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Demers, Kanuka, Paton join Athletics Canada Board of Directors

Athletics Canada Board elections took place during the recent Annual General Meeting, as a result, the Board welcomes three new faces, under the leadership of first year Board Chair Bill MacMackin and Vice Chair, Ann Peel.   

Robert Demers of Dorval, Que., Lynn Kanuka of White Rock, B.C., and John Paton of Edmonton, Alta., were elected to the Athletics Canada Board of Directors for the first time. Helen Manning of Sutton West, Ont., was re-elected as Director at large and Bill MacMackin was elected by the members to the position of Chair. At the first board meeting Ann Peel was elected by the board members as Vice-Chair.

Gord Orlikow, previous Board Chair, was appointed as director at large to provide continuity as past Chair.  

Jillian Drouin was nominated by the athletes to the position of Female Athlete Representative, and re-elected to the Board by the members. 

Athletics Canada Board of Directors

Robert Demers, Director at large, Dorval, Que.
Jillian Drouin, Athlete representative, Sombra, Ont.
Inaki Gomez, Athlete representative, Vancouver, B.C.
Sean Holman, Treasurer, Etobicoke, Ont.
Lynn Kanuka, Director at large, White Rock, B.C.
Bill MacMackin, Chair, Saint John, N.B.
Helen Manning, Director at large, Sutton West, Ont.
Gord Orlikow, Director at large, Vancouver, B.C.
John Paton, Director at large, Edmonton, Alta.
Ann Peel, Vice Chair, Toronto, Ont.

 “We are excited by the quality and energy of the Athletics Canada Board of Directors. Each individual brings years of experience to the sport, there is a strong commitment to the continued growth and success of athletics in Canada,” said Board Chair Bill MacMackin.

MacMackin adds, “We want the board to be visible, accessible and strongly connected to the many people, communities and organizations that make up the sport. This will help us better support athletes, coaches, officials and provincial branches in being even more successful”

In his professional life, Robert Demers has been with Symcor Inc. since 2000, since 2011he has held the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration. His career has included stops with ClinTrials BioRecherches, Kronos Canada, Natrel, and Lloyds Bank of Canada. He has been on the Board of the Fédération Québécoise d’Athlétisme since 2011. He served as a volunteer coach with McGill Olympic Club and Club athlétique Les Pulsars, and has completed more than 45 marathons.

Lynn Kanuka is of course best known for her bronze medal performance at the 1984 Olympic Games, but since then has coached and served as an ambassador for the sport in numerous capacities. Her coaching career spans decades at elementary, high school, club and national levels. Since 2013 she has been in the position of Elite Athlete Coordinator for the BMO Vancouver Marathon and is also involved with the InTraining Program delivering hundreds of clinics throughout the Lower Mainland and BC Interior.

Since 2014 John Paton has held the role of President with School Sport Canada, chairing national meetings and growing collaborative efforts with several groups including national sport organizations and other national agencies. Paton has been Executive Director of the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association since 1993. He has held several leadership roles in the areas of risk management, governance, strategic planning, and human resources to name a few.

Athletics Canada’s success depends on a continued focus of the three main strategic plan pillars; grow participation, support high performance, and ensure participants have a positive experience in athletics. MacMackin says, “Our athletes have been working hard and producing outstanding results again this year. The board is committed to supporting their success and working very hard with all our partners to make athletics even stronger in Canada.”

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