2022 Final Call for Nominations

Nominations for two Director at Large positions are to be received by Sail Canada no later than September 10, 2022

The Nominating Committee of Sail Canada is calling for nominations from interested individuals who are prepared to help shape the future of the sport of Sailing in Canada and guide the overall strategic plan of the organization. Candidates for election to the Sail Canada Board of Directors must be at least 18 years of age and be a member in good standing of a member club, class or other member organization.

The Board consists of the Chair, six Directors at large and two Athlete Directors. Every year at the Annual General Meeting, Board vacancies are replaced through an election by the Members. The term of office for the Chair is two years and is eligible to be elected for a second term. Directors at large serve for three years in rotation with two retiring each year. Directors at large are eligible to be elected for a second term. Athlete Directors are elected by members of the Canadian Sailing Team in a separate process.

There will be two Director at large positions up for election at the 2022 Sail Canada Annual General Meeting to be held on or about October 21, 2022. Both Directors will have completed their first three-year term of a possible two terms.

The Nominating Committee performs a recruiting role in accordance with Sail Canada by-laws, issuing the call for candidates and publishing the list of candidates with brief biographies.

The Board has examined the professional skills and background of the existing Directors and has determined that the following skills are desired:

‰Û¢ strong financial literacy and expertise, with previous treasurer experience preferred

‰Û¢ government and public relations experience

‰Û¢ fundraising and sponsorship supporting Not-For-Profit organizations

These skill sets would enhance the Board and we encourage people with those backgrounds to apply.

The election process must ensure that there are no more than 4 directors who self-identify as the same gender, not including the Athlete Directors. The Nominating Committee is also tasked with ensuring that there is reasonable representation of official languages, regions and differing physical abilities amongst the candidates.

The current Board of Directors and nominations received to date for election to the Board of Directors at the 2022 AGM are as follows:

Position Current Board of Directors

(year term expires; term number)


(received to date)

Chair Hugh McGugan (‰Ûª23; 2nd term) ‰ÛÒ ON
Directors at Large John O‰ÛªDwyer (‰Ûª22; 1st term) ‰ÛÒ ON

Barbara Pike (‰Ûª22; 1st term) ‰ÛÒ NS

Kate MacLennan (‰Ûª23; 2nd term) ‰ÛÒ AB

Valerie Lavigne (‰Ûª23; 1st term) ‰ÛÒ QC

Zac Baum (‰Ûª24; 2nd term) ‰ÛÒ ON

Kelly Lyon (‰Ûª24; 1st term) ‰ÛÒ ON

John O‰ÛªDwyer ‰ÛÒ ON

Barbara Pike – NS

Athlete Directors Rob Hemming ‰ÛÒ ON

Mariah Millen – ON

The positions of the Board of Directors will be decided by means of a vote by the membership at the Sail Canada Annual General Meeting.

The 2022 Sail Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in person, in Halifax (COVID restrictions permitting) as well as virtually on or about Friday, October 21, 2022.

Any Member entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting shall be entitled to appoint, in writing, a proxy to attend the meeting on that Member’s behalf and to exercise all voting rights. Please see the Bylaws of the Association for detailed membership and voting information. The Sail Canada by-laws are available here; Sail Canada By-laws.

Interested persons should send their name, contact information and qualifications to the Nominating Committee at sailcanada@sailing.ca.

Click here for the Board of Directors Nomination Package

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