Board of Directors and Councils

Golf Canada

Paul McLean – President

Paul McLean assumes the role of President, Golf Canada in 2015. He will also serve as the Past President of the Golf Canada Foundation. As co-founder and President of Maxium Financial, Paul has been instrumental in its development and growth to become one of Canada’s leading privately held leasing companies with assets exceeding $1.0 billion. Maxium is positioned as the largest provider of equipment leases and mortgages to the Canadian golf industry. Paul previously worked at Triathlon Leasing where he held the position of President, Equipment Leasing. Prior to Triathlon, he had a successful career at Xerox Canada where he held several sales and marketing management positions. Paul attended McMaster University on a Chancellors scholarship and completed an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and Computer Science, which was followed by completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Paul and his wife live in the Richmond Hill community and have two children attending post-secondary in Ontario. He remains active as an avid golfer and as a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), and the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA). He is on the board of several organizations including Maxium, Desante, Amstel Doors, Golf Canada Foundation and Laurence North. He has been acknowledged by the National Post as one of the Top 25 most influential people in Canadian golf and is a part owner of both Coppinwood and Oviinbyrd golf clubs. Paul also volunteers his time and support to Eva’s Initiatives for homeless youth and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Doug Alexander – Past President

Doug Alexander

Doug Alexander joined the Board of Directors of Golf Canada in 2010 and will serve this year as Immediate Past President. In addition, Doug will again sit on the Compensation Committee as he did in 2014, and has previously served on the Investment, Audit and Risk, Amateur Championships and Professional Championships Committees. He has also served as a member of the Canadian Open Tournament Committee, Co-Chair of both the Canadian Women’s Open and the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and on the Board of the Golf Association of Ontario. In 2010, Doug served as the President of the London Hunt Club.

Doug resides in London, Ont. with his wife Anne and their two children. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Director and has served as Chief Financial Officer for a number of Canadian companies. Currently he is Chair of Hydrogenics and is a director of two other companies. He has been a competitive golfer for more than 40 years and was a competitor in the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in 2010. He is also active in his community, having served as the Chair of the London Health Sciences Centre and the Campaign Chair of the United Way of London.

Charlie Beaulieu – Secretary


Charlie Beaulieu joined the Board in 2011 and in 2015 will act as Secretary of the Board, Chair the Governance Committee and serve on the Professional Championships Committee. Formerly President of the Fédération québécoise de golf, he chaired the special taskforce, which led to the amalgamation of the Fédération québécoise de golf and Golf Québec. The Québec Golf Federation includes representatives from the golf course owners association, the provincial professional golf association, the regional golf associations and amateur golfers, all aligned in promoting the development of the game.

Charlie is the owner/President of a real estate business. Prior to this, he spent 30 years as the owner/President of an apparel company. He has served as Captain of both the Lorraine and Le Mirage Golf Clubs. Annually, his family and friends host a golf tournament in memory of his late father. Funds raised from the event exceed $550,000 and support local charities..

Roland Deveau – 1st Vice President


Roland Deveau Q.C. joined the Board in 2012 and assumes the role of First Vice President in 2015. This year he is the Chair of the Audit and Risk and Compensation Committees and will also serve on the Communications and Rules of Golf & Amateur Status Committees. He has extensive experience as a rules official in many provincial and national amateur golf championships. He previously served in various capacities on the Executive of the Nova Scotia Golf Association from 1990 to 2004, including in 2002 as its President. He has also served his home club of Clare Golf and Country Club as its President, on its board and committees.

Roland resides in Bedford, NS with his wife Jacqueline. Since 1998, he has been a public utility commissioner with the NS Utility and Review Board, and was appointed its Vice-Chair in 2011. He has served as President of the provincial association of French speaking lawyers and jurists from 2004 to 2009, and he completed his term as secretary/treasurer of the national “Fédération canadienne des juristes d’expression française de common law”. Roland was awarded Golfer of the Year in 2002 by Atlantic Canada’s Golf News in recognition of his volunteer effort and also received recognition for service to the NS Francophone community.

Leslie Dunning – 2nd Vice President

Leslie Dunning

Leslie Dunning begins her seventh year on the Board of Directors of Golf Canada, this year serving as the Second Vice President. In 2015, she will Chair a Working Group focused on enhancing Golf Canada’s volunteer services and nominations processes. She will be a member of the Amateur Competitions and Professional Championships Committees, as well as the Compensation Committee. She has previously chaired the Provincial Council and both the Governance and Human Resources Committees. She is a Past President of Alberta Golf and has served on various boards at the local, provincial and national levels. She is a member of Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary and Bigwin Island Golf Club in Muskoka.

Leslie lives in Calgary with her husband Neill. They have three children, who are all active golfers. In 2014, they welcomed their first grandchild who they look forward to introducing to golf in the next few years. She was employed in many parts of the country and in a variety of senior leadership roles for the Canadian Red Cross over 36 years. She is currently focused on family and volunteer commitments, as well as improving her golf game. She holds a BSc. (Geology) from the University of Waterloo; an MBA from Queen’s University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Liz Hoffman – Director at Large


Liz Hoffman has served on Golf Canada’s Board since 2012. She is Chair of the Sport Development Committee and also serves on Amateur Competitions Committee, Volunteer Services Working Group and the World Junior Girls Steering Committee. She has previously chaired the Human Resources Committee.  Liz is a member the Board of the Golf Canada Foundation serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary and chairing both the Scholarships and Grants and the Women’s Fund Committees.  She was the non-playing captain of Canada’s Women’s Team at the 2012 and 2014 World Amateur Championships. Liz is a Past President of the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) and has served on the Golf Canada Provincial Council as the Representative of GAO (2009-2011). She has also been active with other sport organizations, including serving as President of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Ontario University Athletics and has been a member of the Board of both Ontario and Canada Field Hockey. Currently she serves on the Board of Coaches of Canada and on the Sport Development Policy Committee of Swim Canada.

Liz has been a leader in Canadian sport for over three decades as an athlete, coach and administrator. She recently retired as the Director of Athletics and High Performance Sport at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Thornhill Golf and Country Club where she loves to play golf and has been highly involved in developing juniors, the golf and greens committees, and served on their Board  as Membership Director 2010-2014. She enjoys sharing her passion for the game of golf with her husband Rick and their sons Matt and Mark who are professional golfers.

Dale Jackson – Director at Large

Dale Jackson joins Golf Canada’s Board of Directors in 2015 after having served from 2011 to 2014 on the Governors Council. He is Chair of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committee and also sits on the Governance and Amateur Competitions Committees.

As Rules Committee Chair, Dale represents Golf Canada on the Joint Rules Committee, together with representatives of the R&A and USGA, while also serving as an Advisory Member of the R&A’s Rules Committee. He has served as a Rules Official for numerous Golf Canada championships over the past 14 years and has been a Rules Official at many of the world’s most prestigious golf championships including The Masters, The Open and the U.S. Open. From 2003 to 2007 he served as the Managing Director of Rules and Competitions for British Columbia Golf and in 2014 Dale was named the Sports BC Official of the Year.

An active and passionate member of Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., Dale has served as Club Captain and Director, while also having served on numerous other committees. He is the author of Royal Colwood: 100 Years, the club history published in 2013 to celebrate Royal Colwood’s centenary.

Dale’s professional career away from golf was spent as a managing partner and owner of a management-consulting firm, which specialized in business development as well as business process and organizational engineering.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. Dale currently lives in Victoria, B.C. with his wife Alison.

Rob MacDonald – Provincial Council Chair

Rob MacDonald joined the Board in 2014 as Provincial Council Chair and will continue in this capacity in 2015. He previously served four years as a member of Golf Canada’s Governors Council and one year on the Provincial Council as the Golf Manitoba representative. He has served on Golf Canada’s Investment Committee, which he Chaired in 2014 and will continue as Chair in 2015. Rob will also continue to serve on the Audit and Risk Committee. He continues as a member of the Board of Golf Manitoba as the immediate Past President. He has been an active volunteer with Golf Manitoba and its predecessor the Manitoba Golf Association (MGA) since 1992. He served as President of the MGA in 2000-01 and Golf Manitoba in 20012-13. Rob is a member of Elmhurst Golf and Country Club. He has served on Elmhurst’s board and committees and as President.

Rob lives in Winnipeg. He is a Partner with MNP LLP and is the Private Enterprise Leader for the region. Rob serves on the firm’s Assurance Executive Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba since 1985. He has served on the University Recruitment Committee and the Public Relations Committee of the Institute. He is a member of the Boards of IG Investment Management Ltd. and Investors Group Trust Co. Ltd. He is also active in his community serving on the United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet as Co-Chair of the Professions Division.

Don MacKay – FCPA, Director at Large


Don MacKay joined Golf Canada as a Governor in 2012 and has served as a Board Director since 2013. In 2014, Don was Chair of the Membership Committee and will continue this role in 2015. Don will continue to serve on the Audit and Risk Committee and will also sit on the Investment Committee. Don is also a past President of National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.

Don and his wife, Joyce own and operate Muskoka Highlands Golf Links in Bracebridge, Ontario where they work first-hand with golfers of all skill levels thereby gaining first-hand personal insight into the golf business.

Don and Joyce have three sons – Andrew (a PGA of Canada member and Chartered Account) and an assistant golf professional at Westmount GC in Kitchener; Scott, the General Manager at Wildwinds Golf Club in Fergus Ontario; and Russell, Championship Operations Coordinator at Golf Canada. Don has been active in his community serving on many boards. He is presently Chair of Explorer’s Edge – the Regional Tourism Organization.

Nick Marrone – Director at Large


Nick Marrone has served on Golf Canada’s Board as Director since 2013. He is Chair of the Communications Committee and also serves on the Professional Championships, Sport Development and Human Resources Committees. He also sits on the Sport Development Committee of the Golf Association of Ontario.

He is the principal of Marrone & Associates Sports Marketing. The primary focus of the practice is to support corporate sponsors in maximizing the value of their investment in sport and sponsorships. Clients have included the Hudson’s Bay Company, CP Rail, the Toronto Pearson Airport, CIBC and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Bid. As Senior Director, Global Sports Marketing for McDonalds Corporation Worldwide, Nick led McDonald’s global sports portfolio, most notably McDonald’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, the Olympic Games and the NBA.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Nick was Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Nick re-established the marketing function within the COC and was responsible for new revenue generation, brand management and sponsor value creation. Nick joined Bell Canada in 1979 progressing through senior positions in brand management, advertising and sponsorship. Nick led Bell’s sponsorship division for a number of years during which it successfully leveraged many cultural and sports properties, including TIFF, Stratford, MLSE and its title sponsorship of the Bell Canadian Open.

Scott Simmons – Chair & CEO

Scott Simmons was named Executive Director of Golf Canada in July 2007. His prior involvements with Golf Canada include a post-University position with the International Management Group (IMG) where he consulted for the Association. From 1992 to 2000 he served as Golf Canada’s Director, Marketing and Communications. From 2000 to 2007, he had a successful seven-year executive management career in the Canadian beer brewing industry before returning to Golf Canada. He also serves as member of the National Allied Golf Association and a delegate with the International Golf Federation.

A graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Scott lives in Mississauga with his wife Danita and their four daughters.

Pat Thompson – Governors Council

Pat Thompson begins her second year on the Board of Directors for Golf Canada.

This year Pat is Chair of Governors Council and will also serve as Chair of the 2015Human Resources committee.. Pat is also a member of the Sport Development and Audit & Risk Management Committees.

During the last 13 years Pat served on the British Columbia Golf executive committee and has been involved with numerous Golf Canada and British Columbia Golf committees. In 2012 Pat chaired the Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver. She remains an active volunteer with BC Golf assisting at many National and Provincial Championships and also accompanied teams as a Non-Playing Captain to national and international events.

Pat is also very active in her community having sat on the Board of Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Members Association and currently serves on the Board of the UBC Okanagan Athletics Association.

Over the past 30 years Pat and her husband Bob have owned a successful training & coaching business, working with companies and individuals. Pat and Bob reside in Kelowna, B.C. where they are members at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Golf Canada

Governors Council
Pat Thompson Chair British Colombia
Barbara Allan Governor Ontario
David Atkinson Governor British Colombia
Diane Barabé Governor Québec
Allison Chisholm Governor New Brunswick
Jim Clark Governor Ontario
Shirley d’Entrement Governor Nova Scotia
Diane Drury Governor Québec
Ted Fletcher Governor Québec
Francois Gagnon Governor Québec
Harvey Goehring Governor Manitoba
Steve Howse Governor Ontario
Fran Marsden Governor Alberta
David McCarthy Governor Ontario
Dean Ryan Governor Ontario
Dan Sabourin Gouverneur British Colombia
Herb Schlotter Gouverneur Alberta
Paul Schofield Gouverneur Québec
Gregg Schubert Gouverneur Alberta
Tom Sears Gouverneur Ontario
Laura Small Gouverneur Saskatchewan
Michael Smith Gouverneur Alberta
Richard Smith Gouverneur Saskatchewan
Kay Thompson Gouverneur Newfoundland and Labrador
Provincial Council
Rob MacDonald Chair Golf Manitoba
Allison Chisholm Representative New Brunswick Golf Association
Susan MacKinnon Representative Alberta Golf
Ernst Muise Representative Nova Scotia Golf Association
Steve Wedgwood Representative Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Association
Keith Larson Representative British Colombia Golf
Jim McQuaid Representative Prince Edward Island Golf Association
Kevin O’Donovan Representative Golf Manitoba
Christian Osborne Representative Golf Association of Ontario
Marcel Paul Raymond Representative Golf Québec
Richard Smith Representative Golf Saskatchewan