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
John (Jock) Mcrae - Vice President
Jock grew up in Oakville to a sailing family on their 40’ gaff rigged schooner “Anitra”. Anitra is still in the family and five generations of family are still sailing her. She will be 93 years old this year and still going strong. Jock sailed on all the Brigs through school programs, and previously served on our Board of Directors for 4 years and was President for four years. Jock was the sailing instructor for eight years at Point Au Baril and Chester Nova Scotia and has transited the Atlantic three times. He's also cruised from Sweden to Gibralter and all of the Mediterranean, and has accumulated over 40,000 sea miles.
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.
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.
Dave is a retired telecommunications executive and father of two Brigs alumni. His desire to participate as a board member is as a consequence of watching his children and their very positive experiences in the program, and wishing to help Brigs continue. Dave previously served as a Brigs board member 2002 - 2008.
Caedon sailed with Brigs from 2012 to 2018, including 3 years as First Mate. As the Chair of Brigs' Operations Committee, she continues to work to ensure the program benefits young people in the future. Having recently started the illustration and graphic design company @beyondboundscreative with fellow creators, Caedon works as a lead illustrator creating images for scientific interventions and designing logos. She also volunteers with Sail Training International as Canada's youth representative and sits on Tallship CAN's Board of Directors.
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.
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 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 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 comradery and teamwork which comes from both cruising and racing a sailboat.
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]
The STOPs committee advises and supports the board and staff in all Safety, Training and Operations related decisions.
|Caedon Kingdon (Chair)||Ryan Kroon|
|Max Kingfisher||Tasha Hyndman|
|Jack Currie||Liam Fraser|
|Alex Fryer||Rhys Steffen|
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.
|Alex Fryer (Chair)||Max Kingfisher||Rhys Steffen|
|Caedon Kingdon||Noah Krantz||Ryan Kroon|
|Tasha Hyndman||Jonah Charny||Liam Fraser|
|Robin Leaver||Megan Rome|