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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 (Site Director)

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!

Justin Atkinson

Assistant Director of Operations (Site Director)

As the Assistant Director of Operations, Justin will be helping Blake with year-round programs and ensuring every camper has the best possible time. He has over 15 years of baseball playing experience, including playing for the Ontario Blue Jays and at the collegiate level in the US. As a freshman, he helped lead his Jefferson College team to a #2 NJCAA ranking and an appearance in the 2012 Junior College World Series. Justin completed his Sports Administration degree from Belhaven University, in Mississippi, that led him interning for the San Francisco 49ers and in the Stanford University Athletics Department. Justin loves to share his baseball experiences and help kids develop their skills on the diamond!

Chantal Knorren-McGrath

Site Director

Chantal grew up participating in a variety of sports including Nordic skiing, volleyball, and soccer. She focused her training on Nordic skiing, competing in Ski Nationals in 2008 and 2009. As an adult, Chantal continued to play soccer on a women's team. Following her passion for working with children, Chantal graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education in 2015. She proceeded to work as a grade 6 teacher for two years before relocating to Toronto. Chantal believes camp is a great place to build friendships, develop new skills, and make memories. She looks forward to meeting all the campers this summer!

Katie Lem

Director of Administration

Katie is currently studying Concurrent Education at Queen's University. She has a passon for working with children and has spent previous summers working as a camp director. Katie is excited to take on more responsibility as the Director of Administration this year allowing her to continue ensuring that campers have an amazing camp experience, while also delivering outstanding customer service to all of our camp families!

2019 Camp Directors:

Yoav Cohen-Rimmer

Program Director - Baseball Camp at Forest Hill (Memorial Park)

Yoav is an elementary school teacher in Toronto and is a graduate of the MA in Child Study and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT). He has over 8 years of experience running sports programs in summer camps for children ages 2-15. Yoav previously played AA and AAA baseball on a number of teams in the GTA, and was captain of William Lyon Mackenzie C.I.’s volleyball team, and championship baseball team in 2011. Yoav is excited to join the True North Sports Camps team and continue his passion for helping children develop their skills as athletes and as leaders.

Ben Martin

Program Director - Baseball Camp at Forest Hill (Memorial Park)

Ben is currently at the University of British Columbia studying International Relations and was one of our first campers to ever receive his 10-year sweatshirt! After being a camper for many years and participating in our CIT program, he joined our staff as a Coach. We are thrilled that he is taking on additional responsibilities this summer as one of our two Program Directors of our Baseball Camp at Forest Hill (Memorial Park). Given his passion for camp and his understanding of the camper experience, we expect that Ben will make an outstanding addition to our Camp Director team!

Grant Elias

Assistant Director - Baseball Camp at Forest Hill (Memorial Park)

Grant is entering his fifth year as a staff member of True North Sports Camps! He played North York AA and on the Lawrence Park CI baseball team throughout high school - he won the coaches award in Grade 12! He is currently studying Communication Studies at Wilfred Laurier University. Grant is thrilled to share his knowledge and love for the game again this summer!

Kenneth Pittman

Program Director - Elite Baseball Camp

Kenneth joined our staff in 2015 and is currently playing baseball at the University of British Columbia (UBC). 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. We are thrilled to have Kenneth on staff again this summer to head up our Elite Baseball Camp!

Stacey Wist

Program Director - Junior Baseball Camp

Stacey is joining our staff this summer as our Program Director of Junior Camp! Stacey works as a teacher in Kindergarten and absolutely loves working with kids! She has been working at different summer camps for many years, and cannot wait to bring some serious fun to Junior Camp this year. She has a passion for sports and will make sure that all campers attending Junior Camp will have an amazing experience.

Ashley Morin

Assistant Director - Junior Baseball Camp

This is Ashley's fourth summer working for North Toronto Baseball Camp. She is going into her third year at Lakehead University where she is studying Concurrent Education. Ashley has played softball competitively for 10 years and has won the Ontario Women's Softball Championship twice. Ashley has played softball for 3 years on Northern Secondary schools varsity girls team as well as played senior girls rugby for Northern. She is very excited to bring her love and knowledge of baseball and other sports to camp this summer!

Gabe Nisker

Program Director - Baseball Camp at Lawrence Park (Glenview)

Gabe has been proudly wearing his 10-year sweatshirt for quite some time! He is a long-standing camper with us who completed our CIT program and joined our staff several summers ago as a Coach. He is thrilled to taking on a leadership position this summer ensuring that all campers get to have the same amazing camp experience that he had when he was growing up. Gabe is a HUGE baseball fan and an MLB trivia expert!