Woodbine racetrack, site of The Jockey Club of Canada's annual meeting.

Woodbine racetrack, site of The Jockey Club of Canada's annual meeting.

Michael Burns

JC of Canada Elects New Stewards, Members

Three new stewards and 22 new members were appointed to the organization.

At the annual meeting of members of The Jockey Club of Canada June 25 at Woodbine Racetrack, three new stewards and 22 new members were appointed to the organization.

Nick Eaves, Frank Di Giulio, and Robert Krembil were elected to the board of stewards for 2011, replacing past chief steward Richard Bonnycastle, as well as Glenn Sikura and Harvey Tenenbaum.

Eaves joined Woodbine Entertainment Group in 1994 and has held various positions within the company over the last 17 years. In his current capacity as president and chief executive officer, Eaves is responsible for all aspects of WEG’s business and operations at its Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks and through its various distribution channels. In addition to participating on the boards of various industry associations, Nick serves as a director of WEG.

Di Giulio operates a small breeding and racing operation and over the years has been represented by such stakes winners as Forever Grand, Win City, and Rare Friends.

Currently a director with the CTHS Ontario Division, Di Giulio is involved in all aspects of the industry, from breeding mares to purchasing yearlings and claiming horses.

Krembil is president of Chiefswood Holdings Limited and associated companies, including Chiefswood Stables Limited, a successful racing and breeding outfit. Chairman of The Krembil Foundation and a director and founding partner of EdgePoint Investment Group, Robert, along with his wife, Linda, were awarded the 2008 Outstanding Philanthropist Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and dedication to a broad array of charities in health care, education, and the arts.

The three new Stewards will join chief steward James Lawson, Jeff Begg, Geordie Hendrie, Sue Leslie, Ross McKague, Harvey Warner, and Gordon Wilson on the board until the annual meeting in 2012.

The Jockey Club of Canada also determined at its annual meeting that it will grow its membership and scope by continuing to add new members who are passionate and dedicated to Thoroughbred racing in Canada.

“Those participating in Thoroughbred racing in Canada can now support and participate in an independent national body with the mandate of The Jockey Club of Canada,” said chief steward James Lawson in a statement. “The initiatives of the Club continue to grow with the industry. Funding, support, and innovative ideas from dedicated individuals is necessary to ensure the future success of this much needed independent organization.”

The newly elected members of The Jockey Club of Canada for 2011 are:

Mike Ambler, Ian Black, Elissa Blowe, Josie Carroll, Robert Costigan, Gail Cox, Catherine Day Phillips, Bill Diamant, John Fielding, David Forster, Michael Keogh, Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Jamie Martin, Bernard McCormack, Charles Overland, Paul Ryneveld, Yvonne Schwabe, Jeffrey Sengara, John Sikura, William Stewart, William Tallon, and Daniel Vella.