Sail Canada Names Ryan Kelly CEO

Feb 14, 2024

Sail Canada has named Ryan Kelly as its new Chief Executive Officer starting March 11, 2024.

A lifelong sailor, Ryan Kelly worked for a long period of time in support of the Cadets Canada Sailing Program and he was the President of Sail Newfoundland and Labrador for eight years.

Ryan Kelly is currently a dinghy coach at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and is an active Sail Canada Learning Facilitator. He also spends his spare time focused on developing as an offshore sailor. Ryan’s professional career is centred around the Ocean Sector, with more than 15 years in marine safety and general workforce development. He is currently working for the Province of Nova Scotia as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

“I’ve been involved with Sail Canada for my entire life and I’m thrilled to be back working in the sport in a full-time capacity,” said Ryan Kelly. “I can’t wait to get started!”

Ryan Kelly will be based in the head office in Kingston and can be reached at

A transition period with current CEO Don Adams, who announced his retirement last fall, will occur in March.

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