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 coordinator, 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 - Operations 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. She also volunteers with Sail Training International as Canada's youth representative and sits on Tall Ship CAN's Board of Directors. Caedon's current role with Brigs as Operations Manager entails running our Winter Program and managing the maintenance of the fleet.
Christine Chesterman - Master, TS Playfair
Captain Chesterman began sailing at the age of 17 on the STV Fair Jeanne, which is operated by Bytown Brigantine. Over the course of 6 years, she volunteered and worked in a variety of roles at Bytown, including Watch Officer on Fair Jeanne, Captain of Black Jack, Winter Program Coordinator, Office Manager and winter refits of Fair Jeanne.
She has volunteered on the Norwegian training ship Sorlandet and made delivery voyages with the Whitehead Lab's whale research yacht. Captain Chesterman has a B.Sc.Hons. in Geography from Queen's University.
In 2014, she joined Toronto Brigantine as First Mate on Pathfinder under Captain Andrew Fryer.
For the past 6 years, Captain Chesterman has lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, during which time she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Outdoor Education, volunteered with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and represented Canada on Sail Training International's Youth Council. Since 2017, she has been a youth worker with Friends of the Award, an organization enabling marginalized young people to access personal development opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
For the past 2 years, Captain Chesterman ran a mental health project in partnership with the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, providing one-to-one support for young people experiencing mental health difficulties to participate in Duke of Edinburgh activities and expeditions, as a way of supporting their recovery and linking them back in with their community.