Staff and Governance

Office Staff

National Head Office in Kingston, ON:
Michelle McShane, Executive Director
Paolo Borsella, Administrator
Bethan Williams-Pollard, Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

The Paddle Canada Board of Directors is comprised of 13 Regional Directors (one from each province and territory of Canada), the immediate Past President and the President Emeritus.

Jeff Martin, President and Director, NL
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Mike Gilbert, Past President
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Pauline Nadlersmith, Director, MB
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Jarrod Gunn McQuillan, Director, PEI
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Geoff Horn, Treasurer and Director SK
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Fiona Hough, Director, BC
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Vincent Normandeau, Director, QC
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Matt Cuccaro, Director, ON
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Jeremy Cline, Director, NB
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Lana Ohler, Secretary and Director, AB
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Adam Zita, Vice President and Director, NS
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Trevor Braun, Director, YK
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As per the Paddle Canada Bylaws 2014, the term of office for each Regional Director is nominally three years, with one-third of the Board of Directors elected in a three-year rotating cycle as follows:

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

As a member of the national Board, each Regional Director will represent all Paddle Canada members in their region (province or territory) and be accountable to all Paddle Canada members across Canada.

Learn more about the Paddle Canada election process.

The following Board positions are still vacant: Director Nunavut, Director Yukon and Director Northwest Territories 

Eric Williams, President Emeritus

The Board appoints Eric Williams to the position of President Emeritus in recognition and appreciation of his distinguished service to Paddle Canada. A President Emeritus may serve as a counselor, mentor or historian to the Board and is entitled to attend Board meetings but shall have no vote. A President Emeritus shall not be required to pay membership dues.


Serving on a Paddle Canada committee can be a great way to give back to paddling and to learn more about our great paddling nation. Committees are also stepping-stones for individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors as a Regional Representative.

Program Committees

The mission of the Program Committees is to help foster the pursuit of safe recreational paddling in Canada through the development and maintenance of an effective and fair program of skill, instructor and instructor training and certification.

We have five Program Committees:

Program Coordination Committee

The Program Coordination Committee develops policies and procedures that are common to all four Paddle Canada training programs; assists the PC’s in their development of training and teaching resources for Paddle Canada instructors; receives feedback on common policies and common elements of all Paddle Canada programs; assists in resolving disputes between PC’s and other projects tasked as necessary by the Paddle Canada Board of Directors.

Safety Committee

The Safety Committee works with the Program Committees, instructors and Regional Member Associations to constantly improve the delivery of PC instructional programs.

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee provides regular input and feedback regarding the quality of our media and communications (both digital and print).

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee assists the Board and staff to improve and streamline our member services.

Environment Committee

This committee identifies issues related to our waterways that are a concern for paddlers. They will be the voice of recreational paddlers at the provincial and federal levels of government on environmental issues.

Waterwalker Film Festival Committee

This committee coordinates the annual film festival distribution, promotion and selection of submitted films.

Bill Mason Scholarship Committee

This committee reviews and makes recommendations on the applications for the annual memorial scholarship award.

Youth Committee

Paddle Canada’s Youth Committee develops programs to support accessibility and create new opportunities for Canadian youth in paddle sports.


Want to get involved?

Contact us indicating the committee you are interested in along with a brief history of how your work and education relate to the work of the committee. For more information, please contact the specific committee chairperson.

Annual General Meetings

Invite notices to the AGM are distributed each spring by email, Curent Strokes e-news, and the Paddle Canada website. The Annual General Meeting is held by webinar and conference call unless otherwise noted.

Read reports and minutes from past Annual General Meetings.

Paddle Canada Bylaws

 Paddle Canada Constitution & Bylaws – 2014

Our Election Process

Three notices for nomination are sent to membership between 90 days and 45 in advance of the deadline. Afterwards, and no less than 45 days, voting will commence online via members’ accounts.Notices of elections and the AGM are distributed by email, Current Strokes e-news, and the Paddle Canada website. Final results are confirmed at the Annual General Meeting, to be held by webinar and conference call.’

Members interested in joining the dedicated team on the PC Board of Directors, tackling issues making a difference for your organization, are invited to apply in January 2020 for the provinces of PEI, Newfoundland, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the NWT.

Nominees, their nominators and seconders must be Instructor members in good standing of Paddle Canada as of the close of nominations. Paddle Canada Board of Directors Nominees must also be members in good standing of at least one Paddle Canada Regional Member Association in their province or territory, where one exists.

Nominees to the Paddle Canada Board of Directors must complete, sign and return the following forms:

 Board of Directors Nomination Form
 Board of Directors Obligation Form

For questions, comments and concerns regarding the nominations and election processes please contact:

Mike Gilbert
Past President, Paddle Canada
Chair, Elections Committee
Email Mike