A veteran of top flight football in Holland, Germany and North America – with 50 appearances for Canada at the senior level – Marcel was given the captain’s armband by his fellow PFACan player-leaders in recognition of his leading role in the formation of Canada’s first union for elite footballers.
Drawing upon his vast and reliable networks throughout European and North American football, Marcel has been instrumental in bringing players together and linking them to the people and resources required to further the ongoing professionalization of players in Canada.
Calm and deliberative, Marcel brings his commitment to collaboration and fairness to the PFACan and looks forward to creating a cooperative, problem-solving culture throughout Canada’s football community.
Marcel plays for Pacific FC and was recently elected captain by his teammates. Living in Victoria, Marcel is married and is the proud father of a young daughter. When he’s not spending time with family, Marcel is busy working on his Canada Soccer coaching certifications in order to remain in club football after his active playing career.
Dan Kruk, Executive Director
Since his first meeting with PFACan President Marcel de Jong and Board member Issey Nakajima-Farran in late-2019, Dan has worked tirelessly with CPL players and other stakeholders to enable PFACan to emerge as the official voice of elite footballers in Canada.
Appointed Executive Director of PFACan in early-2020, Dan is responsible for the administration of PFACan including overseeing communications, agent-stakeholder relations, fundraising, and strategic direction. Prior to the formation of PFACan, Dan was a membership development and external relations specialist and campaigner working for unions and political parties.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of British Columbia and is currently enrolled in graduate studies (Political Management) at The George Washington University.
Paul Champ, Legal Counsel
Paul Champ is a labour, employment and human rights lawyer in Ottawa, Ontario.
Paul has acted as counsel in several important constitutional law cases dealing with fundamental human rights and labour law.
In addition to representing trade unions in a wide range of labour relations issues, Paul has acted for individuals in complex employment law matters, including cross-border employment, bankruptcy, and independent contractor relationships. Paul has particular experience representing federal government employees.
Paul writes and speaks on disability issues, labour relations, and international human rights and humanitarian law. He is frequently invited to make presentations to conferences, organizations and trade unions, including training workshops. He has also taught the laws of war at Carleton University.
Paul studied law at the University of British Columbia (LLB) and McGill University, and holds a journalism degree from Carleton University (B.J.).