compliance, collective bargaining and human resource policy implementation. Chad was a volunteer firefighter for seven years with the Milton Fire Department and was a Lieutenant for two years. He is a 3rd Degree black belt and has trained many youth, including gold medalists who participated in world championship events. Chad has pledged to raise $10,000 for CameronHelps by running 10,000k over the next few years. He is also on the Board of Directors with the charity Food for Life a volunteer with the operations committee.

Mark Attard, Director

Mark is the President of Livewire Communications – a strategic communications firm based in Toronto. His expertise spans across multiple industry sectors including financial services, professional services, manufacturing, hospitality, non-profit and packaged goods. During his career, Mark has helped leadership teams navigate through shifts in business strategy, organizational change, mergers, integrations, and cultural transformations. Over the past decade, Mark has been involved with, and support, many non-profit organizations including One Laptop Per Child, Ronald McDonald Houses of Canada and Providence Healthcare. He is an avid runner, cyclist, and advocate for children’s mental health.