Aquatarium Board Members
Barry Moss is the President of 401 Electric, and a number of other businesses, making him an integral part of the Eastern Ontario business landscape. Barry has received several awards for his leadership and business excellence including; Richard Cullis Leadership Award of Distinction, Minister’s Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award, and the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.
Barry is a committed and valued community leader serving on the Electrical Safety Authority, Innovative Contractors Solutions, is Chair of the Employment + Education Centre, Director with the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. As a Business Mentor, Barry has shared his wisdom with many, and in a manner that has had a direct positive impact on businesses’ growth and success.
Barry lives in the Brockville Area with his wife, Lori, and is a proud father of their two daughters.
Jeremy Hobbs – Chair
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Jeremy Hobbs is the Superintendent of Human Resources, Facilities and Information Technology for the Upper Canada District School Board , which encompasses 27,000 students, and 4,000 faculty and staff at 90 schools. Jeremy’s portfolio currently includes responsibility for a combined operating and capital budget of over $100M along with almost 300 staff across his three departments. Having started his career as a teacher, Jeremy worked on IT strategy in Ottawa-Carleton and Peel District School Boards and then moved to the UCDSB in 2004. In addition to his work in public education, Jeremy is involved with the community, having served on the Board of the Brockville and Area YMCA as Vice Chair, the Upper Canada Swim Club as President, the Brockville General Hospital Redevelopment Subcommittee and the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors. In his spare time, he is an avid swimmer, sailor, novice scuba diver and home cook.
Mary Jean McFall
Born and raised in Lyn, Ontario, Mary Jean graduated with an Honours B.A. in Government from Harvard University and continued her education at the University of Toronto where she earned her law degree. Following her call to the Bar in 1989, Mary Jean practiced law for five years in Toronto before returning to eastern Ontario to work as General Counsel to Burnbrae Farms, her family’s business and a longstanding significant employer in the community. From 1998 until 2010, Mary Jean was a director of Egg Farmers of Ontario. From 2001 to 2015, she practiced law in Brockville, most recently as a partner of Templeman LLP. From 2016 until 2018, Mary Jean was the Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
An active volunteer in the community, Mary Jean was the President of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and served on the boards of various not-for-profit and fundraising organizations. She was honoured as Brockville’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2008. In 2010, she was elected to Brockville’s City Council. She served on the city’s Police Services Board, the Finance, Administration and Operations Committee and was the Chair of the Economic Development and Planning Committee. In 2017, she joined the Campaign for the Re-Development of the Brockville General Hospital as the Co-Chair of the campaign.
Mary Jean lives in Brockville with her husband, Ian McFall. They have three grown sons and two grandchildren.
Robin TeKamp – Vice Chair
Robin is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary. Robin worked for over 10 years in community mental health and addictions before joining the Brockville General Hospital administrative team in 2008. Robin currently works as a Social Worker on the Mental Health Crisis Team.
In addition to supporting the Aquatarium, Robin has been an executive member on various Board of Directors, serving with Leeds and Grenville Interval House and Loaves and Fishes. Robin also volunteers her time with local community organizations including the Kidney Foundation, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Brockville and Area Community Foundation – Hope Fund, and the YMCA. In her spare time, Robin enjoys gardening, travelling, and spending time on the river with her family.
Sandra Devaney – Secretary
A retired Director of Development for the YMCA of Brockville, Sandra came to Canada (Montreal) from her homeland, Honduras, in 1969. She met her husband, Bill, while attending school in Montreal. They raised two daughters who now teach in the Public School system.
Volunteer contribution to one’s community has always been important in Sandra’s life. Currently, Sandra chairs the Brockville General Volunteer Association, is a Director of the Brockville and Area YMCA Foundation, Loaves and Fishes and is a member of the Executive Committee on the Aquatarium Board of Directors. In addition, Sandra enjoys her shifts at the Hospital Gift Shop and, as a member of the May Court Club of Brockville, her time at the May Court Thrift Shop. As a Committee Member for the 1000 Islands 100 Women Who Care, Sandra is proud of the group’s fundraising efforts, supporting community initiatives with over $100,000 to date.
Sandra enjoys cooking, travelling and a good game of bridge.
Principal of the Fuller Group of Companies, (a diversified group of construction, fabrication, development and real-estate companies- including creating Tall Ships Landing); Past Chair of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (C.O.C.A); Simon “grew up before the mast’ aboard his family’s brigantine becoming skipper at age sixteen. Four years later, after skippering the brigantine Black Jack with a crew of teenagers to Quebec 84’ and OpSail 86 in NY., he founded, as President, the Bytown Brigantine sail training foundation so that others could experience the benefits afforded to him.
Simon is the visionary founder of the Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing and life member and a founder of the Canadian Sail Training Association; Past Commodore of the Britannia Yacht Club.
Simon believes passionately that “There is nothing more worthwhile than building confidence and self-esteem in youth, through adventure. -If you instruct they may remember, if you inspire their curiosity by relating what you know to what they are interested in, you may spark a passion for learning and achievement that is self perpetuating.”
Steve Irwin – Treasurer
Steve joined the Aquatarium board in May of 2018 bringing with him over 30 years of public administration experience as Naval Logistics Officer. Retired as a Naval Captain, (Director of Naval Logistics) he continues to work within the Department of National Defense, responsible for Inventory Management. Growing up in Ottawa and as a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston he has strong roots in Eastern Ontario. In addition to a BA in Political Studies, he has a Masters In Defense Studies and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Steve loves sailing and maritime history. He is passionate about education and the creation of positive experiences for young people. Involvement with Aquatarium provides an excellent opportunity to build on these interests.
Terry D. Davies
Mr. Davies is Canada’s leading educational entrepreneur. He has directly founded, grown and administered 6 private schools across Canada, and has served as Director General, Headmaster, Head of School, board member and consultant for several others. Notably, Mr. Davies established the first International Baccalaureate programme in Québec and was founder and leading developer of Canada’s first high school French Immersion programme.
Mr. Davies founded West Island College in Montreal in 1974 before expanding operations with West Island College Society of Alberta in 1982 and West Island Schools of Ontario Inc. (Ottawa) in 1984. The United Nations proclaimed 1985 to be “International Youth Year” and invited schools and agencies worldwide to interpret the themes of “participation, development, and peace”. Mr. Davies interpreted those themes by taking students and teachers from West Island College around the world on a chartered Tall Ship to visit other students in countries around the world. The success of this trip led to the development of West Island College International in 1992 with the launch of the S/V Concordia, a purpose-built Tall Ship designed for and operated exclusively by the school. As the world’s leading experiential education programme, Class Afloat Students have sailed over 700,000 nautical miles to over 250 ports worldwide. Tall Ships America has recognized the program as “Sea Education Program of the Year” in 2000 and 2008, and Mr. Davies was recognized as “Sail Trainer of the Year” in 2004.
Most recently, Mr. Davies was responsible for the design, development and launch of A+ World Academy in Bern, Switzerland – a high school using the Tall Ship Sörlandet as a platform. Mr. Davies continues to serve as a contributing director / trustee to: A+ World Academy; West Island Colleges in Montreal and Calgary; Stanstead College in Québec; Leahurst College in Kingston, Ontario; Sail Training International Ltd.; Tall Ships America; Bytown Brigantine Inc.; and The Brockville Aquatarium.
Trish Arthurs grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Colborne, ON spending her summers on and around the water. She learned to sail at a young age and her time on the water included sailing on board tall ships around the Great Lakes. Her nautical roots drew her to join the Royal Canadian Navy where she served across the country and overseas on board various ships and reached the rank of Captain (Navy).
Trish earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Royal Military College in Kingston, ON and her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She has served on the board of directors for Bytown Brigantine Incorporated since 2014. As a result of her own experience gaining leadership skills through sail training and her love of the maritime environment, she is very excited to be a member of the Aquatarium board of directors.
Trish lives in Cantley, QC with her partner and two beautiful daughters having retired from the Navy in 2019 after 27 years of service. Other than her nautical pastimes, she enjoys cycling, snowboarding, soccer and gardening.