CANI AGM 2023 – Papers

The Annual General Meeting of The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland will be held on 29th November 2023 at 19.00, (Tea and Coffee available from 18.30) at Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lock View Road, Belfast, BT9 5FJ.  As a voting member of CANI, you are entitled to appoint a proxy to exercise all or any of your rights to attend, speak and vote at a general meeting of the Company, details below.

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If you are unable to attend, you may register your proxy vote on the JustGo membership platform.

Instructions are available at Register a Proxy – The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (

Nominations to the CANI Board

Three people have been nominated to the Board.

  1. Jonny Caren

Jonny brings a wealth of performance sports knowledge from his two decades experience working across 5 continents in a multitude sports and roles from performance analysis, strength and conditioning to head coach.

Having resided in Sydney, Australia, for 10years he worked with a variety of athletes from hockey, rugby league, rugby union, netball, speed skating, triathlon, golf and tennis, all whilst leading the largest personal training team in his role as Cluster PT Manager for the Sydney CBD area.

On his return to Northern Ireland in 2010, Jonny joined Hockey Ireland as an Assistant Coach for the Irish senior men’s team of which he spent 8 years developing both the senior programme and leading the u21 men’s. He helped in producing what is now referred to as the golden period of Hockey Ireland, moving the team from 19th in the world to an all-time highest ranking of 8th in the world, winning a European bronze medal, reaching a World Cup for the first time in almost 30years and becoming the first team sport to qualify for Team Ireland for an Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

Over the past 5 years he has remained in his passion, developing talent, both youth and senior athletes, as Performance Director for Coached Plus and is currently the Head Coach of the Scottish Men’s National Hockey Team.

2. Alan Branagh

Previous Chair of CANI and growing a SUP community of over 8000 members in NI

3. Iain McCarthy

Founder and Director of Sup Hub NI since 2019

Prior 14 years in Finance & Tech.

Has led the growth and development of the sport of SUP in Northern Ireland, working on both the quality and access to kit, equipment, coaching and pathways with the objective of being well placed to get Northern Irish Athletes to the Olympics (when it finally gets acceptance) and in the meantime has represented UK himself as well as trained 4 other paddlers who have attended world championships in the past 2 years.

Delivered race events, technical Leach Coach in NI for BSUPA seeking to convert credentials and undertake necessary CANI Training Modules


CANI Sub-committees

Our current Articles do not stipulate a formal election process for our sub-committees and the Board propose to change the way members have been selected for committees. There will be no election to sub-committees at this AGM.

In January, the Board will be inviting individuals to notify the Board of their interest in being appointed to our committees, with details of their preferences for joining any particular committees, noting any skillsets that may be required.

The Board will consider all responses received and will use our best endeavours to accommodate all preferences. In order to ensure a broad and diverse membership with strength and depth of skills, we may ask individuals to accept nomination to a different committee from their first preference.