Sail Canada introduces its Board of Directors for 2021-2022

Kingston, October 25, 2021 ‰ÛÒ Sail Canada is proud to introduce its Board of Directors for 2021-2022 following the Annual General Meeting held virtually on Friday, October 22.

Hugh McGugan (ON) has been reelected by acclamation and will start his second two-year term as Chair of the National Sport Organization.

Director at Large Zac Baum (ON) will continue to serve on Sail Canada‰Ûªs Board of Directors for a second three-year term, while Kelly Lyon (ON) will begin her first term as Director at Large.

Hugh McGugan has spent the past eight years on the Sail Canada Board including the last two as Chair.

Zac Baum is a former international athlete who is presently a PhD Candidate in medical imaging, studying novel methods for using artificial intelligence in the field of medical imaging. In his first term, he was part of the Finance, Governance and Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity committees.

Kelly Lyon is a grassroots sailor, with extensive racing experience regionally and on the national stage, for more than 20 years. She is currently working on her certification as a Club Race Officer. In the past, she has been a Rear Commodore, Projects Director for the Britannia Yacht Club and Chairperson for numerous regional and national Canadian regattas. Kelly also has extensive experience in project management and planning large-scale government information technology development projects, and is currently working as a Quality Assurance/Technical Project Specialist for the federal government (finance).

Sail Canada‰Ûªs other Directors at Large Barbara Pike (NS), John O‰ÛªDwyer (ON), Kate MacLennan (AB) and ValÌ©rie Lavigne (QC), as well as Athlete Directors Rob Hemming (ON) and Mariah Millen (ON), complete the list of members on the Board of Directors.

‰ÛÏFirst of all, I would like to welcome back Zac Baum as well as welcome Kelly Lyon to the Board,‰Û said Sail Canada Chair Hugh McGugan. ‰ÛÏTheir experience combined with their passion for the sport are definitely huge assets to our organization moving forward with our new 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.‰Û

‰ÛÏI would also like to thank Torstein Braaten and Ian Wooden for their interest in being part of Sail Canada‰Ûªs Board of Directors and I hope they will continue with their extensive and valued engagements in the sailing community in the future.‰Û

‰ÛÏFinally, a big thank you to Bob Greenhalgh for his involvement on our Board of Directors over the past six years, especially as the Chair of both our Fundraising and Finance Committees,‰Û added Hugh McGugan.

More information can be found on Sail Canada‰Ûªs website at

About Sail Canada

Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.