Urban Rec is run and organized by a dedicated team of full time staff including Steve Laing, Chris McNally, Rob Stewart, Dale Matsuda, Nazim Hasham, Jason Margolus, Mike Statten, and Adriane Harrington.
In addition to the full time staff, Urban Rec has between 45-100 volunteer event coordinators at various event venues to help make sure that everyone is having a great time out there.
Here is a little more about each of our full time staff.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
A managing partner of Urban Rec, Steve has worked extensively at both UBC and SFU in the Recreation and Athletics departments organizing and executing special events, tournaments and sporting leagues. He has had experience with such international events as the Air Canada Championship Golf Tournament and several international collegiate sporting championships in swimming, track, and field. After partnering with Chris McNally in 2003 the two of them took a small sports league company called Max Fun and brought it to the next level first partnering with Vancouver Sport.com and then forming what is now known today as Urban Rec. A lifelong sports fan and avid traveller, Steve can usually be found watching or playing sports everywhere he goes. Steve is a graduate of UBC.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Chris founded Max Fun Sports & Entertainment in 2001 and quickly established it as a top notch sports and social club with a creative flair for new events and a participant focus.
In 2003 Chris partnered with Steve Laing to bring Max Fun to the next level, which they did when in 2004 Max Fun Merged with Vancouver Sport.com to form what is today known as Urban Rec. Chris is a lifelong sports fan and very active in a variety of sports. He holds a B.A.Sc and an MBA from UBC and is married to his wife Amanda and has two children Jacob and Penelope.
Director of Administration
After a 5-year stint in Japan coaching volleyball and playing hockey, Dale joined the Urban Rec ranks as a League Manager. After learning the ropes, Dale took on the reigns of overseeing league operations before currently becoming our Director of Administration. An avid sports enthusiast who grew up playing a variety of sports including a couple of seasons in the Kootenay junior hockey league, Dale can still be found playing ice hockey, golf, and volleyball year-round. He also enjoys cheering on the Canucks and his beloved Dolphins.
Dale's previous experience at the University of British Columbia provides him with an ideal background for taking Urban Rec Leagues and events to the next level. Dale is a graduate of UBC (B.Sc.).
Director of operations
Jason was more than thrilled to join the Urban Rec team in August of 2013. Playing sports his entire life, Jason brings with him a wealth of both competitive and recreation sporting experiences. His energy and sense of humor, and passion for sports make him the ultimate team guy.
After growing up playing minor, junior, and university hockey as a goalie, he now enjoys a more recreational approach to his sports. You will often find him on various softball fields, golf courses, and tennis courts during the day, and supporting local clubhouses while enjoying his Canucks, Red Sox, and NFL teams at night. Jason graduated from the University of Victoria with his B.Sc in Kinesiology, and is looking to continue his studies through an MBA in Sports Management.
Manager of Administration
Mike has been an active member in the Urban Rec community for a few years as both a player and Event Coordinator. An avid volleyball and softball player, Mike was an Urban Rec League and Events Manager for several years in which he brought his passion for recreational sports and the people that participate in them to all the gyms, fields, and beaches in and around the lower mainland. Recently Mike has moved into the role of Manager of Adminstration for Urban Rec where he oversees the flow of information to our participants as well makes sure the rest of the Urban Rec Team is ready to provide a recreational sports and social expereince that is second to none!
Mike was recently married to the love of his life Jordan (sorry FNGii) and can be found playing volleyball, dominating his bowling league or camping when he is not Urban Rec’ing.
league and events manager
Adriane has been involved with sport her whole life. As a young woman she played softball, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Since then she has stayed active in recreational sport by playing soccer with fellow backpackers in Australia, volleyball with friends in Honduras and softball in the summer in Vancouver. She has a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and has worked for many years in the hospitality and tourism industries. Summer 2020 she joined the Urban Rec team as a beach volleyball attendant at Jericho and the rest is history.
Robbie Stew is known to almost all Urban Rec participants and has seen it all when it comes to Urban Rec. He has taken on a new Role as a consultant with UR as he focusses on family life. Although Rob is not in the office regularly he is still a strong presence within the planning of Urban Rec leagues, events and tournaments. He now spends most of his free time camping and chasing his young daughter around the house.