The major responsibilities of the CAA North & East Ontario’s Board of Directors include acting as Members in trust to ensure the protection of Member equity, determining the Club’s mission, supporting management and insuring ensuring effective organizational planning.

The Board also assists with managing resources effectively, monitoring the delivery of programs and services and enhancing the organization's public image, serving as a court of appeal, and assessing its performance.

Robert Keeper | Chair of the Board

A resident of Thunder Bay, Robert has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2004. He served as Vice Chair of the Board from January 2013 to January 2016, before assuming the role of Chair as of January 15, 2016.

Robert is a businessman and Director of a commercial real estate development company in Thunder Bay and Director of several full service casual dining restaurants.

He is a graduate of Confederation College majoring in Labour Relations Law and Human Resources.

Peter McIntosh | Vice Chair of the Board

A resident of Ottawa, Peter has served on the Board of Directors since 2007, having held the role of Treasurer before assuming the role of Vice Chair of the Board in 2016.

As President of The McIntosh Companies, an International multichannel importer, exporter, wholesaler, and retailer in the gift and tableware industry, Peter’s expertise and responsibilities include product development, marketing, sales, human resources, operations, and finance.

Peter was honored with a 40 under 40 award, was named as one of the Socially Responsible Retailers of the Year and was a silver award winner at the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

He studied economics, brand management and catalog fulfilment and in 1994 received an Honors Business Administration Degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Vicky Paine-Mantha | Treasurer of the Board

A resident of North Bay, Vicky has been a member of the Board since 2013, a CAA member since 1996 and was most recently appointed to the position of Treasurer.

Vicky has extensive executive experience at the post-secondary education level having served as President and Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University and prior to that as Vice President of Finance and Administration. In 2000, she was selected as the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council as a member of the Board of Governors of Nipissing University.

Other past experiences include Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development for Momentum Healthware Inc. and Vice President of Finance and Administration at Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Vicky was honoured with the Influential Women of Northern Ontario award in 1999. Her health software development company, Healthware Technologies Inc. also won the Northern Ontario Small Business of the Year award in 1996.

She received her Chartered Accounting Designation ( CPA, CA) in 1983 and has a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University.

Jack Campbell | Immediate Past Chair of the Board & National Board Representative

A resident of North Bay, Jack has served on the Board of Directors since 2001, most notably as Chair of the Board from January 2013 to January 2016.

Along with his work at CAA NEO, Jack has served on various boards, including Nipissing University, Capitol Centre, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, the North Bay Cancer Society, and the Kiwanis Club of North Bay.

Recently retired as a partner with BDO Canada LLP, Jack received his Bachelor of Mathematics degree in 1977 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1978.

John Morton

A resident of Ottawa, John has been a part of the Board since 2005.

John is Vice President of – and Partner at – Quadrant Engineering Limited, a mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm based in Ottawa. He is a member of Construction Specifications Canada, as well as the Ottawa Construction Association and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

He is a graduate of Ryerson University.

Richard Nowak

A resident of Ottawa, Richard has been a member of the Board since 2009.

He is the current owner and President of The Paradox Solutions Group Ltd., an organization that works to provide management and technology consulting solutions to private sector companies and public sector organizations.

He is also the executive-in-residence for IoT and machine-to-machine systems at CATA.

Richard’s past experience includes nearly two decades at Nortel Networks Corporation in the positions of Technology Advisor, Senior Manager of wireless access systems, and Director of wireless systems and architecture. While at Nortel he was recognized with two awards for innovation. He also served as senior architect and director at Edgewater Computer Systems Inc., and manager for systems consulting at TechInsights Inc.

Richard received his Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa in 2008. He also holds professional certification in risk management from Carleton University, which he attained in 2011.

Kate Wright

A resident of Ottawa, Kate has been a member of the Board since 2013. She has worked extensively in the field of training and employee development as marketing consultant, product specialist and senior project manager.

With over 17 years of experience, locally and nationally, she has worked with many of Canada’s leading public- and private-sector organizations. She currently consults through Wricom as a marketing and product development consultant.

Kate has worked in a professional and volunteer capacity with member-based and non-profit organizations. She was Development Director at Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa’s oldest professional theatre company (1990-97), marketing consultant for two United Way/Centraide Ottawa annual campaigns, and professional development specialist for the Canadian Arts Presenting Association—an essential part of the creative chain that brings together artists and audiences. She has served on non-profit boards and committees within the training and employee development, co-operative housing, performing arts, and fundraising sectors. She currently serves as the Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter Chair for the Institute for Performance and Learning.

She has her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Diploma in Institutional Administration from Concordia University.

Line Villeneuve

A resident of Sudbury, Line has been a part of the Board since 2013. As an Executive Consultant in Human Resources and Labour Relations, Line has extensive experience in the mining and manufacturing industries.

Most recently, Line served as Director of Human Resources for North America and Europe for Vale, one of the largest integrated mining operations in the world. Line has also worked as Human Resources Manager for GE Canada and Manager of Labour Relations for DuPont and Invista Canada. Line is a Board Director for CAA’s Club Auto and a volunteer Board Director for Wild at Heart, a wildlife refuge.

She has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University and received her Master of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.

Gerry Brown

A resident of Ottawa, Gerry has been a member of the Board since 2014. Gerry is past President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly ACCC).

He also served as President of John Abbott College in Montreal and, prior to joining John Abbott College, was a Director of English Educational Services for the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Gerry was a founding member and Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, as well as the Chair of the Canadian College Presidents’ Network and it’s Presidents’ Academy.

Gerry holds a Master’s Degree from McGill University, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Atacama, Chile, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal. He is presently active as a consultant at the national and international levels.

Linda Keen

A resident of Ottawa, Linda joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is currently the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and also a member of the Governance Committee. She was a member of the Finance and Audit Committees.

As the current President of her own consulting firm, Linda Keen Consulting, Linda is an advisor to Canadian and international companies, governments on enterprise risk management and regulatory and stakeholder matters.

As a corporate director, Linda served on the Board of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network as Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee and on the Board of Directors for Service Coordination du Service. She was a senior executive in the federal government, most recently as president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. She was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for service to Canadian Science.

Linda has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Agriculture Sciences. She also holds a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, a jointly-sponsored program between McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.