Brian’s career began just as the wave of Ridley rowing was growing. A multi-sport champion and winner of Ridley's Male Athlete of the Year award, Brian played football at York University before leaving land behind for water.
After what is now a four-decade career in rowing, two of Brian's greatest sports memories are walking into the Opening Ceremonies at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico, and the 1976 the Montreal Olympics, where he represented Canada. Those transformational experiences are now at the heart of the work he has done for nearly 40 years. He has occupied senior leadership roles with the Peterborough Rowing Club and is Chair of Canada’s largest head race on the Trent Severn waterway.
“The pursuit of athletic excellence, particularly in team sports, is often a socio-economic ‘leveler,’ as it has the ability to connect people from widely different backgrounds as teammates and even as competitors. The connection frequently helps to enhance understanding and mutual respect between groups that might otherwise have little contact.”