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Meet our Staff

Camp Leadership Team:

Courtney Berger

Executive Director

Courtney graduated from Western University with an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey. She subsequently attended law school at the University of Toronto and practiced as a management-side employment lawyer on Bay Street for 3 years before joining our staff as the Executive Director. Courtney has been involved in True North Sports Camps for several years behind the scenes. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of the business, including hiring and training our staff, marketing, communications, finance and strategy. After having worked at a number of summer camps in the past and dedicated her free time volunteering with children, Courtney knows what it takes to create a memorable experience for each and every camper.

Blake Koester

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Blake will be seen running year-round programs and ensuring that each and every camper has a fantastic experience. Blake completed the Sport Management program at Humber College, which led to him working at the Ontario Cycling Association. For the past three years, Blake has been the Assistant Manager of Mooredale Sports Club, where he was responsible for organizing and coordinating a wide range of sports leagues and competitive teams. Blake spoke as an alumni at Humber College's first ever Sport Management Leadership Summit; he plans to remain involved with the Summit going forward so that he can continue to share his experiences about working in the sports industry with the students. Blake loves to share his passion for sports, especially football and basketball!

Jonathan Isaac

Director of Programming

Jonathan is a High School teacher in the Toronto District School Board and is a graduate of the Kinesiology and Education programs at the University of Toronto. He has over 8 years of experience running summer day camps for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. As the captain of the U of T Varsity Baseball Team he helped them capture OUA Championships in 2011 and 2012, and in 2014 he won a Gold Medal at the European Championships with the Israeli National Team. He has extensive experience coaching volleyball at the high school level and baseball at the collegiate level. More than anything, Jonathan enjoys teaching valuable life lessons through sport.

Julia Garisto

Director of Administration

Julia is an Ontario Certified Teacher and a graduate of the University of Toronto's Kinesiology and Education Programs. Julia has a passion for teaching, both inside and outside the classroom. She has taught physical education and science at secondary schools in both Toronto and London, England. Julia has been heavily involved in competitive sports for most of her life, playing in the Ontario Women's Soccer League for 10 years, and as a member of Team Ontario for 2 years. She has also dedicated her time giving back to the community as a NCCP certified coach for the North York Cosmos under 10 soccer league.

Sean Yerzy

Director - Staff Development

Sean is a Masters candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, studying primary and junior education. He has 7 years of experience working at summer camps, running programs in baseball, beach volleyball, and golf, working with students from ages 4-14. As the Director of Staff Development, he will work mostly with the volunteer CIT’s and first year staff to help them navigate the intricacies of working at a summer camp, and helping them reach their personal and professional goals. His personal motto: if we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong!

2017 Camp Directors (stay tuned for info on our 2018 staff):

Ben Dinsdale

Co-Program Director - Main Baseball Camp at Memorial Park

Ben has been a camper, CIT, or staff member with the North Toronto Baseball Camp for most of his life, first attending the camp when he was nine years old. Throughout his childhood Ben played hockey, soccer, rugby, and of course baseball. He lead his high-school rugby team to two CISAA playoff appearances as the captain. Ben is currently studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and Queen’s University in Kingston, and is excited to bring his experience and love for NTBC back to camp this summer!

Wolf Steger

Program Director - Elite Camp

Wolf has played AAA baseball since he was 10, winning four Toronto Championships. After joining the Etobicoke Rangers in 2010, Wolf was a part of the Minor Midget AAA Ontario Championship team. He started on the Northern Secondary School baseball team since Grade 9, helping lead them to an OFSAA appearance in 2010 as well as co-captaining the team to a TDSB city championship title in 2012. As this will be his fourth summer working with us, Wolf knows what it takes to create an incredible advanced-level baseball program!

Kenneth Pittman

Program Director - Main Baseball Camp at Oriole

Kenneth joined our staff in 2015 and is currently in his fourth year playing baseball at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In the summer of 2014, Kenneth played for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League. Prior to attending school at UBC, Kenneth spent 8 years playing AAA Baseball for the North York Blues, winning several Toronto championships and one Ontario championship. Following North York, he played for the Etobicoke Rangers in "midget" for three successful seasons. In high school, Kenneth played four years at Northern Secondary School, helping them reach OFSAA in 2010, and was the winning pitcher in the City Finals in 2012.

Emma Zivot

Assistant Director - Main Baseball Camp at Oriole

Emma is entering her third year on staff at North Toronto Baseball Camp and will be studying Business Administration this September at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been playing softball since she was five years old at both recreational and competitive levels. Her select softball team won the Ontario Women's Softball Championship twice. Along with softball, Emma has played both school and rep volleyball for several years. Emma's favourite part of playing sports is being a member of a team. She is excited that she will be able to share her love of sports with her campers this summer!

David Swinden

Program Director - Junior Baseball Camp

David graduated from Brock Unviersity with a BA in Sport Management. He was a part of the CIS Men's Basketball National Championship team in 2008 and was selected to the Canadian National (AFL) Aussie Rules Football Team in 2015. David spent the last 9 years living in Calgary, where he worked for WinSport; a Canadian Winter Olympic Facility running summer camps and school programs such as skiing, mountain biking and skating. David also worked with Dark Horse Athletics which offers youth sports programs founded by the Olympic Gold Medalist Duff Gibson. David loves working with youth and believe that sports are an amazing tool that can lead to a positive and successful life.

Ethan Thompson

Assistant Director - Junior Baseball Camp

Ethan joined our staff in 2016. He has played baseball since the age of 5 and has been on a AAA team since the age of 13. Ethan helped the Toronto Cardinals win 2 city finals and place second in the Ontario finals. Ethan has also been a starter for Northern Secondary School's varsity baseball team throughout his high school career. He has also participated on Northern's varsity volleyball team winning the MVP award. Ethan is excited for another amazing summer at camp!