Board of Directors

The RCA Board of Directors' role is to govern RCA by providing leadership and direction in the pursuit of its vision and mission. The Board is elected by the membership of RCA and is accountable to the membership for competent stewardship that will ensure the long-term viability of RCA. The Board of Directors' first duty is to the legal entity CARA. In meeting this duty the Board must ensure that all legal requirements under the relevant Acts are met and that CARA is protected from harmful situations and circumstances in the interests of current and future stakeholders. For more information on the Board's role, please see the RCA Governance Policy.

The Board believes that good corporate governance is vital to the effective and efficient operation of RCA. RCA employs a model of governance that separates governance and management functions, delegating to the CEO the responsibility for managing the operations of RCA in accordance with Board direction and policies, and subject to any limite that may be established by the Board. 

Rowing Canada Aviron Honourary Officers - appointed by the Board of Directors for their significant contributions to our sport:

Mr. Justin Fryer (dec.)
Dr. Michael (Mike) Murphy
Mr. Claude Saunders (dec.)


RCA Board of Directors (2018-2019)


Carol Purcer


Carol Purcer is a volunteer who is passionate about growing the sport of rowing.  Her involvement spans twenty years of volunteering as an RCA Umpire, committee member of a number of provincial and national committees and serving as a leader on the St. Catharines Rowing Club Recreational Rowing...Read more

Carol Hermansen

Provincial Director

Prior to her appointment to the RCA Board as Provincial Director, Carol was a member of the RCA Board as President of the Alberta Rowing Association and the RCA Provincial Relations Advisory Council. Carol has also served as President of the Calgary Rowing Club, Vice President of the Calgary...Read more

Heather Holden


Heather has worked in the capital markets since 2008 and is currently a discretionary portfolio manager at the Swiss bank UBS where she has built her own wealth management book of business. Prior to this, she spent ten years in science and technology working internationally. She was a professor...Read more

Jennifer Walinga


Dr. Jennifer Walinga, a professor and consultant based in Victoria BC, has enjoyed a successful and wide ranging career in sport and education. She began as a multi sport athlete and gradually focused on rowing under the fortunate tutelage of Carol Love.  A two-time Olympian in rowing, Walinga...Read more

Marisha Roman


Marisha Roman is a lawyer, adjudicator, workplace investigator and a competitive Masters rower with the Argonaut Rowing Club and the Toronto Sculling Club. She was appointed as an adjudicator with the Child and Family Services Review Board in 2016. She focuses her private practice on...Read more

Peter McClelland

Athlete Director

Peter’s  experience as a competitive rower over a decade culminated in being one of the travelling spares for the 2012 Olympics. He first began rowing as a novice at Western University, where he progressed to eventually become a provincial and national champion. He then moved on to the...Read more

Thomas (Tom) Hawker

Director (Treasurer)

Tom Hawker started rowing for recreation with his daughters  in 2002_ and has gone on to compete in local and international regattas.

Tom completed his economics degree at the University of Victoria, obtained his CA designation in 1983, and has been a partner with Field & Company...Read more