Sail Canada is a Registered Amateur Athletic Association with charitable status, designated by the Government of Canada as a National Sport Organization representing the sport of Sailing. The Association represents all participants including recreational sailors and high-performance athletes at the club, provincial, national and international level. Sail Canada is a non-profit corporation founded in 1931. The Association is governed by its constitution and by-laws, as well as many policies ratified by the Board of Directors.

Strategic Plan

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Board of Directors

The Sail Canada Board of Directors provides the governance and strategic direction for the Association. The members of the Board bring an array of skills, expertise and sailing experience to fulfill their responsibilities. In October of 2021, at the Annual General Meeting, the Sail Canada Membership elected the Board of Directors:


  • Hugh McGugan

Directors at Large

  • Barbara Pike
  • John O’Dwyer
  • Kelly Lyon
  • Kate MacLennan
  • Zac Baum
  • Valérie Lavigne

Athlete Directors

  • Rob Hemming
  • Mariah Millen

Board of Directors Nomination Package

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This package includes an overview of Sail Canada and the Board of Directors, and outlines the Board structure and procedure, director eligibility, director nomination, and the election process.


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