Sail Canada announces Michael Milner as Sail Canada’s new High Performance director

Michael Milner

May 2, 2018

Sail Canada will officially announce Michael Milner as Sail Canada’s new High Performance director at a press conference at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club City Club on St George Street on Friday May 4th.

The Canadian native brings extensive and broad-based expertise to this position. With a solid and wide-ranging background in sailing, Milner will lever his skills as a competitive sailor, coach, race officer/regatta manager, administrator and overall promoter of the sport of sailing to build the foundation for a new national system for the development of sailing athletes across Canada.

Milner’s broad-based skill set made him the perfect addition to the Sail Canada team and his intimate knowledge of the Canadian sailing community will ensure moving forward that the collaboration across Canada will allow us to accelerate Podium performances internationally.

The key deliverables for Sail Canada will be a sustainable, collaborative and performance measurement-based approach in all it does as it addresses the development of the team moving forward while identifying and assisting in the development of athletes and increasing participation at all levels of the sport.

Milner has competed internationally for Canada in both the Finn and Star class and has first hand expertise across all aspects of the sport and most recently lead the Royal Canadian Yacht club’s sailing programs regarded as one of the most successful integrated club-based sailing programs anywhere.

Competitor, athlete, manger, coach, mentor and manager summarize the talents Milner will draw on moving forward.

Todd Irving Sail Canada President commented on the Milner appointment as follows; “This announcement marks a milestone in a two-year High Performance program transformation. We are confident that Mike has the right skills to execute our High Performance Plan: A new national system of athlete measurement and evaluation together with Regional NextGen Hubs to ensure that we have sustainable athlete development for international success. Please lend your support to help us move forward with these exciting changes.”

Don Adams CEO of Sail Canada, added “we are excited to have Mike join our team as we continue to build the High Performance system in Canada working with our many stakeholders of clubs, provinces, athletes and volunteers. We look forward to working collaboratively on our High Performance objectives.”

The formal announcement will take place at 1300 Hours

Royal Canadian Yacht Club

141 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5R 2L8

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