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 Since his appointment in January 2010, Graham Ketcheson has been working diligently to improve:

  • member services,
  • simplifying communications between members and board of directors,
  • organizing the finances of Paddle Canada
  • and the myriad of other tasks associated with his role of executive director.

Graham's Full Bio

  

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 Dawn is responsible for organizing and planning events and projects, including National Paddling week and PaddleSmart. 

 

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Heather manages the day to day choas in Paddle Canada's office in Kingston, Ontario. 

 

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I make fun and engaging online content for our community.

 

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The Paddle Canada Board of Directors is comprised of thirteen (13) Regional Directors (one (1) from each Province and Territory of Canada), the immediate Past President, Blair Doyle, and the President Emeritus, Eric Williams. As per the new Paddle Canada By-Laws 2014, the term of office for each Regional Director is nominally 3 years, with one third of the Board of Directors elected in a 3 year rotating cycle as follows:

Year 1Year 2 Year 3
Prince Edward Island British Columbia Nunavut
Newfoundland & Labrador Northwest Territories Alberta
Québec Nova Scotia Manitoba
Yukon Territories Ontario New Brunswick
Saskatchewan    

Each Regional Director will represent all Paddle Canada members in their Region (province or territory) on the Paddle Canada Board of Directors. They will further be accountable to all Paddle Canada members across Canada.

You can learn more about the Paddle Canada election process here.

 

 

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

Bringing PaddleSmart to life and sharing it nationally.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Finally discovering how to successfully complete the last 50% of a roll. The first half was always too easy!

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

Some form of communication like a cell or VHF radio. I am really terrible using sign language.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Traveling. It is what helps round out the soul

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

PaddleSmart. It works for all types of paddling and it complements our instructional programs.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Exploring new routes and following in the footsteps of others.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

Packing the right mindset.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Planning to paddle, XC skiing, and reading.

 

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Rob's a slow typer. We're still waiting for his answers ;)

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

I believe that taking steps to become Canada's national paddling organization and getting more youth involved in paddling activities.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

One of my most memorable moments was paddling the Main River, one of Canada's Heritage Rivers in Newfoundland and Labrador, for the very first time. The experience was truly soul awakening and inspired a renewed passion in paddling.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

I am real big fan of experience and sound judgement that comes from training and tripping. It allows us to understand and appreciate our environment. We tend to overlook this and put a lot of faith in gear and clothing! I must admit I like having great gear and clothing, but I also like having the ability to make safe decisions that bring us home alive.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

When I can't go paddling it usually means everything is frozen solid, so then I switch gear mode and strap on skis. Newfoundland has a lot of great backcountry skiing to offer outdoor enthusiasts.

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

The creation of the PaddleSmart program.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Paddling the edge of a glacier in Iceland.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

A rain hat for those days it's coming down in buckets but I'm still heading out.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Hiking the coastline of Nova Scotia.

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

The expansion of all programming across Canada.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Making the Canadian Freestyle Team for the second time.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

I need to have my smile and my water bottle.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Skiing and cycling are my other passions.

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

The recent roll-out of the PaddleSmart program was something I really enjoyed working on.

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Last fall we paddled through 'The Hole' in Otter Rapids on the Churchill River, hitting the spot we were trying to avoid. Thankfully, the water level was high and we came thorugh it, largely unscathed and not sully sinking the canoe until the bottom of the rapid where we stepped out and onto shore, laughing hysterically.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

A good book, bird guide, or an explorer's tale.

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

 

 

 

 

 

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What is the most important achievement Paddle Canada has made recently?

The creation of the PaddleSmart program was a big step to connect with individuals may not want to take a full paddling course and only want tipcs for their next paddle outing. 

What is your most memorable paddling moment?

Watching my son paddling his first set of technical rapids.

Other than your boat, paddle, lifejacket and other required gear, what is your one must-have paddling gear item?

It would be my camera(s). I love stopping and taking pictures of those paddling with me. Their faces go from "the thinker" to "the tongue" at the side of the mouth or "the wide eyed" look, and finally that really big smile. Awesome!

Other than paddling what’s your favourite pastime?

Snowshoeing and visiting with family and friends.

 

 

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My vision continues, as it has been since Kirk Wipper asked me in 1995, for a safe, strong, consistent, high quality national paddling program that is recognized and supported across Canada.

As a Canoe Tripping Instructor Trainer, active Scout Leader and a Director on the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) I am committed to helping Paddle Canada acheive the mandates and goals of the National Association.

 

Paddle Canada Annual General Meetings

Read director, committee and Executive Director reports and meeting minutes from 2011, 2012 and 2013 meetings here

Paddle Canada By Laws

pdfView / Download current By-Laws (2014) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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