Candidates for the 2018/2019 JSCA Board of Directors

Jericho Sailing Centre Association
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, October 23 at 1900H

The Jericho Sailing Centre Association’s 45th Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 1900H in the English Bay Room of the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver, B.C. The 2017/2018 J.S.C.A. Board and Committees will report on their accomplishments this past year and the challenges for the future. Please plan to attend and participate in the future direction of your ocean access community centre.


Call for Nominations

Voting will take place to elect seven members for a two-year term to our 15 member Board of Directors. The J.S.C.A. Board meets regularly to set policy and determine Jericho’s direction. Interested members who have time and expertise to offer are invited to submit a letter indicating their experience and areas of interest to the J.S.C.A. Nominations Committee c/o the Jericho office no later than 1700H, Tuesday, October 9.   The signed nomination letter must include your name, address and telephone number.  

For additional information contact Mike Cotter, J.S.C.A. General Manager 224-4177 or email

Candidates for the 2018/2019 JSCA Board of Directors will be announced as they apply.

Please see below for the 2018 JSCA Board of Directors Candidate application letters;
They application letters can also be downloaded as a pdf here:


I write to express my interest in standing for the Board of Directors for the upcoming 2-year term.

I have worked for 43 years in the civil engineering field – with the past 20 years as Senior Vice President, Transportation for the Associated Engineering Group of Companies. This position included marketing, recruiting, and most importantly risk management across the operating companies in Canada. I spent 18 years on the Board of Directors of Ashco Share Trust – the parent company of Associated Engineering with annual revenue of S165M. ln this position I had opportunity to attend Board coaching sessions organized by the Institute of Corporate Directors – including financial and management issues for non-profit societies. Now retired, I feel that it is time to give back to the community.


I would like to be considered for nomination for the Jericho Board of Directors. My career has been in Sales and Marketing and I currently serve on the Board of Directors with The Arthritis Society. At this time, I am interested in a “member-at-large” position with the JSCA Board but will consider a specific role related to my background if there is a vacant position that I would be suited for.

I have recently retired and am keen to pursue board roles that are suited to my background and

personal interests. Although my sailing is now limited due to a knee injury, I work closely with the F-18 sailors and am the organizer of the annual RumRunner Regatta.

A brief synopsis of my experience, in historical order (newest to oldest):

– I have been involved in The Arthritis Society for the past three years both on a regional level and

national level. I am currently the Chair of the District Advisory Board (BC/Yukon region) and serve as the BC representative on the National Board of Directors,

– Professional sales and management for 20 years in the technology industry (specialized software and hardware). Completed my career in the industry formulating and implementing a provincial contract for all post-secondary institutions to take advantage of a common platform and common pricing. Developed a similar program for all school districts in the province.

– Four years in pharmaceutical sales, specializing in hospital sales.

– Four years in the banking industry, both in the branch system and in the investments division.

– B.Comm (Marketing) from UBC

  HUNT, Brian

I have been an active member of the JSCA since 2000 and a member of the JSCA Board of Directors for the past nine years.  During my nine years on the Board I have served as Chair of the Program Committee and four years as Treasurer.  I feel I have contributed to the Sailing Centre in a meaningful way and would like to continue giving back to the Centre by running again for another two-year term.  When not at Jericho, I work as a Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns, where I help individuals, families, non-profit organizations and corporations to budget and manage their money.  From 2007-2010, I was the Commodore of Hobie Fleet 214 here in Vancouver.  As Commodore of the Hobie Fleet I worked with other clubs in the JSCA such as UBC and Locarno to grow interest in sailing and racing.  I am currently Vice President and the Western Canada Representative for the Canadian F18 Sailing Association.  From 1984 to 1995 I was a Diver in the Canadian Navy.  I spent my first four years in the Navy serving on various ships in the fleet on both the East and West coasts and sailed all over the world.  As a Diver I was often used for Search and Rescue operations.  My remaining seven years I split my time between fleet Diving Unit Atlantic (Halifax) and Fleet Diving Unit Pacific (Esquimalt).  I am very familiar with the type of rescue craft that Jericho uses as well as the local Vancouver search and rescue resources.  I have been fortunate to represent Canada at three World Championships.  I have raced and sailed at Yacht Clubs and Sailing Centres all over the world and I can tell you that Jericho is a special place.  The sailors in the Seattle area have been trying for years to replicate what we have here.  I think my background is unique and I know the Board of Directors values my input on many matters. I love sailing and I love the water and I want to see the JSCA grow in the future.  I want to give back to the sailing centre that I call home.

IRWIN, Steve

I have lived in Kitsilano and been a member of JSCA since 1985. For many years I had a

Laser; as my family grew, we joined Companionway Sailing Club to have more options for all of us, including kayaking and paddle boarding as well as sailing. We have been involved with the club for the past 4-5 years. Currently both my wife and I are club executives. Our 17-year-old son has been involved in MacSailing all his life, first as a participant, and now as an instructor. He also has his own sailboat and races recreationally.

In 2016, I joined the Jericho Rescue Group as a volunteer. I enjoy contributing to the JSCA community, and being part of the Jericho team.

After many years of being an engaged member of Jericho Sailing Centre, I feel ready and interested in serving on the Board. I offer strong skills and knowledge, and from my perspective, this would provide a good opportunity to contribute to my community. In terms of areas of interest, I feel that I bring experience and expertise around the long-term strategic vision for Jericho.

When I am not sailing, I work for the federal government as a research manager with the Geological Survey of Canada. Our family lives in Kitsilano; Jericho is very much part of our community year round.

NICOL, Claire

Please accept this letter as an expression of interest to serve as a member of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association Board of Directors for another term. Growing up in Point Grey has afforded me the great privilege of enjoying Vancouver beaches for more than 50 years, and my membership at the Jericho Sailing Centre is a point of pride reflecting this lifelong relationship. As of 2001 I began my current tenure as a Lifeguard for the City of Vancouver and as a founding member of the Vancouver Lifeguard Association (VLA). Serving on the VLA board for 14 years provided me the opportunity to work with Mike Cotter and the crews of Jericho Rescue in the coordination and provision of lifeguards and equipment for more than 40 races. In addition, in 2003, I created the programming for the VLA’s Beach Alert Jr. Lifeguard camps and the Vancouver Junior Lifesaving Club at Hillcrest pool, both of which the VLA operates in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Parks and Recreation.  It would be a great privilege to continue as member of the JSCA Board of Directors, to lend my support towards programs that facilitate the safe enjoyment of water sports for all. 


Please accept this letter as an official expression of interest in serving for a renewed two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Jericho Sailing Centre Association.

I’m especially proud to have been able to support JSCA through some critical milestone accomplishments between 2016-2018, including:

  • Authorship of the “Course Made Good 2035” Development Plan
  • Facilitation of JSCA Member Consultation re: “Course Made Good 2035”
  • Facilitation of a 10+ year forward-looking JSCA Finance & Funding Review
  • Design review of the Jericho Pier renovation – DSA and Jericho Rescue
  • Design discussions for a proposed JSCA website refurbishment

Should the members-at-large elect me to do so, I have made a personal commitment to Mike Cotter (General Manager) and the JSCA Board of Directors to help govern initial implementation of our “Course Made Good 2035” plan.  We hope and foresee key initiatives to include further compound enhancements, a possible deck extension, flood protection measures, and (in partnership with the Vancouver Parks Board) a Jericho Pier reconfiguration that would facilitate more accessible DSA on-water operations.

For reference, my career involvement with JSCA includes:

  • Board Member, Jericho Sailing Centre Association (2006-2018)
  • President, Jericho Sailing Centre Association (2010-2018)
  • Vice President, Jericho Sailing Centre Association (2009-2010)
  • Committee Member – various: Planning, F&B, Fund-Raising (2006-2018)
  • Volunteer, Jericho Sailing Centre Race/Rescue Committee (2005-09, 2012-18)
  • Volunteer, Mac sailing (2005-2010)
  • Former Executive Member, UBC Sailing Club (1995-1997)

I look forward to the Annual General Meeting (October, 2018), and hope that the JSCA membership will continue to put their trust in me as they have so graciously done these past twelve years.


My first exposure to the JSCA was via my son’s sailing and kayaking experiences while he was in daycare 15 years ago. At the time, I knew nothing of sailing, but he convinced me to take the MacSailing lessons and eventually that led to our purchase of a NACRA F18 catamaran from another Jericho Member. As a family, we’ve continued to take advantage of the many Jericho facilities including: windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and, of course, enjoying the view while socialising on the deck. I have been an active member of Jericho Rescue now for 3 years and have appreciated the great training provided and camaraderie of the Rescue team. Professionally, I have worked with many boards and have a background in operations and financial management.  I have been on the JSCA Board for the last 2 years, participating in many Board Committees.  Last year I was the Board Treasurer, working closely with the Board and Mike Cotter (General Manager) on the JSCA financials, capital plan and strategic plan.  I would love to have the opportunity to contribute to the JSCA by being on the Board for another 2-year term as we plan for the JSCA’s future, as highlighted in the draft strategic plan recently shared with the JSCA membership.  I believe the JSCA is an incredible resource for the Vancouver community and look forward to meeting you at the AGM. 


I hereby present myself as a candidate for the JSCA Board of Directors. My relevant experience is:

1) Intermittently active as a member of JSCA since 1978. Very active since 2016.

2) Volunteer on JSC Rescue Team since 2017.

3) Volunteer instructor/accompanist at DSA.

4) Owner of boat in storage at JSC.

5) Boat builder in wood and fibreglass.

6) Experience in general construction, and building maintenance.

7) 35 year career at UBC as Professor, and in various administrative positions

(Associate Dean, College Principal, Program Director).

8) Academic specialty in Atmospheric Science (Air Quality, Climate Change, Local

Meteorology, Sea Level Rise, etc).

9) Member of International, National, Provincial and City Advisory Committees, Task

Forces, and Review Panels.

10) Director of Publications for Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographical Society.

I would appreciate and opportunity to serve JSCA in this time of interesting opportunity and transition.

Current Conditions
  1. JSCA Annual General Meeting

    October 23 @ 19:00 - 22:00
  2. JSCA Board meeting

    November 12 @ 18:00 - 21:00
  3. JSCA Fleet Planning Meeting

    November 26 @ 18:00 - 21:00