Canadian Rugby Loses a Titan: RIP Bill Webb

Sad news as we lost Bill Webb, a Canadian Rugby Foundation Board member and CRF Investment Committee member, on August 28. He will be sorely missed by all in the Canadian rugby community and remembered for all his contributions to rugby in this country at the club, university, national, and professional levels.

William “Bill” Reid Webb passed away peacefully at North York General Hospital on Monday, August 28th, 2023, in the presence of family after a bout of prostate cancer.

Bill was the loving son of the late Roberta Webb (née Heard) and was survived by his father, William A. Webb. He was the beloved husband and “the rock” to Dr. Agnes Wong for more than 26 years. Devoted and proud father of sons James and Stephen. Loving brother to Robert J. Webb, brother-in-law to Noriko, and a caring uncle to Masato and Aiko. Bill’s unwavering dedication to his family truly reflected his character.

Bill was born in Toronto, Ontario. Throughout his 59 years, Bill led a life of accomplishments filled with adventures. He was a proud graduate of Wilfred Laurier University (BBA ‘86). After spending two years working in the UK and travelling extensively around the world, including being a trekking guide in the Himalayas, he went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University (MBA ‘93), where he met his wife and soulmate, Agnes. Bill had a long and distinguished career, including being the Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer at Gluskin Sheff + Associates (1995-2015), a founding partner and later an advisor at Waypoint Investment Partners (2017-present), and most recently, the Co-Founder and President of the Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club (2018-present), photos of which can be found here

Rugby was a fundamental part of Bill’s life, from his early days with Brantford Collegiate Institute, the Brantford Harlequins, and the Laurier Golden Hawks to leading Canada’s first and only professional rugby union team. He also served on the Rugby Canada Board of Directors, co-chaired the campaign for building the Al Charron National Training Centre, and passionately supported the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF). His friends and family will deeply miss him, as he left a lasting legacy in the rugby community.

Bill will be remembered as a loyal friend and compassionate man who believed in giving back to the community through his actions and philanthropy. His legacy of kindness and integrity will live on in the hearts of those who had the opportunity to know him.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests a donation be made in memory of Bill to TIRF (, the Canadian Cancer Society ( or True Patriot Love (

The family will receive visitors at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Homes (6191 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) on September 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Another brief visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on September 9th, followed directly by a funeral mass at Blessed Trinity Parish (3220 Bayview Ave, North York, ON). The funeral service will be followed immediately by a reception at the Miller Tavern (3885 Yonge St, Toronto, ON) from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Webb family.

Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter – July 2023

In this issue of the Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter, “News & Views”, we have updates since the January 2023 Newsletter and 2022 Annual Report. Click here to read the complete Newsletter.

As usual we look forward to hearing from you – whether rugby club executives or members, donors, representatives of our 70 Funds, rugby players of all ages and levels, and dedicated or casual rugby union fans – with your questions, suggestions, or other feedback.


Jeff Chan
Executive Director
Canadian Rugby Foundation


We are pleased to report the establishment of the Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund today.



Twin Elm Rugby Park was founded by a dedicated group of rugby enthusiasts on June 25th, 1973.  The park is jointly owned by the Bytown Blues, Ottawa Beavers & Banshees, Ottawa Ospreys, and the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club.


Under the management of a volunteer Board of Directors, Twin Elm has grown over the last half century to hold a special place in Canada’s rugby history.  The park has hosted provincial and national championships at the high school, junior and senior levels, as well as numerous international matches, including Canada’s epic 18-16 victory over France in 1994, and the Canadian women’s first ever home soil victory over the U.S.A. in 2001.  The park has also showcased the Canadian German Shepherd championship, Gaelic Athletic competitions, lacrosse, and touch football  to list a few.

Dozens of internationals have developed their skills on Twin Elms five pitches, and have gone on to wear the maple leaf with pride at Rugby World Cup’s going back 30 years, most recently at the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Twin Elm also holds the unique distinction of being the only rugby park in the world to have produced the captains of both the women’s and men’s national teams in consecutive Rugby World Cups. This unprecedented  accomplishment occurred when Sherri Sparling captained Canada at the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Spain, and Al Charron followed by leading the Canadian men’s squad into Australia in 2003.

In the Spring of 2023 Twin Elm continued its proud tradition of excellence in helping to develop elite players as the Ontario Senior women played two games against their Quebec counterparts, and the Rugby Canada Youth Commonwealth Games 7’s held trial matches. Twin Elm is looking forward to assisting Rugby Canada as they host the Pacific Four Series, U20 and U18 women’s rugby in the Nation’s Capital during the summer of 2023.


The Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund is intended to provide funding from interest earned and capital withdrawals for the renewal of the existing Twin Elm Rugby Park.

The Renewal Project recognizes the 50th Anniversary of Twin Elm Rugby Park, and “builds” on the $280,000 recently invested to upgrade the park facilities, honouring the important place Twin Elm holds in Canada’s rugby history and ensuring this legacy is sustained for future generations. The Fund would encompass the multiple needs of the renewal project and allow donors to notify the board of their preference for how their donations would be spent, subject to being consistent with the aims and objectives of the Foundation and Rugby Canada in terms of the growth and development of Rugby in Canada, and compliance with CRA regulations.

For example, one of the primary needs is to replace the old, donated lawnmower with a modern zero-turn mower designed for facilities the size of ours, which would result in significant time savings in volunteer hours. Other improvements include modernizing the lockers to 21st-century standards, renewing the lounge, replacing stands, and adding landscaping such as fences or tree planting. The list would be open-ended as long as rugby-related and of a longer-term capital expenditure versus current operating expense.

Should the project not go ahead as planned, or be canceled, the Twin Elm Rugby Park Board of Directors may decide to repurpose this Fund towards another project or convert the Fund into an endowment fund that supports the growth and development of rugby in Canada, Eastern Ontario or the Twin Elm Rugby Park specifically, consistent with the Mission of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

Donations to the Twin Elm Rugby Park Renewal Fund can be made here.


The Canadian Rugby Foundation, in conjunction with Rugby Canada, has announced the development of the Women’s Age-Grade Rugby Fund, which has been established to raise and invest funds to support Rugby Canada’s women’s age-grade teams and programs.

The Canadian Rugby Foundation, in conjunction with Rugby Canada, has announced the development of the Women’s Age-Grade Rugby Fund, which has been established to raise and invest funds to support Rugby Canada’s women’s age-grade teams and programs.

These U18, U20 and U23 programs develop up-and-coming players and coaches through a coordinated national pathway that leads towards the senior sevens and 15s programs, working in close collaboration with communities, clubs, schools, universities and provincial unions.

The goal of the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund is to invest in the future of women’s rugby in Canada by raising $2 million by 2025.

One hundred percent of funds raised will provide direct support to the program through reduction of the national age grade pay-to-play model, with the aim of alleviating costs associated with travel, equipment, and training. An endowment fund that will grow year after year, the hope is to enable the advancement of age-grade initiatives and support the long-term growth of women’s rugby in Canada.

“Having the opportunity to play through Rugby Canada’s age grade systems was a huge step in my development as a young player,” said Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team captain Sophie de Goede. “Those experiences were a bridge from my club, provincial and university teams to the national team, and they provided insight into the professionalism and dedication it takes to wear the maple leaf. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities and coaches I had at the age grade level and the incredible teammates and friends I was fortunate to meet through those teams.”

Last year, Rugby Canada announced the relaunch of the national women’s age-grade programming. This July, in conjunction with the Canadian-hosted Pacific Four Series rounds in Ottawa, Canada’s U20 Women’s Team will play matches of their own in Canada’s capital, including a curtain raiser at TD Place on July 8 ahead of Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team vs New Zealand. More information about this summer’s U18 and U23 women’s programming will be announced shortly.

“Having a connected and cohesive high-performance pathway for player development is vital to the growth and prosperity of women’s rugby in Canada, and we are greatly looking forward to the revitalization of our women’s age grade programs this year,” said Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team Head Coach Kevin Rouet. “The Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund is an important tool in helping our next generation of women’s rugby players experience elite training and competition on the international stage.”

The Canadian Rugby Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event for the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund in Ottawa alongside the Pacific Four Series. An evening of inspiration, gathering and merriment in support of the future of women’s rugby in Canada, this will be the second “Raising the Uprights” event, the first having taken place earlier this year in Vancouver ahead of HSBC Canada Sevens, raising $20,000 for the Fund.

Registration for the event, which will take place Sunday July 9 from 11:00am to 1:30pm ET at Barley Mow Westboro in Ottawa, is open here. For more information, or to donate directly to the Women’s Age Grade Rugby Fund, please visit the Canadian Rugby Foundation website here.

About the Canadian Rugby Foundation

The Canadian Rugby Foundation was established in 2003 as a non-share capital corporation incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada) designated as a public foundation (registration number 869159186).

The Foundation’s mandate is to encourage and build permanent endowed funds, student award funds and capital project funds the income or capital from which will be used to promote and support rugby activities, including but not limited to, players, clubs, coaches, officials, administrators, and rugby organizations – all to support the growth and development of rugby in Canada.

Among its now 68 funds, the CRF has dedicated funds to support Rugby Canada’s age-grade and senior teams and programs such as the Monty Heald Senior Women’s Fund, the U20 (Men’s) Fund, the Hong Kong & Olympic 7s Fund, and the new Women’s Age-grade Rugby Fund.

Rugby Ontario AGM Includes the Foundation’s Pitch

On April 23, 2023 the Canadian Rugby Foundation presented an introduction to the Foundation at Rugby Ontario’s 2023 Annual General Meeting. Presenters were Jeff Chan, Executive Director, and Jerry Marriott, Director. Their presentation, designed to raise awareness about the Foundation’s role and explain the benefits of a Foundation Fund to Rugby Ontario’s member clubs, is here.

Canadian Rugby Loses Pat Aldous on February 14, 2023


ALDOUS, Patrick Alan

79, of Vancouver, B.C. Canada sadly passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

He was born on 12 March 1943 at Lionsgate (North Shore) Hospital in North Vancouver. He was predeceased by his parents Montague and Kathleen Aldous, brother Charles Aldous, and his uncle Alan Aldous. He leaves behind his wife Linda Aldous, brother Howard (Donna) Aldous, and step-mother Kay Aldous. His four daughters Kathleen (David Schleindl) Aldous-Schleindl, Wendy (Robert) Friesen, Betty (Matthew Downer) Aldous and Amy Aldous. His grandchildren Luke, Emma, Tyler, Sean, Sienna, Dylan and Max, and Lyn Dunn (née Sutton) to whom he was married from 1964-1984. He is also survived by his nephews Kent (Mary) Aldous, and Patrick (Janele) Aldous and their children Emily, Liam, Charlotte and Eloise; and his step-sister Jean (Norm) Pass, and step-brother Mel (Diana) Butler.

Patrick began his career as a Chartered Accountant and received his certification in Victoria, B.C., and then went on to article for Peat Marwick Mitchell in Vancouver B.C. He rose in his field to become the President of Okanagan Helicopters, and then with his business partner Dave Whyte bought Alpine Helicopters in 1988, thereby becoming co-owner and CEO of Alpine. Alpine grew to include Alpine Aerotech and Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH). That combined company was sold to Intrawest Corp. in 1998.

Patrick was an accomplished athlete and was passionate about supporting and promoting Canadian Rugby. Pat played rugby for Kats RFC and BC, captaining Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team in 1971. He was Chairman of Rugby Canada and Vice President and Board member of the Canadian Rugby Foundation until very recently, and remained a current member of the Canadian Rugby Sevens board. He was involved in the launch of Canada Sevens and was instrumental in the development of the Al Charron National Training Centre. Upon his retirement as Chairman of the Rugby Canada board in 2020 he was honoured with the Chairperson Award. Pat was also a Canadian Olympic Committee Representative for rugby.

Additional interests included playing the saxophone for the Kitsilano Boys Band under the direction of Arthur W. Delamont, which he enjoyed greatly, and in recent years he was on the advisory board for Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

He enjoyed travel, theatre, spending time with his family and friends, good restaurants, fine wine, and watching sports. He always encouraged his children to strive to do their best, and to continually “accentuate the positive!”. He travelled extensively throughout his life, most recently in support of Rugby Canada, hosting large family trips, and taking trips with Linda and their friends.

As well as his successful career and rugby achievements, Pat will be greatly missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He passed away on Valentine’s Day but on this day of love, we will always remember a man that loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had a formidable presence and was kind, charming, sharp-witted and generous.

The family wishes to thank the kind staff at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver for their care of Pat, where he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, after having suffered a serious stroke.

We invite you to make a donation to the Monty Heald Senior Women’s Fund in his honour, in lieu of sending flowers.    NOTE : the preceding link and Fund name corrected from the newspaper version.

A private gathering was held for the immediate family but a Celebration of Life will be held in the summer 2023 in his honour. Details TBA.

8 University Men’s Rugby Coaches Now Selected for Advanced Coaching Courses in New Zealand and Wales

We are happy to report that the following 7 university men’s rugby coaches have been selected to attend the first Crusaders course to be held LIVE in 3 years in Christchurch, NZ.

  • Scott Manning (U Victoria)
  • Andy Evans (Trinity Western U)
  • Nick “Vinny” McAuley (U Calgary)
  • Ian McLeod (Western U)
  • Jamie Mackenzie (Laurier U)
  • Ian Baillie (McGill U)
  • Pat B. Parfrey (Memorial U)

The eighth coach, Curry Hitchborn from UBC, will pursue a coaching experience in Wales this summer.


Curry and Scott’s attendance (course fee, accommodations, and air travel) is funded through the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s Gerald McGavin Coaching Award Fund, selected by the BC Rugby Union.
Andy, Vinny, Ian M., Jamie, Ian B., and Pat’s attendance (course fee and accommodation) are funded through the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s University Rugby Supporters’ Fund, with air travel subsidized by Dave Lougheed’s “For the Love of the Game” charity, and selected by a sub-committee consisting of Doug Tate, Mike Holmes, and Dave Lougheed.
This initiative is consistent with 1) the belief that Men’s University Rugby is an essential keystone for the improvement of men’s rugby in Canada, and the advancement of the national men’s team’s performance, just as Women’s University Rugby has been proven to be essential to the Senior Women’s 15s performance on the world stage; and 2) that improved coaching in university men’s rugby is a critical step towards improving the depth and calibre of Canadian university men’s rugby and hence, the Canadian men’s senior team.
The Crusaders course will take place from May 22 to June 2 at Crusaders Rugby Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.  This year’s coaches will be expected to share their learning with other university and club coaches in their regions following the camp, so be on the lookout for them.
Dependent on funding, and the success of this year’s initiative, we will work towards a repeat in 2024 with a new group of coaches.
Good luck to our Canadian contingent of coaches this summer, and to all of the University Men’s Rugby teams in the coming 2023 season, playoffs, and road to the 2023 CUMRC in Langley, BC on November 15-19.
Jeff Chan
Executive Director, Canadian Rugby Foundation
Chairman, Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship

Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter – January 2023

In this issue of the Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter, “News & Views”, we have updates since the June 2022 Newsletter. Click here to read the complete Newsletter.

The headlines are as follow:

  • Foundation News and Announcements


  •  Funds News


  • Unrestricted Fund News


  • 2022 Awards News


  • Donation Appeal and Contact




As always, we look forward to hearing from you – whether rugby club executives or members, donors, representatives of our 69 Funds, rugby players of all ages and levels, and dedicated or casual rugby union fans – with your questions, suggestions, or other feedback.


Jeff Chan



December 4 saw the finale of the 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) brought to you by Raymond James and Lougheed Wealth Management. Once again, the UBC Thunderbirds were victorious, winning their fourth championship in five years, and defeating the McGill Redbirds convincingly in the Gold medal match 48-5.

This year’s tournament was hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC from November 30-December 4.  34 teams competed this year to qualify for the CUMRC through their conference or regional leagues, an increase of 17 per cent from the inaugural 2017 tournament. Eight teams from all regions of Canada won the right to compete at the CUMRC. Returning from 2021 were UBC, UVic, Calgary and Guelph with Trinity Western, Laurier, McGill and Memorial joining them this year.


The results from the twelve matches played over three days follow.  All matches were streamed on The Rugby Network (Links shown):


  • TWU 23, Uvic 22 –
  • Guelph 28, Memorial 22 –
  • UBC 53, Calgary 0 –
  • Laurier 23, McGill 22 –

 Consolation Semi-finals

  • UVic 36, Laurier 12 -
  • Memorial 29, Calgary 14 –

 Championship Semi-finals

  • UBC 37, Guelph 17 –
  • McGill 17, Trinity Western 11 -

 Final Day

  • 7 vs. 8:Calgary 20, Laurier 12 -
  • 5 vs. 6: UVic 52 , Memorial 15 –
  • Bronze medal:Guelph 32, TWU 31 –
  • Gold medal:UBC 48, McGill 5 –

Finishing Results

  • 8th: Laurier Golden Hawks
  • 7th: Calgary Dinos
  • 6 th: Memorial Seahawks
  • 5th: UVic Vikes
  • 4th: Trinity Western Spartans
  • Bronze medal: Guelph Gryphons
  • Silver medal: McGill Redbirds
  • Gold medal: UBC Thunderbirds

Bob Frid/UBC

Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

(Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

Photos from the tournament can be seen here

At the 2022 CUMRC Awards banquet on December 3,  eight players – one from each team – were presented with the Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Award recognizing their contributions to the game of rugby off-the-field. Full story.

Also at the banquet, the inaugural Liam Geddes Memorial Award was presented to Relmu Wilson-Valdes of UBC as the outstanding back-row player in the tournament. Full story

And finally, the McGill University Redbirds were named as the second winners of the Jeff Chan Spirit of Rugby Team Award. The Redbirds were selected by the Toronto Arrows selection panel, the tournament officials, and the CUMRC Board, based on their demonstration of the spirit, values, and culture of the game of rugby including respect for their opponents and the officials, competitiveness, good sportsmanship, and community building over the course of the CUMRC tournament.

Gabi Saini/UBC

Following the tournament, the First and Second Team All Stars were announced.


The 2022 CUMRC Tournament had the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Title sponsor: Raymond James
  • Presenting sponsor: Lougheed Wealth Management – Raymond James
  • Sustaining sponsors: The Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Adventures, Pemberton-Holmes, Toronto Arrows, and Michael Holmes.
  • All Stars sponsor: Toronto Arrows
  • Game Sponsors: “For the Love of the Game”
  • Player of the Game Sponsors: University of British Columbia
  • Official Tournament Balls provided by: Gilbert Canada
  • Continuing supporter: Rugby Canada
  • Host university: University of British Columbia
  • Host university sponsors: Sport Tourism Vancouver, VIA Sport, and the Province of British Columbia, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

2023 CUMRC



The 2023 CUMRC returns to British Columbia November 15-19 hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. See you next year!