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 meetin g 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. 



RCA Board of Directors (2017)


Michael Walker


Mike Walker began his rowing career in the late 70’s at the Regina Rowing Club, and over the years has been a member of the Saskatoon Rowing Club, Fraser Valley Rowing Club, Kingston Rowing Club, Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, Ottawa Rowing Club, and the Argonaut Rowing Club. He has coached at the...Read more

Andrew Fitzgerald


Andrew Fitzgerald has broad board experience with an emphasis on strategic planning, and an understanding of legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector.  Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar with experience in a number of legal...Read more

Carol Purcer

Provincial Director

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

Dr. Roger Jackson


Dr. Jackson is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary, having previously been the Dean of Physical Education and then the Founding Director of the university Sport Medicine Centre.

Between 2005-2010, he was the founding CEO of Own The Podium, the national program to prepare...Read more

Ian Gordon


Ian Gordon is a two time Olympian and was on the national rowing team from 1970 to 1980. He later competed successfully as a masters rower at two FISA World Masters Championships and the prestigious Head of the Charles.

Recently retired, Mr. Gordon had a successful business career for...Read more

Jon Beare

Athlete Director

Jon Beare started rowing in 1988 and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He made his first of 10 consecutive Senior National Teams in 1995, which included the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Teams. After taking two years off, Jon returned to the Senior team in 2007, and went...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