Board of Directors

Chair

Anne Mathewson
almathewson@bowlscanada.com

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.

Treasurer

Dennis Verge
Dverge@bowlscanada.com

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.

Secretary

Laura Seed
Lseed@bowlscanada.com

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.

Director

Chris Stadnyk
Cstadnyk@bowlscanada.com

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.

Director

Derek McKie
dmckie@bowlscanada.com

Derek possesses both a Bachelor of Sport Management (Honours) and a Bachelor of Education degrees from Brock University. Derek has previously served as the Executive Director of the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and also coordinated the marketing, sponsorship, and game day production for the Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club. Derek is also an Ontario Certified Teacher and taught all levels of elementary school for almost a decade. During six of those years, he served as Athletic Director at Woodstock Trinity School. He currently works for Joblinks Employment Services, supervising and job coaching those with disabilities on job sites. From a volunteer perspective, Derek has volunteered with various sport organizations his entire life in a variety of capacities. He currently does Statistical Analysis for the Wilfrid Laurier University Women’s Hockey Team. Derek also currently serves on the board of directors for the Woodstock Navy Vets Jr. C Hockey Team and has done so for nine years. He is also currently the President of the Woodstock Minor Hockey Association. Derek began bowling in 2016 and has won three Ontario Championships thus far. He also skipped his men’s fours team to a Canadian Championship in 2019.

Director

Phillip Francis
pfrancis@bowlscanada.com

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. 

Director

Jane Blaine
jblaine@bowlscanada.com

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).   

Staff

Britany Gordon

Chief Executive Officer
ceo@bowlscanada.com
(P) 613-244-0021 ext. 101

Jake Schuknecht

Bowls Development Manager
jschuknecht@bowlscanada.com
(P) 613-244-0021 ext 2

Samantha Burelle

Safe Sport and Communications Coordinator
sburelle@bowlscanada.ca
(P) 613-244-0021

Don Caswell

High Performance Manager
dcaswell@bowlscanada.com

Derek Dillon

Head Coach
ddillon@bowlscanada.com

National Operational Committees

Development Committee

Mary Wright (Chair)
Wayne Wright
Baylee van Steijn
Tom Roth 

High Performance Committee

Ryan Stadnyk (Chair)
Jean Roney 
Mary Wright 
Anita Nivala
Jackie Foster (Athlete Representative)
Rob Law (Athlete Representative)

National Officiating Committee

George Cubiss (Chair)
Sharyl Ann Milligan
Gary Laurence
Gilles De Serres
Shubhra Kathuria

Strategic Committees

Finance and Audit Committee

Dennis Verge (Chair)
Anne Mathewson
Phillip Francis
Derek McKie

Strategic Planning Committee

Anne Matthewson (Chair)
Jane Blaine
Lynn Chwartacki
Rob Law
Gary Pickering
Bruce St. Louis

Governance Committee

Laura Seed (Chair)
Anne Mathewson
Phillip Francis
Derek McKie

Fundraising Committee

Chris Stadnyk (Chair)
Phillip Francis
John Aveline

Nominating Committee

Wayne Wright (Chair)
Kathryn MacGregor
Tammy Foster-Veinot

Organizational Structure

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

2020-2023 Kathryn MacGregor
2018-2020 Ian Howard

2016-2017

David Calam

2012-2016

Ian Tyzzer

2011-2012

Gary Robinson

2009-2011

Donna Law

2007-2009

Georgina Bellamy

2006-2007

Bob Strong

2004-2006

Laura Dewald

2003-2004

Jim Aitken

2001-2003

Elaine Chauvin

1999-2001

Don Kuntz

1997-1999

Margaret Fettes

1997

Gordon Terwillegar

1995

Janet Merry

1993

Jim Keeling

1990

Muriel Holness

1988

Don Gibson

1987

Leona Peterson

1986

Frank Yule

1984

Mildred MacLellan

1983

Tom Holness