The Concrete Canoe team is managed entirely by students. This means that everything from concrete design, hull design, sponsorship, finance, recruitment, to trip logistics are managed by students. At the beginning of each school year, members of the team come together to discuss about the following year’s plans and goals.
In recent years, the team has moved towards having two project managers who oversee the entire project - one technical project manager and one logistical project manager. Each project manger’s responsibilities are further distributed amongst several managers who oversee specific aspects of the project. This includes concrete leads, structural leads, hull design leads, construction and quality control leads, paddling lead, aesthetic lead, finance manager, and outreach manager. General members participate in all aspects of the club, with more time spent in their area of interest.
The reason for the large executive body is because of the student-run nature of the team. All of our team members take time outside of school to come together and we try our best to spread the responsibilties out to as many members as possible. There are a few advantages in doing this:
As a result, the Concrete Canoe team at the University of Toronto has developed into a highly self motivating, diverse, and one of the largest design teams on campus.