Governance

Since 1939, the Monkland Tennis Club has occupied a unique place in the Montreal Tennis landscape. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality tennis facilities and programs for serious and recreational tennis players of all ages.

We are also committed to catering to our members’ evolving needs, through a variety of social activities and through such amenities as a heated swimming pool and a clubhouse offering restaurant and bar services.

We welcome old members and new, families and singles, in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages the optimal enjoyment of the Monkland

Here is the 2020 Board of Directors. For any questions regarding a specific portfolio please contact the following: 

Board of Directors 2020
  • President – Sandy Milroy
  • Treasurer – Charles Sioufi
  • Secretary – Mary-Ellen Kenny
  • Communications – Kiefer Shaw
  • Courts & Grounds – Marc Guerbilsky
  • Tennis – Mackenzie Stearns and George Loutochin
  • Membership – Martin Pouliot
  • Junior Program – Geneviève Perron
  • Social – Cynda Hewward
  • Jean-W Jeannot
Advisory Committee 2020
  • William Easterbrook
  • Sarah Dougherty
  • Sue Harrison
  • Norm Hartenstein
  • Denis Pairault
  • Joan Stadelman
  • Crichton Wilson
  • Elisabeth Laett
  • Sandy Milroy
Creation of Courts Limited
In 1946, the Monkland Tennis Club was still renting the grounds from the Protestant Board of School Commissioners. (Learn more about Monkland tennis history.) To ensure the future of the club, a decision was made to buy the property. To do this, a new entity–Courts Limited–was incorporated. Courts still owns the property.
 
Why Have a Courts Limited?

Courts was created to ensure the long-term viability of the tennis club. It is made up of shareholders who act like trustees. Courts is not involved in day-to-day tennis club operations.  

Shareholders tend to hold their shares for many years. This provides continuity through changes to the board of the club. Courts is a repository of knowledge about the club and its operations that the club can draw on.

Workings of Courts Limited
Courts is a corporation with 15 shareholders. They are successors of the original 15 shareholders from 1946. Courts also has a board of directors made up of five of the shareholders. The shareholders are long-time tennis club members who have contributed to the club in various ways.

When a shareholder passes away, moves away or resigns, a replacement is chosen by the other shareholders by consensus.

To be chosen as a shareholder, a person must:

  • a) have given significant volunteer services to the club by, for example, serving on the board of directors
  • b) be dedicated to ensuring the future of the club and have an understanding of the role of Courts Limited in this regard
  • c) be available to attend meetings
  • d) have expertise or experience that complements other shareholders of Courts Limited
  • e) contribute to being representative of the diversity of the club’s membership
 
Relationship Between Courts Limited and the Monkland Tennis Club

Under a lease, Courts rents the property to the club for a nominal yearly rent. The club is responsible for maintenance and other expenses, such as insurance and taxes. The club is also responsible for management of the tennis operations. Courts has the right to approve all physical changes to the premises.

The lease says what would happen if the property were ever expropriated or had to be sold for some reason. First, every effort must be made to relocate. If that effort failed, each member of the club who meets criteria in the club’s constitution, and each shareholder of Courts, would share in the proceeds of expropriation or sale after all debts are paid. Each person would only get one share.

With the club operating successfully for over 75 years, this clause is, to say the least, very hypothetical.

 
Courts Limited Shareholders
Courts currently has 15 shareholders and a board of directors made up of five shareholders.
  • Sarah Dougherty
  • Serge Machabee
  • Paul-André Mathieu
  • Norm Hartenstein
  • Sue Harrison
  • Ray Cardinal
  • Joan Stadelman
  • Denis Pairault
  • Isabelle Wehrli
  • Sandy Milroy
  • Gary Naves
  • Jean Masson
  • Marc Villeneuve
  • Crichton Wilson
  • Jules Allard
Board of directors for Courts Limited
  • Sarah Dougherty
  • Norm Hartenstein
  • Marc Villeneuve
  • Joan Stademan
  • Paul-André  Mathieu

 

Tennis anyone?

Asking that simple question means so much more at the Monkland Tennis Club.

It’s an invitation to be a part of our community, to be a part of our family, and to be a part of our membership that has continued to bring people together for over 80 years.

My name is Zachary Rath and I am glad to be returning to the club for my second year as General Manager.

Working with MTC members and staff has been an honor and my pleasure, and so I continue to strive in delivering the best club experience for everyone who walks through our doors.

 This season, we are eager to welcome the many young families who have recently moved to N.D.G and have joined our club. The staff is dedicated to sharing its hospitality with you and working constantly to provide an unparalleled season of recreation and fun.

 Of course the club would not be where it is today without our long-time returning members and we thank you very much for your loyalty and patronage. Your participation and enthusiasm over the years has created a unique club vibe in the middle of the city that impacts people in a great way- The MTC Way!

 I wish you a great season on the tennis courts, at the pool, and of course in our clubhouse at the bar and restaurant! Lastly, I ask that if we haven’t met yet in person, please stop by or wave me down at anytime to introduce yourself. Creating relationships with the people at MTC is so valuable and I cannot wait to see all new and returning faces.

 

Zachary Rath

General Manager

A secret oasis in the heart of NDG, the Monkland Tennis Club was established in 1939 and has been an important part of the Montreal community as well as the Canadian tennis scene for almost 80 years. Our Champions boards read like a who’s who of Canadian tennis history.