Meet our Staff

Leadership Team:

Blake Koester

Blake Koester

Executive Director

Blake has been a part of the True North leadership team since joining as the Director of Operations in 2016. As of October 2020, he has taken over the role of Executive Director. 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. Prior to joining True North, Blake had 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 loves to share his passion for sports, especially football and basketball!

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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. In 2020, she will be splitting her time between working in the camp office and supply teaching! You will also find her on-site at programs year-round.

Courtney Berger

Courtney Berger


Courtney joined True North as the Executive Director in 2016. As of October 2020, she has moved to a part-time consultant role advising the leadership team. 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. Prior to officially joining True North, Courtney had been involved for several years behind the scenes. 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.

Camp Directors:

Select the sport below for information about our 2019 Camp Directors! Stay tuned for information about our 2020 Camp Directors!