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Board of Directors

The Toronto Swim Club is governed by a Board of Directors each of whom is elected for a two year term.  The Club's Annual General Meeting takes place in the Fall of each year.

Every Board member has a portfolio.  The Board can be reached at: torontoswimclubboard@gmail.com

Byron MacDonald (President)

Byron has been Head Coach of the very successful University of Toronto Varsity Team for more than 30 years.  In the early 1980’s, Byron saw a need for a high performance swim club in downtown Toronto and formed a   club that would eventually become the Toronto Swim Club.  A few years later, Byron joined the Board of TSC and has remained an active member ever since.

Byron coaches the senior age swimmers of TSC.  His accolades as a coach are many-- including more than 70 swimmers who have been on international teams and Olympic teams.   He has coached numerous medal winners, including a 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist and more recently Kylie Masse’s coach, who won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and became the world record holder in the 100 Backstroke at the 2017 World Championships.

Byron's coaching draws on his personal international swimming career where he won numerous medals including two Commonwealth Gold Medals, and a 6th place finish in the 100 meter butterfly at the 1972 Olympics Summer Games (Munich).  Byron is also the "voice of swimming" having commentated television swim coverage for seven Olympic and other Games --winning two Gemini Awards for his work.

Jennifer Jones (Vice President)

Jennifer is the proud mother of two TSC swimmers (Graysen and Rhys Bernard) and a hockey goalie (Brin). She has been on the TSC Board since 2015 in the role of secretary for her first term (2015-2017) and now as VP (2017-2018). She has actively volunteered in many roles since joining TSC in 2009 and enjoys getting involved and contributing to the betterment of the club.  Jennifer is a Level 4 swim official, so during meets you will usually find her on deck helping out. While she was never a high performance athlete, she has always enjoyed swimming and loves cheering her kids and their teammates on at meets.

Jennifer is the Director of the Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Psychiatry) and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University or Toronto.

Jennifer Bishop (Secretary)

Jennifer Bishop is a Toronto-based partner in the Business Law Group of Miller Thomson LLP. In her legal practice, she focuses on helping business clients navigate mergers, acquisitions and brand-protection issues, as well as general corporate and commercial work. Jennifer is a member of the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations, leads Miller Thomson’s National Hospitality Industry Group, and currently serves on the leadership team of the International Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. Jennifer has been designated by Lexpert as a “Top 40 Under 40” Rising Star, and has received the J.W. Whiteside Award at the University of Windsor for outstanding volunteer commitment to under-served legal communities. She is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership issues in the legal profession.

In her athletic career, Jennifer won junior and open titles throughout Canada, competed nationally and internationally, and received a National Achievement Award for Amateur Sport. Jennifer was granted an NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of South Florida, during which time her team was four-time conference champions. Jennifer remains engaged as an active tennis player at the Toronto Lawn and Davisville Tennis Clubs, and competes regularly in masters tennis tournaments in Canada and internationally. She has served on several charitable and not for profit boards and is the immediate past-president of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Chair of the Doug Philpott Inner-City Tennis Fund and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tennis Canada.

Jennifer has a swimmer entering her 5th year at TSC, and her family has been actively involved with the TSC family since her swimmer joined the club at the intro level.

Katherine Browne (Treasurer)

Katherine has been an active swim mom for 8 years now, volunteering on deck and off in many roles, and has been a member of TSC for just over 2 years.  She has two kids, Eric and Tara Antonen, and they both swim for TSC (N1 and Jr National).  Since joining the club, the family has benefited from the welcoming, supportive nature of the TSC members, coaches and staff.

Katherine has a degree in Economics and MBA, both from Western, and is a CPA.  She has worked for over 20 years in the Media/Entertainment industry.  Most recently she spends most of her time consulting, volunteering, running, driving and preparing meals to be easily consumed “on the go”!

Katherine believes that competitive swimming has been an incredible experience for her kids; socially, physically and mentally.  It has taught them how to be disciplined, how to make time for school, how to make time for friends and still be able to excel at a sport they love.  TSC has been a wonderful community and, as such, Katherine is looking forward to being able to contribute to the club’s success through the Treasurer role this year.

Glenn Gold

Each of Glenn's children, Josh (now swimming for UofT), Vanessa (now swimming for Queens) and Aleksa have been TSC swimmers for many years.  Impressed with the important and positive role that TSC competitive swimming was playing in the lives of his children, Glenn became interested in contributing to TSC’s development.  He joined the TSC Board in late 2010, after having previously served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Glenn is founder and President of Lytton Financial Inc., a boutique investment banking firm and previously served as a senior executive at HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc. and Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited.  Having completed the Directors Education Program, in 2012 Glenn received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Kerry Hulford

Kerry has been with the club since 2012, and has served the club in many volunteer capacities including chaperoning, group parent, social committee and officiating.   Kerry is a Level III swim official and can usually be found on deck at meets.   Kerry has witnessed the incredibly positive impact swimming and belonging  to TSC has had on her daughter (Kate- Junior National) . She can often be overheard promoting the sport to parents, encouraging them to get their children involved.  Kerry holds a BA and MSc, and  is the Director of Acquisition and Client Engagement at RBC. Kerry also serves on the Canadian Banking Women's Forum and the RBC Diversity and Inclusion National Committee.

Kevin Lewis O’Neill

Kevin’s son swims for TSC and plays water polo for the Golden Jets. An avid swimmer himself, Kevin played water polo and swam competitively in the United States from a young age through university. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, Kevin is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. When not swimming, Kevin can be found at his son’s practices earnestly typing into a laptop.

Helena Tigert

Helena has two young daughters who swim with TSC - Leah and Sophie.  While never a competitive swimmer herself, she has worked with many Canadian athletes and sports properties over the years while leading Olympic and NHL marketing for Visa Canada.  She has experience working directly with sports broadcasters, social media platforms, and the many advertising agencies who bring everything together.  Currently, Helena leads Consumer Credit Products & Strategy at Visa.  Helena has her MBA from Ivey and her BA from McGill.        

Ula Ubani

Ula Ubani’s daughter has been swimming for TSC since 2014.  While not a swimmer herself, Ula appreciates the value of the sport in developing confidence and discipline in children. As swimming became a more integral part of her daughter’s life, Ula contributed to the club in various ways including as a group parent and meet official.  Ula has experience on not for profit boards in various sectors and gives her time as a mentor to young people as they develop their careers.  Ula is currently Chief Ethics Officer for BMO Financial Group.