At the Canada Games Council, our Board serves as a Governance Board and is responsible for the effective stewardship of the organization.
Our Board consists of 14 Directors from across Canada with a wide variety of skills and unwavering passion for Canadian amateur sports and the Canada Games movement. Their experience, insight, and knowledge provides executive leadership and direction in achieving our Vision, Strategic Priorities & Objectives.
Evan is a corporate executive and legal expert who currently serves as the Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Related Businesses at The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. He is driven by his passion for sport at all levels, particularly Canadian amateur sport. A Winnipeg resident, Evan is a three-time Ironman finisher whose hobbies include long-distance triathlon, downhill skiing, water skiing and windsurfing.
A three-time Olympic medalist and icon in Canadian speed skating, Catriona is a true champion on and off the field of play. She is a tireless ambassador for the transformational power of sport and a distinguished member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. A Canada Games alum, Catriona is currently the President and CEO of Sport Calgary and Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Fauna is an Indigenous Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and the Chief Financial Officer at Tlicho Investment Corporation & Group of Companies in Yellowknife, NT. In addition to being the CGC Treasurer, Fauna also serves on the Indspire Board of Directors. Raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, her journey as a competitive athlete sparked her passion for amateur sports, recreation and volunteerism. She has been recognized with numerous national accolades, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and an Indspire Award.
Anthony is the President and CEO at Tourism Vancouver Island. He has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism industry, including destination development and marketing, sport tourism, media relations and visitor services. Anthony was the Board Chair of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society, successfully welcoming the nation to Prince George. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the Canada Games movement.
Blair has been involved in the Canada Games on multiple levels throughout his career. He served as the Chef de Mission for Team Ontario nine times, was inducted into the Canada Games Hall of Honour in the Builder category, and now brings his passion for Canadian amateur sport, Paralympic sport and Special Olympic sport to the CGC. Blair also served as the Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2010 Paralympic Games and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the Paralympic movement in Canada.
A leader in the Canadian sport system, Catherine is the Executive Director of Sport with the Canadian Paralympic Committee. In that role she oversees Games preparation, Paralympic performance and the Paralympic sport development pathway, and has been at the helm for the Canadian Paralympic Team in Sochi, Rio, PyeongChang and Tokyo. In 2017, she was named one of the “Five to Watch” under 40 in Canadian sport business by George Brown College.
Cheri is a sport marketing expert and scholar with a PhD in Sport Management. She is currently the Loretta Rogers Research Chair in Sport Marketing at Ryerson University and the Founding Manager/Director of the Future of Sport Lab. Her research interests focus on sport business strategy and trends, including innovation and entrepreneurship, sport and social impact, and women in sport leadership. She also serves on the advisory board for Women in Sports Tech (WiST).
Judy has worked in the Canadian sport industry for more than three decades and is a strong advocate for athletes and coaches with a disability, women in sport, and Indigenous sport. Her background is in communications and media relations, and she has worked with Team Canada at the Paralympic Games, as well as Team BC at the Canada Games from 1993-2019. She currently lives on Gabriola Island, BC and is the Event Manager at BC Senior Games Society.
Karen currently lives in Toronto and serves as the Regional Enablement Coach at RBC with a strong background in sales management & performance coaching, strategic planning and risk management. Originally from El Salvador and raised in Edmonton, she also brings her passion for diversity and inclusion to the CGC. Through RBC, she has partnered with Women of Influence for the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and is working with Ivey Business School to develop diversity and inclusion training for faculty and future MBA cohorts.
Lynn is an established professional with more than 30 years of experience in communications and public relations coupled with over 20 years in politics. As the Manager of Promotion, Hosting, Business and Sport Tourism at Destination Sherbrooke, her vast knowledge includes expertise in tourism and government relations. Lynn was previously a member of the senior management team with the 2013 Host Society, witnessing the power of the Canada Games movement to spark greatness and strengthen community.
Rick brings an incredible 25 years of experience in sponsorship marketing, licensing, ticketing, and strategic partnerships to the Canada Games movement. Having spent his entire career in the Canadian sports and entertainment industry, he has a wealth of knowledge having worked with professional sports teams, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Pan/Parapan American Games, and not-for-profits. He currently lives in Port Moody, BC and is the co-founder and Managing Director of UNITE Partnerships Inc.
A Winnipeg native, Sue is the CEO of the Reh-Fit Centre - a leading Canadian medical fitness facility dedicated to enhancing community health. She has extensive administration and governance expertise with a compilation of national and provincial awards for her professional and volunteer work in sport, fitness and health. Sue was a member of Team Manitoba at the Canada Games in 1979.
Teddy resides in Oakville and is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at Think Redefined Inc. He brings exceptional journalism, communications, and media relations experience to the CGC Board and has been involved with an impressive number of national and international Games, including more than 10 Olympics, Paralympics, and most other major Games. He also served as the Chief Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.
SPORT & GAMES COMMITTEE
The Sport & Games Committee is delegated the responsibility to decide on sport technical and Games operations matters for the Canada Games. Additionally, the Committee is tasked with advising CGC staff on sport technical and Games operations matters related to the CGC’s strategic priorities and core business.
Chair - Catherine Gosselin-Despres
FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Finance & Audit Committee monitors and provides strategic direction on the financial activities of the Canada Games Council. The Committee ensures that all financial activities are carried out in accordance with CGC Bylaws, Policies and Canadian Accounting Standards for Not-For-Profit Organizations.
Chair - Fauna Kingdon
GOVERNANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
The Governance and Human Resources Committee’s mandate is to ensure that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical and functional responsibilities through governance policy and Board development. The Committee oversees, and looks to enhance, organizational policies, procedures and performance, to ensure optimal Board effectiveness and continuing development.
Chair - Elaine Roper