Committees & Groups

The Sail Canada Board of Directors may constitute Program and Adhoc Committees as it deems necessary in carrying out the affairs of the Association and define their terms of reference in a Policy on Organizational Structure.

Standing Committees

Provincial Council

The Provincial Council is a standing advisory committee of the Board of Directors. The Provincial Council will consist of presidents of each provincial/territorial sailing association or their nominees, and will be responsible for alerting and advising the Board on national issues or concerns that could affect the long-term success of Sail Canada/Voile Canada as the national authority for sport of sailing in all its forms in Canada, including yachting.


  • BC Sailing – Tanya Chamberlain
  • Sail Alberta – Stacey Gibb
  • Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association – Connor Boyle
  • Sail Manitoba – Ryan Van Berkel
  • Ontario Sailing – Jeff Dejean
  • Fédération de voile du Québec – Daniel St-Onge
  • Sail NB – Kim Drisdelle
  • Sail Nova Scotia – Eric Hill
  • Sail PEI – Kerry Marsh
  • Sail NL – Tana Allen

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will consist of up to eight persons including the Past President and representatives of the standing and program committees, and will be responsible for overseeing the nominating process described in By-law 4;


  • Todd Irving
  • Janet MacMillan
  • Rich Ballantyne

Audit Committee

  • Barbara Pike (Chair)
  • Darwin Castaneda Laverde
  • Joseph Malon
  • Valerie Lavigne
  • Tammy Barre

Board Committees

Finance Committee

  • Dr. John O’Dwyer, CPA, CA (Chair)
  • Mario Côté
  • Rob Hemming
  • Zac Baum
  • Larry Waters
  • Donna Scott
  • Torstein Braaten

Governance Committee

  • Kate MacLennan (Chair)
  • Zac Baum
  • Valerie Lavigne
  • Don Adams

Fundraising Committee

  • Bob Greenhalgh (Chair)
  • Todd Irving
  • Tam Matthews
  • Janet MacMillan
  • John O’Dwyer

Human Resources Committee

  • Hugh McGugan
  • Kate MacLennan
  • Barbara Pike


Operations Committees

Business Development Advisory Committee

  • Andrew Robertson
  • Scott Collinson
  • Trevor Maguire
  • Peter Wickwire
  • Damien Etchaubard
  • Todd Irving

Training and Certification Advisory Committee

  • Wendy Loat (Chair)
  • John Gourlay
  • Daniel Conrod
  • Steve McBride
  • Rob McLean
  • Julian Howarth
  • Jenny Davey

TCAC Meeting Minutes

TCAC Sub-Committees

Race Management Sub-Committee

  • Rob Woodbury (Chair)
  • Daniel Conrod
  • Graham Dougall
  • Tof Nicoll-Griffith
  • Jennifer Ross
  • David Sprague
  • Anne-Marie Palfreeman

RMSC Meeting Minutes

Judges Sub-Committee

We are pleased to welcome two new members to the Judges Sub-Committee. They are Tom Sitar and Dale King. Tom is a National Judge who lives in Vancouver and is a Royal Vancouver Yacht Club member. He started racing as a teenager on dinghies and Sharks in Ontario and continued racing One Design keelboats once in Vancouver. He has actively campaigned his J/109 on the West Coast for the past six years. Dale King is a Regional Judge from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario. She races Sharks, Ideal 18’s and 8 Metres, and cruises on a Hunter 30. Other members of the JSC are Joe Jospe as chair and Katie Coleman Nicoll, Mike Turner, Eric Turner, Michael Anderson, and Luke Porter.

  • Joe Jospe (Chair)
  • Mike Turner
  • Katie Coleman Nicoll
  • Eric Turner
  • Michael Anderson
  • Luke Porter
  • Tom Sitar
  • Dale King

JSC Meeting Minutes

Umpires Sub-Committee

  • Andrew Alberti (Chair)
  • Katie Coleman Nicoll
  • David Pelling

CANSail Sub-Committee

  • Steve McBride (Chair)
  • Kelsey Stroppel
  • Alex Byczko
  • Mark Shippers
  • Andrea Fitzgerald
  • Braden Gray
  • Laurence Page
  • Delani Hulme Lawrence

Cruising Sub-Committee

  • Jamie Gordon (Chair)
  • Penny Caldwell
  • Bob Davis
  • Ian Leitch
  • Henry Raffel
  • Rob McLean
  • John Gourlay

Racing Appeals Committee

  • Lynne Beal (Chair)
  • Andrew Alberti
  • Rick Hatch
  • Leo Reise
  • Warren Nethercote
  • Irene McNeill

Racing Rules Committee

  • Rick Hatch (chair)
  • Leo Reise
  • Robert Stewart
  • Andrew Alberti
  • Franck Pellerin
  • Elizabeth Rouget

Offshore Committee

  • Richard Hinterhoeller (Chair)
  • Will Apold
  • David Sutcliffe
  • Guy Perrin
  • Diane Reid


Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity Committee

  • Yanick Landry
  • Sarah Douglas
  • Max Robinson
  • Emmanuelle Barea
  • Braden Gray
  • Jennifer Barnable
  • Zac Baum

  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada