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: [email protected]

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.

Helena Tigert (Vice President)

Helena has been a TSC swim parent since 2016 with two daughters at TSC - Leah (National A) and Sophie (Youth A).  Both her daughters love the TSC swim experience and all the amazing friends they have made.  

Helena is the Vice President of Financial Partnerships at Visa supporting TD Bank.  She has over 20 years of business management experience in financial services and consumer packaged goods.  Over the years, particularly in marketing roles, Helena has worked closely with many Canadian athletes and sports organizations through Olympic and NHL sponsorships.  She has seen first hand the uplifing impact athletes can have on organizations.  Helena has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (Western) and a BA from McGill University.

David Pickwoad (Secretary)

David works at Miller Thomson LLP, a national law firm, where he is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. David started his career in the steel industry and worked in corporate finance before practicing law. Prior to joining Miller Thomson, David was Chief Client Officer at Dentons Canada and before that Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Hudson’s Bay Company.

David’s eldest daughter Georgia (JB) is in her fourth year swimming with TSC.

Scott Rattee (Treasurer)

Scott's daughter Zoe (Junior A) has been swimming with TSC since she started in the Academy program in the 2017/2018 swim season. 

Scott is a Senior Vice President at DBRS Ltd., a global credit rating agency, covering the telecom/media/technology sectors. Scott has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in both fixed income and public equities, working in both Toronto and New York, NY. Scott has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) member since 2004, and earned his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1999.

Like many parents in the TSC community, Scott has spent countless hours in the stands at swim practice and meets over the years and witnessed first hand the incredibly positive influence swimming with TSC has had in his daughter's development. Importantly she has learned the value of setting goals and working hard to achieve them with the help of great coaches and a fun team environment. In this role, Scott wants to continue to help build the club's outstanding tradition of enabling swimmers to achieve their potential both in the pool and out.    

Joe Murray (Member at Large - Officials)

Joe has an undergraduate degree in 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 based on CiviCRM. 

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 age group swimming records and won a relay medal at Nationals. Joe is a Level 3+ Official, and has a son, Rafe, in NB.

Kevin Lewis O’Neill (Member at Large - Coach Liaison / Swim Program)

Kevin's son swims for the Toronto Swim Club and plays water polo year-round for the Mavericks Water Polo Club. Kevin swam competitively and played water polo in the United States from a young age through university, starting all four years and serving as team captain for Fordham University’s NCAA Division I water polo team. 

Today he 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. 

Vivian Zhao (Member at Large - Social)

Vivian works in the Controllership office at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Her responsibilities include leading financial system access controls; advisory and training to staff and management team on corporate financial management policies and guidelines. Vivian holds an MA from York and an MBA from McGill. She served as a board member for East York East Toronto Family Resources (EYET) from 2009 to 2013, and also volunteers at her daughter's school parent association.

Vivian’s daughter Grace is in J2. Growing up in a coastal town, Vivian loved swimming as a child. Her version of safe swim was racing with her sister to the shark net and back, and “freestyle” bodysurfing amongst post-typhoon waves with her father. Through swimming, she has learned the life lessons of good judgement, resilience, and optimism.

 

Molly Fader (Member at Large - Fundraising)

Molly Fader is a best-selling author and educator with years of fundraising and volunteer-coordinating experience. She’s been a part of TSC for three years, a member of the fundraising committee for two of those years.  Her daughter Lucy swims in JP. 

 

Jane Brind (Member at Large - Communications)

Jane has been running her own consulting business, ZIF HR, for 9+ years.  ZIF HR provides both HR consulting and career/job search coaching services, with the latter being the primary focus in the last few years.  Previously, Jane worked in various HR roles in tech companies in Vancouver, then in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley, and finally here in Toronto.  She has a diploma in Career & Work Counselling, a diploma in HR Management, and a BA (History) from UBC.

Jane’s roots are in aquatics.  She swam in a competitive swim club as a kid and later spent years working as a lifeguard & swim instructor – hence the “pool smell” is very familiar (and strangely comforting!).  Joining the TSC board feels like coming back to her swimming journey.

Jane’s younger son, Cooper, specifically asked to join TSC and started in the 2019/2020 season.  He’s currently in YA.