staff & Board

In addition to our summer coaches, Maskwa is led by a highly qualified team of year-round coaches and staff. We are also fortunate to have a volunteer Board of Directors serving the Maskwa community.


Head Coach christian hall

Christian Hall is Maskwa’s Head Coach, and provides overall leadership to all programs at Maskwa. Christian coaches the High Performance group and trains athletes as they progress through the various development levels. Christian has been coaching since 2010, and holds a BA from MSVU, a Juris Doctor from UNB, and numerous coaching certifications. He sits on the CanoeKayak Canada Coaches Technical Committee, as well as their National Officials Committee, and is highly respected within the canoe kayak world.

Assistant Head Coach marie rousseau-demers

Marie Demers-Rousseau is Maskwa’s Assistant Head Coach. She is responsible for both the Academy program and the Masters program. Marie has been coaching since 2014, and has coached all over Canada, from Quebec to British Columbia to Nova Scotia. With her extensive history, and a Masters in Kinesiology, her expertise is utilized and appreciated at all levels of paddling at Maskwa. 

development Coach savannah sullivan

Savannah Sullivan is Maskwa’s Development Coach and is responsible for the Fall and Spring Paddling Development Groups. She has a passion for canoe kayak and a vision of helping Maskwa advance and grow. She loves to motivate and connect with youth, and has a history of being instrumental in moving introductory paddlers from the summer program to the fall and year round high performance and development training groups. Savannah is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University and is working on her Comp-Dev coaching certification.

club manager christian brousseau

Christian is our Club Manager and the organizational glue that holds Maskwa together. She makes sure we dot all our i’s and cross all our t’s, and that no detail is overlooked in the successful execution of our programs. She is your go to person for any questions related to registration, program details, equipment purchase and all things Maskwa. Always there to help, if she does not know the answer to your question, she will quickly find someone that does and ensure you get the answers you need. Christian holds a degree with distinction from Mount Saint Vincent University.

board of directors

commodore brian smith

Maskwa is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet regularly throughout the year. Our existing Board of Directors is led by Commodore Brian Smith, along with the below team of volunteers.

2021 Board of directors

  • Brian Smith – Commodore
  • Mark Taylor – Vice Commodore
  • Rita Clarke – Past Commodore
  • Micheline Cote – Paddle Chair
  • Shawn Connell – Treasurer
  • Angela Murphy – Vice Treasurer
  • Nik Thomas – Safety Chair
  • Kinnon Kendziora – Social Chair
  • Martin Lundrigan – Facilities & Maintenance Chair
  • Dan Dugie – Masters Rep
  • Jacob Steele – Athletes Rep

Board meeting annual reports

2019/2020 Annual Report

2018/2019 Annual Report

2017/2018 Annual Report


(Board meeting monthly minutes available upon request to