Presenter Profiles

Art Sutherland

Art Sutherland is co-founder of Accent Refrigeration Systems. A company with more than 30-years of industry related experience. With a mission to develop the most efficient and reliable refrigeration systems possible. Each year, Accent tries to provide new innovations and developments that will improve the operation of recreational ice facilities. Key highlights of Art’s professional career include:

  • Past President of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute
  • Past Refrigeration Committee Chairman of ASHRAE Victoria Chapter
  • Refrigeration Advisor for BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology)

Art has and continues to share his knowledge through many different professional development platforms.


Donna Herridge

Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario 


John Tarantino

John Tarantino is a professional consultant with a proven record of 25 years in developing visions and strategies for the successful design and implementation of asset/infrastructure management and information technology solutions. In 1983 he graduated from DeVry as an Engineering Technologist.  In 2002 he was sworn in as an O.L.S. O.L.I.P. G.I.M..  John has had a distinguished career in providing a range of services to municipalities.  In 1998, he established an Ontario municipal partnership that brought together municipalities with a desire to share in the collaboration of deploying municipal web based solutions. In 2001 he brought together a number of municipalities to apply for Ontario Geo Smart funding.  In 2017 he was instrumental in establishing a partnership with Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) and 15 Ontario municipalities collaborating in an Asset Management initiative. 


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is the Technical Standards and Safety Authority's Statutory Director for both the Boiler and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Safety Programs, (BPV/OE).

Mike has been with TSSA as Statutory Director for over five years and brings with him a wealth of OE experience, starting with 20 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine engineer.  He earned his marine engineering Certificate of Competency (equivalent to First Class OE) in the early eighties and served on several steam destroyers (First Class Power Plants) as well as fulfilled the responsibilities of Chief Examiner Marine Engineering at the Naval Officer Training Centre. He finally made it ashore in 1992 where he managed the Navy’s research and development program for fuel cell power systems.

In the mid-nineties, he took off the uniform and began an eclectic career as a project manager, then program manager, with Science Applications International Corporation (an engineering services company). Subsequent roles included that of Program Director at a Kingston fuel cell research and development company as well as Ontario Power Generation before Mike joined TSSA in 2011.

Mike’s credentials include a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering (with two patents just for the fun of it). He is a registered P.Eng in Ontario and a certified Project Management Professional. Mike also holds a boiler inspector commission and is the Chief Inspector representing Ontario at National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.  He is also a member of ASME, IPE, PEO, PMI and NB.


Gail Botten

Gail Botten is the Canadian Red Cross, Advisor for Program Development, Prevention and Safety.

Gail is responsible for:

  • Coordinates research and program content analysis, development of programs, resources and materials
  • Coordinates the implementation of a quality management system for the Red Cross Swimming & Water Safety Programs.
  • Coordinate, support and report on the Swimming and Water Safety Programs Master Instructor Trainer roles, responsibilities and duties.
  • Provides expert advice, leadership and technical support for the Red Cross Swim, and Instructor Development Programs on program content, standards and delivery

Some other interesting notes, Gail has traveled to 28 countries, has worked in the aquatic industry for over 40 years (from instructor/lifeguard to aquatic manager and consultant, been a Red Cross volunteer for over 25 years.


Chris Brown

Chris Brown is the Canadian Red Cross, Swimming and Water Safety Representative.  He has also worked as a manager in a variety of fields, the longest by far being in health, fitness, and recreation. While Chris holds his Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba, his most valuable educational experiences have come from being a dad. Chris is currently the Swimming and Water Safety Representative for the Canadian Red Cross Society for Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Nunavut and can most often be found in his car. In his role, Chris is an expert resource, developing strong relationship with the Training Partners in Ontario, helping them to foster growth in their businesses by providing excellent customer service.


Terry Piche, CRFP, CIT

Terry is the Technical Director for the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA). Terry has been in the business of recreation for over 30 years having experience at all levels of operations and management. In his role at the ORFA, Terry works with experts in the fields of ice and refrigeration, aquatics, buildings and grounds, and management to help identify, document and disseminate the latest information on recreation facility-related industry best practices. Terry develops leading-edge education and training sessions and teaches in a number of ORFA professional development courses. He has been an invited speaker at many recreation industry events across Canada and the United States. Terry holds both the Certified Recreation Facility Professional, and the NHL-recognized Certified Ice Technician professional designations.