Who We Are

Who We Are

Learn more about our team – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Board of Directors, Staff and Provincial Associations

About Rowing Canada Aviron

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is a non-profit organization recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national governing body for rowing in Canada.  

RCA is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Fédération internationale des sociétés d’aviron (FISA), the international federation for rowing.  

RCA was originally founded as “The Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen” in 1880 by the rowing clubs then in existence – to coordinate and regulate the sport of amateur rowing. In 1974 the name was changed to “The Canadian Amateur Rowing Association – Association Canadienne d’Aviron Amateur”, which is the legally constituted name. Rowing Canada Aviron is now used as the operating name. 

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

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 meeting 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.

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  • Carol Purcer

    President

    Carol Purcer is a volunteer who is passionate about growing the sport of rowing.  Her involvement spans twenty five years of volunteering as an RCA Umpire and as a member of a number of provincial and national committees. She has served as a leader on the RCA Board as Provincial Director as well as Vice President – Events for ROWONTARIO and as President of Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA). She was Chair of the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta for seven years and has also chaired the CSSRA Championship Regatta. 

    Carol has an educational background in sport, a Masters of Education in Organizational Studies and is a retired secondary school principal.  She has had opportunities over many years that have  allowed her to develop skills in communication, organization, planning and preparation, social skills, conflict resolution, as well as problem solving to continuously encourage change for improvement, all skills that will serve her well in the role of President of Rowing Canada Aviron.

    Carol’s vision as President is to use these skills to deeply understand the varied needs across the country and develop a plan to support our members to grow clubs and high school programs and in turn, grow our sport.  Her view is that one size doesn’t fit all and finding differentiated pathways to success will help participants at many different levels.

    Carol Purcer

    Carol Purcer

    Carol Purcer

    President
    president@rowingcanada.org
  • Derek Ventnor

    Provincial Director & Treasurer

    Derek currently acts as Chief Operating Officer for Skate Ontario. He sat as a volunteer Board member with Row Ontario for 10 years prior to becoming Executive Director 2006 – 2017. He is an RCA and World Rowing Umpire and a long-time serving member of both the RCA Umpires Committee, where he served as Committee Chair from 2001-2006, and as a member of the RCA Safety and Events Committee from 2007 – 2017. Derek has also served in multiple roles at his home rowing club Tillsonburg Rowing Club in Ontario including President, Treasurer, Captain, and Coach over a span of almost 20 years.

    Derek Ventnor

    Derek Ventnor

    Derek Ventnor

    Provincial Director & Treasurer
  • Fred Enns

    Director

    Fred is a retired corporate lawyer with over 30 years of experience in advising on corporate and governance issues as well as a Fellow and Accredited Director of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada. He now devotes his time to helping not-for-profit corporations and community clubs address their governance and corporate issues. He is an active member of the Knowlton Rowing Club and is currently the corporate secretary and a board member, as well as an active member on the board of several other similar organizations.

    Fred Enns

    Fred Enns

    Fred Enns

    Director
  • Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh

    Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh

    Paul has over 20 years of running his own company providing professional services to the Federal Government. Including projects with Shared Services Canada, Canadian Border Services Agency, Canada Revenue Agency, Department of Justice, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, as well as Department of National Defence. He has previous experience working with National Sport Organizations, including his role as a Board member at Water Polo Canada, in which time he served time as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Risk Management Committee.

    Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh

    Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh

    Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh

    Paul C.L. Fritz-Németh
  • Lindsay Bergen

    Athlete Director

    Lindsay Bergen was elected Athlete Director by the national team athletes in November 2021.

    After serving as an alternate in Beijing in 2008 and winning gold at the 2010 World Championships, Lindsay made her Olympic debut in London in 2012, where she won the B final with her lightweight sculling partner Patricia Obee to finish seventh overall. Lindsay and Patricia went on to win silver at the World Championships in 2014 and Olympic silver in a memorable race in Rio in 2016.

    Lindsay graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and has since completed a Certificate in Business from Queens University. After competing for Canada for 20 years, Lindsay joined the Canadian Pacific Sports Institute team in 2016, where she worked in athlete and coach services. Following the birth of her second daughter in 2021, Lindsay returned to the Institute at the end of 2022 to take up a new position as Administrative Manager, Human Resources. She has always had the ambition to continue her daily life in sport and feels particularly fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside all the dedicated people who helped her succeed as an athlete.

    Lindsay Bergen

    Lindsay Bergen

    Lindsay Bergen

    Athlete Director
  • Charles Minett

    Director

    Charles has spent over a decade building businesses through channel sales, business development, and partnerships. These businesses continue to shape how people engage with sports media (ESPN and Rogers), artificial intelligence (Integrate.ai), commerce (Shopify), and each other (Facebook). Presently, he leads global strategy and design for Shopify’s Partner Program, one of the largest partner ecosystems in the world.  

    Charles is deeply connected to the rowing community across North America. He was captain at the University of Washington and member of the World University Games team for Canada. Since retiring from competition, he has criss-crossed North America driving boat trailers, coached pre-elite camps, and repaired boats.

    All of this pales in comparison to his greatest accomplishment, his family. Charles lives in Burlington with his wife Nicole, their four children, and dog, Lola.

    Charles Minett

    Charles Minett

    Charles Minett

    Director
  • Michael Bryden

    Director

    Michael Bryden is a Managing Director with proven abilities and a versatile skill set able to deliver competent advice. He is talented in forming partnerships with stakeholders, coalescing viewpoints, and developing tactical plans to meet strategic goals. Experienced in delivering top-ranked value-creating idea generation and solutions in sophisticated results-focused competitive settings. Michael has volunteer experience with multiple organizations and former National Team rower. 

    Michael Bryden

    Michael Bryden

    Michael Bryden

    Director
  • Dana Thorne – Sunaxwumaat

    Director

    Dana was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is a member of the Cowichan Tribes. Dana provides expertise in developing strategies for increasing customer value by analyzing gaps in service delivery, organizational risks, sustainability, labour skills, team dynamics, capacity, and systemic barriers. Growing up as an Indigenous female, Dana understands the barriers related to systemic racism, gender inequities, and cultural insensitivities. She approaches these topics with compassion and respectful engagement.

    Dana volunteers on multiple boards with a focus on sports or economic development. She has a husband and two daughters active in the sports community through basketball, soccer, and horseback riding. She believes that sports offer an avenue for growth and development as they help teach discipline, hard work, focus, perseverance, working independently and working as part of a team.

    Dana Thorne – Sunaxwumaat

    Dana Thorne – Sunaxwumaat

    Dana Thorne – Sunaxwumaat

    Director

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  • Terry Dillon

    Chief Executive Officer

    Terry is responsible for the operations of RCA and the fulfilment of RCA’s operational and strategic priorities. As CEO, he has responsibility for administration, planning, financial management, communications, partner relations, and all programs of RCA. He works closely with the Board of Directors in fulfilling their governance role, as well as standing committees, operating committees, staff and key volunteers to achieve Rowing Canada Aviron’s goals.  

    tdillon@rowingcanada.org
  • Jennifer Fitzpatrick

    Director of Partnerships and Sport Development

    Jennifer is responsible for developing and executing the strategic planning and implementation of domestic operations. This includes providing direction for the implementation of Coach, Umpire, Member Services and Engagement initiatives. Jennifer also oversees the Marketing and Communications strategy for the promotion of rowing in Canada. Jennifer works with government, corporate and community partners, member clubs and associations to increase inclusiveness, develop awareness of and increase participation in rowing across Canada.  

    jfitzpatrick@rowingcanada.org
  • Adam Parfitt

    High Performance Director

    Adam is responsible for the effective alignment, development and delivery of the coach and athlete high performance pathway through RCA’s NextGen strategy. He works within RCA High Performance Program overseeing NextGen staff, and their relationships with HUB partners and Provincial Rowing Associations to ensure collaboration and engagement around a common strategy of plans and activities. In Adam’s role he oversees the NextGen Strategy, including Talent ID programs, NextGen HUBs and Provincial Rowing Association engagement strategies.  

    parfitt@rowingcanada.org
  • Kim Bell

    Manager, Finance and Human Resources

    Kim is responsible for implementing, evaluating and maintaining systems and processes of financial management and human resources and works in close collaboration with the Treasurer. Kim is responsible for developing financial, budget and investment controls and reporting; directing effective and efficient office, human resource and administrative procedures and standards; managing benefit and insurance programs and contracts/leases of the organization and, ensuring adherence to all applicable regulatory requirements.   

    kimbell@rowingcanada.org
  • Lindsey Brown

    National Team Athlete Services Coordinator

    Lindsey provides coordination, administrative and relationship support to the NextGen initiative. In her role Lindsey is also responsible for RCA’s outfitting of National Team Programs and she works closely with the High Performance Coordinator in the development of event specific plans for National Team events and camps.  

    lbrown@rowingcanada.org
  • Alethia Clarke

    Member Services Coordinator

    Alethia is our primary point of contact for RCA Member Organizations and is responsible for the delivery of RCA Member Services.  Working closely with RCA staff, service providers and members of the rowing community, Alethia oversees and provides support for RCA’s event management and participant registration databases and procedures, the insurance program as well as projects that help grow awareness and increase participation in rowing in Canada.

    aclarke@rowingcanada.org
  • Colleen Coderre

    Communications Lead

    Colleen is responsible for planning and execution of the Marketing and Communications strategy for the promotion of rowing in Canada and the promotion of our National Teams. Colleen is responsible for leveraging communication activities to enhance the growing presence of the sport in the media and the rowing community.  

    coderre@rowingcanada.org
  • Susanne Wereley

    Communications Manager

    Susanne is responsible for elevating the profile of our rowing community and our National Teams, through our digital platforms, newsletter, and social and mainstream media. She helps develop and oversee content on the RCA digital platforms such as the website, newsletter, and social media, supports the execution of press releases, and coordinates the development of promotional material and reports.

    s.wereley@rowingcanada.org
  • Taylyr Dickinson

    Para Rowing Lead

    As the Para Rowing Lead, Taylyr will collaborate with the Para Rowing Advisory Committee and RCA Leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for high performance Para Rowing.

    tdickinson@rowingcanada.org
  • Laurence Côté

    National Team Coordinator

    Laurence provides coordination, logistics and administration support, and relationship management for the RCA National Team program. She works closely with the High Performance team to establish and execute daily operations and implementation of targeted National Team programming.

    lcote@rowingcanada.org
  • Cole Pedrick

    National Team Coordinator

    Cole provides coordination, logistics and administration support, and relationship management for the RCA National Team program. He works closely with the High Performance team to establish and execute daily operations and implementation of targeted National Team programming.

    cedrick@rowingcanada.org
  • Chuck McDiarmid

    NextGen Program Lead

    Chuck is responsible for the development and implementation of RCA’s NextGen strategy. Chuck works collaboratively with RCA’s Director of Coach and Athlete Pathways, corporate and government partners, member clubs and associations, and other RCA staff, to identify and support athletes with potential to represent Canada internationally.  

    cmcdiarmid@rowingcanada.org
  • Colleen Miller

    Manager of Coach Education and Development

    Colleen is responsible for the development and delivery of the NCCP coach education and certification programs and the implementation of RCA’s mentoring and professional development programs. Colleen works collaboratively with RCA’s Coach Education Development Committee (CEDC), Director of Partnerships and Sport Development, Director Coach and Athlete Pathways, High Performance Director, and the Provincial Rowing Associations (PRA’s).

    colleenmiller@rowingcanada.org
  • Sid Murdoch

    Secretary

    Sid’s duties include general office administration, web registration system administration including assisting participants and clubs with accounts, programs and reports. Members should contact Sid with general questions regarding insurance and insurance incidents. He also provides support to a number of committees including the Provincial Advisory Council and the RCA Board of Directors and he organizes the Annual and Semi-Annual Meetings.

    rca@rowingcanada.org
  • Jen Parfitt

    Safe Sport Coordinator

  • Jon Rose

    National Team Equipment and Operations Coordinator

    jrose@rowingcanada.org
  • Sukhraj Saraow

    Finance and Administration Coordinator

    Working closely with RCA staff, Sukhraj supports all bookkeeping functions of the organization including all areas of accounts payable and accounts receivable. Sukhraj also oversees all areas of RCA’s office administration including telephone inquiries, office supply procurement, incoming and outgoing deliveries, and RCA staff and volunteer board travel arrangements.

    ssaraow@rowingcanada.org
  • Rachel Wolff

    National Events Manager

    Rachel is responsible for overseeing the planning of and ensuring the successful execution of National competitions and certain participation events.

    rwolff@rowingcanada.org
  • Jeremy Ivey

    National Training Centre Coach

  • Maksym Kepskyy

    National Training Centre Coach

  • Dane Lawson

    National Training Centre Coach

  • Jordan Clarke

    Lead Sport Scientist and Physiologist

  • Jenn Massingham

    Lead Therapist

  • Kaity Szabo

    Sport Therapist

  • Lauren Fisher

    National Training Centre Coach

  • Zach Kalthoff

    Senior National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach

Provincial Associations

  • Rowing British Columbia
    Victoria, British Columbia

    Rowing BC is the Provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in British Columbia. As a non-profit organization, over 3,600 participants within the BC rowing community benefit from many Rowing BC services, including coach education and development, regatta sanctioning, and delivery of Provincial Team initiatives.


    Location Information
    • Address100 - 4636 Elk Lake Drive
    • CityVictoria
    • ProvinceBC
    • Postal CodeV8Z 5M1

    Contact Information
    • Alia ZawackiExecutive Director
    • Sonja LonneManager of Membership Services
    • Michelle BossPrograms and Communications Manager
    • Lisa TschannenManager of Education, Inclusion & Innovation
    • Terry PaulDirector of Performance
    • Stacy MitchellPresident
  • Alberta Rowing Association
    Edmonton, Alberta

    The mission of the ARA is to act as the organizing body, which promotes all aspects of rowing in Alberta. The ARA is a not for profit association run by volunteers, relying on membership fees, fundraising, and government support for operating funds. The ARA’s members include corporate, recreational and competitive rowers; educators, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers and advocates of the sport.


    Location Information
    • Address11759 Groat Road - 3rd Floor, Percy Page Centre
    • CityEdmonton
    • ProvinceAB
    • Postal CodeT5M 3K6

    Contact Information
    • Peter WalshPresident
    • Audra VairHead Official
    • Rob SwartTreasurer
    • Alexander PattonV.P. Development
    • Amelie SchumacherDirector-at-Large
    • Hillary BakkerSecretary
    • Michael SimonsonProv Tech Director
    • Alex MarchukV.P. Technical
    • Rosanne PrinsenExecutive Assistant
  • Saskatchewan Rowing Association
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    The SRA is the only governing body of rowing in the province recognized by the provincial government, SaskSport Inc. and Rowing Canada Aviron. The SRA is governed by a volunteer board of directors and an Executive Director and Two High Performance Coaches.The goals of the SRA are to foster, coordinate, and encourage participation in the sport of rowing in this province.


    Location Information
    • Address510 Cynthia Street
    • CitySaskatoon
    • ProvinceSK
    • Postal CodeS7L 7K7

    Contact Information
    • Nicole GoldenExecutive Director
    • John HaverHead Coach South
  • Manitoba Rowing Association
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    The Manitoba Rowing Association is the provincial governing body for the sport of Rowing in the province. The MRA was incorporated in 1981, to foster the development of more rowing clubs in Manitoba and coordinate the needs of the growing rowing community. The Manitoba Rowing Association is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, comprised of about 350 members and 4 individual clubs throughout the province. Our mission is to lead performance excellence and promote sport for life by developing and sustaining rowing in all its forms.


    Location Information
    • Address145 Pacific Ave
    • CityWinnipeg
    • ProvinceMB
    • Postal CodeR3B 2Z6

    Contact Information
    • Allison GervaisExecutive Director
    • Janine StephensProvincial Head Coach
    • Kelly MalcolmsonPresident
  • Row Ontario
    Welland, Ontario

    Row Ontario is recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries as the not-for-profit governing body for rowing in the Province of Ontario. As the governing body of rowing in Ontario, Row Ontario is responsible for delivering development programs for athletes, coaches, and umpires. Row Ontario also provides competitive racing opportunities and offers administrative guidance to its member clubs across the province.


    Location Information
    • Address129 Hagar Street, Unit 18A
    • CityWelland
    • ProvinceON
    • Postal CodeL3B 5V9

    Contact Information
    • Andrew BackerExecutive Director
    • Chris MarshallManager, High-Performance
    • Andrea MillerManager, Sport Development
    • Lisa RoddieManager, COAST
    • Frank ChristieManager, Communications and Community Engagement
    • Stephen RossManager, Competitions and Events
    • Greta ChaseAdministrative Coordinator
    • Pippa HobbesPresident
  • Association Québécoise d'Aviron
    Montreal , Quebec

    The sport of rowing in Quebec is governed by the Association Québécoise Aviron, a non profit organization comprised of volunteer members. AQA oversees all aspects of the growth and development of rowing, with a particular emphasis on junior development, high performance, coaching certification, and regatta sanctioning.


    Location Information
    • Address4545 ave. Pierre-de-Coubertin
    • CityMontreal
    • ProvinceQC
    • Postal CodeH1V 3R2

    Contact Information
    • Derek CovingtonPresident
  • Rowing New Brunswick Aviron
    Fredericton, New Brunswick

    Rowing New Brunswick Aviron is the not-for-profit governing body for rowing in the Province of New Brunswick.


    Location Information
    • AddressPO Box 30047 Prospect Plaza
    • CityFredericton
    • ProvinceNB
    • Postal CodeE3B OH8

    Contact Information
    • Kim NorrisPresident
  • Row Nova Scotia
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Row Nova Scotia’s vision for the sport of rowing is to be innovative and engaging in our ability to achieve success in growth, development and excellence in the sport of rowing across Nova Scotia.


    Location Information
    • Address5516 Spring Garden Road
    • CityHalifax
    • ProvinceNS
    • Postal CodeB3J 1G6

    Contact Information
    • Patrick ThompsonPSO Administrative Coordinator
    • Patrick CodyProvincial Team Coach
    • Katie EdwardsPresident
  • Rowing PEI
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    Rowing PEI welcomes beginner and experienced rowers ages 16 and up.  We offer Learn to Row as well as a summer-long program of rows on the Charlottetown Harbour.


    Location Information
    • Address40 Enman Crescent
    • CityCharlottetown
    • ProvincePE
    • Postal CodeC1E 1E6

    Contact Information
    • Nancy RussellPresident
  • Rowing Newfoundland
    St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Rowing Newfoundland (RowNL) is the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for the sport of amateur rowing in the province and is recognized by the Provincial Government, Sport NL, and Rowing Canada Aviron. RowNL is governed by a volunteer board of directors and an Executive Director. Our goals are to promote, implement, and develop the sport of amateur rowing throughout the province.


    Location Information
    • Address331 Thorburn Road
    • CitySt. Johns
    • ProvinceNL
    • Postal CodeA1B 4R1

    Contact Information
    • Doreen HamlynPresident

Provincial Advisory Council

Name Title Association
Stacy MitchellPresidentRowing British Columbia
Peter WalshPresidentAlberta Rowing Association
Kelly MalcolmsonPresidentManitoba Rowing Association
Pippa HobbesPresidentRow Ontario
Derek CovingtonPresidentAssociation Québécoise d'Aviron
Kim NorrisPresidentRowing New Brunswick Aviron
Katie EdwardsPresidentRow Nova Scotia
Nancy RussellPresidentRowing PEI
Doreen HamlynPresidentRowing Newfoundland