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OBC Champions

Throughout the years, individuals have made notable contributions to Outward Bound Canada. With the longstanding support of these key OBC champions, we have been able to continue to encourage resilience, leadership, compassion and connectedness in students through our programs. Our OBC champions will be recognized during this special evening for the significant difference they have made in the growth of OBC, allowing us to reach more students and make an impact on their lives.

JAMIE ANDERSON

Jamie Anderson was the Chair of the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School, and was instrumental in the merger of it and the Outward Bound Mountain School in 2001, becoming the first chair of Outward Bound Canada. He was on the Board of Outward Bound International (OBI) and then became its Chair, and is also on the Board of Outward Bound Global. Jamie and his wife Patsy are supporting the Bound for Greatness campaign at the Summit level.

Away from Outward Bound, Jamie has been very involved in mental health as a volunteer. He was the Chair of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is currently Chair of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is also currently the Chair of the Loran Scholars Foundation and Vice Chair of the Charter for Business, supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Canada.

Jamie’s professional career was with RBC. He retired in 2016 as Head of Corporate Strategy and Development of RBC and Deputy Chair of RBC Capital Markets, where he remains a Senior Advisor.

 

BART MACDOUGALL

Over the years, Bart has devoted a great deal of time to various community and charitable pursuits. His involvement with Outward Bound Canada since 1993 included a number of years as Chairman. He also served on the Board of Outward Bound International for 4 years. In Toronto, he was instrumental in developing Outward Bound Canada’s partnerships with Evergreen Brick Works and Portage. The Outward Bound MacDougall Challenge Tower which is a prominent structure at the Brickworks site was a result of Bart’s generosity to both organizations. Bart is supporting the Bound for Greatness Campaign at the Summit level and has been instrumental in connecting Outward Bound Canada to partners in Quebec and Montreal.

Bart joined MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier (3Macs) in 1959, and he continues as an important part of the 3Macs family-oriented legacy. 3Macs became a division of Raymond James Ltd. in October 2016.

For 44 years, Bart was a Director, and he served 13 years as Chairman of the Board. He retired from the Board in 2009, but continues to devote time to managing the investments of his long-standing clients and to lead a team put in place to ensure his succession.

Bart’s work at the firm can be characterized by his commitment to serving multi-generational families. He believes that the key to success is the relationships with clients built over time and through multiple generations of individual families.

 

MARY THOMSON

Mary Thomson is the past chair of Outward Bound International (2011-2017), and was previously chair of Outward Bound Canada. She is a two-time recipient of the Kurt Hahn Award for her service to both Outward Bound Canada and Outward Bound International. Mary also served on and chaired the Selection Committee (Ontario) for United World Colleges, a Kurt Hahn-based organization, for more than a decade. She was also awarded the designation of “Lieutenant of the Victorian Order” in June 2018 for her service to Outward Bound International, a designation that recognizes the recipient as having been of service to the Queen and to the Royal Family.

One of Canada’s pre-eminent litigators, Mary serves as head of Gowlings WLG’s national Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group across Canada and is past leader of its Product Liability Group. Over the past three decades, she has represented clients in many of the country’s highest-profile legal matters in her field of expertise, including class actions and mass tort litigation, public inquiries, and before administrative tribunals.

Mary has been repeatedly singled out as a top legal practitioner by Chambers Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canadaand other leading directories. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award for her extraordinary leadership in the legal profession.