The Highest Quality Shade Sails On The Market
Hand-Made In Canada And Shipped Worldwide
A family owned and operated business, Shade Sails Canada was founded in 1999 from a fascination with nautical aesthetics and design, and a lifetime’s experience in materials and construction. A father and son team, Neil and Brydon Roe spent their early years on the shores of the great lakes in eastern Canada. While Neil worked in heavy construction, Brydon and his younger brother owned and operated a windsurfing shop, collectively fostering a fascination with building and marine rigging.
Years on, now owning a dock and deck building business, Neil was first introduced to tensile fabric architecture while visiting his sons in Australia. Noticing how architecturally pleasing and impressive they were, Neil and Brydon returned home with the intent of adding Shade Sails to their product line, a first in the Canadian market.
Anne Murphy, Brydon’s wife, joined the team in 2010, bringing an extensive sewing background and increasing the quality of the products we are able to produce. Her attention to detail and eye for design have seen the opening of a new branch of the business, the Green Bag Company, recycling our waste material to make beautiful lifestyle and gardening bags.
We continue to strive to increase the range and quality of our products while staying true to our family-centred, local approach to business. It’s been quite the journey crafting shade sails for 20 years, we hope you’ll join us on our quest to promote sun safety and leave as small a footprint on this earth as possible.
Sun SafeWe work closely with the Melanoma Network of Canada to promote sun safety and support those who have had the misfortune to experience this serious form of cancer. More information about the Melanoma Network of Canada can be found on our partner’s page.
Environmentally ConsciousPart of being a progressive, outdoor-focused company is taking steps to decrease our impact on the environment. We’ve set up initiatives to make sure we are recycling wherever possible and we always source local contractors and merchants when working all over North America.
Made in CanadaThe reason we are proud to say our products are the highest quality you will find is our local approach to business. All sails are manufactured at our head office and manufacturing facility in Revelstoke, BC, allowing us to maintain the highest levels of quality.
Meet The Family
Co-founder, CEO & FatherBrydon attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. After travelling extensively in Europe, Asia & Down Under, in 2000 he joined with other members of the Roe family to form Shade Sails Canada. In 2007, Brydon migrated from Toronto to Revelstoke BC to expand Shade Sails into Western Canada. When he’s not in the office overseeing operations, you’ll find him skiing, mountain biking and hiking around Revelstoke with his family.
Owner, Production Manager & MotherAnne is from a small town outside of Ottawa, where she grew-up sewing vertical blinds from the age of 13 until she graduated in dental hygiene in 1994. After moving to Revelstoke and meeting Brydon, she now spends her time perfecting and manufacturing the Shade Sails Canada product line and loves being a mother to her 21-year-old and 7-year-old daughters. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Anne taking part in a variety of fitness-related activities or cooking the best pizza this side of Napoli.
Co-founder & GrandfatherNeil spent his entire career in the heavy construction material business before becoming co-founder of Shade Sails Canada in 2000. After handing the business down to our current husband and wife team, he is now dividing his time between the west of Canada and the East to spend time with his 3 boys and 4 grandchildren.
Bag Model, Rascal & DaughterA force to be reckoned with, Scarlett brings a cheeky smile and whole bunch of energy to the Shade Sails office. A bi-lingual phenom, when she’s not modelling the bags for Green Bag Company, Scarlett enjoys tearing up the slopes of Mount Mackenzie and chasing Bagheera around the office.
Head of Security, Mood Enhancer & CatBagheera has risen through the ranks at Shade Sails Canada at a staggering pace, now overseeing the night-time security division. When she’s not rubbing up against our staff’s legs in the office, you probably won’t find her as she’ll be sleeping in a quiet corner somewhere, hiding from Scarlett.