Jeff remains deeply committed to the communities in which he lives, works, and volunteers:
Jeff is a former member of the Queen's University Board of Trustees and its Advancement and Nominating Committees, the Principal's Review Committee, the Queen's Centre Executive Committee, the Queen's University Council on Athletics, and the Queen's Alumni Association Board. Jeff was also the founding Treasurer of the Queen’s Midwest (Chicago) Alumni Branch and the founding President of the Queen's Bands Booster Club. He is active as a member of the Queen’s Football Club and has been photographer of the Queen’s Football Golden Gaels, and for other Queen’s athletic teams since 2001.
Vanier Cup and University Sports
Jeff is past Chairman of the Vanier Cup - Canada's University Football Championship and the Premier University Event in Canada, and was a member of the Canadian College Bowl Board and Vanier Cup Organizing Committee from 1978-2000, and the CIAU's CEO Search Committee in 2000. He is currently heading a Rugby Canada/CIS working group to develop the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship.
Canadian University Men's Rugby Championship
Jeff founded the Canadian University Men's Rugby CVhampiopnship ion 2017 and continues to serve as its Chairman. The CUMRC tournament pits representative universities from BC, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic region in an 8-team, 12-game competition to win the Spence McTavish Cup, emblematic of the top university men's rugby 15s team in Canada.
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Canadian Rugby Foundation
Based on his experience from the CUMRC, Jeff joined the Canadian Rugby Foundation as its Executive Director in 2021. The Canadian Rugby Foundation makes a unique contribution to rugby’s growth and development in three ways:
- Working with grassroots rugby clubs across Canada to: establish endowment funds that generate annual investment returns to support their activities; fund awards for rugby players, coaches, officials and volunteers pursuing postsecondary education; and raise funds for rugby-related capital projects;
- Through its Unrestricted Fund, initiating, supporting, and sponsoring important rugby initiatives, many of a national scope, such as the Men’s and Women’s Canadian Rugby Club Championships, the University Men's Rugby Championship, and Thunder Indigenous Rugby; and
- Collaborating with Rugby Canada to provide financial support to Canada's national rugby union senior and age-grade teams and programs.
In less than 2 years, he grew its Funds from 50 to 65, and its assets from $5.9 million to over $19 million.
Jeff is a past President of the Toronto Junior Board of Trade/Toronto Jaycees and was awarded a life membership in Junior Chamber International (JCI) and a JCI Senatorship. During his tenure in the Junior Board, he was a Vice President and Executive Vice President, and the Co-Chairman of the 1980 College Bowl Festival. Prior to joining the Toronto organization, he was a Director and Vice President of the Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce/Edmonton Jaycees.
Toronto Board of Trade
He was an appointed member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto Council in 1982 and an elected member of Council from 1989-95. He served on the Board's Labour Relations Committee and as the Vice-Chair and Chair of its Race Relations Committee.
Jeff has also served as a Governor of Toronto’s Variety Village, a member of the Ontario Premier’s Councils on Police Bravery and Firefighters’ Bravery, an Edmonton United Way Agency Relations Committee member, an Advisor for Junior Achievement of Edmonton, and an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Review Committee member for the York-Simcoe region.