Executive Bios

Michael Pohlmann, President

Michael Pohlmann PicWR1Michael remembers at the age of seven seeing a family friend’s Porsche 356, and how amazed he was with the shape and how different this car was from anything he had seen. Four years later while in Germany his Cousin, a Porsche mechanic, brought home a 1973 911 RS. That day forever confirmed Michael’s passion for anything Porsche and he knew that this was the car for him in the future. Michael today is a true Porschephile collecting anything Porsche related, including over 250 collectible Porsche race posters, Christophorus, a concours winning 1989 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe, a 1986 944T and the most recent addition to his collection, a 2016 911 GTS Club Coupe. He travels to Germany every two years to visit both Porsche Factories, Museum and to drive the Nurburgring Nordschleife and organizes 10 day automotive trips for his close “car-guy” friends. Michael has been a UCR member since 1998 and has actively participated in the club’s karting series, fun runs, awards banquet, monthly socials, Concours and earlier in 2015 started with DE and as a volunteer for the Street Survival School. Michael has worked in corporate commercial real estate since 1987 and has developed a strong business acumen and is highly respected in his field. Currently Michael is responsible for National Bank of Canada’s corporate real estate.

Stefan Walther, Vice-President

In 2016, Stefan joined the Porsche Club Of America, Upper Canada Region and attended a few events, and then in 2017 became very active — hosting five driving tours and volunteering for many other events including socials, the annual picnic, Street Survival School and more. Stefan was also honoured with the Enthusiast Of The Year award.

In 2018 Stefan stepped things up even more taking on official roles as driving tours chair, social media editor and insurance chair, three jobs he thoroughly enjoys and continues.

In three years, Stefan has hosted 18 driving tours including introducing winter tours to the club, served on the board of directors, and in 2019 took 28 club members and their guests on the first-ever PCA UCR Porsche Germany trip.

His education is a university marketing degree, his work experience is a mix of journalism, having worked on staff at several media outlets as well as performed a lot of freelance reporting and editing, and marketing, operating his own successful marketing company for 20 years.

Stefan’s volunteer experience includes the humane society and many fundraising events for many different organizations.

Stefan looks forward to giving back even more to the great Upper Canada Region of the legendary Porsche Club Of America.

Kathleen Wong, Past President (2017-2018)

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Kathleen joined UCR in 1998 and began actively participating in High Performance Drivers Education (DE) events after she bought her first Porsche, a 2001 Boxster. In 2007, she bought a 1990 944 Turbo S, and turned it into a race car. Kathleen received her PCA Club Racing license in 2008 and competed in Can/Am Challenge Club Race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport) every year since then. Kathleen’s father, George (UCR member), has been crewing for her at the Can/Am Challenge club race every year since 2008.

Kathleen began volunteering for UCR in mid-2013 when she became Social Co-Chair and won 2014 UCR Enthusiast of the Year award. Kathleen joined UCR Board as a Director in 2014, and she was the Vice President in 2015 and 2016, and President in 2017 and 2018. She is currently the Past President. She is a member of UCR’s Audit Committee and Club Race Committee. She was the Open House Chair in 2014 and 2015, and co-chair in 2019, the Annual Picnic Chair in 2016, 2018 & 2019 and the Annual Banquet Chair from 2015 to 2019. We had 150-200 participants at our banquet and 350-500 participants at our picnics during the past few years.

Reducing the deficit of the monthly Provinz magazine has been the hallmark of Kathleen’s presidency. During her tenure, the Board worked on increasing advertising revenue and reducing the cost to produce the magazine. UCR achieved material savings by switching print shop and eliminating envelopes from the mailing of Provinz during 2018. We have been working on a digital version of Provinz by replicating the printed version, and adding embedded links to advertisers’ websites and pictures/videos at UCR events. This will be value-added for both our advertisers and members who want the digital version in addition to the printed magazines.

Kathleen is a CPA, CA and CFA. She is an Equities Analyst at Veritas Investment Research, covering the Consumer Staples and Discretionary sectors.

Terry Cassan, Director

Retired in 2016 after working 37 years for numerous reincarnations of CN Telecommunications – CNCP Tel, Unitel, AT&T Canada LDS, Allstream, MTS Allstream and finally Zayo Canada Inc.

Terry took a four-year break in the mid 80’s when he traveled to Germany and ended up working for the Canadian Armed forces in Lahr. Terry worked there as a Technician in the CFN Radio/TV station and maintained a string of studio/transmitters from southern Germany up to Holland. So much of his time was spent roaring up and down the Autobahn. It was a tough job.

Terry got his midlife Porsche in 2006 – a gently used 964, joined the club and enjoyed his involvement with the club race since. First in timing and scoring, got to witness the last of the manual taping now mostly replaced with computers and transponders. But most of his club race time was spent working on the grid really the best place to be if you’re there for the cars. And as Club Race Co-Chair in 2017 and 2018, and Club Race Chair in 2019, Terry would like to encourage everyone to come out to our 25thAnniversary Can/Am Challenge Club Race at Mosport during the first weekend of August, and cheer on your favorite driver, model or colour. And if you would like to volunteer for the race, Terry will find something interesting for you to do.

Jackie Metcalfe, Director

Jackie was born into a UCR family and attended her first PCA Club Race event at Mosport in 1996. She has attended nearly every UCR Club Race since then as either a crew member for her dad during the 16 years he raced his 356 or as a volunteer, most recently as a part of the Club Race Committee acting as Grid Captain and volunteer coordinator for the 2018 & 2019 Club Races. Growing up in the country outside of Woodstock, Ontario, Jackie learned to drive around the family property at a young age and has loved being behind the wheel ever since. She now drives a 968 at Club DE track weekends and is the liaison between the UCR Track Team and the Board of Directors.

Since getting more involved with the Club in 2018, it has become very evident to Jackie that UCR is not just about the cars, but about the people. Jackie is passionate about planning and hosting successful Club events that work to bring together a diversity of Club members. From monthly socials and high-performance driver education, to tech sessions and driving tours, PCA UCR events provide the opportunity for Club members to meet up with likeminded folks and bond over the cars that bring them together. While on the Board, Jackie hopes to continue to contribute new ideas and help with strategic planning to ensure ongoing success of the Club and its events. She also hopes to encourage and captivate the next generation of Porsche enthusiasts and provide more opportunities for women in the Club to network.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking, doing stained glass work and catching up on the latest sports updates. Jackie currently resides in Richmond Hill and works for Stantec Consulting as an Environmental Scientist focusing on surface water resources for mining and pipeline related projects.

Roger Stopford, Director

Roger is an enthusiast of all things Porsche,  and is an activist in building community amongst Porsche owners interested in the technical side of the cars.    From teenage experience working with mechanics in the UK auto shops of family and friends, racing motorcycles and modifying cars for rallying and autocross, Roger has always enjoyed the car world and the company of fellow enthusiasts.   Working on his early Porsches and working with other enthusiasts to maintain these great cars got him hooked on Porsche.   After 20 years with PCA,  Roger is well on the slippery slope that so many fellow enthusiasts know, and owns several of these great cars, including 968 with M030/220, 991.1 C2S PDK, and Cayenne Diesel.   With his son Mike about to join him in DE white group the decision was made to escalate the hardware a notch.   A fabulous road & track 944 Turbo was added to the stable, which Mike immediately adopted, and the M030 968 was sent for a significant package of track prep work.   Can a race car be far off?

Having worked in Europe and with European companies and family-owned businesses, Roger appreciates the Porsche family history and the challenge of continuing the core brand values into the future, a challenge perhaps shared by PCA as Porsche continues to develop into new directions.  Contributing to UCR in the areas of tech sessions and special interest groups strengthens the club’s connection to traditional aspects of the Porsche world.

Roger is retired from a career of executive leadership and management in the aerospace and defence industry. but finds lots to do and contribute in his many hobbies and interests in the worlds of equestrian, non-profit Board Director, marine and automotive environments, as well as family spread now across Ontario, UK and Germany.

Dave Walker, Secretary

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Like many people, David thought a Porsche was out of reach for him. David even thought (oh what heresy) that maybe they were overpriced. However, in the early 2000s, he got a chance to drive a few and discovered that both of his thoughts were misconceptions.

In 2008 while living in Alberta, David bought his dream car a 1995 Porsche 911. Within weeks, he and his wife got into their 993 and drove to Ontario. In 2010, David started residing here and joined the UCR chapter of the Porsche Club of America. In 2010, David volunteered at Porscheplatz. He has been the UCR representative for Porscheplatz the last couple of years. As well, he has assisted with driving tours in Muskoka, Driven 2 Smile and a track day at Mosport. David was the Concours d’Elegance co-chair in 2018.

David is a Director of the Lake Association as well as his local Library Board*, so he is aware of the dynamics of volunteer organizations.  He spent 31 years with the Federal Government , retired in 2010 after serving as an Hearing Manager. That position brought David into contact with the public and certainly helped one to be diplomatic.

David is aware of the time commitment needed and being retired, he has the time to attend Board meetings as well as assist with UCR events. David is honoured to have been asked to be the Secretary and will serve to the best of his ability for UCR.

*David has made the most friends on the Porsche Board because it’s the people not the cars!

Kevin Choquette, Interim Treasurer, Director

Kevin is a former Capital Markets and Banking Professional. Prior to retirement he was Managing Director at Credit Suisse covering the Financial Services sector as an equity research analyst. Kevin also worked for Scotia Capital and First Boston as an analyst and Co Director of Research at Levesque Beaubien with 30 years in the industry. Prior to the securities industry Kevin was in the banking industry holding roles such as Treasurer and Controller and Board Member at Seattle First Bank Canada and Vice President at Irving Bank. Kevin is a CFA , CPA

 

Kye Wankum, Director

Kye Wankum joined UCR in 1988, after owning a black 356 convertible for a couple of years already. Growing up in Germany, it was a given that he would be a car enthusiast but a distinct childhood memory of seeing a black, with gold accents, 1973 Carrera RS carelessly parked across a Hamburg city sidewalk, really drove the enthusiasm for the Porsche marque and its mystique and folklore home.

Kye has owned, collected, raced and generally enjoyed quite a number of air-cooled and a couple of water-cooled Porsches, since joining UCR and participating in the Driver Education program early on, which he considers to have been an excellent steppingstone for his many adventures in amateur and professional racing that followed. Also, early on, Kye participated in a number of PCA Parades as well as UCR Concours events. The nineties ended up being filled with vintage racing in the US and Canada to the tune of more than 10 race events per year, from Homestead and Daytona in Florida to Road America in Wisconsin, culminating in the purchase of a Porsche factory race car to compete on the international level with in 1999. After three seasons of making a small fortune in professional racing around the globe, Kye went back to vintage racing, which he pursues to this day.

With retirement from a career, first in advertising and design, and then in commercial real estate development, which took him abroad and commuting to Europe and the United States for several years, Kye found it was time to give back to UCR and, in 2005 took over the role of Provinz editor for nearly eight years through 2012, while also helping out with a number of other UCR events. For 2013, he became the club’s first Director of Communications. From 2010 through 2015, Kye also co-organized six UCR Concours events before taking a hiatus from club activities for three years. In 2019, Kye was back as Chair of Advertising & Sponsorship as well as the Co-Chair for the UCR Concours held in Burlington this past September.

Today, Kye is running a small private restoration shop together with his son Zachary and two friends, where they specialize in the complete restoration of long-hood Porsche 911 Coupes from 1965 through 1973.