Board of Directors
The current members of the board of directors for FIRST Robotics Canada are:
Mark Breadner, OCT
Mr. Breadner founded the first ever FIRST Robotics team from Canada in 1998 from Woburn Collegiate in Toronto. During 2002 and 2003 Mr. Breadner was Director of Robotics for the Toronto District School Board in which capacity he also acted as Director of Canadian Association for Student Robotics (now FIRST Robotics Canada). In June 2010 Mr. Breadner was seconded from his Vice Principal role at the Toronto District School Board to FIRST Robotics Canada in order to serve as its Executive Director. Prior to entering a teaching career, Mr. Breadner worked as a systems engineer and marketing representative with IBM Canada. Education: B.Math (Waterloo), B.Ed (University of Toronto).
Dorothy Byers is an educator with 40 years of experience in Ontario schools. In her most recent role as Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, a not-for-profit independent school for girls in Oakville, ON, Dorothy, found her passion: nurturing and supporting STEM programs for girls. Prior to SMLS, she was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board. Recently retired, Dorothy now has the time to fiercely promote opportunities for diversity in STEM fields through her role as Chair of the Board, FIRST Robotics Canada; she is the first woman internationally to assume such a position. With a Masters in Education in Curriculum Development, she is keenly aware of the impact of real world application of concepts on learning. Although her degrees are in English, Drama, and Geography, Dorothy is a closet engineer who learned from her dad who worked in STEM fields.
Dr. Gorbet is Associate Professor, Centre for Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gorbet’s teaching includes courses on the profession of engineering, microcontrollers, robotics, control systems, museum design, and technology art. Dr. Gorbet is a key member of Gorbet Design, a design firm and consultancy specializing in public interactive artwork and experiences.
Since 2004, Mr. Homer has provided independent strategic, financial, M&A and restructuring advisory services to major corporate and government clients. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Homer served as Deputy Chairman for Scotia Capital. Prior to joining Scotia Capital, Mr. Homer worked for approximately 20 years in the investment banking business in Canada. He has been a member of the Province of Ontario’s Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress since 2001. Mr. Homer sits on or chairs a number of advisory boards. Education: B.Applied Science (Engineering) (University of Toronto) and M.B.A (Harvard).
Marguerite Jackson has extensive experience as a senior leader in public education, including CEO of Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office, preceded by being Director of Education for both the Toronto District School Board and the North York Board of Education. Marguerite has served on the boards of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Canadian Club, United Way and Junior Achievement. She was named Honorary Director of the Herb Carnegie Future Aces Foundation. Marguerite has been recognized with the International Business Communicators’ CEO Award of Excellence, Bell Canada’s Award of Excellence for Leadership in IT, and as a Distinguished Educator by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Education: BA from McMaster University and MEd from OISE/Uof T.
Mr. Mackenzie recently retired as a lawyer following a 30-year career primarily as a general counsel in the newspaper industry. Mr. Mackenzie is a past President of Family Service Association of Metro Toronto and a past Chair of Fernie House (residential treatment centres for troubled youth). Education: LL.B (Queen’s University), LL.M (University of London).
Vance Scott, OCT
Vance Scott is the Principal at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario. He has served as the Director of Robotics for the Toronto District School Board. He now serves as Treasurer for FIRST Robotics Canada.
Chair: Dorothy Byers
Executive Director: Mark Breadner
Sponsor Liaison: Gord Homer
Secretary: Blair Mackenzie
Treasurer: Vance Scott