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 law degree from UNB, and numerous coaching certifications. Christian is Chair of the National Coaches Technical Committee, and represents Canadian canoe/kayak coaches on the Sprint National Council.

Assistant Head Coach jacob mckenna

Jacob McKenna is Maskwa’s Assistant Head Coach. He is responsible for the Academy & Masters programs and supporting the Head Coach in overall supervision of the club’s paddling programs.  Jacob began coaching at Senobe in 2014 where his work was instrumental in the club’s success at the U12/U14 and National levels.  Jacob has worked to develop athletes of all ages and disciplines and has worked with both development and high performance athletes in his various roles.  Jacob is currently completing his Comp- Dev coaching certification as well as his history degree at St. Mary’s University.

Assistant Head Coach DOUGLAS ELLERY

Doug joins us as Assistant Head Coach, sharing the role with Jacob McKenna.  Doug has completed his ICF Level 1 & 2 coaching certifications and has worked with youth, para, and masters athletes of all ages and abilities.  In his new role at Maskwa, Doug will work with our Academy and High Performance athletes, with a focus on developing canoe athletes towards success at the national and international levels.  Doug was most recently with the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team, where he served as Head Coach and Program Director from 2020 until 2022. Doug has also coached at Mississauga, Balmy Beach, and Carleton Place, and worked and paddled at Maskwa in 2017! 

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. Always there to help, she is your go to person for all things Maskwa and is eager to help with whatever you might need. Christian holds a Bachelor of Arts 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.

2023 Board of directors

  • Brian Smith – Commodore
  • Peter Giles – Vice Commodore
  • Jeff Fraser – Treasurer
  • Angela Murphy – Vice Treasurer
  • Micheline Cote – Paddle & Safety Chair
  • Barry MacPhail – Facilities & Maintenance Chair
  • Daniel Wincey – Vice Facilities & Maintenance Chair
  • John Moore – Community Relations Chair
  • Kinnon Kendziora – Social Chair
  • Dan Dugie – Masters Rep
  • Jacob Steele – Athletes Rep
  • Anna Negulic – Athletes Rep

Board meeting annual reports

2020/2021 Annual Report (Most Recent)

2019/2020 Annual Report

2018/2019 Annual Report

2017/2018 Annual Report


Maskwa Bylaws


(Board meeting monthly minutes available upon request to