Starting
Lineup

Board of Directors

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Jeremy Diamond (Chair)

Jeremy is a public historian and leader with more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, program development and communications. Currently the Founding CEO of the RCAF Foundation, Jeremy has also held leadership roles as CEO of Myseum of Toronto, Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation and COO of Historica Canada and is frequent media contributor. In his spare time, Jeremy coaches Select baseball in North York, Ontario.

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Lyle Abbott (Treasurer)

Lyle is a Chartered Accountant in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the US who brings diverse industry and sector experience in accounting, finance, strategic planning, and new business development to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition to his work in public accounting, Lyle brings a solid background in sport management from his work in professional baseball, event management (most notably with the Vancouver2010 Winter Olympic Games), and his extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. An avid baseball fan, Lyle grew up cheering on the Blue Jays at Exhibition Stadium while always rooting – and forever keeping the faith – for the San Diego Padres.   

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Scott Smith (Secretary)

Scott is a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets in the Equity Capital Markets group that is responsible for all equity underwritings. He has been in the financial industry for over 25 years.  Born in Montreal and graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Married and has a son and a daughter. He is a lifelong Montreal Expos fan that converted to a Blue Jays fan in 2004 and attends baseball spring training every year.

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Jordan Schofield (Assistant Treasurer)

Jordan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University. Jordan currently resides in Corunna, Ontario where he works as a senior accounting analyst for Factor Gas Liquids. Jordan’s love for baseball started young which led to his involvement and passion for Canadian baseball and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Elizabeth Benn

Elizabeth works at Major League Baseball with the Baseball Operations, Baseball Development, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion departments. In this role, she focuses much of her attention on women and girls in baseball. Prior to this position, she received her MA in philosophy from Columbia University and her BA from the University of Toronto. She grew up playing baseball in the High Park Baseball Association prior to playing on Team Ontario and now in the NYC Metro Baseball League.

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Corinne Chow

Corinne has had a rewarding career with the Federal Public Service and lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.  Corinne’s love of baseball started when a friend suggested that she coach youth baseball as a means of completing a 125-hour internship.  This was the start of a lifetime of various roles in the baseball community.  Corinne is currently a director on the board of Little League Baseball Canada and Little League British Columbia.  She has also served as a director on the Little League Baseball International, Inc. Corinne holds a BGS from Simon Fraser University and enjoys travelling and the company of family and friends.

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Julie Docker-Johnson

Julie is the owner of The Flower Shop and More in St. Marys. Julie was on the original committee to bring the Hall of Fame to St. Marys back in the mid-1990’s.

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Rob Edney (ex officio)

Rob is serving his second term on St. Marys council, and holds the Deputy Mayor position for 2021. Rob is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist and has been a popular performer in Toronto and throughout Ontario for 4 decades. Outside of music and municipal politics, Rob enjoys baseball, hockey, attending concerts, travel, and art galleries. He has a passion for social justice, and believes that art, culture and sport are a strong means to that end. Since moving to St. Marys in 2000, Rob has been a big supporter of the Hall, lending his musical talents to many ceremonies, including singing the anthem at the 2019 induction ceremony.

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Holly LaPierre

Holly has worked at Bell Canada for over 30 years in various roles throughout her career. She is currently President of Hammonds Plains Minor Baseball, a suburb of Halifax, for the last fifteen years.  She has held the position of treasurer for Baseball Canada and Baseball Nova Scotia. Last year she received the first ever female builder award from Baseball Canada for her dedication to the growth and promotion of female baseball. Being from the East Coast, she naturally was a Boston Red Sox fan, but the rise of the Blue Jays thru the mid 80’s swung her loyalty to Canada’s team.

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Candy McEwan

Candy is an elementary school teacher with the Avon Maitland District School Board. She has worked for over 20 years in her own classroom as well as a support for other teachers. She is currently president of St. Marys Minor Ball, having been involved with the association for over 15 years as a parent, coach and executive member. Other than attending the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor, Candy has been a lifelong resident and ball player in St. Marys. Candy has enjoyed her various roles being involved with her children’s baseball, ringette and hockey teams. 

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Liam Scott

Liam is an executive communications director/writer/producer/coach based in Toronto.  In addition to his work with the Hall, he is active in youth baseball, having served at various times as a house league and rep coach, league executive, tournament convenor, and official driver for his 14U LHP son Joe.

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Chris Stamper

Chris Stamper is the President and Principal of Sixteen Mile Strategy Group.  Chris is a dynamic business executive with a broad management career spanning 30 years in a variety of functions with a speciality in marketing and corporate strategy.  

Chris is the former Chief Marketing Office for TD Canadian Banking and led the acquisition of signature sponsorship properties including the Toronto Blue Jays.  Chris is a recognized champion, advocate and ally for diversity and inclusion and is committed to giving back to his community. As a sports enthusiast, he has volunteered for over 15 years as a coach for a number of youth sports teams in Oakville.  Chris lives in Oakville, Ontario with his wife Karen and is a part time empty nester with his two children Johnathon and Mackenzie.

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Al Strathdee (ex officio)

Al is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the Town of St. Marys. He is a local small business owner, and holds an Honours BA in History and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a B. Ed. from the University of Ottawa. Al and his wife Gloria have three children and enjoy travel and supporting local community causes in their spare time.

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Libby Walker 

Libby has worked in the field of museum programming and community engagement for many years, with museum management roles in Halton, Wellington County and Waterloo Region. Her experience ranges from front line historic interpretation to the development and coordination of engaging and relevant community programming.  Libby and her husband Steve currently reside in beautiful Parry Sound and are parents of two adult children. As a family, sports and travel are key interests; combining both at the same time is often the goal.  Nothing beats a good Blue Jay road trip! Libby is pleased to apply her experience and skills to the continued growth and success of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Mike Wilner

Mike currently writes about baseball for the Toronto Star. In the past he was the radio voice of the Canada’s sole major-league baseball team, Mike has long been a staunch supporter of baseball in Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Mike began his baseball broadcasting career with the Welland (Ont.) Pirates in 1989.  He later hosted the popular call-in show BlueJaysTalk for a record 17 seasons before becoming the  Blue Jays’ first Canadian-born radio play-by-play broadcaster in 2019. From interacting with baseball fans after every game for nearly two decades to broadcasting Canada’s World Baseball Classic games in 2009 to hosting the annual Baseball Canada Awards Banquet, Mike has never wavered in his support and commitment to growing, teaching and promoting the game from coast to coast to coast. Single, with two teenage daughters, Mike is proud to have been on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame since 2016.

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Cecil Wright

Cecil recently retired after a 20+ year career in public safety, Cecil is well known in the Halifax, Nova Scotia sports community.  He is the former head coach of the Dalhousie Tigers Baseball team that won the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association championship in 1996 before coaching the Halifax Pelham Canadians in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League.  A staunch Boston Red Sox fan, only because he and his family moved from Nova Scotia to Boston as a child, he returned to his roots in 1984. Quite involved with the media, Cecil hosts his own community television show in addition to a sports and music radio show.

Staff

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Scott Crawford (Director of Operations)
Born and raised in Georgetown, Ontario and has been the Director of Operations at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum since January 2000. Prior to that he completed his Sports Administration degree at Durham College in Oshawa and obtained his BA in Anthropology/Archeaology at Lakehead Univeristy in Thunder Bay. Completed the Ontario Museum Association Museum Certificate in 2015. Currently ranked 73rd in Bob Elliott’s top 100 list of most influential Canadians in baseball.

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Christi Hudson (Curator)
Christi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours History from the University of Waterloo, and studied Museum Curatorship at Fleming College in Peterborough. She has worked in the museum field for several years in collections management and educational programming roles. She is an avid Blue Jays fan, having grown up watching the World Series Championship games with her family, and is passionate about museums and baseball.

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Nastassia Bakoyiannis – (Financial and Fundraising Administration Coordinator)
Nastassia has a wealth of experience in non-profit fundraising and communications development with various organizations across Canada. She has a passion for historical organizations that aid in strengthening ties within community. Nastassia is excited to be part of the baseball world, as the sport has sparked an interest in her young daughter.

Site Staff

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Doug Goudy, Site Supervisor
In the past I was the Research and Regulatory manager for an agricultural company where I was employed for 30 years and I also farmed for most of that time. On retiring I have done volunteer service with the Rotary Club of St. Marys and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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