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Past accomplishments and new initiatives, including Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, among topics to be discussed

Kingston, October 20, 2021 – Sail Canada will virtually hold its 2021 Annual General Meeting, presented by Gallagher Skippers’ Plan, on Friday, October 22. 

The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan launched last fall, as well as the past year and innovative business and sport developments to come will be among the topics that will be discussed at the AGM. As one of the key goals of Sail Canada’s new Strategic Plan, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity will also be at the heart of the discussion and will feature a panel discussion, led by Inclusion Inc., an independent organization.

All sailors and members of Canadian clubs, schools and class associations are invited to take part in this virtual Annual General Meeting, along with clubs’ stakeholders, the Provincial and Territorial Sailing Associations, member organizations, Committee members, Coaches, Partner Representatives, as well as Sail Canada Board of Directors and Staff members. Everyone can register online at: https://bit.ly/3AQBarN

Following is the schedule for Sail Canada’s 2021 Annual General Meeting:

Friday, October 22

5pm-7:30pm (EDT): 

·    Annual General Meeting

·    All are welcome to register and observe the Annual General Meeting. To be entitled to vote on the business of the AGM on behalf of a member organization, please submit a completed proxy form to sailcanada@sailing.ca

·    All registered attendees who hold proxies entitling them to vote on behalf of a Sail Canada member organization will be emailed directly and be provided access to their unique voting url. Voting access will be sent directly to all eligible attendees, by email, by October 21, 2021.

·    Sport Panel Discussion: Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) 

·    “Exploring the Intersection of Safe Sport with Diversity and Inclusion”

·    This session will be moderated by Andrea Carey of INclusion INcorporated and will touch on how safe sport intersects with diversity and inclusion through a powerful panel discussion designed to bring to the surface what leaders in Sailing need to be considering as they work forward to create safer, more welcoming and more inclusive sailing experiences across the country. This session will explore some of the real-life experiences the panelists have gone through, while also looking forward to how we embrace these challenging situations to learn and grow together, based on the results of Sail Canada’s recent national survey that will illustrate the importance of these sessions for the broader Sail Canada community.

·    World Sailing Update

All the information – as well as a link to register to attend – is available at Sail Canada’s website at: https://www.sailing.ca/events/leadership-summit/

Thanks to Sail Canada supporters, registered attendees at the Sail Canada Annual General Meeting will be entered to win one of five draw prize gift packs. Register now at: https://bit.ly/3AQBarN

About Sail Canada

Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing in the country. Sail Canada is a leading international sailing nation, proud of its world class athletes, lifelong participants and inclusive culture. The organization and its members are committed to excellence by developing and training its leaders, athletes, sailors, instructors, coaches and officials. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs, schools, organizations and stakeholders, sailing is promoted in all its forms. By setting standards and delivering programs from home pond to podium for Canadians of all ages and abilities, from dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and accessible sailing, Sail Canada sets sail for all, sail to win and sail for life.

A sport in the Olympic program since the first Games in 1896, except in 1904, the pursuit of success in these Games is what fuels the focus of Sail Canada as Canadian athletes have so far achieved nine Olympic and five Paralympic medals.

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Information:

Patrick Godbout

Communications Manager

Sail Canada

Email: patrick@sailing.ca

Phone: 514-213-9897