Committees

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Terms of Reference

DBC Accreditation, Education and Training Committee Terms of Reference

Encourage the growth and development of DBC Coach, Steersperson, and Officials training and accreditation programs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to the executive director in the development and implementation of selection criteria and performance standards for all coach training and accreditation programs.
  • Recommend accreditation and training exemptions as appropriate.
  • Annually review Coach Training and Accreditation tools and materials for upgrade and revision.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors in regard to coach accreditation and training processes and protocol.
  • Serve as jury and render decisions for any disputes of Coach Accreditation that rest outside the existing appeal and dispute protocols and processes.

Cheryl Shannon

Chairperson

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DBC BCS Development Committee Terms of Reference

Oversee the development of Breast Cancer Survivors racing and development.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to the executive director in development, implementation and standards of DBC BCS racing and programs, and to provide recommendation to the Board of Directors in the development of BCS Programs.

Linda Kuska

Chairperson
[email protected]

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DBC Hall of Fame Selection Committee Terms of Reference

Accept nominations and provide a slate of candidates to the board of directors for induction to the DBC Hall of Fame in:

  1. the individual athlete category;
  2. the crew category;
  3. the coach category;
  4. the officials and volunteer category;
  5. the builder category

Responsibilities

  • Promote the DBC Hall of Fame.
  • Circulate the DBC Hall of Fame nomination process.
  • Review all Hall of Fame nominations.
  • Make recommendation to the Board of Directors on the awarding of Hall of Fame recognition to selected nominees.
  • Review and recommend to the Board any changes to these terms of reference, Hall of Fame nomination and selection processes.

Rob Varnel

Chairperson
[email protected]

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DBC High Performance Committee Terms of Reference

Create / Foster the means for Canadian International teams (including, but not limited to World Dragon Boat Racing Championships (WDBRC), and Club Crew World Championships (CCWC) to achieve medal performances).

Responsibilities

  • Provide recommendation to the Board of Directors in the development of High Performance programs
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development of Competition Rules and Regulations
  • Develop and oversee National Team Director selection
  • Make recommendation to the Board of Directors on the appointment of National Team Directors
  • Approve National Team athlete selection processes and criteria.
  • Make recommendation to the Board of Directors in regards to the CCWC processes and protocols
  • Serve as jury and render decisions for any disputes of National Team Programs that rest outside the existing appeal and dispute protocols and processes

Stephanie Laroche-Pierre

Chairperson and Eastern Region Rep
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Sue Humphries

Central Region Rep.

Cyril Balitbit

Western Region Rep.

Ken Gene

Member At Large

Tom Arnold

Program Director Representative

Matt Smith

Program Director Representative

Board Liaison

Michael Wu

Vacant

Athlete Representative

Vacant

Athlete Representative

 
 

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DBC Officials Committee Terms of Reference

Provides leadership and direction to the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the development of Domestic Officials, Officiating Programs and International Strategies relating to Officials and rules.

This committee shall, through DBC, support the International Dragon Boat Federation's (IDBF) Official's programs, rules and regulations domestically and internationally.

Responsibilities

  • The RC shall oversee the Rule Change Process
  • The RC shall provide recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development and revision of the DBC Rules of Racing
  • The RC shall make recommendation to the board on the development and revision of IDBF Rules and Regulations
  • The RC shall make recommendation to the Board of Directors in regards to the CCWC processes and protocols. 

Chris Goeldner

Chairperson
[email protected]

Normand Beaulieu

Eastern Region Rep.

Andrew Milner

Central Region Rep.

Isabelle Dion

Eastern Region Rep.

Bernadette Byrne 

Central Region Rep.

Greg Lamb

Western Region Rep.

Kerry Chow

Western Region Rep.

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DBC Para Athlete Committee Terms of Reference

Para Athlete committee's objectives are
1. To increase accessibility of Para Athlete programs
2. To promote consistent Para Athlete racing opportunities
3. To create and implement supports and programs for Para Athletes
4. Function as a resource for Para Athletes
5. Function as a liaison for Para Athletes and DBC

Responsibilities

  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors on Para Athlete issues

Josh Simmonds

Chairperson
[email protected]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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DBC Provincial Return to Dragon Boat Working Group Terms of Reference

Provincial Return to Dragon Boat Working Group (PRTDB-PR) shall be duly constituted committees (one per province as established) and shall operate at the pleasure of the Dragon Boat Canada/Bateau-Dragon Canada (DBC) board of directors (the board).

Responsibilities

  • provide recommendations to the Board of Directors, and Return to Dragon Boat Committee
  • support and assist in the implementation of DBC’s RTDB Guidelines
  • Investigate and evaluate provincial data and standards to provide RTDB phase recommendations
  • liaise with the RTDB Committee

Kathy Levy

Chairperson
[email protected]

 
 
 
 

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DBC Race Series Committee Terms of Reference

Highlights and assists all Canadian regattas that can be used to qualify athletes for Race Series Ranking, CCWC’s and PACCC’s.

Responsibilities

  • The RSC shall provide recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding Race Series Protocols
  • The RSC shall manage and update a permanent database relevant to the analysis of the point systems for Race Series Events

Karen Johnson

Chairperson
[email protected]

 
 

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DBC Rules Committee Terms of Reference

Oversee the implementation of the rule change process and develop recommendations regarding rules and regulations to maximize the growth, sustainability and capacity of the sport.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the Rule Change Process
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors in the development and revision of the DBC Rules of Racing
  • Make recommendation to the Board of Directors on the development and revision of IDBF Rules and Regulations
  • Make recommendation to the Board of Directors in regards to the CCWC processes and protocols.

Chris Goeldner

Chairperson
[email protected]

Normand Beaulieu

Eastern Region Rep.

Andrew Milner

Central Region Rep.

Isabelle Dion

Eastern Region Rep.

Bernadette Byrne 

Central Region Rep.

Greg Lamb

Western Region Rep.

Kerry Chow

Western Region Rep.

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DBC Safety and Wellness Committee Terms of Reference

The SWC shall provide leadership and direction in the following areas:

  • Injury prevention
  • Development, review and revision of safety guidelines and manuals

Responsibilities

  • The SWC shall provide recommendations to the Board of Directors, Accreditation,
    Education and Training and High Performance Committees regarding injury prevention
    and safety
  • The SWC shall provide recommendations to the Board of Directors, Officials and Festival
    Committees regarding injury prevention and safety
  • Collect injury data under the purview of Dragon Boat Canada
  • The SWC shall manage and update a permanent database relevant to the analysis of
    athlete injury and safety incidents

Denis Fortin

Chairperson
[email protected]

Terms of Reference

DBC Youth Racing Committee Terms of Reference

To create and foster Dragon Boat awareness, development and racing opportunities for Canadian youth (including, but not limited to University Division, 24 and Under Division and Junior Division).

Responsibilities

  • provide recommendation to the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of programs for Junior, 24 and Under and University and College athletes and participants
  • Annually review all YRC programs

Wendi Zhou

Chairperson

 
 
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