Final Call for Nominations

Final Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations to the Sail Canada Board of Directors
Nominations for Chair and two positions of Director at Large are to be received by Sail Canada no later than September 10, 2019

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. 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 2019 Sail Canada Annual General Meeting to be held on October 18, 2019. Both Directors will have completed a second and final three year term. The Chair position is also up for election, the incumbent will have completed a second and final two year term.

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 persons with previous Board governance experience and background in strategic planning and oversight, and/or exposure to working with Not-For-Profits in supporting fundraising and sponsorship activities and /or Human Resource management expertise and / or senior management experience would enhance the Board; and, specifically encourages people with those backgrounds to apply.

The election process must also ensure that there are a minimum of two members of each gender on the board of directors, 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.

Interested persons should send their name, contact information, qualifications and completed Sail Canada Board Nominee Bio form to the Nominating Committee at or by regular mail to:
Nominating Committee, Sail Canada, 53 Yonge Street, Kingston, ON, K7M 6G4

Nominations are to be received by Sail Canada no later than September 10, 2019.
The Sail Canada by-laws are available here; Sail Canada By-laws.
The current Board of Directors and nominations received to date for election to the Board of Directors at the 2019 AGM are as follows:


Current Board of Directors

(year term expires; term number)


(received to date) 


Todd Irving (’19; 2nd term) – ON

Alicia Damley – ON

Eric Hill – NS

Hugh McGugan - ON




Directors at Large

Janet MacMillan (’19; 2nd term) – NS

Hugh McGugan (’19; 2nd term) – ON

Alicia Damley  (’20; 1st term ) – ON

Kate MacLennan (’20; 1st term) – AB

Bob Greenhalgh (’21; 2nd term) – ON

Zac Baum (’21; 1st term) – ON

Eric Hill – NS

John O’Dwyer – ON

Dan Steinitz - ON




Athlete Directors

Rob Hemming – 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 2019 Sail Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Montreal, QC on Friday, October 18, 2019. Stay tuned here for Sail Canada AGM and Leader Summit info.

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.

Sail Canada is the national sports organization representing the sport of Sailing in Canada. It represents all participants, including recreational sailors, and high performance athletes at the club, provincial, national and international level.