ACC By-laws and Governance

Club By-laws

Annex Chess Club is governed by its own members through a Board of Directors elected at our Annual General Meeting. Current directors and officers are listed below.

Read our ACC By-laws (in .pdf format).

Club Governance


Board of Directors*

Elected by ACC members at the Annual General Meeting

Position Names
Directors

Salim Belcadi

Keith Denning

Melanie Directo (new)

George Supol

Michael Sutton (new)


Club Officers

Appointed or elected by the ACC Board

Position Name
President Salim Belcadi
Treasurer George Supol
Secretary Keith Denning

ACC Board Meetings

Minutes are available to review upon request.


Meet Your ACC Directors and Officers


Salim Belcadi

ACC Positions:

  • Board Chair
  • Director

Background:

Salim works as a financial consultant for several Canadian companies.

Salim left the Investment Banking Industry where he started his career after the 2008-2009 financial crisis to focus on his passion for entrepreneurship and small companies. In 2016, he helped to launch a new internet-based start-up in Toronto.

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration, Ivey Business School, 2014
  • Diplôme de Grande Ecole, ESCP Europe, 2006
  • Master of Science in Management, The City University, 2006

Personal Goals for ACC:

Support the growth of the Annex Chess Club and convince chess enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds to join the tight-knit community of chess players in Toronto.


Keith Denning

ACC Positions:

  • Director and Secretary
  • Class Coordinator and ACC Tournament Arbiter
  • Canadian National Arbiter (NA) registered with FIDE

Background:

Keith is an enthusiastic chess player and instructor. He has been playing since the age of six, when he was taught the game by his father, who in turn was the Welsh under-18 champion in his day.

He volunteered extensively in his local school, Howard Public, where he was the lead parent volunteer for a number of years. He continues to teach through the Chess Institute of Canada, occasionally has private students, and volunteers as tournament director of the annual “Push Pawns Not Each Other” tournament run by 11 Division of Toronto Police, where he sits on the Community Police Liaison Committee.

Keith is occasionally reminded that he really doesn’t understand the game of Go at all well.

Education:

  • Double major in English and Music Composition, University of Toronto

Personal Goals for ACC:

Help ACC kids and adult chess lessons continue to develop, expand and prosper.

Contact info:

Keith manages the official ACC email address:

info@annexchessclub.com


Melanie Directo

ACC Positions:

  • Director
  • Social Media Champ

Background:

Melanie works in Finance within the Global Wealth Management division at Scotiabank. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Melanie held various roles within Finance and Talent Acquisition.

She is a mentor for students in the bank’s Altitude program, mentee in Banking on Women in Leadership program, and a Change Agent Ambassador for the Way We Work at Scotiabank.

Melanie was taught to play chess as a kid by her grandfather and has recently become a chess enthusiast.

Education:

  • CPA, CMA (2012)
  • BA, University of Western Ontario (2004)

Personal Goals for ACC:

Grow ACC membership, raise awareness of its presence within the community, and foster a fun, welcoming, and inclusive environment for chess enthusiasts in Toronto.


George Supol

ACC Positions:

  • Director and Treasurer
  • Club Manager

Background:

Presently, George is a Consultant/Owner of Supol Consultancy in Toronto. He provides fast and focused business advisory, accounting and tax services to SMBs and individuals. Prior to this, George had a 40+ year career in auditing, financial management and information technology consulting.

Education:

  • CPA, CA (Ontario 1983)
  • CITP (2014)
  • BBM (Ryerson 1982)

Personal Goals for ACC:

Help ACC continue to grow and prosper as the premier downtown Toronto chess club, and maintain good financial supervision and control of the Club’s finances.

Help the Club’s members, guests and other customers improve their chess-playing abilities by providing great opportunities to learn and play chess. This includes our regular Monday nights at the Club plus some periodic special chess tournaments and other events.

Contact info:

George manages the ACC phone hotline at 647-822-4628.


Michael Sutton

ACC Positions:

  • Director
  • Chess AI and 960 Enthusiast

Background:

Michael enjoyed a 41-year career as a Senior Technical Support Specialist for the City of Toronto where he led major projects, including converting City records to secure digital storage and implementing technical upgrades and digital solutions. He won four awards for his work. Michael also took on intriguing projects including PDF publishing solutions for a science fiction series and an ELO-based online rating system for collectible card games.

After retiring from the City, Michael now works as Chief Technology Officer for Spirit Victory and has also served in senior positions with both Xplor Canada and Xplor International, both industry associations for Electronic Document Systems. Michael teaches graphic communication and accessibility courses at Ryerson University and is a director of Chess Institute of Canada, a teaching organization that uses chess as a tool to teach life skills.

Education:

  • IT Diploma, Ryerson University
  • EDP Certification

Personal Goals for ACC:

Help chess grow in the GTA, support the growth of Chess 960, and continue to expand the chess frontier.


Ted Winick (dec. 2019)

In Memoriam:

Ted founded Annex Chess Club in 2010. His impact on the chess scene in Toronto and Canada has been both impressive and lasting. Ted also founded Chess Institute of Canada, National Chess Camp, and Chessfest.

Ted and Heidi Winick (dec. 2020) also ran a very successful franchise of Spirit of Math (Central Toronto Campus) for many years. That business continues under the leadership of the Winick children and is a supporter of Annex Chess Club.

At Annex Chess Club, we continue to honour Ted’s memory and spirit.


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