Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Director

graham calgary showSince 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.

He is responsible or directly involved in virtually everything that has been occurring in our organization. In 2011/ 2012, Graham managed a project with funding provided by Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety Contribution Program entitled Expansion of Paddle Canada Services:  Events, SUP, Canoeing, Kayaking - you can read the pdffinal report.

Graham's Full Bio

 

Paddle Canada Board of Directors

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. The term of office for each Regional Director is nominally two years, with half the Board of Directors elected in odd-numbered years and the remaining half elected in even-numbered years as follows:

Odd-numbered YearsEven-numbered years
Alberta British Columbia
Manitoba Northwest Territories
New Brunswick Nova Scotia
Newfoundland & Labrador Ontario
Nunavut Prince Edward Island
Québec Saskatchewan
Yukon Territories  

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.

Alberta

Priscilla HaskinPriscilla Haskin
President & Regional Director

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My primary goal for my term as a Paddle Canada Director would be to work towards opening up the lines of communication and dialogue between Alberta's Paddle Canada Instructors and members of the Paddle Canada Board itself. This would enable our regional instructor voices to be better heard and shared with Paddle Canada as together we promote a nation vision for paddling in Canada.

I believe that, with my Board, Instructor, Instructor Trainer, guide, volunteer and work experiences, I can make a valuable contribution to the Paddle Canada team. I can enable Paddle Canada's smooth transition from an organization led by provincial associations to an organization led by individual members. I can assist in raising the public's awareness of Paddle Canada's deep commitment to developing leaders in the instruction of enjoyable, safe paddling; its paddling history; and environmental issues. I am firmly committed to maintaining a strong financial foundation for Paddle Canada and building on that foundation.

This is a new chapter in Paddle Canada's history. I believe that through the new regional directors, those persons who will represent the voices of their regional Paddle Canada Instructors and Members, the commitment for a national vision will be stronger than ever as the four pillars that are our foundation are supported and promoted. I am honoured to be part of this team.

 

British Columbia

Mike GilbertMike Gilbert
Regional Director
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As a director I will continue to advocate for Paddle Canada's Mission Statement and four pillars. These are all so important and just make sense.

With an extensive past in risk management I believe it is important to continually improve safety for all users in paddle sports. One way to accomplish this may be through collecting information on past safety situations and disseminating the information on to our members and general public through our instructors in a timely and efficient manner. Support for all our instructors will help ensure they provide instruction at the continued high quality which enables our students a greater understanding of potential risks they might face in paddle sports.

I am also very passionate about improving Paddle Canada's educational programs in order to allow them to be as complete as possible. It is important our instructors teach clinics and courses in a coordinated fashion that ensures all our students have a highly professional and consistent learning experience no matter where they live.

Ensuring good communication and creating close working relationships with our instructors and paddle sport companies is hugely important to me. These are the grassroots of our programs and need to know they will have open communication and a strong voice representing them on a national level. I firmly believe it to be very important to ensure open communication with our government leaders - municipally and provincially. This will certainly be a focus of mine to ensure people in these positions provide our membership their ears for topics important to us as well as providing us with their support where needed. 

Lastly I believe it is important to focus on creating a higher profile of our sport in the eyes of all potential paddlers in Canada and, specifically, my region British Columbia. A simple way to achieve this is focussing on some of the younger potential paddlers through youth programs, associations, schools and camps.

I look forward to hearing from and working with all our members and instructors on topics and ideas they believe will help our association move forward and build in a positive manner.

 

Manitoba

Brian Johnston

Brian Johnston

Regional Director
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As a director I will continue to support the Paddle Canada membership and advocate for the paddling community. I will work towards expanding Paddle Canada’s safety initiatives and metrics as well as our public recognition as the National Paddling Organization.

We can always strive to increase membership engagement and partnerships that complement our organization. I am also focused on increasing awareness of our paddling heritage and concern for the environment, including fostering a love and respect for our natural resources. It is my honour to serve Paddle Canada as Manitoba’s Regional Director. 

 

New Brunswick

Rob LemmonRob Lemmon
Vice President & Regional Director

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As the PC Director representing New Brunswick, I look forward to working to promote safe paddling experiences for all Canadians.  I see the valuable contributions that my small province has made on a national level and I look to resolve disputes between provincial affiliates and our national organization.  Paddle Canada needs to increase its profile with all Canadians as a national voice for safe paddling and for the protection of our waterways and the recognition of our rich  paddling history.  I strongly believe in having a truly national paddling curriculum that enables inter-provincial sharing of instructors.

I have worked hard for the past ten years both within New Brunswick as an executive member with Canoe Kayak NB, regionally, by assisting in the organization and presenting of the Atlantic Paddling Symposium and nationally, by sitting on the Program Development Committee's for Canoeing and River Kayak.  I hold skill/instructor/trainer certifications in all three disciplines of Paddle Canada (Sea Kayak, Canoe, and River Kayak) and trust that this breadth of interest will assist me as we move forward as an organization.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jeff MartinJeff Martin, Regional Director
Regional Director
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I would like to accomplish a number of things, mainly helping to bring about a better understanding of safety in paddlesports. I have extensive experience in risk management and would like to see that transferred into more of the paddling curriculum. I would also like to see Paddle Canada recognized for the great work they have been doing. I would like to support the growth and need for education and how paddling can help develop transferable skills in other avenues of life.

 

Northwest Territories

Vacant, Regional Director

Nominations gratefully accepted.
For more information or to submit your nomination, please contact:

Blair Doyle, Past President
Chair, Elections Committee
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Nova Scotia

Tim WhiteTim White
Regional Director 
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As a director of Paddle Canada over the next two years I would like to:

    • expand public awareness of Paddle Canada, our programs, our national voice for paddlers, and our safety initiatives
    • expand individual membership
    • continue our national cross polination of ideas and practices between paddling disciplines, groups and geographic areas

 

As a Nova Scotia director of Paddle Canada, I would like to: 

    • work closely with Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia, other self-propelled outdoor recreation organizations and schools to promote safe enjoyment of paddling for young people
    • expand public awareness of Paddle Canada and its initiatives
    • bring Nova Scotia perpsectives and the voices of individual and instructor members to the Board

I see Paddle Canada as an ever-growing organization that will continue to promote a shared culture of safety, enjoyment and stewardship of nature and lifelong enjoyment of paddlesports in all of their forms with all Canadians.

 

Ontario

Matt CuccaroMatt Cuccaro
Regional Director
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As a career professional in the business of creating safe, enjoyable outdoor adventure experiences, I am delighted to give my services to Paddle Canada.  As a director representing Ontario, I will proudly work with the PC Board to raise the public profile/awareness of the value and integrity of our organization.  

I will work with our passionate instructors, partners and stakeholders to further the four pillars of PC's mission.  I will strive for clear and open communication with all regions and their representatives.  I will be open and available to our instructors and members in Ontario to support their efforts to make PC programming both professional and accessible.

The future will see PC recognized across our nation and internationally as the leader in paddling instruction and mot valued contributor to all things paddle sport.  

Paddle Canada - it all starts here!

 

Quebec

Jim CoffeyJim Coffey
Regional Director
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Je voudrais voir Pagaie Canada devenir vraiment un organisation accrédités au niveau national. Je crois que la normalisation d'accréditation nationale est une grande utilité pour les utilisateurs professionnelles de loisirs fluviaux et organisations.

Je suis un défenseur actif des rivières et je crois que PC peut jouer plus un rôle actif de préserver nos cours d'eau.

J'admire la fois l'ACA et AW aux Etats-Unis et apprécier les progrès que PC a prise comme une organisation relavent. Je pense que PC peut être une organisation très respectée. Je crois que grâce à la participation ... les choses peuvent se produire.


Je crois que je suis prêt et capable de participer en faire Pagaie Canada plus de succès. J'ai un jeune fils ... quand il me demande "qu'est-ce que je fais pour les sports de rivière et de conservation?",  je veux donner une réponse, qu'il peut être fier d'entendre.

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I would like to see Paddle Canada truly be a respected "Nationally Accredited" organization. I believe that nationwide standardization is of great benefit to recreation and professional river users and organizations.

I am an active river advocate and believe that PC can play an active role is preserving our waterways.

I admire both the ACA and AW in the USA and appreciate the strides that PC is making to be a relavent organization. I think that PC can be a highly respected organization. I believe that through participation ... things happen.

I believe I am willing, ready and able to participate in making Paddle Canada more successful. I have a young son... when he asks me "what did I do for river sports and conservation?",  I want to give an answer he can be proud of.

 

Saskatchewan

Bryan SarauerBryan Sarauer
Regional Director & Secretary

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Vision for Paddle Canada: My goals for the Saskatchewan region include fostering communication between the province and PC.  I would like to represent all recreational paddlers from across the province.  Also, I would like to continue to strengthen relationships among paddlers from across Canada and from the prairies in particular.

Bryan has recently formed Coldspring Paddling Instruction, to share his passion of paddling with others and also take his instruction to the next level.  Bryan was a member of the executive of the Saskatoon Canoe Club for approximately 8 years and is currently an Intro to Kayaking Sea Kayak Instructor.

 

 

Yukon Territories

Jane VincentJane Vincent
Regional Director
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I appreciate the opportunity to represent the North.  Membership and instructor certification with Paddle Canada has facilitated a number of youth programs / canoe courses I have taught over the years.  I recommend Paddle Canada certification to other instructor level paddlers here in the territory, however it is difficult to find training courses here. Hopefully there will be more instructor courses next summer in which case I will promote and endorse them.  

Canoeing is a passion of mine which I love to share.  I raised my kids in canoes and have done a couple of exploratory river journeys here and many guided personal trips. Long canoe trips continue to fascinate me, along with all aspects of river travel, including upstream and winter journeys. 

As a PC director I look forward to working with passionate paddlers from across the country. I know each region is unique. The Yukon is home to many paddlers. A particular interest of mine is teaching and promoting canoeing to First Nations.  So far this has mainly been delivered to youth, however I know there is interest for adult canoe programs as well.  I would like to see Paddle Canada have a more northern friendly certification program which would include some creative ways to get certified, using more video for example and have interaction with Instructor Trainers through various digital tools.

 

Nunavut

Vacant, Regional Director

Nominations gratefully accepted.
For more information or to submit your nomination, please contact:

Blair Doyle, Past President
Chair, Elections Committee
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Prince Edward Island

Vacant, Regional Director

Nominations gratefully accepted.
For more information or to submit your nomination, please contact:

Blair Doyle, Past President
Chair, Elections Committee
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Past President

Blair Doyle

Blair Doyle
Past President
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As i end my tenure as President, i can see a new era dawning for Paddle Canada. over the past four years, Paddle Canada has secured a better group insurance policy, developed and strengthened partnerships with government agencies, developed a strategic plan and supported many symposia.

At the end of the day this organization is about you -- the many creative talents plying their blades and influencing paddlers to become wiser and more skilfull. i have great confidence in the new board to keep us afloat in new waters.

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia is a strong supporter of Paddle Canada and my involvement in both Board of Directors can help ensure consistent lines of reporting and communication to the paddling community in Nova Scotia.

Paddle Canada is focused on it's members and mission. My goal this term is to continue to foster relationships with other 'like' organizations and attain sustainable funding to ensure PC can continue its mission. Growth in recreational paddle sports in Canada is exponential and Paddle Canada is best positioned to be the national advocacy, educator and network.

Pleasure to have served. Now get out and get wet!

 

President Emeritus

Eric WilliamsEric Williams
President Emeritus
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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.

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