Brigs Youth Sail Training is lead by a talented number of staff and volunteer Board of Directors who commit countless hours to ensure youth have the ability to access our programs.
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 you, please email your resume to [email protected]
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.
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 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 camaraderie and teamwork which comes from both cruising and racing a sailboat.
Emily has been involved in the program since 2012 where she started as a trainee onboard the TS Playfair. She continued with the program into the position of Watch Officer on the STV Pathfinder. From then, Emily moved on to the University of Guelph and completed her Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing Management. Throughout university she worked as the engineer and First Mate onboard the Tall Ship Kajama and Challenge in Toronto. Now, she takes on the role of Program Manager, through combining her hands on experience in the marine industry, and her academic knowledge, Emily is working hard to grow the program and empower youth within the Hamilton community through the medium of sail training!
Caedon Kingdon - Fleet and Training Manager
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. Caedon's current role with Brigs as Fleet and Training Manager entails running our Winter Program and managing the maintenance of the fleet.