Meet our Staff

Leadership Team:

Courtney Berger

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

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!

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Justin Atkinson

Assistant Director of Operations
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!
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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. She looks forward to meeting all the campers this summer!

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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!

Camp Directors:

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