Board of Directors
Anne has over 20 years’ experience on numerous different Boards, including founding the Richmond Hill Ladies Recreational Softball League and serving as its president for five years. Within bowls, Anne was the treasurer of the 2015 Canadian Junior and Under 25 Championship Host Organizing Committee, and more recently was the chair of the 2019 Canadian Mixed Pairs Championship Host Organizing Committee. Professionally, Anne has long been recognized as one of Canada’s most experienced and knowledgeable waste management specialists. Anne has been on the front lines of driving change for recycling programs across Canada and is a well-respected negotiator and change catalyst.
Dennis has held various volunteer positions since joining lawn bowling, including two years as President of his local bowls club, Chair of Bowls South Island, and Treasurer of Bowls British Columbia. Verge has worked closely with BCB in the past while performing the duties of chief scorer at two national events. While the majority of his volunteer involvement has been with lawn bowls, Dennis has also had many years of experience volunteering in the financial community as a Director of his accounting association and President of the Financial Management Institute of Victoria.
Laura Seed has contributed extensively to the lawn bowling community through roles such as; the Vice-President of the Milton Lawn Bowling Club, the OLBA Awards Chair and a member of the OLBA Hall of Fame Committee among other things. Laura has participated in a number of Canadian Championships, represented Canada at the 2012 World Bowls Championships and several North American Challenges. Professionally Laura has been the President of the Canadian Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Technologists for the last three years and is currently working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Chris is currently the President of the Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club in Kitchener, Ontario and has spent his entire bowls career being part of various Boards of Directors for various clubs. A past-President of both the Niagara Falls Lawn Bowls Club and Western Ontario Bowls Association (WOBA), Chris has also served on the Championship Committee of the 2019 Canadian Singles Championships and worked closely with BCB when he served as Chair of the Athletes Rep Committee while on the National Team. Stadnyk has represented Canada at various international events including four Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006, 2014, and 2018, and has a World Bowls bronze medal won in 2008.
Phillip Francis has been a club president (Leaside LBC 4 years 2008 – 2011 ), a board member of the OLBA 8 years (4 years as president 2019 – 2022), and a board member at BCB for 1 year and re-elected to BCB for 3 years in 2023. He was a founding member of the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and a board member from 2012 – 2018. He was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service in 2012 for his work with the Leaside LBC. Phillip’s professional career included 6 years of service with the Royal Australian Navy (radio communications), 16 years as a senior administrative officer in Australian Defence establishments, and 2 years as an Executive Officer at Queen Elizabeth 11 Rehabilitation Centre, in Sydney, Australia. During his years of service, Phillip received the Australian Defence Medal (Naval Services 1967-1973) and the Australian Service Medal (with Clasp-Papua New Guinea, 1972-1973). In 2017, Phillip received the Member of Parliament (Rob Oliphant, MP) Canada Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award. While in Canada, Phillip worked within the telecommunications multi-media environment developing Human Resources policies and practices and directing related HR programs.
John was born in 1964, part of the lead-in to Gen X, on Toronto Island to a single mum. When they moved to Smithville in 1981, they lived right across the road from the West Lincoln Bowls and that, as they say, was it. In the intervening decades, John married Cathie in 1994 and had two daughters: Laurel (2001) and Hester (2009). John has a Ph.D in Classics (Roman History) and teaches at Langara College and Corpus Christi College. In addition to teaching, he works as a strata manager. After playing a couple of years purely recreationally bowls, he decided to see how good he could be at the sport. John has been on that quest ever since and it is not over. In Bowls, he is motivated by the desire to see Bowls Matter – to play in, watch, and organize games and events that matter. He welcomes opportunities to contribute to groups and organizations he belongs to, whether it is a community block party, extra-curricular activities, or bowls. When time allows, John enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team, going for walks with Cath, and reading/researching.
Jane has been involved in programming and administration of para and blind sport for over 40 years. Her experience covers all stages of participation from beginning movement in infants, early motor learning, development of fundamental movement skills, PE, competition, high performance, and promotion of sport for a lifetime and healthy active lifestyles. Professionally she is the Executive Director of the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association and for the 18 years up to 2022 also served as the CEO of the Canadian Blind Sports Association. She is co-author of the parent’s resource ‘Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers with Visual Impairment’ as well as “Being a Sport Guide”; both published by BC Blind Sports. Jane’s values include ensuring programs and systems are safe, inclusive, enjoyable, ethically sound, equitable, and based on available evidence. Jane is enthusiastic about supporting research and resource development in the areas of para classification, para sport participant pathway development, and concussion in para athletes (in particular athletes who are blind or partially sighted).
Chief Executive Officer
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Bowls Development Manager
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Safe Sport and Communications Coordinator
High Performance Manager
National Operational Committees
Mary Wright (Chair)
Baylee van Steijn
High Performance Committee
Ryan Stadnyk (Chair)
Jackie Foster (Athlete Representative)
Rob Law (Athlete Representative)
National Officiating Committee
George Cubiss (Chair)
Sharyl Ann Milligan
Gilles De Serres
Finance and Audit Committee
Dennis Verge (Chair)
Strategic Planning Committee
Anne Matthewson (Chair)
Bruce St. Louis
Laura Seed (Chair)
Chris Stadnyk (Chair)
Wayne Wright (Chair)
The general membership of Bowls Canada Boulingrin is comprised of the 10 provincial associations.
The Board of Directors is the ultimate decision making body within Bowls Canada Boulingrin. It is a skills based board where, in accordance with the By-Laws (2012) and the 2009 Canadian Not-For-Profit Act, every member of the Board is elected by the general membership of the Association at the annual general meeting. The size of the Board may vary from seven to nine members, depending upon need. Currently the Board has eight members: a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Directors.
The Board typically holds two meetings a year: the Annual General Meeting normally in and around the Canadian Lawn Bowls Championships, and a Semi-Annual General Meeting usually held in January. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the association. It conducts elections and determines policy, develops strategic plans and approves budgets.
Past Bowls Canada Presidents