Dan Kruk is the Executive Director and co-founder of Professional Footballers Association Canada (PFA Canada). In 2020, he was appointed to the position at PFA Canada’s founding Annual General Meeting. Dan is responsible for the day-to-day administration of PFA Canada including communications and strategic direction. Since then, he’s overseen the representation of players experiencing contract difficulties at home and abroad while articulating PFA Canada’s player-centred agenda throughout the industry and in 2021, facilitated PFA Canada’s entry into FIFPRO and led the organization’s successful bid to obtain collective bargaining rights for Canadian Premier League players in 2022.
Prior to joining PFA Canada, Dan worked as a union and political organizer. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his spouse and youngest child.
Ian Fellows is a senior partner at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, a trade union law firm with a team of some 30 lawyers. His practice is restricted to representing trade unions and working persons. With more than 30 years at the firm Ian has the knowledge, experience and the skills to get results in obtaining bargaining rights, negotiating collective agreements and litigating cases. Ian was appointed General Counsel to PFA Canada in the spring of 2022.
Ian is a seasoned litigator having concluded hundreds of cases on behalf of unions and workers including through arbitration, labour board, human rights, and court proceedings.
Simon Blackstone is a partner at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, one of Canada's leading trade union law firms. He has a general labour relations practice with a focus on labour arbitration and labour board litigation, as well as providing strategic advice and supporting collective bargaining. Simon has a national labour relations practice, assisting clients across Canada.
Simon was appointed Counsel to PFA Canada in the spring of 2022 and has since that time has worked towards recognition of PFA Canada as the bargaining agent for CPL players as well as providing ongoing advice on a range of employment matters.