Roland Deveau, Q.C. – President
Roland joined Golf Canada’s Board in 2012 and assumed the role of President in February 2016. In 2015, he chaired the Audit and Risk Management and Compensation Committees, and also served on the Communications and Rules of Golf & Amateur Status Committees. In 2014-2015, he was Golf Canada’s advisory member on the R&A Amateur Status Committee. He has extensive experience as a rules official in many provincial and national amateur golf championships. He previously served in various capacities on the Executive of the Nova Scotia Golf Association from 1990 to 2004, including in 2002 as its President. He has also served his home club of Clare Golf and Country Club as its President, on its board and committees.
Roland resides in Bedford, NS with his wife Jacqueline. Since 1998, he has been a public utility commissioner with the NS Utility and Review Board, and was appointed its Vice-Chair in 2011. He has served as President of the provincial association of French speaking lawyers and jurists from 2004 to 2009, and he completed his term as secretary/treasurer of the national “Fédération canadienne des juristes d’expression française de common law”. Roland was awarded Golfer of the Year in 2002 by Atlantic Canada’s Golf News in recognition of his volunteer effort and also received recognition for service to the NS Francophone community.
Charlie Beaulieu – 2nd Vice President
2nd Vice President Charlie joined the Board in 2011 and in 2016 holds the position 2nd Vice President as well as Chair the Governance Committee. He also serves on the Compensation and Amateur Competitions Committees. Formerly President of the Fédération québécoise de golf, he chaired the special taskforce, which led to the amalgamation of the Fédération québécoise de golf and Golf Québec. The Québec Golf Federation includes representatives from the golf course owners association, the provincial professional golf association, the regional golf associations and amateur golfers, all aligned in promoting the development of the game.
Charlie is the owner/President of a real estate business. Prior to this, he spent 30 years as the owner/President of an apparel company. He has served as Captain of both the Lorraine and Le Mirage Golf Clubs. Annually, his family and friends host a golf tournament in memory of his late father. Funds raised from the event exceed $1,000,000 and support local charities.
Allison Chisholm – Provincial Council Chair
Allison joins the Golf Canada Board in 2016 as the Provincial Council Chair. She previously served 10 years as a member of the Governor’s Council and one year as the New Brunswick Representative on the Provincial Council. She has served on a number of Golf Canada committees including the Women’s Division, Women’s Fund, Amateur Championships, Membership, and Human Resources. She has also served on the Handicap and Course Rating Committee chairing the committee for three years. Allison started as a competitive golfer, representing New Brunswick on a couple of junior women’s teams. She has been involved in the administration of golf since 1992 volunteering first with the Nova Scotia Ladies Golf Association before her career took her back to New Brunswick. Allison has been involved in Golf NB since 1997 and continues for this year as the immediate Past President.
Allison lives in Rothesay and works for the New Brunswick Trauma Program as the Trauma Registry Manager. She is a member of the Riverside Country Club in Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Leslie Dunning – 1st Vice President
In 2016 Leslie begins her eighth year on the Board of Directors of Golf Canada serving as the First Vice President. This year she will Chair a Diversity Enhancement Working Group as well as both of the Compensation and Investment Committees. Leslie will also sit on the Professional Championships Committee. She has previously chaired the Provincial Council, both the Governance and Human Resources Committees and the Volunteer Services Working Group. She is a Past President of Alberta Golf and has served on various boards at the local, provincial and national levels. She is an alumnus and remains active with the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She is a member of Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary and Bigwin Island Golf Club in Muskoka.
Leslie lives in Calgary with her husband Neill. They have four children, who are all active golfers. In 2014, they welcomed their first grandchild who they look forward to introducing to golf in the next few years. She was employed in many parts of the country and in a variety of senior leadership roles for the Canadian Red Cross over 36 years. She is currently focused on family and volunteer commitments, as well as improving her golf and bridge games. She holds a BSc. (Geology) and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waterloo; an MBA from Queen’s University and she is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant registered in Alberta.
Liz Hoffman – Secretary
Liz has served on Golf Canada’s Board since 2012. In 2016 she will Chair the Sport Development Committee, the Ad hoc Working Group to Review the COC Report and the World Junior Girls Steering Committee. She will also serve on the Audit & Risk Management and Amateur Competitions Committees. She has previously chaired the Human Resources Committee and was a member of the Volunteer Services Working Group. Liz is a member the Board of the Golf Canada Foundation serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary and chairing both the Scholarships and Grants and the Women’s Fund Committees. She was the non-playing captain of Canada’s Women’s Team at the 2012 and 2014 World Amateur Championships. Liz is a Past President of the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) and has served on the Golf Canada Provincial Council as the Representative of GAO (2009-2011). She has also been active with other sport organizations, including serving as President of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Ontario University Athletics and has been a member of the Board of both Ontario and Canada Field Hockey. In addition, she served on the Board of Coaches of Canada and currently is a member of the Sport Development Committee of Swim Canada.
Liz has been a leader in Canadian sport for over three decades as an athlete, coach and administrator. She recently retired as the Director of Athletics and High Performance Sport at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Thornhill Golf and Country Club where she loves to play golf and has been highly involved in developing juniors, the golf and greens committees, and served on their Board as Membership Director 2010-2014. She enjoys sharing her passion for the game of golf with her husband Rick and their sons Matt and Mark who are professional golfers.
Dale Jackson – Director At Large
Dale joined Golf Canada’s Board of Directors in 2015 after having served from 2011 to 2014 on the Governors Council. In 2016 he will continue as Chair of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committee and will also sit on the Amateur Competitions Committee.
As Rules Committee Chair, Dale represents Golf Canada on the Joint Rules Committee, together with representatives of the R&A and USGA, while also serving as an Advisory Member of the R&A’s Rules Committee. He has served as a Rules Official for numerous Golf Canada championships over the past 14 years and has been a Rules Official at many of the world’s most prestigious golf championships including The Masters, The Open and the U.S. Open. From 2003 to 2007 he served as the Managing Director of Rules and Competitions for British Columbia Golf and in 2014 Dale was named the Sports BC Official of the Year.
An active and passionate member of Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C., Dale has served as Club Captain and Director, while also having served on numerous other committees. He is the author of Royal Colwood: 100 Years, the club history published in 2013 to celebrate Royal Colwood’s centenary.
Dale’s professional career away from golf was spent as a managing partner and owner of a management-consulting firm, which specialized in business development as well as business process and organizational engineering. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. Dale currently lives in Victoria, B.C. with his wife Alison.
Rob MacDonald – Director At Large
Rob joined the Board in 2014 as Provincial Council Chair and continued in this capacity in 2015. In 2016 Rob will continue on the Board as a Director at Large and will also Chair the Audit & Risk Management Committee and will serve on the Investment and Membership Committees. He previously served four years as a member of Golf Canada’s Governors Council and one year on the Provincial Council as the Golf Manitoba representative. He has served on Golf Canada’s Investment Committee, which he Chaired in 2014 and continued as Chair in 2015. He continues as a member of the Board of Golf Manitoba as the immediate Past President. He has been an active volunteer with Golf Manitoba and its predecessor the Manitoba Golf Association (MGA) since 1992. He served as President of the MGA in 2000-01 and Golf Manitoba in 20012-13. Rob is a member of Elmhurst Golf and Country Club. He has served on Elmhurst’s board and committees and as President.
Rob lives in Winnipeg. He is a Partner with MNP LLP and is the Private Enterprise Leader for the region. Rob serves on the firm’s Assurance Executive Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba since 1985. He has served on the University Recruitment Committee and the Public Relations Committee of the Institute. He is a member of the Boards of IG Investment Management Ltd. and Investors Group Trust Co. Ltd. He is also active in his community serving on the United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet as Co-Chair of the Professions Division.
Donald MacKay – Director at Large
Don joined Golf Canada as a Governor in 2012 and has served as a Board Director since 2013. In 2016 Don will Chair the Membership Committee for the 3rd year. He will also continue to serve on the Audit & Risk Management and Investment Committees
Don is also a past President of National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.
Don and his wife, Joyce own and operate Muskoka Highlands Golf Links in Bracebridge, Ontario where they work first-hand with golfers of all skill levels thereby gaining first-hand personal insight into the golf business.
Don and Joyce have three sons – Andrew, Scott and Russell, formerly Championship Operations Coordinator at Golf Canada and currently Manager, Membership & Events with PGA of British Columbia. Don has been active in his community serving on many boards.
Paul McLean – Past President
Paul assumes the role of Past President in 2016 after serving as Golf Canada’s 112th President in 2015. Paul also serves on the Board Executive Committee as the Past President of the Golf Canada Foundation. As co-founder and President of CWB Maxium Financial, Paul has been instrumental in its development and growth to become one of Canada’s leading privately held leasing companies with assets exceeding $1.0 billion. CWB Maxium is positioned as the largest provider of equipment leases and mortgages to the Canadian golf industry. Paul previously worked at Triathlon Leasing where he held the position of President, Equipment Leasing. Prior to Triathlon, he had a successful career at Xerox Canada where he held several sales and marketing management positions. Paul attended McMaster University on a Chancellors scholarship and completed an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and Computer Science, which was followed by completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Paul and his wife live in the Richmond Hill community and have two children attending post-secondary in Ontario. He remains active as an avid golfer and as a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), and the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA). He is on the board of several organizations including CWB Maxium Financial, Maxium, Desante, Amstel Doors, Golf Canada Foundation and Laurence North. He has been acknowledged by the National Post as one of the Top 25 most influential people in Canadian golf and is a part owner of both Coppinwood and Oviinbyrd golf clubs. Paul also volunteers his time and support to Eva’s Initiatives for homeless youth and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.
Nick Marrone – Director at Large
Nick has served on Golf Canada’s Board as Director since 2013. In 2016 he will serve as Chair of the Professional Championships Committee. He will also continue as a member of the Communications and Sport Development Committees. He also sits on the Sport Development Committee of the Golf Association of Ontario. He is the principal of Marrone & Associates Sports Marketing. The primary focus of the practice is to support corporate partners and properties in maximizing the value of their investment in sport and sponsorships. Clients have included the Hudson’s Bay Company, CP Rail, the Toronto Pearson Airport, CIBC and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Bid. As Senior Director, Global Sports Marketing for McDonalds Corporation Worldwide, Nick led McDonald’s global sports portfolio, most notably McDonald’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, the Olympic Games and the NBA.
Prior to joining McDonald’s, Nick was Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Nick re-established the marketing function within the COC and was responsible for new revenue generation, brand management and sponsor value creation. Nick joined Bell Canada in 1979 progressing through senior positions in brand management, advertising and sponsorship. Nick led Bell’s sponsorship division for a number of years during which it successfully leveraged many cultural and sports properties, including TIFF, Stratford, MLSE and its title sponsorship of the Bell Canadian Open.
Pat Thompson – Governors Council Chair
Pat joined the Board in 2014. This is her 2nd year as Chair of the Governors Council, Chair of Human Resources Committee and a member of the Sport Development Committee.
During the last 14 years Pat served on the British Columbia Golf executive committee as well as being involved with numerous Golf Canada and British Columbia Golf committees. In 2012 Pat chaired the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Vancouver. She has assisted at many National and Provincial Championships and accompanied teams as a Non-Playing Captain to international and national events.
Pat is also very active in the community having sat on the Board of Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Members Association and currently serves on the Board of the UBC Okanagan Athletics Association.
Over the past 30 years Pat and her husband Bob owned a successful training & coaching business, working with companies and individuals.
Pat and Bob reside and are members at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course in Kelowna, BC. They have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Scott Simmons – Chief Executive Officer
Scott was named CEO of Golf Canada in July 2007. His prior involvements with Golf Canada include a post-University position with the International Management Group (IMG) where he consulted for the Association. From 1992 to 2000 he served as Golf Canada’s Director, Marketing and Communications. From 2000 to 2007, he had a successful seven-year executive management career in the Canadian beer brewing industry before returning to Golf Canada. He also serves as member of the National Allied Golf Association and a delegate with the International Golf Federation.
A graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Scott lives in Mississauga with his wife Danita and their four daughters.