GKP Founders

Get Kids Paddling Founders : Dave Goldman, John Burton, & Phil Matsushita


John Burton, Dave Goldman and Phil Matsushita began chatting about the current state of affairs in canoe tripping for schools at an ORCKA conference in April, 2013.

All three are certified canoe instructors. John was head of science with the Bluewater Board and conducted annual school trips of 2 weeks and more for a number of years. Phil was a school principal in the Durham Board and had been responsible for the promotion of tripping throughout his Board. Dave was a retired principal (1993), a past president of ORCKA (1999-2001) and was currently promoting tripping with outdoor clubs.


Dave Goldman | GKP Co-founder


John Burton | GKP Co-founder


Phil Matsushita | GKP Co-founder