Board of Directors and Councils

Doug Alexander

Doug Alexander

Doug Alexander joined the Board of Directors of Golf Canada in 2010 and will serve this year as President. In addition, Doug sits on the Compensation Committee 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 CN 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

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Charlie Beaulieu joined the Board in 2011 and in 2014 will serve on the Membership, Governance and Professional Championships Committees. 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 Quebec. The Golf Quebec 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.

Michael Carroll

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Michael Carroll serves on the 2014 Golf Canada Board of Directors as Immediate Past President and will also sit on the Compensation and Nominating Committees. Appointed a Governor in 2003, he has acted as chair of the Greens Committee, the Amateur and Professional Championships Committees and the Compensation committee. He has been a director since 2006. From 1996 to 2000 he was Chair of Tournament Operations of the Air Canada Championship, a PGA Tour event in Vancouver, and was the tournament Chair from 2000 to 2002. He grew up playing golf in Fredericton and then in Montreal where he was a member and on the Board of the Mount Bruno Country Club. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Point Grey Golf Club.

Mike is married to Ann and they have three children. He has appeared as Counsel at all levels of court including the Superior Court and Court of Appeal of Quebec, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He currently practices as a mediator and arbitrator in British Columbia. He holds a BA from McGill University, LLL from Université Laval and is a Queen’s Counsel and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Boards of a number of organizations including the McGill Graduates Society, Mackay Specialties, Koerner Foundation, Tantalus Management and the Physical Medicine Research Foundation. His interests are reading, languages (French and Spanish), traveling, cycling, skiing and golf.

Roland Deveau

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Roland Deveau, Q.C. joined the Board in 2012 and assumes the role of Second Vice President in 2014. This year he is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and will also serve on the Compensation, Investment and Rules of Golf Committee. 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 francaise 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

Leslie Dunning

Leslie Dunning begins her sixth year on the Board of Directors of Golf Canada. This year she will continue as Chair for the Governance Committee and will be a member of the Amateur Competitions Committee. She has previously chaired both the Provincial Council and the Human Resources Committee. Leslie 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 Course in Calgary and Bigwin Island Golf Course in Muskoka.

Leslie lives in Calgary with her husband Neill. They have three children who are all active golfers. She has been employed in many parts of the country for the Canadian Red Cross over the past 36 years. Her current role is as national Director General for Violence and Abuse Prevention. She holds a BSc. (Geology) from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Queen’s University and her Certified Management Accountant designation from CMA Alberta.

Liz Hoffman

Liz

Liz Hoffman is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of both the Human Resources and Sport Development Committees. She will also be serving on the Amateur Competitions Committee in addition to sitting on the Board of the Golf Canada Foundation. She was the non-playing captain of Canada’s Women’s Team at the 2012 World Amateur Championship in Antalya, Turkey. 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 Athletic Director of 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 juniors, the golf and greens committees, and is on their Board serving as Membership Director. She enjoys sharing her passion for the game of golf with her husband Rick and their sons Matt and Mark who are members of the PGA Tour Canada.

Rob MacDonald

Rob MacDonald joins the Board this year as Provincial Council Chair. 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 will Chair in 2014. He is a member of Golf Canada’s Audit and Risk Committee and will continue on that Committee in 2014. 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

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Don MacKay FCPA joined Golf Canada as a Governor in 2012 and has served as a Board Director since 2013. In 2014, Don will be Chair of the Membership Committee while also sitting on the Audit and Risk 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, a Manager in Championships 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

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Nick Marrone serves on the Board as Director at 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.

Paul McLean

Paul McLean assumes the role of First Vice-President in 2014. He is also Chair of the Compensation Committee and will also serve on the Governance and Investment Committees in addition to serving as President of the Golf Canada Foundation. As co-founder and President of Maxium, Paul has been instrumental in its development and growth to become one of Canada’s leading privately held leasing companies with assets of over $700 million. He 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. He remains active as a scratch 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 other organizations including Maxium, Amstel Doors, 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 an owner of both Coppinwood and Oviinbyrd Golf Club. Paul also volunteers with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Scott Simmons

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

Pat Thompson joined the Board in 2014. This year she is Vice Chair of the Governors Council, Chair of the Women’s Fund and a member of the Sport Development, Human Resources and Hall of Fame Committees.

During the last 12 years Pat served on the British Columbia Golf executive committee as well as being involved with numerous Golf Canada and British Columbia Golf committees. In 2012 Pat chaired the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver. She has assisted at many National and Provincial Championships and accompanied teams as a Non-Playing Captain to international and national events. She is also very active in the 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 owned a successful training & coaching business, working with companies and individuals. Pat and Bob reside and are members at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course in Kelowna, BC. They have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

Governors Council
Donald MacKay, FCPA Chair Ontario
Barbara Allan Governor Ontario
David Atkinson Governor British Columbia
Debbie Buchanan Governor Prince Edward Island
Allison Chisholm Governor New Brunswick
Jim Clark Governor Ontario
Diane Drury Governor Quebec
Ted Fletcher Governor Quebec
Francois Gagnon Governor Quebec
Harvey Goehring Governor Manitoba
Cliff Grevler Governor Ontario
Dale Jackson Governor British Columbia
William MacMillan Governor Nova Scotia
Fran Marsden Governor Alberta
Dean Ryan Governor Ontario
Herb Schlotter Governor Alberta
Paul Schofield Governor Quebec
Laura Small Governor Saskatchewan
Michael Smith Governor Alberta
Kay Thompson Governor Newfoundland and Labrador
Pat Thompson Governor British Columbia
Provincial Council
Rob MacDonald Chair Manitoba
Keith Larson Representative British Columbia Golf
Sandra Craig Representative Alberta Golf
Richard Smith Representative Golf Saskatchewan
Kevin O’Donovan Representative Golf Manitoba
Christian Osborne Representative Golf Association of Ontario
Marcel Paul Raymond Representative Golf Québec
Martin Boudreau Representative New Brunswick Golf Association
Shirley d’Entremont Representative Nova Scotia Golf Association
Wayne Levy Representative Prince Edward Island Golf Association
Marcheta Gallant Representative Newfoundland and Labrador Golf Association