Though Brian attended Ridley for only one year, he was a major contributor to the success of its 1983-84 athletic season. First, he was part of the football team that beat league champions Trinity College School in the last game of the year, catching the winning touchdown pass from Graham Stanley. It was a mud bowl, he recalls, and Ridley’s team celebrated their victory by jumping into the TCS pool to “clean off.” Another triumph from that year was being named SOSSA shotput champion as a member of Ridley’s Track and Fieldteam. Then, under the coaching of “miracle man” Dave Gagné, he went on to win the Independent School Basketball Championship against Hillfield-Strathallan College—with only eight players on the Ridley roster.
After graduation, Brian went on to captain St. Mary’s University football team, where he was named an All Star, leading the Huskies to victory in the Atlantic Conference Championship of 1987. Then came his career in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Toronto Argonauts, and winning conference championships with both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders. Most recently, he has been contributing to big wins for the Niagara Region, his transformative work and leadership at Brock University supporting, among other things, their Nationally recognized athletics programme. This programme helped Niagara secure the 2021 Canada Games, an event that will positively change this community forever.
“Aim to be better by incrementally improving everyday through diligence, cleverness and persistence.”