Meet our Staff

Leadership Team:

Courtney Berger

Courtney Berger

Executive Director (currently on maternity leave)

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!

Jonathan Isaac

Jonathan Isaac

Director of Programming

Jonathan is a High School teacher in the Toronto District School Board and is a graduate of the Kinesiology and Education programs at the University of Toronto. He has over 8 years of experience running summer day camps for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. As the captain of the U of T Varsity Baseball Team he helped them capture OUA Championships in 2011 and 2012, and in 2014 he won a Gold Medal at the European Championships with the Israeli National Team. He has extensive experience coaching volleyball at the high school level and baseball at the collegiate level. More than anything, Jonathan enjoys teaching valuable life lessons through sport.

Julia Garisto

Julia Garisto

Director of Administration

Julia is an Ontario Certified Teacher and a graduate of the University of Toronto's Kinesiology and Education Programs. Julia has a passion for teaching, both inside and outside the classroom. She has taught physical education and science at secondary schools in both Toronto and London, England. Julia has been heavily involved in competitive sports for most of her life, playing in the Ontario Women's Soccer League for 10 years, and as a member of Team Ontario for 2 years. She has also dedicated her time giving back to the community as a NCCP certified coach for the North York Cosmos under 10 soccer league.

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Sean Yerzy

Director of Staff Development

Sean completed his Masters of Teaching at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, studying primary and junior education. He has 8 years of experience working at summer camps, running programs in baseball, beach volleyball, and golf, working with students from ages 4-14. As the Director of Staff Development, he will work with staff to help them navigate the intricacies of working at a summer camp, and helping them reach their personal and professional goals. His personal motto: if we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong!

Tyler Abbott

Tyler Abbott

Director of Sales & Marketing
Tyler graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at Georgian College and has a background in Social Media and Inbound Marketing. He played rep hockey for over 15 years and has been golfing since he was 8. He continues to stay active by hitting the gym daily, weekly golfing in his men's league at Redcrest and playing basketball as apart of the Toronto SSC. If you see our tent at a community event, come say hi! Tyler will most likely be there running the "Fastest Pitch" game!
Lauren Grundland

Lauren Grundland

Interim Executive Director
Lauren has a passion for camping and informal education.  She has seven years of professional experience in the camping field.  Lauren comes to us from The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp of the JCCs of Greater Toronto.  She held the position of Assistant Camp Director for seven years and was directly responsible for camper recruitment and retention, camper care and inclusion, break camp programming, and Director of the Traditional Camp program.  Lauren is super excited for this new experience at True North Sports Camps and to grow her camp community.
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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!

Camp Directors:

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