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.

NILS BLONDON, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Nils Blondon is a Educator, Runner, Writer, and Life Coach 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. Nils is passionate about leveraging the sport of running as a vehicle towards improved mental health, and has worked directly with and inspired thousands youth  across  the Greater Toronto Area. Nils’s youth work has been the feature of articles and documentaries. As the Program Director of Team Unbreakable, Nils hopes to continue to support, motivate, and encourage youth and educators across to province to get active, run, and have fun.

Robert Wordham, Board Chair

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.

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
and  https://www.anxiety.org/high-school-sports-reduce-anxiety

Robert Bracey , Director

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), North America’s biggest IT service provider association. 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.

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.

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.