PCA UCR ANNUAL ELECTION

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    When:
    November 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    2021-11-10T18:00:00-05:00
    2021-11-10T18:30:00-05:00
    Where:
    Hagerty Garage + Social

    The annual election of the Porsche Club Of America, Upper Canada Region, Board Of Directors will occur

    WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2021 AT 6 P.M.

    at Hagerty Garage + Social

    1220 Corporate Drive in Burlington, Ontario

    To vote, you must be a PCA primary member in good standing. You should be able to present, if requested for verification, your membership card or membership number as well as photo identification, such as an Ontario driver license.

    To vote in-person, proof of vaccination will be required, with the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine having occurred by Oct. 26, 2021. Should a club member not be fully vaccinated, and to ensure all eligible club members have access to this election, a virtual component will occur at the same time, via Zoom. Click or tap here to launch Zoom election event.

    The PCA UCR Nominating Committee recommends the following individuals stand for the positions indicated on the 2022 Board Of Directors. Click or tap to view the executive biographies.

    In accordance with PCA UCR bylaws, nominations will close at midnight Oct. 15, 2021.

    Should you have an interest in standing for any position, please contact Stefan Walther, Nominating Committee Chair, at president@pcaucr.org.

     

     

    STEFAN WALTHER

    Recommended Nominated Position: President (Second Year)

    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.

    In four years, Stefan has hosted over 20 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.

    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

     

     

    KATHRIN MENGE

    Recommended Nominated Position: Vice-President (First Year)

    In 1997, Kathrin joined the Porsche Club Of America, Upper Canada Region along with her father, when they bought their first 911 together, a 993 Targa. The first few years saw Kathrin get quite involved with the UCR as a board member, socials chair, while she also attended DE events, monthly socials and the Muskoka fall colours tour.

    As her work life took a more prominent role (doing market research for Labatt, Molson & Diageo) Kathrin stepped back from the board but continued to attend socials and driving tours.

    For Kathrin’s 40th birthday she treated herself to a European Delivery experience in Stuttgart where she picked up a brand-new Hunter Green Cayenne. That experience made her say, “I’d like to work for Porsche some day.”

    Fast forward two years and in 2014, Kathrin joined Porsche Cars Canada, doing what she does best, market research and CRM. Kathrin was also the Porsche Club Liaison for all of the PCA chapters across Canada. She hosted a handful of UCR driving tours and was always the welcoming Canadian face at the annual PCA Porsche Parades.

    In December 2020 Kathrin decided to retire and leave one aspect of her Porsche life (work life) but she continues to be a strong supporter of the UCR club. She is currently the Liaison between UCR and Porsche Cars Canada and she looks forward to giving back even more with all this new free time on her hands.

     

     

    MICHAEL POHLMANN

    Recommended Nominated Position: Past President (Second Year)

    Michael 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 944 T, 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, the museum, and to drive the Nürburgring 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, driving tours, 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.

     

     

    GREG BOEHMER

    Recommended Nominated Position: Treasurer (First Year)

    Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant, obtaining Chartered Accountancy designation (Ontario) in 1980 and recognized as a Fellow in 2009, obtaining the designation of FCPA.  He was a partner at Ernst & Young for 26 years and during his career was responsible for managing a number of the firm’s specialty tax practices.

    Greg lectured for 22 years at the University Of Waterloo’s Master Of Taxation program (Business Structuring course) and at CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Program and has been a frequent speaker at many professional courses and conferences. In 2014 and 2015, he chaired a CPA Special Task Force mandated with reviewing the ongoing tax education needs within the profession. He is also a past governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

    Greg is currently involved with WECC and Curl Etobicoke Inc. in efforts to establish a new curling facility in the west end of Toronto given the recent discontinuance of curling at several golf clubs in Toronto.

    Greg is also a member of WGCC’s Finance Committee and Governance Committee and has actively been involved in the ongoing review of the club’s monthly and annual financial activities and is currently vice president of the club.

    And yes, Greg owns a Porsche and is a proud member of PCA UCR.

     

     

    JILL CLEMENTS

    Recommended Nominated Position: Secretary (Second Year)

    Jill Clements is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as secretary for a second year on UCR’s board of directors. She fulfilled this role in 2015 with Walter Murray and Mike Bryan as presidents.

    Jill became a member 10 years ago. Since then she has founded, co-chaired and developed Driven2Smile, UCR’s largest annual charitable endeavor. Jill was voted Enthusiast Of The Year for her ongoing efforts in 2013. In a similar show of enthusiasm, she also provides the children’s play area and supports the commemorative craft activity at our Annual Picnic.

    Steven Revoy and Jill were commended for launching six Cayenne-focused fun runs (now called driving tours) in 2015.

    Jill is an active participant in the Driver Education program, frequently attends our monthly socials, volunteers at La Mans weekends and Shift Into Spring. Serving as secretary, she sees as yet another means to contribute to UCR’s ongoing growth and success.

     

     

    CHRISTOPHER HEBERT

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director Of Communications (First Year)

    In the mid-‘80s, with a 930 poster tacked to his bedroom wall in Halifax, Chris got his first drive in his father’s friend’s 928 — and was instantly hooked on Porsche for life. The lust for four wheels and an engine now fully entrenched in his mind, he took automotive mechanics as electives throughout high school, and came away with a solid foundation knowledge of how cars work — or at least how they used to work before the bits and bytes took over.

    With a career mainly focused on leading creative, marketing and digital teams at some of Canada’s top brands, Chris has been honing the craft of storytelling for more than two decades. After business school, he kicked off his career as a magazine creative director at Maclean Hunter, then quickly adapted as print media transitioned to digital media, by working on the digital components of brands like Sympatico, Crave TV, CTV, TSN, Much, Discovery and more. Since 2015 he has led the marketing team at SideFX, a Toronto-based company developing Houdini 3D software used to create visual effects by movie studios like Disney and Sony, and game studios like Ubisoft and Epic Games.

    Chris has had 911 ownership on his bucket list for many years — and finally pulled the trigger in late 2017, joining PCA UCR almost immediately after that. His 2002 C2 Cabrio was his daily driver, autocross and track stallion, and Sunday morning open-top chariot, since replaced with another 996 coupe. In late 2019 he joined the Provinz editorial team, and launched Provinz Digital in early February 2020 and UCR-TV in October 2020. Chris is working on Provinz Digital, which has become a valuable sibling to Provinz Magazine, featuring interactive content like videos that can help bring our terrific stories to life. As a big fan of the 996 series, he volunteered to start and lead the 996 Special Interest Group in early 2020. Chris won the Enthusiast Of The Year Award in November 2020.

     

     

    LARRY FUNNELL

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director (Second Year)

    The first hint of Larry’s Porsche bug was a photo of a 914 on his wall as a teenager. Life got in the way however, and it wasn’t until 2005 that thoughts of a Porsche resurfaced after sitting in a Boxster at the car show. Finally in 2013 after a six-month search, he found a 2006 Boxster that met his requirements, snapping it up in November just in time to park it for the season. Amazed at the driving experience and comfort, when it came time to replace his daily driver he focused on a Macan, pulling the trigger the day the Volkswagen diesel scandal broke. So much for the potential diesel option. European Delivery had been selected, and while waiting Larry joined UCR in early 2016. Larry thoroughly enjoyed the European Delivery and wrote an article on his adventures for Provinz.

    After a rather apprehensive venture to a social, where a warm welcome was experienced, Larry jumped into driving tours with both feet, participating in seven in the first year, and then going on to organize the spring Muskoka and Muskoka Locks driving tours.

    In 2021 Larry became the driving tours chair, overseeing 15 driving tours, along with the Muskoka and Lock tours Larry had led in the past, assuming the COVID-19 situation is under control. Talking with other members at these events set the bug going to get on the track, so he enrolled in DE, which he continues to enjoy.

    Retiring from manufacturing in 2017, Larry has found more time to spend time with his granddaughter and woodworking. He has expanded his volunteering into other aspects of the club such as Street Survival School and grid work for Club Race, finding the events an excellent opportunity to admire cars and talk with other passionate members of the club.

     

     

    ANDREA HEITZ

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director (First Full Year)

    Andrea has loved cars all of her life.  Her dad was a mechanic, who owned his own garage and used-car dealership and as a result, they always had a different car in their driveway.  Her dad bought her first convertible, a Fiat Spider, in 1989 and later on in life her husband bought her the second one — a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. They joined PCA UCR just after they purchased the car and have enjoyed meeting new people from all walks of life who share the common interest of driving a Porsche. Andrea is happy to join the board and contribute to its success.

    Andrea has a business degree from the University Of Toronto and followed that with a Masters in Montessori Education. She has successfully run a Montessori School in Etobicoke for over 30 years.

    Andrea has volunteered for many groups including Etobicoke Services For Seniors And Bereaved Families. She also co-chaired her children’s high-school Parent Council where she helped organize a variety of events.

    “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” —Khalil Gibran

     

     

    KERRI KING

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director (First Full Year)

    Kerri is a life-long Porsche enthusiast, and currently living in Port Perry, and has worked as the CEO of Station Gallery in Whitby, recently retired.

    She envisioned her first Porsche in high school — and had a photo of one inside her locker for inspiration. She was an athlete throughout high school, and goal setting was in her DNA. By the age of 21, she purchased her first Porsche 944. It was bright yellow. Her second Porsche was a black 944 a couple of years later. She currently drives a Boxster. She loves it because it gives her an immense sense of freedom driving such an efficient, gorgeous car with the wind blowing in her hair. “Love convertibles!” Her dream is to hit the track when the time is right.

    When she is not brainstorming her next big idea, you’ll find Kerri practicing yoga, reading a good book, finding local trails to hike or bike, exploring new places, slurping delicious oysters and sipping bubbly, and, of course, spending time with her two amazing teenage boys.

    Kerri is passionate about arts, culture and community building and is at the point in her career where she is interested in giving back more than ever. She has had a fulfilling and experience-filled career as an entrepreneur, night-club owner, concert and event producer, public relations expert, economic developer, and recently retired as the CEO of a public art gallery.

    “When you love your job, you don’t work a day in your life.” Over the course of her time at Station Gallery (five-plus years), she worked with the SG team to develop new, innovative programming and exhibitions, introduce new digital programs, create new studio spaces, launch a new brand, and embrace new social media platforms.

    In April 2019, Kerri co-created Durham Women’s Network to give women a space to connect, collaborate and support one another. Since the launch of the Facebook group, the network has grown to over 5,000 women across the Durham Region and continues to grow. This is one of the ways that she gives back to the community that she serves.

    She was able to express her passion for arts and culture through her work with Durham Tourism. During her tenure as tourism manager at the Regional Municipality Of Durham, several collaborative initiatives were launched with the help of her team. From 2009 to 2015, The Art Of Transition provided a platform to connect the creative community, and in 2015, the Durham Festival, which was part of the 2015 Pan Am, Parapan Am Games.

    Award-winning frame of mind — Kerri is extremely proud of the awards she has won for the work she has done for her community. Together with the Durham Tourism team, they earned numerous provincial (EDCO) and national (EDAC) Economic Development Marketing And Business Achievement Awards. She was also awarded the prestigious YWCA Women Of Distinction Award in 2002, a Region Of Durham Award Of Excellence For Innovation for creating The Art Of Transition and a Gold Quill Award Of Merit from the International Association Of Business Communicators for her work in economic development and tourism.

    Career designations — Kerri is honoured to hold an International Economic Development Designation through the International Association Of Economic Developers, and to continue to share the knowledge she has gained as a guest speaker at Durham College, UOIT, University Of Waterloo Economic Development and York University.

    Where it all started: community building — Kerri’s community involvement includes being the past vice-chair of the Durham Community Foundation and the Economic Developers Association Of Ontario as well as a past member of the board of directors of the Regional Tourism Organization for Zone 6, Central Counties. She has also served on the board of directors of the Blackstock Minor Hockey League, the AIDS Committee of Durham Region and the Ontario Advisory Committee for HIV and AIDS.

     

     

    JACKIE METCALFE

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director (First Year)

    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 and 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 like-minded 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 projects.

     

     

    KYE WANKUM

    Recommended Nominated Position: Director (Third Year)

    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 stepping stone 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 ‘90s 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 racecar 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 and sponsorship as well as the co-chair for the UCR Concours held in Burlington in September 2019 and in Niagara Falls in 2021.

    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.