Board of Directors


Our Board of Directors provides vision and direction for the organization. They liaise with youth serving agencies, develop relationships with our sponsorship partners and oversee staff and program performance.

Current Directors and Officers as of November 15, 2017:

Paul Tedesco, President     EVP, Managing Director at TrackDDB and Tribal Worldwide

Lucy Bamberger, Vice President     Director, Sales, Electa Ltd.

Phil Cory, Director at Large, Development

Levi Spronk, Secretary, HR Director, Hudbay Minerals Inc.

André De Abreu Ribeiro, Chair, Governance     Marketing/Advertising/Business Consultant

Nikolas Sopow, Deputy Chair, Governance     Lawyer, MT>3, Digital Technology

Jonah Del Duca-Charny, Youth Director, Chair, Program 

Pranav Bhardwaj, Director at Large     Management Consultant at PwC, Strategy & Operations, Retail, E-com

Honourary Directors:

Paul Henderson, is a former president of the International Sailing Federation. has the record of having competed in all the Canadian Olympic Sailing Trials from 1948 to 1984. Henderson has represented Canada at three Olympic Games: 1964 Enochima in the Flying Dutchman1968 Acapulco in the Finn and at the 1972 Schilksee as coach. He also qualified for the 1980 Olympics at Tallinn in the Star .

Diane Reid, is the fourth Canadian, the first Canadian Woman, and one of only 6 internationals to gain entry into the 2013 Mini Transat race.Diane is Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Ocean Commercially Endorsed to skipper yachts up to 24 metres, a full General Operator Certificate and a Restricted Operator Aeronautical Licence, as well as all the other tickets you can imagine. Diane is also a fully certified Sail Canada Cruising and Racing Instructor at all levels and was the first Canadian woman to be appointed as skipper in the world’s longest ocean race and is hoping to emulate the success of her compatriot Eric Holden, winner of the Clipper 2013-14 Race.

Damian Foxall, was born in Ireland and lives in Quebec. He has competed in ten round-the-world races which include four 1st place wins. He was subsequently described as a national hero and Ireland’s top international sailor.In 2011 Damian won the Volvo Ocean race with Team Groupama.Other round-the-world events include 6 Volvo ocean races, and a World Record circumnavigation in early 2004 with Steve Fossett on the G-Class catamaran Cheyenne. He was named Sailor of the Month by Afloat Magazine in March 2004.

Eric Holden, Meteorologist, Professional Navigator/Strategist, ISAF Sailor, MCA Master 200gt and an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster, skippered the Clipper 70 Henri Lloyd to a first place finish in the Clipper Round the World Race and was awarded the prestigious Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year. Eric holds degrees in Atmospheric Science and Operational Meteorology and is a CMOS Accredited Consulting Meteorologist. Eric is the team meteorologist for the Canadian Olympic Sailing Team. A He had also competed in prestigious offshore races such as the Sydney Hobart (2nd Overall), Fastnet, Tour de France a la Voile (4th overall), Chicago Mackinac (2nd Div 1), Marblehead to Halifax Race (1st Overall). An MCA 200gt Master and RYA Ocean Yachtmaster with training in Medical and First Aid, Sea Survival, Radio Operation, Celestial Navigation, and Engine Maintenance.
Youth Ambassadors:
Brenda Bowskill  sailed her first major international competition  2010 Youth World Championships which further sparked lifelong dream of representing Canada at the Olympic Games. A national team member since she was 18, Brenda achieved a career highlight by qualifying for the 2015 Pan Am Games, where she finished eighth in the Laser Radial event.  Among the highlights to follow were her second straight 15th place finish at the Miami World Cup. She also posted a career-best result at the Laser Radial world championships in April 2016, finishing 10th. Brenda is a three-time winner (2013-15) of the Joanne Abbott Award as Ontario female sailor of the year and recently accredited Registered Nurse.
Sarah Douglas’ sailing experience started at the age of 7. After outgrowing the Optimist Sarah moved on to the Laser radial class. In 2010,Sarah to qualified to represent Canada aat the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore sailing the Byte CII in Singapore. She coached youth athletes at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club for two summers before returning to competitive sailing in the Laser Radial in 2014 as an Identified Athlete on the Canadian Sailing Team. In 2015, Sarah qualified for the Canadian Sailing Team as a senior athlete. Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management at the University of Guelph in 2017, Sarah is sailing full time to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the Laser Radial class.
Evert McLaughlin is a retired Canadian Sailing Team athlete with five years’ experience running an Olympic Sailing campaign while competing at an elite level. In between events, Evert balanced working in Controls Engineering for a mission critical data centre company alongside his own intensive training.  Evert combines interpersonal, experiential and analytical know-how to leverage data and strategically apply insights into the most critical decisions companies face today as an Analyst at LoyaltyOne.

Each board member brings their individual qualities to the organization and contributes a minimum of 40 hours active volunteer time each year. Being connected in this way enhances their ability to directly represent the needs of the Broad Reach youth audience.

Broad Reach is always seeking candidates to the Board Directors, standing and ad hoc committees. The Board meets monthly downtown Toronto. Directors are required to actively participate on Board Committees, at events and to support Broad Reach fundraising initiatives. Running a charity is a serious and demanding responsibility – especially with limited financial resources.

Interested candidates with relevant experience, values and appropriate level of professional and personal commitment are invited and encouraged to contact us at [email protected] – we will do our best to ensure that you have a rewarding and impactful experience.

You are also welcome to forward your expression of interest letter to our Executive Director, Marguerite Pyron at [email protected].

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304 - 20 Lower Spadina Ave
Toronto ON M5V 2Z1
Tel: 416-850-5755
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