Board of Directors
Dave Smith – Founder, Honourary Chair
Growing up, young Dave learned from his parents the value of community and the importance of giving whatever he could to those who were struggling. These were lessons that were to shape his life and ultimately touch the lives of so many others. Today, Dave Smith is best known as a successful entrepreneur, unwavering philanthropist and community builder with boundless enthusiasm and an unshakable faith in humankind.
Known to so many in the Ottawa community as simply ‘Dave’, he has a unique gift for gathering and inspiring like-minded people around issues or causes that can improve the lives of others. Over several decades, he has raised over 0 million for the local, national and international causes he represents. In addition to his charitable works, Dave has built a successful string of catering and restaurants businesses in Ottawa, Florida and California.
One of Dave Smith’s proudest achievements was (and still is) the establishment in the early 1990s of Ottawa’s first addiction treatment centre dedicated to helping young people – the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. Today, Dave Smith remains as passionate, dedicated and hard working as ever to ensure that every young person who needs help will receive it.
David Kinsman – Chair
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2007 and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Originally from the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, David graduated from Acadia University in 1966 and spent the next 34 years as a pilot in the Canadian Forces. He retired as Commander of the Canadian Air Force in 2000 holding the rank of Lieutenant General. In the following year, he was appointed as Executive Director of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, a position he held until July 2006. Following retirement from full-time employment, David successfully completed a year-long professional coaching certification program. He now works with executive clients in both the Public Service and private industry, supporting them in realizing their aspirations for a successful and gratifying professional and personal life.
David became a Director on the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) Board in 2007. In November 2012, he was voted in as Chair of the Board. Those years have been both exciting and demanding as the organization was mandated to merge with another treatment centre, to implement a leading-edge residential treatment clinical model, and to lead the initiative to construct and operate a new 30-bed treatment facility in Ottawa. Since becoming Chair, David has also placed particular emphasis on establishing an effective governance structure for the Board of Directors, recruiting individuals who are genuinely motivated to operate under the highest standards in support of the vital mission of residential youth treatment in this community.
Derek Johnston – Vice-Chair
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2012 and is a member of the Executive Committee.
A trusted communications strategist, Derek has 30 years of national and international experience in strategy development and execution, crisis and issues management, conference presentations, workshop design and delivery, facilitation, and project management.
Through his firm, Face Value Communications Inc., Derek and his network of partners provide high-level strategic support to some of Canada’s most respected and iconic public institutions including the Supreme Court of Canada, Queen’s University, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and CBC/Radio-Canada.
A member of the DSYTC Board of Directors since 2012, he was appointed Vice-Chair in 2015. Derek has served on a number of boards for community-based sport organizations and is a past-President of the Canadian Club of Ottawa.
Tricia Goulbourne – Treasurer
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2015.
Tricia started her public service career as a student in the Human Resources Division at Canada Revenue Agency. In June 2010, she joined the Treasury Board Secretariat and has held various positions in the department, increasing in responsibility, most recent as a Client Relationship Manager for the Corporate Financial Systems team.
Tricia is a CPA, CMA and has a Master’s degree in International Trade and International Finance from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University).
Tricia joined the Board of Directors for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre as a member in 2016. In addition, Tricia is a Kind Village professional who, through a growing community engagement platform, celebrates, promotes and supports like-minded businesses, professionals and charities whose kindness makes our communities grow stronger.
Mike Beauchesne, M.Ed., MBA, CCC – Executive Director
Joined DSYTC in 2000 and is a member of the Board and Executive Committee.
During his time with DSYTC Mike has skilfully undertaken the varied roles of Student Placement, Addiction Therapist, Clinical Program Coordinator, Executive Director (of their former Day Program) and most recently, Executive Vice President – Clinical Services. With his substantial experience at the Centre as context, Mike often speaks proudly about working side-by-side with many incredible people, the privilege of serving clients, and witnessing firsthand the tremendous difference the agency has made in the lives of youth and families from across the province.
Assuming the Executive Director role in June 2015, Mike is responsible for overseeing two addiction treatment residences for boys and girls aged 13 – 21, as well as a third campus in which the aftercare team, family programming and many administrative services originate. Mike leads a passionate and dedicated group of over 50 team members who all contribute to help more than 130 youth and families every year.
Actively participating on various local, regional and provincial committees, Mike also brings his noteworthy dedication, leadership and experience to initiatives which aim to enhance partnership, coordination and effectiveness within the treatment sector.
Mike holds a Masters of Education (M.Ed. – Counselling) from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. He is also a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the author of various articles and a previous recipient of the Mental Health Service Provider Award from the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
In his personal time, Mike loves sports of all kinds, is a volunteer coach and is a devoted husband and loving father to two very active young boys.
Rene Bibaud – Member
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2015.
Recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2014 by the Learning Partnership of Canada, René Bibaud has been active both in schools and the community at large for over 35 years. His training and participation in the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Toronto, Rotman Business School of Management has broadened and enhanced his leadership in both the school district and numerous Foundations.
Recently retired from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, René speaks at conferences across North America on innovation and leadership in education and he continues to support the school board with various initiatives. At present, he sits as a Director on both The Ottawa Distress Centre and the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Boards and serves on The Advisory Committee to Citizen Advocacy Ottawa’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program.
Previously, René was Chair of Easter Seals Ottawa for three years; past Board Member of Child & Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO) for three years; and past Board Member with the Education Foundation of Ottawa for nine years. René also served as a foster parent with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa for five years.
Dr. Mary Brown – Member
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2016.
Mary was born and grew up in Scotland where she completed grade and high school education, followed by medical school at Aberdeen University in 1972. She continued her post-graduate education at Ottawa University, completing her psychiatric residency in 1977. Since then she has worked as a general adult psychiatrist with interests in hospital-based treatment and teaching. Mary held an appointment as assistant professor at Ottawa University, administration, served terms as chief of emergency psychiatry and president of medical staff at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and president of the psychiatric section of the Ottawa Academy of Medicine. Following that Mary worked at the Queensway Carleton Hospital initially as the chief of psychiatry and then as Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2008, retiring in 2013.
Stephen McGill, DSYTC Foundation Chair
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2000.
As a long-time volunteer of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, he served terms as both Vice-Chair and Chair. In 2012 he became the first ever Chair of the newly created Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Foundation.
In his “other job” as he refers to it, Stephen is the President and Creative Director of McGill Buckley, an award-winning marketing, branding and design agency based in Ottawa.
Stephen has been named one of Canada’s top Creative Directors by Strategy magazine and has been listed in both Who’s Who In Canadian Advertising and Who’s Who In Canadian Business. During his career, Stephen’s work as a writer and creative director has been recognized for creative excellence over 200 times at award shows in Canada, the United States and internationally.
Stephen has long been deeply involved in the not-for-profit and health care marketing sectors. He has advised, volunteered and worked with groups such as the Bruyère Foundation, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, Care Canada, United Way of Canada, the Ontario Special Olympics, Canadian Centre on Substance and Salvation Army Canada among many others.
Michael Smith – Member
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2016.
Michael is a partner with Langevin Morris Smith LLP, practicing in the areas of criminal and civil litigation. Michael joined the firm in 2002 after his call to the Ontario Bar. He is a graduate in law from the University of Manitoba.
While completing his undergraduate and law degrees, Michael competed in the sport of Greco-Roman wrestling and was a member of Canada’s national team from 1995-2001. He has represented Canada at the World and Pan Am Championships and was the alternate on the 1996 Olympic wrestling team. He is the head coach of the National Capital Wrestling Club.
If you can’t find him in the courtroom or the wrestling room, then you can find him in the classroom. Michael also works with the Department of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa. He teaches second year Criminal Law.
With a background in sports and law, Michael has established himself as a sports leader and a champion for athletes’ rights in Canada. He works with athletes and sports organizations on issues of team selection, funding criteria and internal sports appeals. He is the Past President of Athletes CAN, the Association of Canada’s National Team athletes. Michael has represented Team Canada at the Commonwealth, Pan American Games and Olympic Games.
Karen Tataryn MSW, RSW – Member
Joined the DSYTC Board in 2011 and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Karen Tataryn is a Senior Administrator with over thirty years of management experience in the health and social service sectors. Karen has been employed at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa since 1989, and has been the Director of CHEO Mental Health since 1996. Karen has a BSc in Psychology from McMaster University and a MSW in Social Work from Carleton University. Karen is registered with the Ontario College of Certified Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Karen serves on the Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Committee since 2013.