As a husband to Heidi and father of three very active boys my personal life revolves around family, sports, travel, and music. The page below has more information on these themes. Last updated: August 21, 2020.
Family & Sports
I was fortunate to grow up in a family of three boys where sports was always a big part of our lives. My dad, Alan Seaborn, served as president of the local Corner Brook Baseball Association for about 30 years and we lived only a block away from the local baseball field, Jubilee Field, where I spent most of my summers growing up as a player, batboy, and scorekeeper. Hockey was also a big sport in Corner Brook and I played for a few years and attended some memorable Corner Brook Royals senior hockey games. Marble Mountain, the best skiing east of the Rockies (or at least east of Quebec), is only 15 minutes from my house and skiing there was the start of a life-long love of downhill skiing. I played junior high and high school basketball and then served as manager of the Acadia Men’s Basketball team under legendary coach Dave Nutbrown as an undergrad. My wife Heidi Moyse, younger brother Mark Seaborn and brother-law Walter Moyse played basketball at Acadia. My sister-in-law Heather Moyse competed in soccer, rugby and track at the University of Waterloo before moving on to the Canadian National team in rugby and the Canadian Olympic Team in bobsleigh.
Our family greatly enjoys youth sports as a source of fun, friendship, character development and community. We all enjoy playing, coaching and also watching. Having moved from Canada to Colorado and now Crozet, Virginia it has been interesting getting to know the youth sports options and structures in each area. I have summarized my conclusions on these areas on the pages linked below. Feedback welcome!
Moving from Canada to the United States
Moving to the U.S. in 2011 was a big adjustment culturally but also logistically. There are many steps to the process and some are far from straightforward. During the process I put together a detailed list of advice on moving from Canada to the United States that may be helpful to others going through this experience.
Travel is one of my passions in life, passed on to me from my parents, and I am fortunate to share this interest with my wife Heidi and now our three children. One of the biggest adjustments from COVID-19 was having such a long period without any travel. Many of the best moments of my life occurred while exploring new locations and I look forward to many more travel adventures in the future.Some of my most memorable trips:
- 1984 – Grade 3 trip with my Dad to Montreal to see NHL playoff “Battle of Quebec” between the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques, staying in same hotel (Manoir Le Moyne) as Pete Rose who was then playing for the Montreal Expos
- 1988 – Family trip to California, saw Orel Herchiser set the all-time consecutive scoreless inning streak with 10 shutout innings against the San Diego Padres
- 1989 – Grade 8 school basketball trip from Newfoundland to Utah – arranged thanks to our coach Bob Richards and accompanied by a CBC television film crew including Joe Mullins. We watched a Utah Jazz practice that included Stockton, Malone and Mark Eaton, skied at Sundance and played four basketball games against Utah schools.
- 1992 – Canada 125 trip to Scarborough, ON with high school classmates (and then a return visit by Scarborough students to Newfoundland)
- 1993-97 – Acadia basketball trips to Sudbury, Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Cape Breton.
- 1999 – Honeymoon trip to Florida Keys and Western Caribbean
- 2000 – Three-week South Africa trip over Christmas with my wife Heidi, followed by time in England where we were joined by her sister Heather
- 2002 – Trip to Bulgaria for business case teaching (with Sean Murray and Momchil Momchilov)
- 2003 – Trip to Nizhniy Tagil, Russia as part of the Richard Ivey School of Business LEADER Project (business case teaching) followed by visits to Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia
- 2004 – Extended Family Cruise on RCCL Explorer of the Seas (May), Month-long South America trip with Heidi (Brazil, Bolivia, Peru including Machu Picchu) during a leave of absence from Mercer Management Consulting (October)
- 2006 – Weekend in Jamaica with Heidi’s friend Karen, Torino Winter Olympics in Italy, NCAA Regional Finals in Atlanta with my brother Mark
- 2010 – Vancouver Olympics to watch my sister-in-law Heather Moyse win Gold, Women’s Rugby World Cup in England
- 2014 – June family trip to Hilton Head, Atlanta, Paris, Honfleur, France and New York City
- 2015 – Celebrity Summit cruise from San Juan to Southern Caribbean with Heidi to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and turning 40
- 2015 – Family trip to Costa Rica over U.S. Thanksgiving
- 2016 – Liberty of the Seas Cruise from Galveston to Honduras, Belize, Mexico with my parents
- 2017 – Attending Game 5 of the 2017 World Series where the Astros beat the Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings.
- 2018 – Trip to Rwanda to work with faculty colleagues from Herat University in Afghanistan on their first-ever MBA program. Rwanda was chosen as the location for the trip since we needed a meeting place between our two countries where Afghanistan citizens could get a travel visa.
- 2018 – Final Four in San Antonio Texas, Teaching at Yuntech University in Taiwan in December, continuing a long tradition of Daniels faculty who have guest-taught at this institution.
- 2019 – Trip to Cairo, Egypt and American University of Cairo to conclude collaboration with faculty colleagues from Herat University in Afghanistan.
- 2020 – A great March ski trip to Colorado with my childhood friend John Smallwood and our son Samuel was my only out-of-state trip of 2020 to date.
Growing up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland I was fortunate to have an amazing music/piano teacher – Gary Graham – who instilled in me a lifelong love of music. I continue to play piano and sing at home and at church events and in the past have belonged to a variety of choirs and even played the tuba. I also try to introduce my students to Canadian musicians and bands whenever possible. Some of my favorites include:
Newfoundland bands such as Hey Rosetta, Great Big Sea, Irish Descendants, The Once, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.
Canadian bands/artists such as The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Guess Who, Matt Mays and City and Colour.
I have had many memorable experiences attending live concerts including Billy Joel at Madison Square Gardens (2018), Hey Rosetta at the River & Sky Festival in northern Ontario, Coldplay in both Denver and Toronto, Barenaked Ladies at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Great Big Sea in Atlanta, Georgia (2006), and my first ever concert Gowan at Humber Gardens in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.