National Council

The museum’s National Council is a group of distinguished individuals who are passionate about the work of the organization – past, present and future. They believe in the importance of the canoe to Canada, and have lent their support and enthusiasm to the building of this new national museum.

A Message from Honourary National Council Chair, His Royal Highness,

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

I have been canoeing since I was at school in Lakefield, Ontario. The canoe is one of the things that makes Canada unique, and The Canadian Canoe Museum celebrates this fact.

Today the museum is housed in 1960s factory buildings–these facilities are unsuitable for the collection. At its core, the new museum will ensure that a fundamental part of Canadian heritage is not lost.

The new museum will see the canoe as a conduit to an extraordinary suite of experiences, as it shares Canadians’ stories. And, as the museum reaches out across the country and around the world, more people will have the opportunity, as I have, to see the unique portrait of Canada that has been composed through the canoe.

I believe this is a project of immeasurable cultural value and national resonance. As Honourary Chair of the National Council, and Patron since 2007, I am privileged to work with a distinguished group of Canadians to support this important project.

Shelley Ambrose

Shelley Ambrose

Publisher, The Walrus and Executive Director, The Walrus Foundation

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Paddler, Public Intellectual, and Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Matthew Coon Come

Cree Politician, Activist and Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Geoff Green
Geoff Green

Community Builder and Founder, Students on Ice Foundation

Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden

Olympic and World Champion Kayaker

Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge

Broadcaster and Former Chancellor, Mount Allison University

Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers

Broadcaster and Chancellor, University of Victoria

Curve Lake First Nation Chief Phyllis Williams

Curve Lake First Nation Chief Phyllis Williams

First Nations Leader and Community Builder

Hereditary Chief, Sigenigtog District Mi’kmawey Mawiomi, Stephen Augustine

Associate Vice President, Indigenous Affairs & Unama’ki College

Rick & Priscilla Brooks-Hill

Community Builders and Philanthropists

Claude Cousineau

Claude Cousineau

Professor of Recreation and Co-Founder, National Canoe Schools and Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association

Bob Gainey

Bob Gainey

NHL Player, General Manager, Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee and Philanthropist

Ted Johnson

Paddler, Philanthropist and Community Builder

Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Journalist and Professor

Larry McDermott

Member, Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Ontario Human Rights Commission Commissioner and Executive Director, Plenty Canada

Scott MacGregor

Publisher and CEO, Rapid Media

Aaju Peter

Inuk Lawyer and Activist

Les Stroud

Les Stroud

TV Personality, Filmmaker and Musician

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart

Archaeologist and Board Member, McLean Foundation

Bob Baun

NHL Player, Businessman and Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Hiawatha First Nation Chief Laurie Carr,

First Nations Leader and Community Builder

Wendy Cecil

Wendy Cecil

Philanthropist and Former Chancellor, Victoria University (U of T)

Victoria Grant

Victoria Grant

Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, Past Chair, Community Foundations of Canada

Roy MacGregor

Roy MacGregor

Paddler, Writer and Globe and Mail Columnist

Mark McLean

Mark McLean

Paddler and Philanthropist

Valerie Pringle

Valerie Pringle

TV Host, Journalist and Chair, The Great Trail

Jim & Katie Stewart

Jim & Katie Stewart

Sprint Paddler, Philanthropist

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