About Us
Our Mandate

MISSION

To increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf.

VISION

To be a world leader in golf.

VALUES

OVERVIEW

Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 271,000 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.

2020 Annual Report I Strategic Plan (2019-2022)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Laurence Applebaum

With a sports management career spanning nearly 25 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.

PRESIDENT

Liz Hoffman

Liz Hoffman has served on Golf Canada’s Board of Directors since 2012 and has been a recognized leader in Canadian sport as an athlete, coach, and administrator.

She honed her executive leadership skills over a 39-year career with the University of Toronto including 16 years as Director of Athletics and High-Performance. She has been active with many sport organizations, serving as a past president of Canadian USport and Ontario University Athletics and as an officer and board member of both Ontario and Field Hockey Canada. She also served on the Board of Directors of Coaches of Canada and as a member of the Sport Development Committee of Swim Canada.

During her time with Golf Canada, she has contributed across a multitude of committees, councils and working groups including most recently serving as Chair of the Compensation Committee, the World Junior Girls Steering Committee and as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Renewal. She has previously chaired the Amateur Competitions, Sport Development and Human Resources Committees, as well as the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the COC Report. She has been a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Diversity Enhancement Working Group, and the Volunteer Services Working Group. Hoffman is also a member the Board of Directors of the Golf Canada Foundation, serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary and chairing both the Scholarships & Grants and the Women’s Fund Committees.

A past President of the Golf Association of Ontario, she was also the non-playing captain of Canada’s Women’s Team at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 World Amateur Team Championships and served as Golf Canada’s delegate to the Biennial meeting of the International Golf Federation in 2018. In 2020, she participated as a program mentor in the R&A’s Women in Golf Leadership Development Program and also joined the PGA of Canada’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She has been active as a tournament chair and starting & scoring official at Golf Canada amateur, professional, and international competitions.

A former provincial, national, and international golfer who won both the Ontario Junior and Quebec Women’s Amateur Championship, Hoffman is a member of both the Thornhill Golf Club and the Mad River Golf Club and shares her passion for the game with her husband Rick and their sons Matt and Mark.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Liz Hoffman, President, (ON)

Dale Jackson, Vice President (BC)

Allison Chisholm, Director at Large (NB)

Adam Daifallah, Secretary (QC)

Diane Drury-Clarke, Governors Council Chair (QC)

Shawn Evans, Director at Large (ON)

Patrick Kelly, Director at Large (BC)

Susan MacKinnon, Director at Large (AB)

David McCarthy, Director at Large (ON)

Peter Major, Provincial Council Chair (AB)

Jean Sébastien Monty, Director at Large (QC)

Rai Sahi, Director at Large (ON)

Jean Stone-Séguin, Director at Large (ON)

Laurence Applebaum, CEO

GOVERNORS COUNCIL

Diane Drury-Clarke, Chair (QC)

David Atkinson (BC)

Howard Atkinson (ON)

Helen Banning (ON)

Diane Barabé (QC)

Roger Beach (ON)

Paul Beaudry (QC)

Gordon Campbell (ON)

Jim Clark (ON)

Tom Forestell (ON)

Kristian Hammerback (MB)

Vince Mariani (MB)

Nick Marrone (ON)

Marcel Paul Raymond (QC)

Kelly Roberts (ON)

Doug Roxburgh (BC)

Dan Sabourin (BC)

Wendy Sentner (NS)

Richard Smith (SK)

Kay Thompson (NL)

Steve Wedgwood (NL)

Susan White (BC)

Steven Young (AB)

Liz Hoffman (ON), President ex officio

PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Peter Major, Chair (AB)

Judy Astle, NB Golf Association

Sue Vail, Golf Ontario

Don Kunkel, Golf Saskatchewan

Geoff Baker, NS Golf Association

Janine Fraser, NL Golf Association

Melissa Castle, PEI Golf Association

Michelle Collens, British Columbia Golf

Mark Bamford, Alberta Golf Association

Louise Patry, Golf Québec

Ken Warwick, MB Golf

Liz Hoffman, President (ON) ex officio

GOLF INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Shawn Evans, Chair (ON)

Scott Atkinson (AB)

Rémi Bouchard (QC)

Harry Brotchie (MB/SK)

Ashley Chinner (ON)

Nadia Di Menna (QC)

Carrie Julie (ON)

Lesley McMahon (AB)

Kathryn Teneese (BC)

Eric Tobin (NS)

Adam Zubek (BC)

Liz Hoffman (ON)

Susan MacKinnon (QC)

Laurence Applebaum, CEO (ON)

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Laurence Applebaum, Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Paradis, Executive Assistant to the CEO / Board of Directors

Garrett Ball, Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Blue, Chief Sport Officer

Vanessa Morbi, Chief Marketing Officer

John Sibley, Chief Commercial Officer

Alison Richmond, Senior Director, Human Resources and Administration

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PAST PRESIDENTS

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.

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE CLGA

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