The Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission was established in 1994 and consists of six members each of which are nominated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendations of the Minister. Newfoundland & Labrador joined and the commission consolidated to create the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission.

The members of the Commission hold office for such term, not exceeding three years, as determined at the time of appointment. A member is eligible for reappointment but no member shall serve for a continuous period exceeding nine years.

A member remains in office until the member resigns or is replaced.

In the event of a vacancy occurring during the term of office of a member, the Council may appoint a person for the remainder of the term of that member. A vacancy does not impair the right of the remaining members to act.

The Commission most often meets at the Commission office, but from time to time at other locations within the Atlantic Provinces to deal with matters and/or to conduct Appeal Hearings.

Members currently serving on the Commission are:

  • Frank Balcom, Chairman
  • Cheryl Geldart Greer, NB Commissioner
  • Stefan DeCourcey, NB Commissioner
  • Keith Gowan, NL Commissioner
  • David Lewis, NS Commissioner
  • Kevin Jones, PEI Commissioner
  • Blair Hansen, PEI Commissioner

The Commission has two full-time staff in its office located in Kensington, Prince Edward Island; the Director of Racing, Brett Revington and Administrative Assistant, Debbie Walsh. In addition, the Commission is responsible for approximately 25 part-time race officials.

There are (8) eight racetracks under the jurisdiction of the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission and the Commission governs, regulates and supervises harness racing in all of its forms relevant and related to pari-mutuel betting.

 

Staff

 

Brett Revington, Director of Racing

Mr. Revington brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position, including: Bureau Director for Standardbred Racing for the state of Pennsylvania, Director of Racing for Isle of Capri Racetrack and Casino in Florida, Assistant Racing Manager, Western Fair District, London, Ontario, and Stakes Manager, Woodbine Entertainment Group.

In addition, Brett is a qualified Associate Judge and is involved in the Judges Accreditation programme and, is licensed as a Race Secretary.

Brett served on the Standardbred Canada Board of Directors from 2011-2013.

 

Debbie Walsh

Debbie Walsh, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Walsh joined the Commission in 1994 as an Administrative Assistant.

Mrs. Walsh lives on the outskirts of Kensington.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mrs. Walsh was employed with the Land Registration and Information Service (LRIS), Surveys and Mapping Division located in Summerside, PEI.

Mrs. Walsh is no stranger to the harness racing industry. Her father was involved in the industry as a Breeder, Owner, Trainer and Driver and she traveled to many racetracks throughout the Maritimes with her dad.

 


Commissioners

 

Frank Balcom

Frank Balcom, Chairman

Mr. Balcom resides in Amherst, NS where he retired as principal of Amherst Regional High School. He has been involved with harness racing since 1970 and is still currently involved in the industry as an owner. He previously served on the Commission from 2001 to 2003 as Commissioner for the Province of Nova Scotia and was subsequently appointed Chairman from 2003 to 2011. He was reappointed to the APHRC in August of 2014 and appointed Chairman in July of 2016.

He remains active in the education, training and development of race track officials throughout the Atlantic Provinces. He also serves on the Finance Committee. Mr. Balcom continues to have a positive outlook for harness racing and looks forward to assisting the industry in any way that he can.

 

David Lewis

David Lewis, NS Commissioner

Mr. Lewis is from Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. Mr. Lewis was appointed to the Commission April1, 2010. Mr. Lewis has been involved in harness racing since 1978, as a groom and trainer. He also worked for several years as a farrier. Over the past 4 years Mr. Lewis has been involved with Northside Downs in Sydney, Nova Scotia, working as a Photo Finish Operator and Timer. Mr. Lewis owned and operated a restaurant, lounge and bakery for 25 years in Sydney Mines. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northside & District Minor Hockey, Sydney Mines & District Community Center, Sydney Mines Community Police Office, Cape Breton Crime Stoppers.

 

Blair Hansen

Blair Hansen, PEI Commissioner

Blair Hansen was appointed to the APHRC in April 2016. Mr. Hansen is a resident of Charlottetown, PEI and has been involved in harness racing for several years. He was lucky enough to have the first horse he was part of (Harmony P) race in the Gold Cup and Saucer. From there, he became involved in breeding and ownership of race horses focusing mainly on stake horses. Mr. Hansen is a past board member of Tennis PEI and Belvedere Golf Club.

 

Cheryl Geldart Greer

Cheryl Geldart Greer, NB Commissioner

Bio coming soon.




 

Keith Gowan

Keith Gowan, NL Commissioner

Bio coming soon.


 

Stefan DeCourcey, NB Commissioner

Bio & photo coming soon.

 

Kevin Jones, PEI Commissioner

Bio & Photo coming soon