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Committee Members

The following is a list of members of Synod Council and its committees . For more information, contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932).

Synod Council

The membership of Synod Council is as follows:

Office Holders:

  • The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto (Chair)
  • The Rt. Rev. Riscylla Shaw (Suffragan Bishop)
  • The Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson (Suffragan Bishop)
  • Marg Creal (Chancellor)
  • The Rev. Lisa Newland (Honorary Clerical Secretary)
  • Sheila Robson, ODT (Honorary Lay Secretary)
  • Canon Robert Saffrey (Executive Director) non-voting

Committee Chairs:

  • Chancellor Marg Creal (Risk and Governance Committee) also listed above
  • Delores Lawrence, ODT (Human Resources Committee)
  • George Lewis, ODT (Finance Committee)
  • Stuart Hutcheson, ODT, and Peter Patterson, ODT, (Property Committee)

Bishop’s Appointments:

  • The Rev. Kenute Francis
  • The Rev. Lucia Lloyd
  • Major the Rev. Canon Brad Smith
  • The Rev. Kevin Wong

Elected at Synod:

  • Chris Ambidge, ODT
  • The Rev. Canon Simon Bell
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephen Fields
  • The Rev. Canon Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, SSJD
  • The Rev. Maria Ling
  • Heather McGregor, ODT
  • The Rev. Jesse Parker
  • David Toycen, ODT
  • Canon Laura Walton, ODT
  • Eirene Wee

Committees of Synod Council

Audit Committee

  • Don Gillespie, CA (Chair)
  • Johan Van’t Hof, CPA, CA
  • Anne Todd, CMA
  • Susan Tremayne-Moon, CPA, CA
  • Staff:  Tracey Gordon (Finance Department Assistant)

Finance Committee

  • George Lewis, ODT (Chair)
  • Mario Bartolozzi
  • The Rev. Molly Finlay
  • Leslie Hajdu, ODT
  • Vice-Chancellor Mark Hemingway
  • The Rev. Leonard Leader
  • Staff:  Tracey Gordon (Finance Department Assistant)

Property Committee

  • Stuart Hutcheson, ODT (Co-Chair)
  • Peter Patterson, ODT (Co-Chair)
  • Michael Davies, LLP
  • Laura Johnston
  • The Rev. Mark Regis
  • Peter Tovell, ODT
  • Vice-Chancellor John van Gent
  • Staff: Canon Robert Saffrey (Executive Director)

Human Resources Committee

  • Delores Lawrence, ODT (Chair)
  • Vice-Chancellor Gail Smith
  • Heather McGregor, ODT
  • The Rev. Michael Perry
  • Orphtee Quarco
  • David Town
  • Staff:  Deborah Journeaux (Director of Human Resources)

Risk and Governance Committee

  • Chancellor Marg Creal (Chair)
  • Vice-Chancellor Brian Armstrong, ODT
  • Vice-Chancellor Paul Baston
  • The Rev. Canon Joan Cavanaugh-Clark
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Byron Gilmore
  • Vice-Chancellor Mark Hemingway
  • John Nicholl
  • The Ven. Cheryl Palmer
  • Vice-Chancellor Gail Smith
  • Staff:  Pamela Boisvert (Secretary of Synod)

Committees of Synod

Agenda Committee

  • Sheila Robson, ODT (Honorary Lay Secretary), Chair
  • The Rev. Yohan Dumpala
  • Constance Kendall, ODT (Assistant Honorary Lay Secretary)
  • The Rev. Lisa Newland (Honorary Clerical Secretary)
  • Jayachandran Solomon
  • Staff:  Pamela Boisvert (Secretary of Synod)

Constitution and Canons Committee

  • Chancellor Marg Creal, Chair
  • The Ven. John Anderson
  • Vice-Chancellor and Registrar Paul Baston
  • Charlie Cutts
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephen Fields
  • The Rev. Susan Haig
  • Vice-Chancellor Mark Hemingway
  • Vice-Chancellor Gail Smith
  • Vice-Chancellor John van Gent
  • Staff:  Pamela Boisvert (Secretary of Synod)

Investment Committee

  • David MacNicol, Chair
  • Edward Stephen Rodaway
  • Peter Stanley
  • Julian Scarfe
  • Kennedy Marshall, ODT
  • Graham Beck
  • Rev. Ian LaFleur
  • Rev. Canon Dr. Eric Beresford
  • Staff:  Tracey Gordon (Finance Department Assistant)

Other bodies

Synod is responsible for appointing various bodies. They include:

York Rectory Commissioners and Committee on Etobicoke Glebe

The following Commissioners were appointed by Synod for the distribution of the First York Rectory Fund and the Etobicoke Glebe for 2023:

  • Chancellor Marg Creal
  • Joy Packham, ODT
  • The Rev. Shelly Pollard

Advisory Commission on Termination of Clerical Appointment

The following people were elected by Synod for 2023:

  • Vice-Chancellor Brian Armstrong, KC, ODT (Chair)
  • The Rev. Canon Joan Cavanaugh-Clark
  • Kennedy Marshall, ODT

Area councils


  • The Rev. Samantha Caravan – Regional Dean of Peterborough
  • The Rev. Joan Cavanaugh-Clark – Victoria-Haliburton Deanery – Diocesan ACW Chaplain
  • Cormac Culkeen – TD Area Youth Coordinator
  • Bill Moore-Ede – Durham-Northumberland Deanery – Finance Committee member
  • Walter Howell – Peterborough Deanery
  • The Rev. Lucia Lloyd – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Ted McCollum – Regional Dean of Victoria-Haliburton – Finance Committee Chair
  • The Rev. Augusto Nunez – Durham-Northumberland Deanery – Migrant Worker Ministry
  • Thom Park – Oshawa Deanery – Finance Committee member
  • The Rev. Jesse Parker – Regional Dean of Durham-Northumberland
  • The Rev. Barbara Russell – Durham-Northumberland Deanery – SJAC Rep
  • Major The Rev. Canon Brad Smith – Victoria-Haliburton Deanery
  • The Rev. Frank Tyrell – Peterborough Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Ruthanne Ward – Regional Dean of Oshawa
  • Doug Willoughby – Oshawa Deanery – PWRDF Rep

York-Credit Valley

  • The Rev. Susan Climo, Regional Dean  (chair)
  • Jenni King Feheley, elected
  • Dr. Anita Gittens, ODT, appointed
  • Emeka Ichoku, appointed
  • The Rev. Robert Mitchell, appointed
  • Emily Moore, appointed
  • Joshua Moothedom, appointed
  • The Rev. Michael Stuchbery, elected


  • The Rev. Andrea Christensen (St. Timothy, Agincourt)
  • Robert Horne, ODT
  • The Rev. Leonard Leader (St. George on Yonge)
  • Sarah Mair, Youth member
  • Ian Physick, Youth member
  • Ryan Ramsden, ODT (Grace Church in Scarborough)
  • Maxwell Wynter (St. George on Yonge)
  • The Rev. Pamela Rayment, Regional Dean of Eglinton
  • The Rev. Canon Geoff Sangwine, Regional Dean of St. James
  • The Rev. Canon Greg Carpenter, Regional Dean of Scarborough
  • The Rev. Shelley McVea, Regional Dean of Toronto East
  • The Rev. Nicholas Morkel, Regional Dean of York mills


  • The Ven. John Anderson – Regional Dean of Huronia
  • Vice-Chancellor Brian Armstrong, KC, ODT – York-Central Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Simon Bell – Nottawasaga Deanery
  • Mae Cox, ODT – Huronia Deanery
  • Janice Hodgson, ODT – Holland Deanery
  • Richard Lachapelle – Holland Deanery
  • Gordon Launchbury – Huronia Deanery
  • Sarah Layman – Area Youth Coordinator
  • The Rev. Canon Erin Martin – Regional Dean of Holland
  • Julie Poore, ODT – Huronia Deanery
  • Sandy Richmond, ODT – Nottawasaga Deanery
  • Susan Schuschu, ODT – Tecumseth Deanery
  • The Rev. Susan Snelling – Regional Dean of Nottawasaga
  • The Rev. Mark Stacey – Regional Dean of York-Central
  • Canon Laura Walton, ODT – Huronia Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Darrell Wright – Regional Dean of Tecumseth – AC Chair