Board of Directors

The RCA Board of Directors' role is to govern RCA by providing leadership and direction in the pursuit of its vision and mission. The Board is elected by the membership of RCA and is accountable to the membership for competent stewardship that will ensure the long-term viability of RCA. The Board of Directors' first duty is to the legal entity CARA. In meetin g this duty the Board must ensure that all legal requirements under the relevant Acts are met and that CARA is protected from harmful situations and circumstances in the interests of current and future stakeholders. For more information on the Board's role, please see the RCA Governance Policy.

The Board believes that good corporate governance is vital to the effective and efficient operation of RCA. RCA employs a model of governance that separates governance and management functions, delegating to the CEO the responsibility for managing the operations of RCA in accordance with Board direction and policies, and subject to any limite that may be established by the Board. 



JULY 23, 2017

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is seeking nominations for individuals to fill three positions to be elected to the RCA Board of Directors at the September 21, 2017 Annual Meeting.
RCA is the national governing body for the sport of Rowing in Canada and is a registered Canadian charity.  With its head office in Victoria, B.C. and its National Training Centre operations in London, Ontario and Victoria, B.C., RCA serves a broad constituency of over 13,000 participants from over 153 member clubs and associations across the country and is proud to be one of Canada’s top performing Summer Olympic sports.
The RCA Nominating Committee is looking for people of diverse backgrounds who want to be actively involved and engaged in this dynamic organization.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about RCA’s mission and who has a track record of board or volunteer leadership. RCA especially encourages women to apply for a position on the board.
Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector and demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of RCA’s stakeholders and members. Board Members will have strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals, along with personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of RCA’s members and participants.
Incumbent President Michael Walker has chosen not to seek a second term, as has incumbent Director at Large Andrew Fitzgerald.  A second Director at Large position is vacant following the death of Brian Lamb earlier this year.
The Nominating Committee is tasked with producing a slate of qualified candidates.  Once the slate is published, further nominees may be put forward by members in good standing of RCA.  Elections for the vacant positions may be required.  In addition to the qualifications described in the attached RCA Director Profile, the committee is seeking candidates for the President and two Director-at-Large positions with any combination of one or more of the following competencies: 

  • Knowledge of branding, communications and marketing and ability to communicate about Canadian sport issues to the public;
  • Understanding of charitable sector philanthropy, with professional or personal networks and ability to “open doors”; or,
  • Understanding of legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector.

RCA Board Members meet in person approximately three times per year on weekends (typically Spring, Fall, and during the RCA National Conference in January) and at other times via conference call throughout the year.  Board Members can also serve as liaisons to RCA Committees and Working Groups and as such, provide leadership and guidance to these Committees on an ongoing basis. 
The President’s term is four years commencing on the day immediately following the Annual Meeting. At the end of his or her term the President may stand for re-election as President for one more term of four years, after which he or she may stand for election as a director and may stand again for election as President on the expiry of his or her successor’s term. Directors are elected for a term of two years commencing on the day immediately following the Annual Meeting. They may stand again for election at the end of their term.
Directors and Officers must fulfill all requirements of the Canada Corporations Act (or its successor legislation, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act) and the Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements for Board Members of Registered Charities.
If you meet these requirements, offer some of the key competencies and you are interested in contributing your expertise to our progressive and innovative organization, please send a resume and statement of interest by July 23rd, 2017 to Andrew Lamont, Chair RCA Nominating Committee at the address below.  Inquiries for more information about the RCA Board of Directors should also be directed to the Chair of the Nominating Committee at the address below, or to the President at
RCA Nominating Committee
Mailing Address:  321-4371 Interurban Road, Victoria, B.C. V9B 2C5
Phone:  1-877-722-4769 ext. 2
website link: RCA Board of Directors



RCA Board of Directors (2017)


Michael Walker


Mike Walker began his rowing career in the late 70’s at the Regina Rowing Club, and over the years has been a member of the Saskatoon Rowing Club, Fraser Valley Rowing Club, Kingston Rowing Club, Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, Ottawa Rowing Club, and the Argonaut Rowing Club. He has coached at the...Read more

Andrew Fitzgerald


Andrew Fitzgerald has broad board experience with an emphasis on strategic planning, and an understanding of legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector.  Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar with experience in a number of legal...Read more

Carol Purcer

Provincial Director

Carol Purcer is a volunteer who is passionate about growing the sport of rowing.  Her involvement spans twenty years of volunteering as an RCA Umpire, committee member of a number of provincial and national committees and serving as a leader on the St. Catharines Rowing Club Recreational Rowing...Read more

Dr. Roger Jackson


Dr. Jackson is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary, having previously been the Dean of Physical Education and then the Founding Director of the university Sport Medicine Centre.

Between 2005-2010, he was the founding CEO of Own The Podium, the national program to prepare...Read more

Ian Gordon


Ian Gordon is a two time Olympian and was on the national rowing team from 1970 to 1980. He later competed successfully as a masters rower at two FISA World Masters Championships and the prestigious Head of the Charles.

Recently retired, Mr. Gordon had a successful business career for...Read more

Jon Beare

Athlete Director

Jon Beare started rowing in 1988 and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He made his first of 10 consecutive Senior National Teams in 1995, which included the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Teams. After taking two years off, Jon returned to the Senior team in 2007, and went...Read more

Thomas (Tom) Hawker

Director (Treasurer)

Tom Hawker started rowing for recreation with his daughters  in 2002_ and has gone on to compete in local and international regattas.

Tom completed his economics degree at the University of Victoria, obtained his CA designation in 1983, and has been a partner with Field & Company...Read more