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Canada Games Council


261- 1200 boul. St. Laurent Blvd.

P.O. Box 72 / C. P. 72

Ottawa, ON  K1K 3B8

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Canada Games Council and its activities, please contact us at     




President and CEO
David Patterson - 
Ext. 2705 

David Patterson is President and CEO of the Canada Games Council. He joined the Council in late August 2016 after having worked as a consultant for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) on the National Sport Federation Enhancement Initiative where he helped implement 115 projects to enhance business functions and to increase the capacity of Canada’s 52 Olympic and Pan American National Sport Federations.

He also held the role of CEO for Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada from 2012 to 2014 as well as Executive Director of Ringette Canada from 2004 to 2012.

David brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to the CGC along with a strong knowledge of the organization. 



Manager of Operations
Karen Poapst -
Ext. 2703

Karen is the Canada Games Council’s Manager of Operations. In this role, Karen manages the Council`s governance, human resource, government relations and administration activities to ensure smooth and efficient corporate operations.

Karen joined the Council in 2012 in her current role after having worked for the Canadian Paralympic Committee for 12 years as a Senior Coordinator for Special Events & Projects. She also held the position of Program Officer at Sport Canada for 3 years.

Karen enjoys a variety of sports and activities including baseball, ball hockey and running.  Karen grew up in rural eastern Ontario, and currently resides in Long Sault with her husband Kevin,  3 sons Dryden, Nicholas and Kade and has 3 step-children Adam, Michael and Abby. 


Marketing & Communications

Communications Coordinator
Joel Allard -
Ext. 2708

As the Canada Games Council’s Communications Coordinator, Joel oversees and executes the Council’s social media and digital strategies.  He also manages the Council’s web presence and implements the Council's communications to internal and external audiences. 

Joel joined the Council in 2013 in his current role after having previously worked with Senators Sports & Entertainment as a League Coordinator. He also performed an internship with Taekwondo Canada.

Joel, who is fluently bilingual, holds an Honours BA with Specialization in Communication from the University of Ottawa.

A multi-sport athlete, Joel enjoys playing hockey, tennis and volleyball.

Joel was born and raised in Rockland, Ontario and still resides there with his fiancée Caroline. 


Marketing Coordinator
Pat Wert -
Ext. 2706

Pat is the Canada Games Council’s Marketing Coordinator. In conjunction with the Director of Marketing and Communications, he works to elevate the overall brand recognition and awareness of the Canada Games across the country.

Pat joined the Council initially as a student intern in the summer of 2013, and then was recently awarded another opportunity to work for the CGC once he graduated from Royal Roads University (Victoria, B.C.) and moved back to Ontario in 2014. Along with a BA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads, he is also a graduate of the Algonquin College Public Relations program (Ottawa campus).

Born and raised in Avonmore, Ontario, Pat grew up on his family’s dairy farm and was a multi-sport athlete in baseball, hockey, and volleyball. 

Sponsorship Coordinator
Marissa Bentley -

As the Sponsorship Coordinator of the Canada Games Council, Marissa oversees all day-to-day operations with our National Partners while also assisting the Canada Games Host Societies with ensuring their sponsorship needs are meet.

She is a recent graduate from Algonquin College’s Sport Business Management Graduate Program and a St. Francis Xavier University Human Kinetics Alumni. By pursuing this education and now working for the CGC, she has truly turned her passion for sport into a career. To add, she has also performed an internship with Sport Matters Group and Motivate Canada.

A past hockey and soccer athlete, Marissa still enjoys being active by practicing yoga, strength training, and playing softball in her hometown of Ottawa. 


Sport & Games

Director of Sport and Games
Currently on Maternity Leave

Acting Director of Sport and Games
Aaron Bruce -
Ext. 2702 

Aaron is the Canada Games Council’s Manager of Sport and Games. In this role, Aaron plays a major role in helping to shape the sport program for the Canada Games property.

Aaron joined the Council in 2010 as a Sport & Games Coordinator after three years with Squash Canada as their High Performance Coordinator. He has also held positions with the Canadian Olympic Committee (Games Assistant), Ontario Summer Games (Volunteer Protocol Manager for 2006 Games in Ottawa), and the University of Ottawa’s Athletic Department (Competitive Clubs Administrator).  

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Honours Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) degree and the University of Ottawa with a Master of Arts Degree in Sport and Physical Activity Administration.

A multi-sport athlete, Aaron played competitive hockey, golf, badminton and volleyball growing up and continues to compete in golf and squash.

Aaron was born and raised in St.Thomas Ontario and now resides in Ottawa with his wife Mary and son Simon.

Manager of Transportation Services
Shelley Fleming -
Ext. 2711

As Manager of Transportation Services, Shelley is responsible for all organizational and technical matters associated with the transportation of all Provincial/Territorial (P/T) Teams and their related equipment, as well as for Major Technical Officials and Sponsored Medical Personnel, to and from the Canada Games. To achieve this, Shelley must balance a close working relationship with Sport Canada in the management of their Contribution Agreement, with the Travel Services Provider in the provision of travel for all participants, with P/T Teams in the implementation of travel logistics and with Host Societies in the development and execution of transportation operational plans. 

Shelley’s extensive background in event logistics include management of accreditation program for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games, management of logistics for numerous overseas exercises with the Canadian Forces College for 8 years, management of event logistics for Veterans Affairs Canada overseas commemorations for 3 years and event management with Skate Canada for 3 years. 

Shelley, who is fluently bilingual,  is a graduate of La Cité Collégiale with a certificate in Business Administration and Marketing. She also completed a Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) in 2012. 

Shelley’s only sport claim is riding a bike…..preferably on flat surfaces!

Sport and Games Coordinator
Jacob McInnis -
Ext. 2701

Jacob is a Sport and Games Coordinator with the Canada Games Council. In this position, Jacob plays a role in helping to shape the sport program for the Canada Games property, while also helping to deliver the Council's Transfer of Knowledge program to current and future Host Societies.

Jacob joined the Council in 2012 in his current role as a Sport & Games Coordinator after previously working with the 2009 Canada Games Host Society and the Whitehorse 2012 Arctic Winter Games Host Society. He has also held positions with the 2010 G8/G20 Summits Management Office, 2009 Canadian Ringette Championships and the 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge.  

Jacob holds a Bachelor of Sport Management from Brock University.

Jacob was born in Winnipeg, MB; raised in London, ON and currently resides in Ottawa, ON with his wife Natalie.

Sport Coordinator
Kali MacAdam -
Ext. 2712

Kali joined the CGC in 2015 after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. She previously interned with the Council in the summer of 2013. 

A Canada Games alumnus who won Gold with Team Ontario ringette at the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games, Kali has experienced the Canada Games in a number of different capacities, including athlete, spectator, intern, and CGC staff member.

Kali has had a passion for sport since a young age. She grew up playing a variety of sports, including competitive soccer and ringette. She continues to play recreational soccer and softball, as well as ringette for the Ottawa Ice in the National Ringette League. She has volunteered and worked with local ringette associations and sports camps, and has run skills clinics and physical education programs for kids.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Kali attended university in Nova Scotia and Australia before moving back to her hometown. 

Games Coordinator
Marc Sorrie -
Ext. 2710

Marc is the Canada Games Council’s Games Coordinator. Marc’s role is to support the current and future Host Societies via CGC’s Transfer of Knowledge Program. Marc joined the Canada Games Council in 2015 after working as the Village Services Coordinator at the 2015 Prince George Canada Winter Games.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Honours Bachelor of Art in Leisure Studies and studied at Vancouver Island University with Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management.

Marc is an active rugby player with the Ottawa Beavers Banshees Rugby Football Club where he also holds the position of Club President.