Veni Christante

On September 26, 2021 Veni Christante passed away at the age of 93. 

Veni had a long and illustrious career at CSA.  He was one of the early employees, and held employee #126. Veni told stories of those early days at CSA, housed in Strachan Building as part of Ontario Hydro and then at the old Planters Peanut Factory at Dufferin and Queen.  Veni worked as a technician who rose to the role of Corporate Secretary.  Amongst the earliest to reach 40 years of service, Veni designed the pin that only a few have earned.  He retired after 42 years at CSA in the early 90s and although many of our younger retirees joined after Veni retired, he was known to all.  He was friendly, a true gentleman and he never forgot your name.  He will be missed.

Veni designed the CSA logo for hockey helmets that shows a CSA on a puck with red for the Canadiens and blue for the Leafs.

Veni was a long time member of the CSA Retirees’ Club, serving as president.  He organized the annual trip to Stratford and instituted the tradition of the Christmas Luncheon originally held at The Old Mill.  Veni attended many retiree events and enjoyed mixing with his former colleagues, many of whom were good friends.

Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by his sons and their families. Visitation and funeral arrangements are scheduled for October 1, 2021. Please check Veni’s obituary on the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home obituary page for his obituary and for information on how to attend the funeral.

How To Sign-up for Zoom Sessions

It’s easy to sign-up for Zoom sessions. All you have to do is contact us. You can do this by either:

  • sending us an e-mail at,
  • sending a message through the “Contact Us” page on this website,
  • or by submitting a “Comment” on this post. 

Please be sure to include your name in the e-mail and the event you’re signing up for.  You will receive an invitation to the meeting by e-mail from Susan Morley prior to the event date. 

Alan Ross

We’re sorry to announce the passing of Alan Ross.  Alan was still working at CSA as a Senior Lab Technician.  A long time member of the audio visual group, he had been at CSA since the late 80s or early 90s.  Alan was 58 and leaves his wife Heather and children Ian and Emma. Condolences can be shared on his obituary page.

Zoom Social

Checkout these screenshots of the November 12th Zoom Social. We had 11 participants who spent up to 2 hours sharing thoughts on Remembrance Day, moving, where to buy the best Italian delicacies, a guitar collection, latest sewing projects, CSA memories, and more!

We look forward to holding another Zoom Social.

Introducing Retirees’ Club President – Brian McCran

We’re pleased to announce that Brian McCran has been elected President of the CSA Retirees’ Club.

Brian replaces Ajmer Bal who tragically passed earlier this year.

Brian was an engineer in the Audio-Visual group which included surge suppressors and gaming machines for 32 years. Just prior to retirement, Brian was the Technical Advisor. He was also a member and past president of the EMBA.

Post retirement, Brian has been involved in the Retirees’ Club since 2009. He keeps busy volunteering for several groups, skiing and enjoying time with his family.

Welcome Daniel Barbini

We’d like to welcome Daniel Barbini as a Director-at-Large in the Executive of the Retirees’ Club. Daniel needs no introduction/ Many know him from his tenure at CSA and as a member and past president of the EMBA.

Daniel fills a spot left vacant when Vikki Burger stepped down. Vikki did a fabulous job as a member of the executive and was instrumental in organizing the Woodbine Racing events.

CSA Retirees’ Club AGM – Recap

Many thanks to the 25 people who participated in our first virtual AGM. It was a fun meeting, with the social aspects of the session lasting longer than the actual meeting! It was great to see everyone.

Here are some notes from the meeting:

  • Brian McCran was elected as President of the Retirees’ Club
  • Terri Smith, Mel Doig and Susan Morley were renewed as directors for another 2 year term.
  • Daniel Barbini was appointed as a director of the Retirees’ Club.
  • There are no events planned for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. We will reassess in the new year.
  • We’re looking for ways to better communicate with our members. Communication is currently limited to posts on the website. So if you haven’t already, please “Follow” the website (select the + Follow in the lower right-hand corner of this webpage). You’ll receive an e-mail notification every time we post something on the website.

The Zoom meeting was so successful that we’re planning on hosting some social sessions in coming months.

Retiree Club Executive


The executive consists of:

  • Brian McCran – President
  • Daniel Barbini – Treasurer
  • Mel Doig – Secretary
  • Terri Smith – Web Administrator
  • Tom Tabor – Member-at-Large
  • Susan Morley – Member-at-Large
  • Sue Pearse – Member-at-Large

You can contact the executive at or through the “Contact Us” page.