Board Of Directors - Toronto Brigantine Inc.

Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors provide vision and direction for our organization. They work to create and maintain relationships with community agencies, develop relationships with sponsorship partners, and oversee the performance of our program and staff. 

We are always looking for suitable candidates to join our Board of Directors. Should this interest your, please email your resume to [email protected]

Board of Directors

Matthew Snell - Vice President and Interm President

Matt grew up in Toronto and started sailing at an early age on Lake Ontario.  He was a trainee, Petty Officer and acting Watch Officer on STV Pathfinder during high school. Matt is a long time supporter of the Brigs.   Matt now pursues his passion for sailing with his wife Kim on their Gemini Legacy Catamaran, S.V. Luna,  currently located in Midland, for easy access to Georgian Bay and the North Channel. After more than 25 years  practicing law in Ontario, Matt retired at the end of 2020 having spent the last 5 years as General Counsel at IBM Canada, where he had been part of the legal team for more than 20 years. 

Michele Fraser - Secretary 

Michele has been involved with Brigs since her two sons went through the program. She has volunteered extensively with us working with the crew, providing meals, helping out with maintenance and sailing with us when we need an extra hand. She comes to us with over 30 years of experience volunteering with various organizations. She is a strong believer in Brigs and the positive impact our program can have on the youth who access it. 

Suri Tao - Treasurer 

Suri has over a decade of experience in corporate strategy, finance transformation and data analytics. She currently works as a strategy manager in Scotiabank, focusing on digital transformation and product value proposition. Suri is also a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a bachelor's degree in Management. Suri has strong interests in women empowerment, social inequity and education, and she dedicates her free time to multiple non-for-profit organizations to support those causes. Suri lives in Toronto with her husband and dog, and she enjoys travelling and photography.

Francis Clegg
Francis grew up in Richmond Hill and participated in the Brigs program during high school. After three years, he rose to the rank of Watch Officer. His background is in Mechanical Engineering, which he studied to a Masters level. Francis is an award winning lighting designer and founder of an international production design business which works with clients across the touring music, special events and corporate sectors. They have offices in Toronto and Manchester. When he's not volunteering for Brigs, which is almost a full time job, Francis continues to sail whenever and wherever he can.

Eugene Berezovsky

Eugene has long harboured a love of sailing and adventure. An alumnus of the program from his high school days, Eugene is now an event and project management professional. Eugene currently works a Manager of Event Operations in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, having served in a variety of progressive roles in non-partisan organization of the Government of Ontario. A proud Torontonian and a strong believer in the power of experiential learning to empower youth to fulfill their potential.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is President and CEO of HOPA Ports (Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority). He assumed this role in 2017, after serving as the Port Authority’s Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. Ian has been instrumental in developing working waterfronts in Hamilton, Oshawa, and Niagara by attracting new business and private investment, and creating an integrated marine network across Southern Ontario. Ian possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd. Ian is Chairperson of the Ontario Marine Transportation Forum Board of Directors, and holds positions on various other boards, including: Chamber of Marine Commerce, Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), The Hamilton Club, and Brigs Youth Sail Training. Ian holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.

Rosemarie Enslin

Rosemarie Enslin has 40-plus years experience in the world of public relations in Toronto and Calgary. She has oodles of experience launching products, awards, openings, and promoting attractions, festivals, restaurants, causes, innovators, even countries. She has organized creative listing ceremonies for Canadian companies on the New York Stock Exchange. She is a well-experienced event producer too. Her work has won coveted awards. Rosemarie is an active volunteer supporting many organizations. Two Lt. Governors have honoured her for her volunteer work for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Ontario and Alberta. Rosemarie is a sailing enthusiast. Her articles about her adventures have been published in The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Aer Lingus inflight magazine. She is a long-time supporter of Brigs Youth Sail Training. She served on the Toronto Brigantine Board in the late 1980s and came back on board in 2020.

Kim Hindle

Kim has over 20 years of engineering consulting experience in manufacturing, mining and metals predominantly.  Her background includes a business degree in Management Science and Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  Her current role is at a automation firm in Burlington called CareGo where as Chief Product officer she is involved in marketing and taking the product to market.  She has been sailing since 2016 with her family with it quickly escalating from a dinghy to a 28’ Columbia.  She enjoys the camaraderie and teamwork which comes from both cruising and racing a sailboat.

Jonah Charny

Tasha Hyndman 

Committees

Our Winter and Summer Programs are also supported by our organization's volunteer committees. 

If you would like to be involved in a committee, get in touch with us at [email protected]

 

ASU - Alumni Support Unit

A group of recent alumni who support program staff by supervising, training and generally lending a hand during Winter Program work parties.

Members:

Alex Fryer (Chair) Max Kingfisher Rhys Steffen
Caedon Kingdon Noah Krantz Ryan Kroon
Tasha Hyndman Jonah Charny Liam Fraser
Robin Leaver Megan Rome  

 

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