Our Team

CHRISTINE MCPHERSON, Administrative Liaison

External Support Team

Communications liaison

Duane Herperger, President, ideaConnect Marketing and Communications


Technical support

Jeremy Cole, President, Cole Systems


Accounting support

Michael McMann, CPA, Bookkeeping Bureau of Ottawa


Gay Hamilton, Executive Director

Gay Hamilton became the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund’s (RCNBF) Executive Director in June 2021 following the adoption of the Strategy for Renewal 2021-24.  She has committed her energies and enthusiasm to the nonprofit sector for almost 30 years, providing leadership at the regional, national and international levels, and has extensive experience in strategic planning and organizational restructuring.

Prior to joining the RCNBF, Gay worked as CEO of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management and led three national organizations in Canada as Executive Director. Gay has volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including an advisory committee to the Minister of State for Literacy in Canada, and has presented briefs to such eminent institutions as the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in Canada, and the Foreign Affairs Ministers Roundtable at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings. She has also been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for volunteerism.

Gay has completed the Canadian Association Executive certification for non-profit management and courses at MIT on incorporating Artificial Intelligence into an organization. She studied Business Management at Ahuntsic College in Montreal and Economics at McGill University. Gay grew up in Quebec and is fluent in both of Canada’s official languages.

Christine McPherson, Administrative Liaison

Christine McPherson is an experienced administrative professional with comprehensive experience in instituting organizational strategies for efficient business operations. She has worked in the nonprofit sector at the national level and in the corporate business environment domestically and overseas. She carries out the efficient and effective day-to-day administration of the Fund, provides logistical and technical support to the team, and is the point of liaison on multiple projects.