Little League Baseball has been played in Canada since 1951 with the first Little League charters
awarded outside the United States to Vancouver, British Columbia and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Within the next year leagues were chartered in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, followed by
Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In 1952 Montreal, Quebec was the first foreign entry in the Little League World Series as a
representative of the Eastern Region.
The western provinces participated in tournament play with American teams in the Western Region
until 1965. In 1953 Little Mountain Little League, Vancouver, B.C. advanced to the World Series as
representative of the Western Region.
In 1965 the first Canadian Little League championship was held in Dundas, Ontario. Stoney Creek,
Ontario won and went on to play in the championship game of the Little League World Series,
losing 3-1 to Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
At the 1957 International Little League Congress in Houston, Texas, Mr. Peter J. McGovern,
President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Little League Baseball, Inc., announced the
appointment of Commander John P. Singleton, R.C.N. (Retired) as Director General of Little League
Baseball for Canada, with an office in Ottawa, Ontario. Mrs. Gladys Anderson was hired as
In 1969 the Gyro Club of Ottawa constructed a Little League stadium and office building on land
leased from the City of Ottawa. On May 30, 1970 the office was officially opened by the Governor
General of Canada, His Excellency The Right Honourable Roland Mitchener, C.C., C.D. Guests of
Honour included the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, P.C., Q.C.,
M.P., and Mr. Robert H. Stirrat, Public Relations Director, Little League Baseball, Williamsport,
At the International Little League Congress in Portland, Oregon in April 1971 a steering committee was established by the Canadian delegates with the directive to develop an operational organization to administer the Little League program in Canada.
In June 1971, John Singleton retired as Director General due to health reasons. Mrs. Anderson was
appointed Canadian Coordinator and Secretary of the Canadian operations.
The first Canadian Congress for Little League Baseball in Canada was held in Ottawa, April 28-30,
1972, attended by Mr. Peter J. McGovern, the appointed Steering Committee and all the District
Administrators from across Canada. Canadian Headquarters was the scene of this historic event in
the Little League program in Canada.
At this special meeting in Ottawa a provisional board of directors was elected, charged with the task
of developing a constitution and by-laws to govern the operations of Little League Baseball in
Canada and to complete the necessary legal steps to apply for Letters Patent for Federal
Incorporation as a National Sports Organization, with affiliation to Little League Baseball,
A meeting of the provisional board was held at the School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta in October
1972, attended by Dr. Creighton J. Hale, where the draft constitution and by-laws were presented,
and the operational procedures for incorporation of Little League Baseball Canada and
administration of the national program formulated. The Canadian delegates at the International
Little League Congress in Tampa, Florida in April 1973 approved the actions of the provisional
In April 1973 Little League Baseball Canada was incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act
with affiliation to Little League Baseball, Incorporated.
At the Canadian Little League Championships in Victoria, B.C. in August 1973, the Canadian
operation was placed in the hands of the Board of Directors of Little League Baseball Canada.
Eli Radomski was elected President and Chairman in August 1973.
George Hughes was elected President and Chairman in October 1974.
Joe Shea was elected President and Chairman in October 1975.
Roy Bergerman was elected President in August 2007.
Joe Shea was appointed Canada Region Director in August 2007.
Joe Shea retires as Regional Director in November 2019
Roy Bergerman appointed interim Regional Director December 2019
Roy Bergerman named Regional Director 2020
Steven Bagnell named President 2021