LAURA SOMERVILLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Laura has wide ranging experience in the field of education. She is the Project Lead for Healthy Relationships: Navigating Cyberbullying and Cyberviolence, a Principals Association Projects initiative through the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC). She has served as a Coach Facilitator with the Leading Student Achievement Project (LSA), a Senior Specialist of Education at the Leadership Development Branch of the Ministry of Education and as a school Principal in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Laura is the Study Tour Lead as well as an Instructor for the International School Leadership Program through OPC where she works in various countries developing strong educational leadership at the school and system level. Laura has a proven track record of working as part of provincial and international teams to research, create and implement programs to support student achievement and well-being.
NICOLE KUZMICH OUTREACH
Nicole Kuzmich is a recent graduate from the Kinesiology program at the University of Toronto and is continuing her education at the University of Ottawa with a Masters in Human Kinetics with a concentration in consultation and intervention. Nicole was a former international competitive figure skater, competing in the Junior and Senior Grand Prix Circuits and in events such as the Junior and Senior World Championships, European Championships and the Olympic University Games. Since Nicole retired from competitive sport, running has become a passion, interest and her preferred choice of physical activity. Nicole hopes to use her sports and exercise background, combined with her passion for mental health empowerment to help inspire and educate youth across Canada. Nicole is a firm believer in physical health for mental health!
NILS BLONDON SPECIAL EVENTS
Nils Blondon is an Educator, Runner, Writer, and Peer Support Specialist with over ten years experience in the Not For Profit sector. Nils has acted in multiple capacities at small and large charities across the city. Nils has been involved with the Team Unbreakable initiative since 2016. First, as a Coordinator, and since 2019 as the Program Director and Director of Outreach and Implementation. Nils is passionate about using running as a vehicle towards improved mental health. He studied English, History, and Religion at the University of Toronto, and Print Journalism at Sheridan College. As the Director of Outreach and Implementation, Nils hopes to continue to support, motivate, and encourage youth and educators across Canada to get active, run, and have fun.
Robert Bracey Board Chair
Rob is the CEO and President of Quartet Service Inc.
In addition to being a Team Unbreakable Board Director, he 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). 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. He 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.
Robert Wordham Director
Bob 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, Bob 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. Bob 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. Bob retired from this position in 2008 and he currently assists small start-up companies.
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 supported 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.
Dr. Catherine Sabiston Director
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
Kerry Houlding Director
Kerry Houlding has her Masters Degree in Disability Studies with a specialty in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Kerry started running recreationally in high school. Running was her springboard into a life-long love of endurance activities such as rowing, marathons, and triathlons. Kerry pursued her interest in non-traditional therapy settings with animals. For the past decade, she’s been practicing at TEAD in Hamilton, Ontario, an equine therapeutic riding centre for children and adults with different abilities. In 2019, Kerry received the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Instructor of the Year award. She is excited to be a part of Team Unbreakable.
Michelle Winklaar Director
Michelle is an ICF credentialed Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and works as an Executive Coach with Cadence Leadership & Communication. Michelle is a former two-term Minister of Economy and Education for the island of Aruba, former telecom CEO, and has over 25 years of marketing and communications experience. Michelle obtained her Master’s Degree in Leadership from the Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph and has focused on helping organizations build leadership capacity, improve employee engagement, and better understand the importance and value of diversity and inclusion.
David Payne Director
David is a lawyer who has recently retired after a 35 year career as a trial lawyer in Toronto. He was chosen by his peers as one of the best lawyers in Canada. He has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations. He has been active in coaching youth sport teams and in the Boy Scout organization. David is an avid canoeist, skier and hockey player. His true love is the sport of polo and he has travelled the world playing in polo tournaments . He believes deeply in the power of physical activity to maintain mental health.
Jonathan Hood Director
Jonathan Hood is a former linebacker and top special teams player in the Canadian Football League (CFL). During his athletic career in the CFL, Jonathan finished his Master’s degree at Western University, and became a motivational speaker, leadership coach, and youth mentor. Jonathan created the non-profit organization called Ahead of the Game to focus on youth empowerment based on the research on physical activity adherence and support . Jonathan is currently completing a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. His research includes engaging young people in community based participatory research (CBPR) methods to design and facilitate mixed methods research projects in their communities.
Alex Teijeria Director
Alex Teijeira has been appointed the Vice President, Global Employee and Labour Relations (ER/LR) to provide strategic direction, leadership, governance and oversight for Scotiabank’s global operations. Alex has 15 years of increasingly senior HR and legal experience and a strong focus on HR transformations and fostering high levels of engagement. Alex focuses on organization productivity, innovation and performance by fostering exceptional people engagement and culture. In past professional settings, Alex has built organizations which grew to over 130 stores and 20,000 team members and helped establish a framework which lead for the companies first international expansion. In previous professional settings Alex was a well-being ambassador and president of his company run club. Alex remains passionate about optimizing well-being and he believes that running is important for youth mental health and wants all youth to use running as a tool to cope with mental health challenges. Alex is trilingual (English, French & Spanish) and an avid traveler, marathon runner, triathlete, wine aficionado and a proud father of two.
David Harris, Founder
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 Team Unbreakable (formerly “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 with the support and dedication of many others. Running is a passion of mine. I know the tremendous mental, physical and spiritual benefits that running offers. It helped me through my darkest of days. For this reason, I believe Team Unbreakable and our Team Unbreakable Running Programs are very important. I cannot thank you enough for helping Team Unbreakable achieve our mission.