Board of Directors

We would like to introduce the current Board Members.  Our mandate is to promote and support recreational paddling by providing educational and social opportunities to all members. Our board would like to hear from you. Questions, concerns or comments…you can either email the club directly or get in touch personally with any of our board members.


Laura Rider – President


Paddling came into my life at the age of 14 when I heard from friends at school that there is a canoe club nearby.  Soon after I joined Bow Waters Canoe Club, I participated in the flat water racing team, competing in voyageur, war boat, C-1, C-2, K- 1 to 4.  And the family fun regattas were jousting and gunwale bobbing; these held during the July 1 Forest Lawn community activities.

Accepted as one of the family members in the club, I thrived in this connected setting, growing up while learning how to river paddle, cross country ski, how to build a sauna or an oven in the ground during canoe camping trips plus the opportunities of exploring and caring for our land and water God gave us.

It gives me great joy to see people out of their homes enjoying the outdoors.  My paddling experiences have and still include family outings to group adventures on lakes and rivers.  The joy of moving through the water, observing the habitat, instructing /learning stroke improvement, exploring a river channel or the quietness of a lake adds joy to my heart.  Watch for the white Rocky Mtn Crusier, also known as one of Ted’s boats.

Michael Hart – Vice-President

I have been kayaking for 20 years. Enjoy class 2-3 water mostly paddle the upper Red Deer.

Evan Jones – Treasurer

I have been a club member since 2004. I am a tandem paddler, usually with my wife, Fiona. Our paddling skills and enjoyment of the sport have improved greatly through the mentoring, courses and boat rentals offered by the club. I really enjoy attending and coordinating the multi-day club trips. Together with the skills and friends that we have made on club trips we are able to do a number of classic northern Canadian canoe trips most years. I served on the board as Treasurer from 2014 to 2016, shortly after retiring from many years of running my own business. The BWCC treasurer position is a quite challenging, I will try and give it my best

Nicole Schwengler- Secretary

I’m a converted kayaker who truly fell in love with the canoe after spending a summer at a children’s camp as a medic. I had so much fun on Sylvan Lake I was hooked and am now trying to create a whole new generation of canoeists.

2020 will be my third year as a member. Aside from canoeing, I enjoy a varied list of hobbies. I am a miniatures painter and tabletop gamer, cook and animal lover. I presently volunteer as a first aider with St John Ambulance and have been doing so since 2013.

Tina Barzo – Member Representative

Originally from Ontario, where she paddled the iconic lakes and rivers of the great Canadian shield, Tina moved west in 2001 and has been a club member for the past 14 years.  She usually paddles one of her two Bell solo canoes, most of the time with her trusty sidekick Bosco, and she owns a tandem Mad River Explorer.
In addition to paddling many of the canoe club trips multiple times, Tina ventured on a Nahanni River trip (2016) and Wind River in the Yukon (2018), both were challenges and highlights of her paddling life! Tina is recently embarking on a new chapter as the owner of “Women Who Paddle,” an online community of amazing and inspiring women paddlers around the world!
Her full-time job is Leader of Volunteer Engagement for Parks Canada in Banff National Park and she lives in Canmore. Tina looks forward to serving the club on the board, paddling with new and old friends in the Bow Valley and beyond, and honing her canoe tripping skills as well as sharing experiences with others.

Jim Sangster – Member Representative

Jim enjoys moving through wilderness by his own energy, either in a boat or on skis, bicycle or feet. Each moment outdoors is an opportunity for wonder and discovery. Sharing with others is an added joy. My family shares much of this philosophy, each in their own style. Being on the Bow Waters board gives me a chance to serve while learning about the club and meeting members.

Kris Major – Member Representative

I’ve always liked all kinds of outdoor activities, but when I first joined Bow Waters over 20 years ago, I fell in love with river canoeing. Later these paddling trips also included lakes and sea using both canoes and kayaks. Bow Waters is a really great club where people can meet, learn new skills and find great trips to go on. I hope I can help the club become even better and looking forward to getting out on the water lots in the coming year.

Simon Kerkhof – Member Representative

As a member of 15 years and the youngest member on the board Simon started paddling with bow waters when he was 3 years old with his parents. His first paddling experiences were overnight lake trips and Rivers. In the past 2 years he has been getting into harder white water. With weekly meetings at Harvey passage and the great support and knowledge of the members he has gotten into Solo canoeing. Simon enjoys the outdoors not just through paddling trips with the club but through mountain biking, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing and climbing as well. As a first-year member on the board Simon hopes to help the club reach out to new members and share the experience of canoeing.

Timothy Kozlik – Past President

Timothy is our youngest board member but has been in the club since he was a young teenager!  He’s one of our expert paddlers and loves the big whitewater.