Annual Report and Strategic Plan

Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 300,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a world leader in golf.

Mission, Vision and Values

  • Bettering the lives of Canadians through participation and excellence in golf.

  • To be a world leader in golf.

  • – Fun
    – Inclusivity
    – Excellence
    – Integrity
    – Accountability

Chief Executive Officer

Laurence Applebaum

With a sports management career spanning 30 years in Canada, Europe and the United States, Laurence Applebaum proudly returned home when he was named Chief Executive Officer of Golf Canada, the National Sport Federation and governing body for golf in Canada in July of 2017.

In his role as CEO, Applebaum oversees the executive management and strategic direction of Golf Canada’s multi-faceted business which includes Membership & Sport; Commercial Operations overseeing all revenue and marketing activities; fostering key relationships at the provincial, national, and international level; and conducting Championships including the RBC Canadian Open and CPKC Women’s Open. Applebaum also represents Golf Canada on numerous committees and advisory councils including the Golf Canada Foundation, National Golf Foundation, the International Golf & Health Initiative, the PGA TOUR’s President’s Cup, the Canadian Olympic Committee and We Are Golf comprising the leadership of the Canadian golf industry.

The Toronto native previously served five years as Executive Vice President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he oversaw a variety of strategic and operational initiatives. During his tenure, Applebaum was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the women’s professional tennis circuit including tournament operations; on-site competition; player relations and development; sports science and medicine; broadcast operations and new business development.

Prior to joining the WTA, Applebaum served as the Toronto-based Vice President of Salomon Canada from 2006-2011. Previously, he held a variety of progressively senior roles at Wilson Sports and the brands of its parent company—Amer Sports—including Atomic, Suunto and Precor based in Europe. After starting his career at Wilson Sports Equipment Canada, Applebaum also served as Sales & Marketing Manager at Nike Golf Canada from 1997-1999.

Married with three children, Applebaum is a 1994 graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University where he received an Honours in Business Administration (HBA) degree.


David McCarthy

David McCarthy is Golf Canada’s 117th President. He joined Golf Canada’s Board of Directors in 2018 after having previously served on the Governors Council from 2014 to 2018. In his role as President, David serves on the Compensation Committee and Golf Industry Advisory Council.

David previously sat on the Governance and Professional Championships Committees and was most recently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. He was the Golf Canada Tournament Chair for the 2019 and 2022 RBC Canadian Open and was the Tournament Chair for the 2017 Men’s Canadian Amateur Championship. David has been a starter for numerous RBC Canadian Opens and the CP Women’s Open as well as a starter and scorer for numerous amateur championships and USGA Qualifiers. In addition, David has been providing legal counsel to Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation for over a decade.

David is a Senior Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP and was Head of the Corporate Department and the Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also the Chair of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. David is a past President of the Princeton Alumni Association of Canada and a past Member of the Alumni Council of Princeton University. David is a past President of the University of Toronto T-Holders Alumni Sports Association, and he is a recipient of the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award, in recognition of his outstanding personal service to the University. David was also a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 1983-84 national championship hockey team.

David lives in Toronto with his wife Kathleen, and they have two children, Chase, and Tessa. He is proud member of the Donalda Golf & Country Club as well as the St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Toronto (LLB).

Executive Team

  • Laurence Applebaum
    Chief Executive Officer

    With a sports management career spanning 30 years in Canada, Europe and the United States, Laurence Applebaum proudly returned home when he was named Chief Executive Officer of Golf Canada, the National Sport Federation and governing body for golf in Canada in July of 2017.

    In his role as CEO, Applebaum oversees the executive management and strategic direction of Golf Canada’s multi-faceted business which includes Membership & Sport; Commercial Operations overseeing all revenue and marketing activities; fostering key relationships at the provincial, national, and international level; and conducting Championships including the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open. Applebaum also represents Golf Canada on numerous committees and advisory councils including the Golf Canada Foundation, National Golf Foundation, the International Golf & Health Initiative, the PGA TOUR’s President’s Cup, the Canadian Olympic Committee and We Are Golf comprising the leadership of the Canadian golf industry.

    The Toronto native previously served five years as Executive Vice President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he oversaw a variety of strategic and operational initiatives. During his tenure, Applebaum was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the women’s professional tennis circuit including tournament operations; on-site competition; player relations and development; sports science and medicine; broadcast operations and new business development.

    Prior to joining the WTA, Applebaum served as the Toronto-based Vice President of Salomon Canada from 2006-2011. Previously, he held a variety of progressively senior roles at Wilson Sports and the brands of its parent company—Amer Sports—including Atomic, Suunto and Precor based in Europe. After starting his career at Wilson Sports Equipment Canada, Applebaum also served as Sales & Marketing Manager at Nike Golf Canada from 1997-1999.

    Married with three children, Applebaum is a 1994 graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University where he received an Honours in Business Administration (HBA) degree.

  • Jennifer McInnis
    Executive Assistant to the CEO / Board Administrator

    Jennifer McInnis joined Golf Canada as Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board Administrator in 2023.  With over 15 years extensive experience as a Senior Executive Assistant, Jennifer has worked alongside Chief Executive Officers and members of the C-Suite while also supporting various board of directors in different capacities.  As the EA to the CEO and Board Administrator, Jennifer provides an elite level of support to Laurence Applebaum, CEO, and works alongside him to ensure Golf Canada is well positioned to execute its priorities and that the Board of Directors has the correct level of support.

    Jennifer has previously worked in multiple industries, including finance, real estate, medical, tech and not for profit both in the private and public sectors.  She most recently worked as the Senior Executive Assistant at Clearco and, prior, supported the President and CEO of Capreit, where she also provided extensive support to their Board of Directors.

  • Garrett Ball
    Chief Operating Officer

    Garrett Ball joined Golf Canada in 2012 and was previously the organization’s Chief Financial Officer until transitioning to the newly created Chief Operating Officer role in 2020.

    The longest tenured member of the Executive team, Garrett has oversight of the organization’s financial statements and investment portfolio; administration; business services and IT; professional championships, legal and compliance; government relations; and real estate & facilities, including the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. Garrett is also leading Golf Canada’s new Home for Canadian Golf Project. Garrett has been the staff representative on Golf Canada’s Investment Committee and Audit & Risk Management Committee since 2013.

    Garrett graduated from Brock University (BAcc – 2006) and then acquired his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 2009. While at Brock University, Garrett was a five (5) time national champion on the lacrosse team. Before joining Golf Canada, Garrett spent nearly a decade working in audit and assurance with PwC LLP in the Hamilton office with short-term secondments in their offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas.

    Garrett has been an active volunteer contributor or mentor to various programs, including the City of Hamilton’s Starter Company Program, the Tewaaraton Lacrosse League, and Lawn Summer Nights (Brantford) in support of Cystic Fibrosis. In 2020, Garrett was nominated for Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Awards.

    Married with two children, Garrett and his family are members of Rattlesnake Point Golf Club (Milton) and Cedar Springs Racquet Club (Burlington). Garett is an active coach in the Burlington Minor Lacrosse Association and Burlington Lions Optimist Minor Hockey Association.

  • Kevin Blue
    Chief Sport Officer

    After spending twenty years in the United States as a student-athlete and college sports executive, Kevin Blue returned home to assume the position of Chief Sport Officer in January of 2021.

    In his role as Chief Sport Officer, Blue’s is responsible for the Team Canada player development program, amateur championships and rules, golf services, association membership, and golf participation programs – including First Tee, Youth on Course, Junior Skills Challenge, and National Golf League. Blue also oversees Golf Canada’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. He works closely with the Golf Canada Foundation to cultivate philanthropic support for Golf Canada’s programs. Blue also collaborates with other stakeholders and supporters of Canadian golf, including member courses, provincial golf associations, the PGA of Canada, and Own the Podium.

    From 2016 until 2021, Blue served as the Director of Athletics at the University of California, Davis where he led a Division I athletics program consisting of 25 teams and 650 student-athletes with an annual budget of $40 million. Under Blue’s leadership, the Aggies reached several competitive, academic, and financial milestones. He led the fundraising and development of a $52M sports performance centre on the UC Davis campus. From 2009 until 2016, Blue held progressively senior roles in the athletics department at Stanford University, eventually overseeing revenue-generating units for the $120 million athletics program. During his time at Stanford, the Cardinal football team reached the Rose Bowl three times in a four-year span.

    Blue competed successfully as a junior golfer in Canada before accepting a golf scholarship to Stanford in 2001. He was team captain and Academic All-American in his junior and senior seasons before graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. Kevin still competes on occasion.

    Blue also holds a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University and has taught courses in sport business and sport psychology at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. His writing about the financial structure of college sports is widely read and has been included as testimony during a US Senate hearing. Blue is a volunteer board member for two education-related non-profits. Kevin and his wife Betsy have four children and live in Mississauga.

  • Lisa Ferkul
    Chief Commercial Officer

    An established sports marketing professional, Lisa Ferkul joined Golf Canada in the role of Chief Marketing Officer in March 2022 before transitioning to Chief Commercial Officer one year later. In the CCO role, Lisa has oversight on key revenue driving areas for the organization – Partnerships and Corporate Sales.

    Prior to joining Golf Canada, Lisa spent over a decade with Scotiabank most recently in the role of Director & Head, Canadian Sponsorship Marketing. During her time at the bank, Lisa was a key member of the deal team that negotiated the transformational $800MM MLSE partnership expansion including the naming rights Scotiabank Arena, as well as official bank status of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. As a passionate ally, she also led the evolution of the hockey portfolio launching the hockey for all strategy and its supporting advertising campaign.

    Recognized in 2017, as one of George Brown’s 5 To Watch, Lisa was also acknowledged as one of the most influential women in hockey by the Toronto Star in 2018, and more recently as one of publications’ “Women of Influence” making an impact in the world of sports in 2022.

    Lisa is an active member of the sports marketing industry, holding the position of Vice-Chair on the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada, a mentor with the Toronto chapter of Women in Sports & Events (WISE), as well as a member of the BlackNorth Initiative’s Sports & Entertainment committee. She is a graduate of Western University (Honours BA, Kinesiology) and earned a Public Relations Post-Graduate Certificate from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

  • Tim McLaughlin
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Tim McLaughlin joined Golf Canada in 2022 as Senior Director of Marketing and Strategy and assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer in March of 2023. As CMO, Tim is responsible for leading all marketing, brand, digital and communications activities for the organization. Working closely with the commercial and mission led functions of Golf Canada, Tim has established a performance-oriented culture that leverages a market and consumer led approach. Tim also has significant oversight of strategic initiatives and was instrumental in the development of Golf Canada’s new five-year strategic plan “An Inclusive Future for Golf.”

    Tim joined Golf Canada after 17 years at Steam Whistle Brewing, a leader in the highly competitive brewing industry where he held progressive roles most recently as Vice President of Marketing. Under his leadership Steam Whistle grew to become Canada’s largest and most profitable craft beer brand. Known as a leader in sustainability, Steam Whistle was recognized consistently as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and named one of Canada’s 50 most iconic brands by Interbrand.

    Tim is a graduate of Western University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Management and Organizational Studies with a specialization in Finance. Tim holds several certifications from the Canadian Marketing Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Beer Store, Canada’s largest beer retailer.

    A native of Toronto, Tim lives in Etobicoke with his wife and two children. Tim has volunteered on the committees for the Achilles Run and the committee for Mayfair in support of the Rosedale Moore Park Association. Tim is also a 7-time participant in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

  • Niki da Silva
    Chief People Officer

    Niki da Silva joined as Chief People Officer at Golf Canada in 2023 and brings 20 years of experience across talent and leadership development roles in the education and development sectors to the role.  As CPO, Niki collaborates with the Executive Team, Board of Directors, staff, and national volunteer network to lead all people strategy and people functions for Golf Canada, the Golf Canada Foundation and First Tee Canada. Niki works closely with Golf Canada’s Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Safe Sport to advance the organization-wide commitment to DEI and Safe Sport.

    Niki joined Golf Canada after five years as Global Chief People Officer for Right To Play, an international NGO with global operations across 22 countries, where she led the scaling and transformation of the People and Culture function aligning talent and strategy. Niki spent the first 15 years of her career in Graduate Management Education holding senior leadership positions at two of Canada’s most renowned business schools – the Ivey Business School, Western University, and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where she was recognized as leading one of the “Top 10 Biggest B-School innovations of the Decade” by Poets & Quants media.

    Niki earned her MBA degree at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Honours Business Administration degree (HBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She is also a Certified Leadership Coach through the Third Factor 3×4 Program and has achieved her Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE) designation with the Human Resource Professional Association.

    Married with two children, Niki has been an active volunteer supporting several community and youth sports groups including the Islington Rangers Soccer Club, Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association, and Toronto Ski Club in addition to past Board positions with Sunnylea Childcare Centre and the YWCA.

Board of Directors

  • Allison Chisholm
    Director at Large

    Allison Chisholm has rejoined the board as a Member at Large after completing a term as the Chair of the Provincial Council. Allison also serves as the Chair of the Handicap & Course Rating Committee.  She is presently the Canadian representative on the World Handicap System – Course Rating Sub-committee.

    Allison began her golf career as a player and has represented New Brunswick as a Junior, an Amateur and a Senior. She started her volunteer career in 1991 with the Nova Scotia Ladies Golf Association in Handicap & Course Rating before moving back to New Brunswick where she continued to volunteer.  Her first involvement with Golf Canada was being named as an Associate Governor and to the Handicap & Course Rating committee in 2006.  She has been involved ever since then at the Provincial, National and International level.  She has been the Golf Canada Chair at numerous National Championships dating back to 2006 at the Canadian Junior Boys at Sussex Golf & Curling Club up to the 2023 Men’s Mid-Amateur at the Algonquin Golf Course and 2023 Junior Girls at the Hampton Golf and Country Club.

    Allison has been a member of the Governor’s Council and Provincial Council as well as many standing and operating committees including, Governance, Amateur Championships, Human Resources, Membership, Green Section, Nominating and Handicap & Course Rating.

    Allison is the Trauma Registry Manager/Data Analyst for Trauma NB where she is responsible for the statistics for the injured patients across the province.

    Allison lives in Rothesay. She is a member of Rockwood Park Golf Club in Saint John.  She is a graduate of Dalhousie University. She is a former President of Golf NB and the Riverside Country Club.

  • Michelle Collens
    Provincial Council Chair

    Michelle Collens, of North Vancouver, BC, is in her second year as a member of Golf Canada’s Board of Directors. She is serving as Chair of the Provincial Council and is also a member of the Human Resources Committee.

    Michelle is a self-described late entry golfer, who previously played the activity of golf for the benefits of business, but is now actively learning the game.  In 2013, Michelle joined the Board of Directors with the BC Golf Association having never held a golf club in her hand before and brought a perspective of how to encourage more women to see the sport for its social benefits.  A committed volunteer to the Board, Michelle was appointed President of BC Golf in 2020 and served a two-year term as the provincial association’s second female President in it’s 100 year history.

    Prior to her new found passion for golf, Michelle was actively involved in high performance sport playing varsity volleyball for the UBC Thunderbirds.  Sport has played an incredible influence in her life both personally and professionally. Michelle has held positions with UBC Athletics, Sport Kelowna, 2010 Legacies Now and BC Pavco.  Michelle is currently the Director of Sport Hosting Vancouver, a collaborative community partnership working closely with all levels of government, tourism and non-profit organizations to identify, bid and host major sports events that support the visitor economy.  Her recent bid accomplishments have produced an impressive portfolio of events for Vancouver, including the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 2023 Laver Cup, 2023 CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, 2024 Grey Cup, 2025 Invictus Games and the FIFA World Cup 2026.

    Michelle lives in North Vancouver, with her husband and 9-year-old daughter, and is a regular public playing member at Northlands Golf Course.  When not on the golf course, Michelle also commits her time volunteering in leadership roles with Sport Tourism Canada, the UBC Thunderbird Women’s Leadership Council and the 2025 Invictus Games Organizing Committee.

  • Adam Daifallah

    Adam has been a member Golf Canada’s Board of Directors since 2018, and currently serves as Vice President and Chair of the Compensation Committee. He has been an active committee volunteer since 2013, serving as a member of Governors Council and as a member of various committees including the Investment Committee (past chair), Human Resources, the Volunteer Services Working Group and Heritage Services.

    Adam is a Senior Managing Director at Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm. Previously, he was co-founder and Managing Partner of the public affairs firm HATLEY Strategy Advisors. HATLEY was acquired by Teneo in 2020. Previously, Adam practiced law at the Montréal office of Norton Rose Fulbright (then Ogilvy Renault), sat on the editorial board of the National Post, and was Washington correspondent of The New York Sun. He is co-author of two books on Canadian politics.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Teneo, Adam is a director of the University of Montréal Hospital (CHUM) Foundation and a member of the Management Committee of the Mount Royal Club. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Montréal Economic Institute.

    Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Adam lives in Westmount, Québec with his wife Marie-Eve and two young sons. He is a former competitive junior golfer and is a member at Mount Bruno Country Club.

    Adam is a law graduate from Université Laval and is a member of the Québec Bar. He has a BA (honours) in history and political studies from Queen’s University and was a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University.

  • Diane Drury
    Director at Large

    Diane Drury is entering her third year as a Member of Golf Canada’s Board of Directors and currently sits as Chair of the Governance Committee.

    Diane’s golf started at Val Morin Golf Club at the age of seven.  With the encouragement of her Ladies Captain, she participated in her first CLGA event, where she was exposed to so many great junior girl golfers.  That opportunity inspired her to play better, winning the Most Improved Golfer in Canada that year.  Diane credits her participation in the Provincial and National tournaments to improving her game, winning 17 club championships at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.  It also inspired Diane to volunteer her time over the last 25 years in support of the game rising to President of Golf Quebec in 2007, and now on the Board of Golf Canada.

    Diane’s supply chain management background comes from over 30 years in the airline industry, including 29 years with Air Canada, having held positions in all supply chain disciplines.  She retired as a Senior Director, Materials Management and then took on a number of consulting projects over the years.  Diane earned her Bachelor of Commerce and her MBA at Concordia University of Montreal.

    Diane and her husband Greg have two wonderful children, who all golf at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.  Diane is also a board member for the Lake Barron Home Owners Association, the B&B Community Association, Vice President, Volleyball Association, Vice Chair of the of her Club’s 150th Anniversary celebrations and Chair of the 150th Canadian Invitational Tournament and a member of the Volunteer Services team for the 2024 Presidents Cup.

  • Shawn Evans
    Director at Large

    Since 2020 Shawn Evans has been a Director at Large at Golf Canada and also the Chair of Golf Canada’s Golf Industry Advisory Council.

    Shawn was appointed as the President, CEO and General Counsel of GolfNorth Properties Inc. in November 2010. Prior to that time, Shawn held a variety of positions since joining GolfNorth in 2003; the most recent being the position of Executive Vice-President and General Counsel.

    Prior to joining GolfNorth, Shawn was Corporate Counsel with Equisure Financial Network and ING Canada, where he was a key member of the team responsible for mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, financings and the development of a major business platform in the insurance industry.

    Shawn has served on the Southwestern Chapter Board of the NGCOA and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He has a B.A. from Carleton University, an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario along with a Master of Laws in Banking & Finance from Osgoode Hall Law School. Shawn is also a former part-time professor of law at Conestoga College, located in Kitchener, Ontario.

    When not playing hockey during his spare time, Shawn enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including skiing, golfing, fishing and hunting.

  • Patrick Kelly (T’esots’en)
    Director at Large

    Patrick Kelly, Victoria, BC, is a member of the Leq’a:mel First Nation, has been on the board for four years including service on the Governance, Amateur Competitions, Human Resources, and Compensation committees.

    He is the Tournament Chair, 2023 CPKC Women’s Open, also of the 2022 Canadian Men’s Amateur, and the 2021 US Open Qualifier.   In 2022, in partnership with the Governor General’s office, was the Chair of the Reconciliation golf event at the Royal Ottawa Golf and Country Club.  He was a Director, President, and Past President on the board of British Columbia Golf (2015-18.)  In 2007 he is founded the BC Aboriginal Golf Association and was its President.  He started playing the game of golf in 2001.  In 2023 Sport BC presented Patrick with the President’s Award for the game of golf.

    Patrick operates a private consulting business (1998 to the present), was the Board Chair and CEO of the Coastal First Nations (2000-18); Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of BC (2007-12); Advisor to the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (2010-13); Vice President, Canadian Executive Service Organization (2010-12); Director, Strategic Planning and Communications, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2001-07); and various other management and executive roles. He trained as a teacher (1974-77) and taught for nine years in the Fraser Valley, BC.

    He has five children, three grandchildren and lives with his wife in Victoria, BC.  He is a member of the Gorge Vale golf club.  He serves as a member of the BC Provincial Court Judicial Council, and on the board of the BC Energy Regulator.  In 2009 he received a BC Community Achievement Award.  He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of BC.

  • Susan MacKinnon
    Director at Large

    Susan MacKinnon was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018 and currently Chairs the Audit & Risk Management Committee, serves on the Compensation Committee and as Secretary of Golf Canada.

    Susan is a past member and Chair of the Provincial Council, a past Chair of the Governance Committee, and has also served on the Golf Industry Advisory Council of Golf Canada.  Susan served on the Board of Alberta Golf from 2009 – 2017, with two years as President and in various roles on its Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Governance Committee, Nominating Committee and Finance and Risk Management Committee. Susan is a past Director and Secretary of the Alberta Golf Association Foundation. In addition to acting as a non-playing Team Captain for Alberta Golf and chairing Alberta Golf and Golf Canada tournaments, she has volunteered at her home club and in her community.

    After a successful career at Associated Grocers Ltd. as Vice President responsible for the areas of Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology, she co-owned a small business for over 20 years. She is a past member of the Canadian Credit Institute and has completed the Executive Program at Queens University and is a graduate of McGill University (BSc).

    Susan is a long-time member of Willow Park Golf & CC and resides in Calgary with her husband and they have two adult children – all avid golfers.

  • Peter Major
    Director at Large

    Peter joined Golf Canada’s Board of Directors in 2021 while serving as the Chair of the Provincial Council, following three years on the Council as Alberta Golf’s Representative.  Peter currently serves on the Board as a Director-at-Large and is a member of the Governance Committee.

    Peter is a senior partner at McLennan Ross LLP where he carries out a broad and busy commercial litigation practice for a wide spectrum of clients.  His practice covers all types of commercial litigation, including corporate governance, intellectual property and trade secrets, oil and gas, defamation, employment, construction, aeronautics, commercial real estate, and estate law.  In 2014, Peter was recognized for his legal skills and service and awarded the distinguished title of Queen’s Counsel.  In addition to practicing law, Peter is also recognized through the ADR Institutes of Canada and Alberta as a Qualified Arbitrator.

    Prior to engaging in his legal practice, Peter was a successful competitive golfer.  He served as captain of the University of California Berkeley golf team, was the 1989 Canadian Amateur Champion, and recipient of the Score Award as Canada’s Male Amateur Golfer of the Year as well as a three-time representative of Team Canada in international competitions.  Peter briefly pursued professional golf on the Canadian and Asian Tours before eventually regaining his amateur status and winning the 2020 Canadian Senior Golf Association’s Annual Tournament.  He was recently selected to represent Canada in its bi-annual international matches against the United States in the Devonshire Cup, and against the United States and Great Britain in the Triangular Cup.

    Peter has been engaged extensively in board services in the golf industry locally, provincially, and nationally since 1998, culminating as President of both the Calgary Golf and Country Club and a three-year term with Alberta Golf.  Peter presently serves as a director and governor with the Canadian Senior Golf Association, a director and Chair of Luge Canada’s Governance Committee, and the Vice Chair of the Alberta Advisory Board of the Advocates’ Society.

    Peter is a native Calgarian where he continues to reside with his wife Marlene.  They have two children, Amy, a medical lab assistant, and David, an engineering student at University of Toronto.  He continues as a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club and competes in senior golf events when time permits.

  • Jean-Sébastien Monty
    Director At Large

    Jean-Sébastien Monty joined Golf Canada’s board as a director at large in 2021 after having served on the Golf Canada Foundation board of directors since 2014 – on which he continues to serve to this day.  Jean-Sébastien has served on the investment committee since 2018 and now serves as chair of that very same committee since 2023.

    Jean-Sébastien has been helping the Golf Canada Foundation extend its reach and fundraising capabilities/initiatives since he joined the Foundation’s board in 2014.  He has been particularly involved in the establishment of First Tee in Canada.

    Jean-Sébastien started his marketing career at Cossette in the mid to late 1990s.  Seasoned by more than twenty-five years of experience devoted to managing marketing and communications operations and client relationships, he has made it a point of honor to successfully meet challenges in the most diverse of fields. He is now Senior Partner and Co-Founder of the Humanise Collective, an organization made up independent agencies and consultancies in the business consulting, advertising & media, immersive experiences and marketing fields.

    Over and above his professional duties and Golf Canada, he also sits on the board and executive committee of the Fondation Jeunes en Tête, an organization that helps youth with mental health issues in Quebec.  He has served on other non-profit organization boards and committees such as Alpine Canada, Fondation Marie-Vincent and others.

    Jean-Sébastien lives Montreal and spends a lot of his spare time in Magog with his wife Karine Labonté-Monty and they have 3 children, Chloé, Léa and Jean-Alexandre.  He plays most of his golf at the Memphrémagog Golf Club, where he is a member, as well as Wentworth Golf Club in England.  He graduated from McGill University and has completed his Canadian Corporate Directors certification from the ICD.

  • Kelly Roberts
    Governors Council Chair

    Kelly Roberts joined Golf Canada’s Board in February 2023.  Kelly has served on Governors Council for several years and is now Chairman.

    Kelly originally became involved with Golf Canada when asked to be on the original Player Development Committee in the late 1990’s and is proud of the evolution of that committee and success it has had in helping develop Canadian golf talent.  Since then, he has served on several committees including Investment, Tournament and Sport Development.  Kelly also is Past Golf Canada Chair of the Canadian Women’s Open, the Canadian Mid-Am and an Ontario Future Links event.  Kelly is a past board member of Golf Ontario, London Health Sciences Foundation, London Goodwill, Thames Valley Children’s Centre and Past President of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association and The London Club.

    Kelly is a Senior Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities and is a partner on the Roberts Brydon Devison MacKinlay Wealth Management Group in London.  He has served his clients well for over 4 decades and continues to evolve to the changing wealth management climate.

    As a competitive golfer, he won the Ontario Bantam, the Ontario Junior, the Ontario Amateur twice and the Ontario Mid-Am and the Canadian Junior.  He was also a two time All-American while attending Indiana University and is an Inductee in the Ontario Golf Hall Fame.  He has represented the Canadian Senior Golf Association on 9 International teams.

    Kelly lives in London with his wife Marcia, and they have 5 grown daughters Dana, Natasha, Samantha, Joey and Robyn and 5 grandchildren. They are proud members of The London Hunt and Country Club. Kelly has a Business degree from Indiana University.

  • Teri Yamada
    Director At Large

    Teri Yamada joins the Board of Directors in 2023 after serving on the Governors Council in 2022 and the Governance Committee since 2021.

    Teri has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian golf industry including 18 years with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now Golf Canada), where she served as the Managing Director of Communications & Government Relations, Managing Director Member Programs, National Director of the Green Section, Tournament Agronomist and Executive Director, RCGA Foundation. Her background in turfgrass science and 18-year tenure as the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation led to her serving as a member of the USGA Turfgrass & Environmental Research Committee from 1996-2004. She recently retired after 14 years as the Executive Director of the IPM Council of Canada, a not-for-profit association responsible for certification and accreditation programs in integrated pest management (IPM) required for all golf courses using pesticides in the province of Ontario.

    Teri has always taken an interest in golf club management on the local level, serving on the Board of Directors and as Green Committee Chair of York Down Golf & Country Club in Markham until 2016. Since moving to Collingwood in 2018, she and her spouse Doug Moxon joined Mad River Golf Club in Creemore where she now serves on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Grounds Committee and is also a proud member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.


Governors Council

Kelly Roberts (ON), Chair

Helen Banning (ON)

Roger Beach (ON)

Paul Beaudry (QC)

Dave Bolton (NS)

Peter Boronkay (BC)

Ashley Chinner (ON)

Tom Forestell (ON)

Carol Ann Goering (ON)

Kristian Hammerback (MB)

Kendra Koss (AB)

Nancy Layton (QC)

Brenda McILwaine (PEI)

Vince Mariani (MB)

Marcel Paul Raymond (QC)

Jean Stone Seguin (QC)

Steve Wedgwood (NL)

Susan White (BC)

Steven Young (AB)

Judy Astle (NB)

Katie Mahon (ON)

Robin Roopchan (ON)

Larry Wagman (SK)

Liz Hoffman (ON), President ex officio

Dan Pino, Staff Representative


Provincial Council

Michelle Collens, Chair (BC)

Janine Fraser, NL Golf Association

Steven Gamester, PEI Golf Association

Greg Moody, British Columbia Golf

Mark Bamford, Alberta Golf Association

Louise Patry, Golf Québec

Wayne McWhirter, MB Golf

Kevin Duchscherer, Golf Saskatchewan

Lisa Ferrari, Golf Ontario

Kent Rogers, Nova Scotia Golf Association

Joe Sullivan, Golf New Brunswick

Liz Hoffman, President (ON) ex officio

Taylor Stevenson, Staff Repo

Golf Industry Advisory Council

Shawn Evans, Chair (ON)

Scott Atkinson (AB)

Remi Bouchard (QC)

Harry Brotchie (MB/SK)

Ryan Garrett (PEI)

Dale Jackson (BC)

Carrie Julie (ON)

Shelley Lane (ON)

John McLinden (ON)

Lesley McMahon (AB)

Debbie Savoy Morel (QC)

Kathryn Teneese (BC)

Nafeez Hirji (BC, ALTA, NS)

Liz Hoffman – President (ON) ex offcio

Laurence Applebaum, CEO

Ryan Logan, Staff Rep

Past Presidents

2021Liz HoffmanThornhill Golf Club, Thornhill
2020Charlie BeaulieuClub de golf le Mirage, Lorraine
2019Charlie BeaulieuClub de golf le Mirage, Lorraine
2018Leslie DunningEarl Grey GC, Calgary / Bigwin Island GC, Muskoka
2017Roland Deveau, Q.C.Clare G&CC, Church Point
2016Roland Deveau, Q.C.Clare G&CC, Church Point
2015Paul McLeanCoppinwood GC. Claremont / Oviinbyrd GC, Muskoka
2014Douglas AlexanderLondon Hunt & CC, London
2013Michael CarrollPoint Grey GC, Vancouver
2012Diane Dunlop-HébertMount Bruno CC, St-Bruno
2011Karen RackelHighlands GC, Edmonton
2010Jack McDonaldRivershore Golf Links, Kamloops
2009Thomas McCarthyAshburn GC, Halifax
2008Andrew CookMarkland Wood CC, Etobicoke
2007Garry WestBayview G&CC, Thornhill
2006Wayne PetersenParadise Canyon Golf Resort, Lethbridge
2005James HallidayVictoria GC, Victoria
2004David ShawRiverside G&CC, Rothesay
2003James GrantRoyal Montreal GC, Westmount
2002Harry S. ZuzakJagare Ridge GC, Edmonton
2001Roger ArchambaultBeloeil GC, Beloeil
2000Don GriffithsPoint Grey G&CC, Vancouver
1999Worden A. TeasdaleMarkland Wood CC, Etobicoke
1998F. Gordon CoyleMississaugua G&CC, Mississauga
1997F.A. (Al) MacatavishElmhurst G&CC, Winnipeg
1996N. Douglas Ross, Q.C.Belvedere G&WC, Charlottetown
1995Jacques NolsKanawaki GC, Kahnawake
1994W. Keith GrayToronto Hunt Club, Toronto
1993Findlay S. YoungPrince George G&CC, Prince George
1992Hugh G. HallwardRoyal Montreal GC, Ile Bizard
1991Peter J. HopeBrightwood G&CC, Dartmouth
1990Robert G. LongRosedale GC, Toronto
1989Keith ReverWascana GC, Regina
1988Harold BrownsteinElm Ridge GC, Ile Bizard
1987Thomas P. WoodDerrick G&WC, Edmonton
1986Dr. Douglas G. BrewerFredericton G&CC, Fredericton
1985James D. BruceCapilano G&CC, Vancouver
1984Wm. A. FarlingerLambton G&CC, Toronto
1983Manuel BrickerGlendale G&CC, Winnipeg
1982John S. MarshallHamilton G&CC, Ancaster
1981Ralph CostelloRiverside CC, Saint John
1980Robert M. EversonKanawaki GC, Kahnawake
1979W. Len GoldsonToronto GC, Toronto
1978R. Bruce BaileyCalgary G&CC, Calgary
1977T. George ArmstrongLambton G&CC, Toronto
1976Dave SheaRichelieu Valley GC, Ste-Julie de Vercheres
1975J.D. HeywoodRiverside CC, Saskatoon
1974Richard H. GrimmMississaugua G&CC, Mississauga
1973George C. Hevenor Sr.Summit G&CC, Toronto
1972Cecil VinebergHillsdale G&CC, Montreal
1971Patrick C. OslerToronto GC, Toronto
1970J. Campbell McLeanCapilano G&CC, Vancouver
1969Ray GetliffeRoyal Montreal GC, Montreal
1968J.A. SwansonElmhurst G&CC, Winnipeg
1967Phil FarleyScarboro G&CC, Toronto
1966E. Duncan MillicanRoyal Montreal GC, Montreal
1965R. Bruce ForbesBrantford G&CC, Brantford
1964W. Arthur JohnstonSt. Charles CC, Winnipeg
1963Albert RollandLe Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, Laval
1962Dr. J.E. LeddyRiverside CC, Saskatoon
1961H.C. LyleCapilano G&CC, Vancouver
1960V.C. HoldroydRosedale GC, Toronto
1959Gordon B. TaylorKanawaki GC, Kahnawake
1958John. M. BlairSt. Charles CC, Winnipeg
1957C. Ross SomervilleLondon Hunt & CC, London
1956James P. Anglin, Q.C.Royal Montreal GC, Dixie
1955Dr. E.O. TurnerFredericton GC, Fredericton
1954R.C. BorlandCalgary G&CC, Calgary
1953A.J. MylreaRosedale GC, Toronto
1952Colin RankinBeaconsfield GC, Montreal
1951J. Gordon BowersCapilano G&CC, Vancouver
1950C.W. WatsonSt. George’s G&CC, Toronto
1949R.C. HolbrookRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1948F.N. RobertsonRiverside G&CC, Saint John
1947George W. LangWestmount G&CC, Kitchener
1946J.A. FullerRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1945H.R. Frost, K.C.Thornhill GC, Thornhill
1944Dr. A.W. MatthewsMayfair G&CC, Edmonton
1943M.R. FergusonBeaconsfield GC, Montreal
1942C.H. SclaterHamilton G&CC, Ancaster
1941W.S. CharltonPoint Grey GC, Vancouver
1940Frank H. HarrisMississaugua GC, Mississauga
1939J. Ernest SavardLe Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, Laval
1938Lt.-Col. Claude BrownLondon Hunt & CC, London
1937John I. RankinBeaconsfield GC, Montreal
1936Robert Jacob, K.CElmhurst G&CC, Winnipeg
1935E.C. GouldBrantford G&CC, Brantford
1934George H. ForsterBeaconsfield GC, Montreal
1933C.W. JacksonSt. Charles CC, Winnipeg
1932W.H. PlantMississaugua GC, Mississauga
1930-31Alfred CollyerKnowlton GC, Knowlton
1929C.E. HarveyElmhurst G&CC, Winnipeg
1928Major W.D. WilsonHamilton G&CC, Ancaster
1927W.W. WalkerRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1926C.A. BogertToronto GC, Toronto
1925W.E. MatthewsRoyal Ottawa GC, Aylmer
1924S.B. GundyRosedale GC, Toronto
1923George S. LyonLambton G&CC, Toronto
1922R.C.H. Cassels, KCToronto GC, Toronto
1921Paul MylerHamilton GC, Ancaster
1920D.R. BrownBeaconsfield GC, Montreal
1915-19F.A. RolphLambton G&CC, Toronto
1914C.E. Read RoyalOttawa GC, Aylmer
1913A.H. CampbellToronto GC, Toronto
1912J.T. McCallRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1911Hon. Justice G.F. OrdeRoyal Ottawa GC, Aylmer
1910A.W. AustinLambton G&CC, Toronto
1909Col. George A. SwenyToronto GC, Toronto
1908Dr. R.F. RuttanRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1907A.W. AustinLambton G&CC, Toronto
1906Hon. George PerleyRoyal Ottawa GC, Aylmer
1905D.R. WilkieToronto GC, Toronto
1904Fayette BrownRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1903P.D. CrerarHamilton GC, Ancaster
1902G.H. BalfourRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1901Col. George A. SwenyToronto GC, Toronto
1900W.W. WatsonRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie
1899Lt.-Col. D.T. IrwinRoyal Ottawa GC, Aylmer
1898Col. George A. SwenyToronto GC, Toronto
1897John HamiltonQuebec GC, Quebec
1896Hon. George A. DrummondRoyal Montreal GC, Dixie

CLGA (amalgamation)

Founded in 1913, the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (CLGA) was established with the aid of the (British) Ladies Golf Union to provide female golfers in Canada with a handicap system as well as organized golf matches.

In their history, they had expanded their organizations role to include championships, course rating, philanthropy, rules, along with player and program development.


2004-2005Carole Mix
2002-2003Patricia Edwards
2000-2001Grace McCann
1998-1999Thelma Coutts
1996-1997Mary Drummie
1994-1995Sheila Bentley
1992-1993Erie Clibborn
1990-1991Esther Cox
1988-1989Grace Moul
1986-1987Aihlin Walker
1984-1985Jeanne Murphy
1982-1983Peggy Colonello
1980-1981Nancy Walker
1978-1979Jean Dickeson
1976-1977Audrey Gordon
1974-1975Irene Mackenzie
1972-1973Marion Morris
1970-1971Doreen Martin
1935-1947Mrs. Edwin Crockett
1933-1934Jean Haslett
1929-1932Mrs. John M. Lyle
1919-1928Ella Murray
1913-1918Frances Allen Campbell
1969Dorothy Sedgewick
1968Margaret Mussells
1967Irene Mackenzie
1966Mary Hatfield
1965Helen Wilson
1964Mabel Kean
1963W.E. Bickley
1962Doris Marquardt
1961Maude Corkill/Mrs. J. Price
1960Winnifred Drummie
1959H.W. Taylor
1958Phyllis Trotter
1957Louise Taylor
1956Aidyne Campbell
1955Kathleen Farrell
1954Pearl Foster
1953Ethel Ivey
1952Ruth Michaels
1951Louisa Currie
1950Ella Peterson
1949Kathleen Farrell
1948 Mrs. G.H. Buntain