Canoe Kayak Canada names new Board of Directors

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Peter Giles becomes President and Harold Van Winssen Vice President 

OTTAWA – Canoe Kayak Canada has named a new Board of Directors at its annual Summit in Ottawa. The 11-person volunteer board was voted in by Canoe Kayak Canada’s membership and this is the first board to be named under CKC’s new governance structure.

Peter Giles will take the reins as President of the Board while Harold Van Winssen has been selected as the Vice President.

“We have a lot of talent on this board and within this organization,” said Giles. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone to continue moving forward with the many great things Canoe Kayak Canada is doing.”

Giles was Commodore of Canoe Kayak Canada from 2008 to 2012. He was a national team athlete and competed in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the K4 1000m where his crew finished seventh. Harold Van Winssen is the president of the Whitewater Council and has been a dedicated volunteer in the sport for many years. Madeleine Hall will remain Commodore of the Sprint Racing Discipline. 

Under the new structure, the board is made up of two representatives from each of the Paddling Disciplines of sprint, whitewater and marathon, as well as four Paddling Association Directors and one Independent Director from outside the sport. François Hamelin, an Olympian in short track speed skating has been named to the Independent Director and will bring a perspective to this volunteer 

Paddling Discipline Directors:

  • Julie Crépeau-Boisvert, Whitewater (1-year term)
  • Peter Giles, Sprint (1-year term)
  • Madeleine Hall, Sprint (1-year term)
  • Anne Nicholson, Marathon (2-year term)
  • Harold Van Winssen, Whitewater (3-year term)
  • Fiona Vincent, Marathon (1-year term)


Paddling Association Directors:

  • Sean Cannon (1-year term)
  • Stephen Gallant (2-year term)
  • Tom Hall (2-year term)
  • Chris Helyar (3-year term)

Independent Director

  • François Hamelin (1-year term)

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, Canoe Kayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


For more information:

Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, Canoe Kayak Canada