Meet our Judges and MC
Vicki Keith is the most successful marathon swimmer in the history of the sport, holding an unprecedented sixteen world records. Her most recognized accomplishments include becoming the first person to swim across all five Great Lakes in 1988 and for being the only person to complete the 104 km double crossing of Lake Ontario. Vicki followed her swimming career by coaching competitive swimming to a team of athletes with physical disabilities. While coaching at Variety Village, Vicki worked towards making swimming meets more inclusive of participants with physical disabilities and this pattern in now followed by the Provincial and National bodies to the point that swimming is now the most integrated sport in Canada. Vicki has coached over 20 athletes with a disability to the National level in competitive swimming, 3 athletes to the international level, 6 athletes to world records in marathon swimming and one athlete to 2 Canadian Records in competitive swimming. She has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and service. Vicki received an honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University and is recognized by Coaches of Canada as a Chartered Professional Coach. In 1996 Vicki was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 2007 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 1998 her most famous arrival and departure point was renamed after her. The headlands of the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto are officially named Vicki Keith Point.
Rob Baker is a founding member of famous Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, that was formed in 1983 at a residence at Queen’s University. Since their formation in 1983 they have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 54 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including the Juno Awards. Rob formed another band called Stripper’s Union in collaboration with Craig Northey of the Odds and released their first album in 2004. As part of this band Rob has collaborated with many artists and continues to explore new creative heights. Rob with other members of the Hip are known for their charity arising from their individual and collective profits from shows and concerts. Some of the prestigious honours and awards the band has received include, the Canada Hall of Fame, 2002, Canadian Music Hall of Fame 2005, fellowship at Royal Conservatory of Music in 2006, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2008. And as most Kingstonians here are aware, the Tragically Hip even have a street named after them in downtown Kingston.
Mr. Hugh Christie is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office, past national leader of the
Employment and Labour Law Practice Group, and currently the Toronto leader of that group. Mr. Christie graduated from Queen’s University 1978 and completed his Law degree in 1981. He received his Masters degree from the London School of Economics. Hugh provides commercial and public sector clients with advice on employment law. His areas of specialization include the design, interpretation and application of employment policies; compensation packages, including option and incentive plans; and disciplinary issues. Hugh is co-chair of the Advisory Board of a Centre for the study of Labour and Employment Law at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, the only such Centre in Canada. He is also a member of Canada’s delegation representing Canadian employers to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations. Hugh is the designate of Ontario’s Chief Elections Officer to hear appeals under theElections Act. Mr. Christie has held several honours and recognitions including most recently The Best lawyers in Canada 2013, featuring in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory from 2011-the present as well as in Chambers Global Guide from 2010- the present.
Don Drummond is the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services.
Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada. His last three positions were respectively Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.
He subsequently was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank (2000-2010), where he took the lead with TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. For Canada, this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University.
Peter Gooch is Senior Director of Policy and Analysis at the Council of Ontario Universities Secretariat since May 2009. He and his team develop qualitative and quantitative analysis to support policy directions of COU and its affiliates – in particular, OCAV (the VPs academic and provosts and its affiliates), the Council of University Planning and Analysis (CUPA), and the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS). Previous to his appointment at COU Peter led development of policy and strategy at the Toronto District School Board and led TDSB’s program and capital planning. From 2001 to 2005, Peter led the Branch in Ontario’s Ministry of Education that is responsible for the funding formula for elementary and secondary education. He and his staff consulted with school boards and the public about changes to the funding formula. They developed proposals for the Minister of Education and Cabinet, and led the annual changes to education funding. Peter has also worked in children’s services policy in the Province of Ontario, and in the Management Board of Cabinet. Peter was awarded his doctorate from the University of Toronto.
Our Master of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies - Matthew Bisson, 98.3 FlyFM (part of the Bell Media Group)
Born in Toronto and raised in nearby Port Hope, Matthew spent the first 5.5 years of his broadcasting career right here in Kingston, with 98.3 FLY FM. After a three year journey that took him to Edmonton, Brighton, and Ottawa, he returned to his “third home,” The Limestone City, to cover afternoon news on FLY FM.
When he’s not bringing you the latest from the City of Kingston and beyond, Matthew keeps busy listening to/collecting music (everything from alt and indie to hip hop and Motown), travelling the country, watching his favourite shows (The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Rec), playing sports (tennis, soccer, basketball) and cheering on his beloved sports franchises (Manchester united, Leafs, Raptors, Jays).