About the Canadian Forces Liaison Council

From: National Defence

Advocating for a Strong, Secure and Engaged Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is an organization of more than 140 Canadian  volunteers who work in partnership with the Defence Team to engage employers, educational institutions and other organizations to emphasise how valuable reserve service is to Canadian communities and the defence of Canada. Our volunteers are executives, educators, managers, and community leaders who understand how important reserve service is, and how the workforce benefits from the skills and values military members bring with them.

Scott Sheperd – National Chair

Scott ShepherdA native of Chatham, Ontario, Mr. Scott Shepherd was appointed National Chair by the Minister of National Defence in 2013. Prior to his current appointment as National Chair, Scott served as the British Columbia provincial chair since 2004.

Scott has served as Chair of MDS Aero Support Corporation and Patriot One Technologies and has held many executive positions in finance in both the private and public sectors. Of note he was the CEO of NORTHSTAR Trade Finance Inc.; President of Dalhousie Financial Corporation of Richmond, BC; CFO of the Nexus Group of Companies, Burnaby, BC; and Assistant Trade Commissioner for the Department of External Affairs in Manila, Philippines to name a few.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BA-Honours) and Dalhousie University (MBA).  

W.D. (Bill) Mahoney, OMM, O.N.L., CD – National Vice-Chair

W.D. (Bill) MahoneyMr. Bill Mahoney became the CFLC National Vice-Chair after serving as the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Chair. He was also the former Chair of Commissionaires Newfoundland and Labrador. He has served and serves as director of a number of organizations in his community and has received many honours and awards for his contributions including: Officer in the Order of Military Merit, the Commissionaire's Distinguished Service Medal, member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Canadian Forces Decoration. Bill was instrumental in the development and distribution of cable television and high-speed internet throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, he is the owner of a group of companies in the Province related to the real estate and tourism sectors. He served for 26 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves and established the William D. Mahoney Benevolent Fund to provide financial assistance to military members and their families throughout the province of NL in times of need.

Dale Hedges, CMA, CMC, FCMA – National Strategic Planner

Dale HedgesMr. Hedges joined the Canadian Forces Liaison Council in 1999 as a member of Alberta’s Provincial Council and is currently its National Strategic Planner. He is a Director of Western Management Consultants, Calgary Office and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant. In addition he has a Business Administration Diploma, majoring in marketing, from Mount Royal College. Through his over 30 year career he has worked in both the private, profit and not-for-profit, and governmental sectors, in a variety of industries throughout the world. 

Robert Shea, PhD – Newfoundland and Labrador Chair

Dale HedgesDr. Rob Shea is Associate Vice President (Academic and Student Affairs) of the Fisheries and Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. Armed with an arsenal of degrees in political science, social work, education and a doctorate in higher education leadership, his career has taken him from the front lines of teaching to the boardrooms of national and international non-profits. Rob has served as president of four national organizations, and has been involved in the leadership of over seven others at the national, provincial and regional levels. He currently serves as the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Chair of the CFLC. 

Keith Hillier – Prince Edward Island Chair

Keith HillierKeith Hillier is a Certified General Accountant originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He currently serves as the Prince Edward Island Provincial Chair of the CFLC. He has worked with Revenue Canada and VAC and participated in many government wide initiatives. As such, he has extensive experience in the areas of financial comptrollership, change management, procurement, employment equity and official languages. He has held multiple leadership positions throughout his career including Director General-Corporate Planning VAC, Chief Financial Officer, and Assistant Deputy Minister for Service Delivery and Commemoration with VAC to name a few.

He completed 42 years in the Public Service during which time he was the recipient of the prestigious Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Service Delivery to Canadians; the Minister of Veterans Affairs Award of Excellence; and the Institute of Public Administration’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. Keith is also the recipient of the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.  

John A. Young, Q.C. – Nova Scotia Chair

John A. YoungMr. John Young has served as Chair of BOYNECLARKE LLP, where he practiced Business Law. He has acted on behalf of a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, institutions and not-for-profit organizations advising senior management in the creation, operation and expansion of their activities.

He is currently serving as the Nova Scotia Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He serves, or has served, as Chair of the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, a Director of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, a Director of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo Society, and Trustee of St. Andrews United Church, Halifax. Additionally, he has served on a wide variety of boards of Canadian corporations and charitable organizations.

Lisa Clory – New Brunswick Chair

John A. YoungLisa is the Provincial Director for New Brunswick for the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA), a non-profit association promoting the development of the Atlantic Canadian aerospace, defence and security sectors. Lisa has spent the majority of her 20+ year professional career serving in a range of management capacities in the non-profit and private sectors in the aerospace and defence industries.  She is the Provincial Chair for New Brunswick for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) and also serves on the Board of Governors for the Royal Military College (RMC). Lisa’s educational background is in Business & Accounting and undertook the UPEI Foreign International Trade Training (FITT) program.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano,– Quebec Chair

Yves Desjardins-SicilianoMr. Yves Desjardins-Siciliano is an experienced lawyer and seasoned executive. He is currently CEO of Siemens Mobility Canada. Prior to this appointment he was the former President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada and has held several positions at IBM Canada, the Government of Canada (Ministry of Labour & Transport) and Bell Mobility. He initially joined VIA Rail as Chief Corporate and Legal Officer.

He holds a law degree from l’Université de Montréal and completed Graduate Studies in Law at McGill University. He has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and was also a President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division. He is currently serving as the Quebec Provincial Chair of the CFLC.

Jeff Westeinde, P. Eng – Ontario Chair

Jeff WesteindeMr. Jeff Westeinde was appointed to the CFLC in 2008, where he currently serves as the Ontario Provincial Chair. He is a dynamic investor and entrepreneur in the environmental and real estate sectors, with active investments in solar energy, technologies that promote the beneficial re-use of waste, and sustainable real estate. His companies have been recognized as some of Canada’s fastest growing companies and have been distinguished in the Top 50 Employers in Canada. 

Jeff is active on numerous charitable, civic and industry initiatives, including serving as the founding Chairman of Invest Ottawa, sitting on the Community Services Cabinet for the United Way of Ottawa, and is on the Board of the Ottawa Network for Education. He is also proud to serve as an Honorary Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Kelvin Shepherd, P. Eng – Manitoba Chair

Kelvin ShepherdMr. Kelvin Shepherd retired as President & CEO of Manitoba Hydro in 2019 and is currently a member of the Independent Review Committee for Investors Group Investment Management. He had a lengthy and respected career as a senior business executive in the telecommunications and energy utility sectors. Kelvin worked in a wide variety of technical and managerial roles, eventually rising to the position of Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. 

Kelvin is now serving as the Manitoba Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He also currently sits on the United Way of Winnipeg’s Board of Trustees; has been Chair of the Awards Jury for Manitoba Chamber of Commerce annual Business Awards; and served 10 years on the Board of Trustees of Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg including a term as Chair of the Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certificate in Administration from the University of Regina.

Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, SOM, SVM, CD – Saskatchewan Chair

Vaughn Solomon SchofieldVaughn Solomon Schofield, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, is a graduate if the University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus and The Rae-Vogue School in Chicago. She has had a successful career in business and has provided leadership to international, national, and provincial organizations. In the past, she was Chair of the Board for a crime prevention organization which had international effects on the prevention of crime through the creation of Crime Watch groups.

Her Honour served as Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan from 2012 to 2018.

She currently serves as the Saskatchewan Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is currently the Honorary Colonel of 10 Field Artillery Regiment. In acknowledgement of her many contributions, she was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. 

Carolyn Patton – Alberta Chair

Carolyn PattonFor over 25 years, Ms. Carolyn Patton has advanced the creative offerings of multiple corporations and advertising agencies in both Canada and Europe. Today, she is the Owner and Creative Strategist of Patton Communications based out of Edmonton, Alberta.

Carolyn has volunteered her leadership with a range of boards including The Vimy Foundation of Canada, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Royal Alberta Museum. She has created and supported a number of initiatives including joint projects between the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Armed Forces. She currently serves as the Alberta Provincial Chair for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for the Commonwealth.

Derral Moriyama, MBA - British Columbia Chair

Derral MoriyamaMr. Derral Moriyama, serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development for Western Canada at MNP Corporate Finance Inc. Prior to joining MNP, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking for Greater Vancouver at BMO and has 32 years of banking experience.

He currently serves as the British Colombia Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. His other board experience includes serving as Chair of Northstar Trade Finance, Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver Foundation, and RCMP Diversity Council to name a few. Mr. Moriyama is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has completed executive development programs at the Kellogg School of Business as well as the Banff School of Advanced Management.

Timothy Syer – Territories Chair

M. Timothy SyerMr. Timothy Syer is a lawyer who practices corporate and commercial law in the Yellowknife office of a Western Canadian regional firm. Tim served 7 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Maritime Surface Officer, prior to completing his law degree at the University of British Colombia.

He is currently serving as the Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Since leaving the Navy and throughout his transition to a civilian career, Tim has been grateful for the skills and work ethic that the Navy equipped him with. Tim has stayed involved with the Canadian Armed Forces and continues to give back to his community.

John Craig Eaton, KStJ, O. Ont, D.Com – Chair Emeritus

John Craig EatonAs a well-recognized philanthropist, John Craig Eaton is best known for giving extensively of his time and energy. In 1989 he assumed the position of National Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) and CFLC became globally recognized as an outstanding model for employer support for the reserves. Mr. Eaton managed to attract many of Canada’s most prominent citizens to also donate their time and energy towards volunteering with CFLC and the support of the reserves.

In recognition of his volunteer service to the Canadian Forces he received the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. Mr. Eaton has also been the recipient of the Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and the Order of Ontario. He stepped down as the CFLC chair in 2013 and was given the title Chair Emeritus.

Major-General R.R.E. MacKenzie, OMM, CD – Chief of Reserves and Employer Support

Major-General R.R.E. MackenzieMajor-General MacKenzie became the Chief of Reserves and Employer Support in 2019. Previous to that he has had a distinguished career both in the Reserve and Regular Forces, since joining in 1985, with operational experience from five international and one domestic deployments. He has commanded at unit and brigade levels and has held the Deputy Commander of 3rd Canadian Division and Chief of Staff Army Reserve positions.

He is currently a Patrol Sergeant with the Vancouver Police Department in the Operations Division.

Major-General MacKenzie has a B.Sc. In Geology from the University of British Colombia and is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course, US Reserve Components National Security Course (NDU), Combined Joint Force Land Component Commander’s Course (US AWC), and Public Executive Program (Queen’s University). He has been recognized for his service being awarded Officer of the Order of Military Merit, the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Police Exemplary Service Medal and a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation.

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