Board of Directors
John T. Kaestner
Retired Vice President of Consumer Affairs
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
John T. Kaestner is retired from Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. as the vice president of Consumer Affairs. In this position, he was responsible for directing the company’s alcohol awareness and education initiatives, especially the implementation of programs that promoted personal responsibility among adults who chose to drink, fought abusive drinking and drunk driving, and helped prevent underage drinking. In addition, he oversaw the company’s communications regarding government affairs issues, environmental and legal issues and served as the company’s spokesman on these matters with the news media, legislators, government and health agencies, community groups and international brewers and industry trade associations.
Kaestner has held board positions with a number of nationally-based business, mental health and educational organizations. Among them are the Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter of the Better Business Bureau (St. Louis, MO), BACCHUS/GAMMA Peer Education Network (Denver, CO), National Academic League (Salt Lake City, UT), and The Family and Relationship Center (La Jolla, CA). In addition he served in an advisory capacity to the America School Counselor Association (Alexandria, VA) and Characterplus (St. Louis, MO) and as District Director of the Boy Scouts of America (St. Louis, MO).
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Harris Teachers College (Harris-Stowe State University) and a Master of Arts degree in Education from St. Louis University. In 1997, his Alma mater recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni.
Care Rental 8 LLC
As Founder, Sole Owner and President of Car Rental 8 LLC (CR8) Yves Boyer oversees all marketing, sales, finance and general operations for the Company’s efforts worldwide.
Prior to launching Car Rental 8 in 2008, Boyer held executive leadership roles over the course of a decade with Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., including his position as CEO of the Canadian operations. He eventually left the Company as Executive Vice President, International, a position responsible for all aspects of the organization’s international
operations and franchise network in more than 70 countries. Prior to Dollar Thrifty, Boyer was COO of Nissan Infiniti Canada, overseeing all Company operations and successfully leading Nissan Canada to a position of prominence within the Canadian marketplace. This experience has given him the opportunity to build strong and unique relationships worldwide.
In addition to graduating from Western University’s Senior Executive Program, and attending McGill University’s Business Administration program, Boyer has completed a number of professional development initiatives including but not limited to the University of Michigan’s Tokyo Global Executive Program, Dale Carnegie’s Management Program, Xerox’s Professional Selling Skills, Harbridge House’s Business Management, MICA’s Transformational Leadership and Continental/MacLean’s Media Training.
President & CEO
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Faris has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the areas of public policy, advocacy and stakeholder relations. He’s worked in private, not-for-profit and government organizations, most recently as the President and CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Ian has also worked as the director of government relations with AT&T Canada, as senior vice-president in public affairs at Hill & Knowlton Canada and, as head of the Brewers Association of Canada.
Faris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and English from Queens University.
President and CEO
Traffic Injury Research Foundation
Ms. Robertson is President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation Canada (TIRF Canada), a charitable, independent , road safety research institute. TIRF is a world leader in research, safety programs, and policy development. As a knowledge broker Robyn has negotiated strong working relationships with a range of professional organizations to engage them in research initiatives. She is skilled at communicating technical information to diverse audiences and has authored several educational primers for justice professionals. She has also organized and hosted national and international conferences. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Safety Research.
Robyn received her Masters Degree in Criminology and undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa. Her professional training also includes a wide range of management, business administration, marketing and executive development courses.