Rick Young is one of Canada’s most trusted voices on golf equipment & matters related to the golf industry. A founding member of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada and multi time recipient of GJAC Writing Awards his 37 year career his work has appeared in numerous national & regional publications including SCOREGolf, Macleans, Golf Canada Magazine & London Free Press. A GJAC board member since inception this is his third term as GJAC president.
Immediate Past President
David McPherson is an author, freelance writer, and corporate communicator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His love of golf began at 11 when he received the best Christmas gift ever: a membership to Westmount Golf & Country Club. Over the past 20 years as a golf writer and editor, David's work has appeared in numerous publications across North America, including PGATOUR.com, Golf Canada, ScoreGolf, ClubLink Life, Golf Course Architecture, Golf Course Management, Greenmaster, Golf Course Industry, and Pro Shop.
Jeremy Kehler is based out of Ste Anne, Man. and is currently the Communications Lead for the Manitoba Open on the Mackenzie-PGA Tour Canada. Besides assisting the tournament, he also is the owner and lead writer of prairiegolfmagazine.com. Jeremy has written articles that have appeared in both Canadian and American digital golf publications. His current focus is primarily on courses in the northern plains region of North America and has a great appreciation for all things golf equipment related.
Vice President, Membership
Scott is the Associate Publisher at Bauder Media Group (Ottawa), acting as Editor for Flagstick Golf Magazine since 2000 and is responsible for content at Flagstick.com and Ontario Golf News. A long-time member of GJAC and a Board member since 2018, he is also a Class A Member of the PGA of Canada and an active Teaching Professional. He completed his formal education at Loyalist College, Wilfrid Laurier, and the Golf Management Institute of Canada. He resides in Kingston, Ontario with his wife and daughter.
Vice President, Sponsorship
Award-winning author and best-selling author Robert Thompson has covered golf for more than 15 years and has written for the likes of Golf Digest, Golf World, SCOREGolf, the National Post and the Toronto Star. He is currently the editor of PRO:Files, the PGA of Canada’s magazine, and the columnist for web-based golf magazine Global Golf Post.
Vice President, Communications
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Brendan was introduced to the sport of golf by his father at 3-years old and spent his adolescent summers playing at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club, where his father is still a professional. Volunteering for the high school newspaper, Brendan enrolled in the journalism program at Mount Royal University with aspirations of a career in sports media. Moving to Toronto upon graduation, Brendan served as the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Media Official from 2018-2020.
Vice President, Finance & Treasurer
Grant Fraser is a past GJAC president (2015-2017)and has served on the board as treasurer of the association since 2007. He is a multiple travel and photography award winner and a contributor to Flagstick magazine and Ontario Golf News. Fraser is also the founder and president of the Golf Management Institute of Canada (est. 1999) and a Golf Ontario, PGA of Canada and Golf Canada committee member/volunteer. In 2019, Fraser was made an Honorary Director of the PGA of Canada
Vice President, Awards
Curtis Gillespie is the author of many magazine articles and five books, including the memoir Playing Through. He was won various awards for his golf writing, as well as seven National Magazine Awards for his writing on politics, science, sport and culture. He played on the varsity golf team at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland while doing graduate work in history. He lives in Edmonton.
Vice President, Professional Development and Events
Mike lives in Burlington, ON, and focuses his golf writing on Canada’s top public courses and issues of public golf in Canada. When he’s not working on getting his index back to a single digit, Mike is in a seemingly endless negotiation with his dog over treats and walks. Happiness is family time, or a drive that splits the fairway. A GJAC member for almost 5 years, Mike is interested in creating spaces for members to meet, share and learn.
Vice President, Web
Terry has been a part of Golf Canada’s communications team since 2006, where his managerial responsibilities now include enhancing the association’s digital properties, digital/social marketing, fostering media relationships and championship media relations. He is a 10+ year GJAC member and past GJAC writing award winner. Terry holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies (University of Guelph), as well as certificates in Business Marketing (Sheridan College) and Public Relations (Humber College). He lives in Oakville, Ont., with his wife and two young children, and is a long-time member of Mississaugua Golf and Country Club.
The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) was originally formed in 1995 with a mandate to attain proper media facilities and improved working conditions at professional and amateur golf events across Canada; to encourage and promote golf journalism in Canada; to recognize outstanding contributions to golf and golf journalism in Canada and to add a sound, objective voice to the direction of golf in this country.
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