Canoe Kayak Canada
c/o House of Sport, RA Center
2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON – K1H 7X7
T | 613.260.1818 F | 613.260.5137

General Inquiries: 613-260-1818 |

Casey Wade Chief Executive Officer
Casey Wade
(613) 260-1818 ext 2203
Casey leads the overall direction of Canoe Kayak Canada. His role includes strategic planning, managing staff, reporting to the board and overseeing general operations of the organization. Casey has spent over 25 years working in executive positions in sport and is regarded internationally as a leading expert in anti-doping. He has held leadership positions at WADA, CCES and ANADO and has also worked as a consultant and professor at Algonquin College. Casey is a former National Team sprinter who competed at the 1979 Pan American Games Team and ran for the University of Wisconsin.
Chief Technical Officer
Graham Barton
Graham Barton leads the High Performance strategy and National Team Programs in collaboration with coaches, athletes, officials, clubs and funding partners. He heads the development and implementation of strategic long-term technical plans to ensure sustainable success across the system and alignment with the Long Term Athlete Development model. His focus is with the sprint program but he also works to adapt best practices and common services across disciplines. Graham was Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Director for eleven years from 1999 to 2010. He then spent six years working at Own the Podium as a High Performance Advisor before returning to CKC. He was also a high performance coach and athlete in the sport.
Ian Mortimer Director of Development
Ian Mortimer
(613) 260-1818 ext 2201
Ian leads Canoe Kayak Canada’s development programing in full partnership with Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations, Club and other key partners.  He works closely with clubs, coaches and partner adminsitrators to develop the sport from the grassroots level and allow athletes and communities to get the most out of the sport. Ian holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and was a board member for the Coaching Association of Canada for 6 years. Ian grew up paddling at the Rideau Canoe Club with his family. He was a National Team canoe athlete for seven years then went into coaching. His international career highlights include a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, two silver medals at the World University Championships and placing fourth in C4 at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships. He is most proud of his accomplishments at National Championships which include winning 17 medals and capturing the Black trophy twice in Junior Men’s C4.
James Cartwright Slalom High Performance Manager
James Cartwright
(613) 260-1818 ext 2205
James leads the administrative side of Canoe Kayak Canada’s whitewater programs with a primary focus on the slalom high performance program. His objective is to develop the sport and improve international performances. James supports the slalom team by managing team support services, international travel and team selection. He works closely with the Whitewater Council and Slalom High Performance Committee while also liaising with freestyle, wildwater and polo committees. James competed in slalom C1 at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games and was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1995 to 2009.
Communications Coordinator
Joannie Verret
(613) 260-1818 ext 2209
Joannie is responsible for all communications at Canoe Kayak Canada. Whether on social media, public relations, advertising, or promotions, Joannie works closely with the entire team to educate the public and spread canoe-kayak athletes across the country, as well as worldwide. Joannie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Communication and Entrepreneurship at Laval University. She grew up through her experiences in the world of sprint canoe kayak and has a lot of experience as an athlete, but also as a coach. She started paddling at the Lac-Sergent canoe club at the age of 7, then developed with the Lac-Beauport and Otterburn canoe clubs. She was part of the national sprint canoe team, but also of the Canadian rafting team. She competed at the Women’s Canoe Cup in 2012, Rafting World Championships in 2013, and raced at more than 10 Canadian Sprint ​​Canoe Kayak Championships where she won a total of 16 medals, including 5 golds.
Jessica Price Paddling Coordinator and Executive Assistant
Jessica Price
(613) 260-1818 ext 2207
Jessica is involved with much of the administrative work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure Canoe Kayak Canada’s programs run smoothly. She plays an active role in the management of CanoeKids, and CAC’s The Locker. Jessica holds an Honours Bachelor in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College. She enjoys playing soccer, baking and is always up for a good yoga class.
Administrative Coordinator
Claire Severa
(613) 260-1818 ext 2200
Claire manages the National office in Ottawa including shared reception for Canoe Kayak Canada and the Canada Games Council. She coordinates hotel bookings and travel arrangements for the many events and committee meetings that take place throughout the year. Claire is fully bilingual and has worked in Administration for the Coaching Association of Canada for twelve years.
National Team Manager
Emily MacKeigan
(613) 260-1818 ext 2210
Emily supports the Sprint and Paracanoe National Teams by managing logistics and team services. She coordinates applications to the Athlete Assistance Program and manages the anti-doping portfolio in liaison with CCES. Emily coordinates with COC and CPC to deliver the optimal Olympic and Paralympic Preparation Plan. Emily completed her studies at the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor in Human Kinetics and a Master’s degree with a concentration in Sport Management. The leadership she has developed over the past few years as an Event Coordinator at Gymnastics Canada and Team Services Coordinator at Equestrian Canada is a major asset for Canoe Kayak Canada.
Sally Clare Director of Finance
Sally Clare
(613) 721-0504
Sally manages Canoe Kayak Canada’s accounting and budgeting. She and her staff handle all things financial on behalf of the organization including invoicing, processing payments and financial forecasting. Sally is owner of Clare Business Services and provides support to several other National Sport Organizations.




National Coaching Staff


National Team Head Coach
Anders Gustafsson
Men’s Kayak National Team Coach
Frédéric Jobin
Chad Brooks Women’s Kayak National Team Coach

Chad Brooks

Men’s Canoe National Team Coach
Andreas Dittmer
 Jan Kruk Women’s Canoe National Team Coach

Jan Kruk

  Paracanoe National Coach and Manager

Marc Creamer

NextGen National Development Coach

Mark Granger

Michal Staniszewski National Slalom Head Coach
Michal Staniszewski

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