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 Annual General Meeting takes place in the Fall of each year.  Every Board member has a portfolio. 

The Board can be reached at: board@torontoswimclub.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.

Ula Ubani (Vice President)

Ula Ubani is Chief Ethics and Conduct Officer for BMO Financial Group, providing guidance and oversight on ethical and conduct management activities across the bank.  Ula is a recognized leader with 20 years of industry experience in roles such as International Financial Institutions, Risk Management, Investor Relations and Sustainability. Ula is a supporter of youth wellness initiatives through her various board and volunteer engagements and has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Ula’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, meet official, and most recently a board member. 

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 over 4 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.

Helena Tigert (Communications)

Helena works at Visa Canada where she leads product strategy for consumer credit and loyalty solutions - developing new product platforms, card benefits, and digital experiences.  She has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience across financial services and consumer packaged goods industries.   Helena has her MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a BA from McGill University.

She has collaborated over the years with many Canadian athletes and sports organizations through Olympic and NHL sponsorship management and marketing.  This includes working directly with sports broadcasters, ad agencies, and social media platforms to connect Canadians more deeply with our athletes.  She is active in the Canadian Marketing Association and co-chairs its Brand Strategy council.    

Helena has two daughters who swim with TSC - Leah (Junior National) and Sophie (Youth Festival)

Kevin Lewis O’Neill (Coach Liaison / Swim Program)

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.

Joe Murray (Strategic Planning)

Joe has two boys swimming with TSC, Calum in N2 and Rafe in J1. He's loved watching them learn discipline as well as strokes, have fun making good friends, and relax into the excitement of performing well under pressure. He hopes to give back by helping to make TSC a great club providing a wonderful experience for all its swimmers.

Joe has an undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering and a doctorate in political philosophy. As President of JMA Consulting for 20 years, he and his staff have provided Constituency Relationship Management strategy and software services to non-profit organizations in North America and overseas. He is a co-author of Using CiviCRM, the leading book on open source software used by over 10,000 organizations around the world to manage donations, memberships, event registrations, volunteers, grants, human resources and other critical functions. 

Joe has served as a director on the boards of 10 non-profits over the last 30 years. As a director, he has been responsible for or contributed significantly to board activities in the areas of governance, policy, communications, fundraising, and human resources. 

Growing up in the 70's and 80's Joe broke a few national age group swimming records and won a relay medal at Nationals. In the last couple of years he's regularly ranked in the top 3 in Canada for his Master's swimming age group.

Jay Parker (Fundraising)

Jay Parker is the proud parent of two TSC swimmers, Isabella in J3 and Libby in the Academy, this is their third year of involvement in the club. His family was drawn to TSC for the exceptional coaching and swimmer performance program, and has continued with the club because of the measured and steady development plans that the coaches put into place for each group.

During the working day, he runs a DDMLighting Inc., a private lighting system design and supply firm, focusing on the high-end residential and commercial projects in the North American and the Caribbean markets. The majority of the firms work is in the Golden Horseshoe, working with major design and architecture firms.

Jay holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science from Queens University, and studied Japanese at Kwansei Gakuin University during his undergrad. After graduation, he spent 15 years working in the aerospace industry in Canada and Japan for Bombardier, and for Aviva Insurance here in Toronto.  

While at Queens, Jay played varsity Rugby for the perennial OUA champion Gaels. From an early age, he was an avid skier, and still races today on the Ontario Masters Inter-club circuit. As well, he participates in the odd triathlon with his father and holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.