Board of Directors

 

President
Kristian Hammerback (Ontario)

Kristian Hammerback lives in Toronto, Ontario, where he works in the steel business as a product manager for Ryerson. He was born missing his left arm just below the elbow. He started playing golf when he was 12 years old and participated in his first amputee golf tournament when he was 16. Besides golf, he is a huge hockey fan and throws his support behind the Winnipeg Jets. Kristian was born in Winnipeg but grew up in Montreal where he learned his French. He looks forward to participating in the CANO tournament every summer to play golf but mostly to reconnect with the amazing amputee golf community.


Past President
Gwen Davies (Alberta)

Gwen Davies from Calgary, Alberta is the Past-President of CAGA. She has been a right leg below knee amputee since she was three, when her leg was amputated due to congenital problems. However, in a very recent revision, she had her right knee removed. Gwen is very active in amputee golf, playing in tournaments at the local, provincial, national and international level. She holds the title of Canadian Ladies Amputee Golf Champion, which she won in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She won the Ladies British Amputee Open in 1995. Gwen was the Ladies runner-up at the First World series of Golf in Australia in 1996 and won the Second World series event in 2002. For many years Gwen was involved in the leasing and management of shopping centres in Western Canada, more particularly Alberta.


Treasurer
Doug Karlson (British Columbia)

An automobile accident in 1978 resulted in Doug having a lengthy hospital stay, followed by the partial loss of his right foot and a fusion of the right ankle. Further to the initial accident, a permanent pin was added to the left ankle to assist in the healing process.

Always a very active person, Doug was forced by the accident to alter the sports he enjoyed and he became a whitewater canoeing instructor and an avid sailor.

Several years later, he tried the sport of golf and became hooked. Golf is now a passion that he enjoys every chance he gets. Doug has played in several national amputee tournaments in Canada and has visited both Scotland and Ireland to play golf with friends. Doug has been married to the same wonderful woman for 23 years and in 2015 Doug and his wife moved to Victoria – the best city in Canada.

Doug is pleased to be associated with CAGA and has made many good friends through the Association. To quote Doug: “It is my honor to serve as the CAGA Treasurer.”


Secretary
Glenn Cassidy (Saskatchewan)

In 1997 after a series of unfortunate medical events due to a hereditary blood condition, Glenn had a below-knee amputation of his right leg. The one thing that kept him fighting after was his love of golf – within 2 months he was back on the course. His prosthetician introduced him to the CAGA organization in 2003 where he played his first amputee tournament in Winnipeg, MB. He was very impressed by all the players and their enthusiasm for the game, as well as the caliber of golf. He has tried to make as many tournaments as possible in the years since, and co-hosted the Canadian Open in Saskatoon in 2007 and 2013.

Off the course, Glenn keeps himself tremendously busy with his career at SaskPolytechnic as Systems Analyst. Glenn is an avid believer in supporting family and friends, and values those moments that he can spend with them.


Director at Large
Bernard Ouellet (Quebec)

Bernard lives in Notre Dame de L’Ile-Perrot, Quebec, which is located immediately to the West of the Island of Montreal with his wife Diane and his two boys Sebastien and Stephane. After a work accident (crushed between two forklifts) in 1994 and 11 operations later he was an amputee below the knee in 1998. He works as a senior industrial advisor at FPInnovations taking care especially of the PIT program who regroup managers of vehicle fleets, technology providers, and government agencies to improve every phase of a transportation system in Canada. Bernard participated to his first CANO tournament in 2006 in Three Rivers and since then he plans his holidays to be able to participate in the championship.


Director at Large
Ann Topp (Ontario)

Ann Topp hails from Sudbury, Ontario and is currently living in Toronto with her boyfriend Kristian and son Sawyer. Ann has a background in communications and will be returning to her role as Regional Director for Earls Kitchen + Bar in Ontario once she finishes her maternity leave in April. Ann became familiar with CAGA when she met Kristian and is passionate about securing new sponsorship for the tournament and funding for our athletes as well as seeing golf become an official sporting event in the Paralympics.


Director at Large
Johannes Grames (British Columbia)

Johannes Grames is an above knee (AK) amputee golfer currently living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Johannes is the current BC Amputee Golf Association President. Prior positions include Tournament Chair for the 2012 and 2011 BC Amputee Open Golf Tournament, as well as for the BC/Japan 2010 Disabled Golf Tournament. Past board membership includes Western Canadian Rep of the Canadian Amputee Sports Association, and a former Vice President of the Canadian Amputee Sports Association BC Division. Golfing accomplishments include current two-time defending Canadian Amputee and Disabled National Open Senior Champion, top 4 Canadian 4 years in a row, 2nd place in the 26th Annual National Amputee Golf Senior Championship 2015, and a 5 win one loss singles record at International Cup. When he is not playing golf he is busy raising his two young boys, or playing, teaching, and recording music for a living.


Director at Large
Rod Reimer (Ontario)

Rod Reimer was born missing his left leg below the knee, in Port Alberni, BC and moved to London, Ontario in 1986.

Rod Reimer currently lives in London, with his wife Sherri and daughter Kayla. He is currently working at Dynacare in the warehouse as a Shipper and Ordering clerk.

President of OALASA, Rod started playing golf in 1988, playing his first tournament in 1996. He has played in almost every Canadian Open tournament and has enjoyed travelling all over Canada, and a few places in the US.