ACGM Workshop Presenter Biographies

Updated May 7, 2014

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Dr. William Bridel – Bullying in Sport (English)
Dr. William Bridel is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University in the department of Kinesiology and Health. The undergraduate and graduate level courses he teaches focus on socio-cultural aspects of the body, sport, physical activity, and health. His research interests include: the emergence of ultra-endurance sports as forms of leisure activities; social and political aspects of health; sport-related pain and injury; and, gender, sexuality, and sport. A member of the National Office staff from 1997 to 2004, William has served as a consultant on athlete development, coaching, and high performance projects since 2006. Once upon a time he competed in singles, pair, ice dance, and interpretive skating but as an adult has turned to sports and physical activities that take place in warmer environments.


Dr. Sylvain Guimond – Sport Psychology: Skating Begins in the Mind (English and French)
A doctor of sports psychology, osteopath and a physical education instructor, Sylvain Guimond is a world-renowned expert in posture, biomechanics and sports psychology. He is also a very active speaker and a collaborator with ties to other university, scientific, athletic and business organizations. A writer with the Antichambre (RDS), he is also a sports psychology consultant with the Montreal Canadiens. His first book entitled “Dans mes souliers, devenez vous-même” was a best seller, along with his second publication “Le hockey c’est dans la tête.”


Reaghan (Fawcett) Fortin – Officials Needed: Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club / STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Update (English and French)
Reaghan has been a Skate Canada judge-evaluator for 25 years. She is currently qualified as an International Judge in Singles and Pair, and a Gold Evaluator in free skating, ice dance, skating skills and interpretive. A former competitive skater, she enjoys judging and evaluating at all levels, from club competitions to invitationals, nationals and beyond. Reaghan has also worked extensively with Skate Canada through a variety of volunteer committee roles. She was a Judge-Evaluator Chair for Central Ontario for four years and a member of the Domestic Officials Committee for seven years. Most recently, she was appointed as Chair of the Skating Programs Development Committee that is responsible among other items, for overseeing the implementation of the new STAR 1-5 competition system across the country. Reaghan is fluent in French after spending two years living and working in France as a university student. After completing her International MBA, she worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry in finance, marketing and HR roles. She is currently working at home to raise her children and continues her passion for volunteering through different roles at her children's school such as Treasurer for the school's Parent Council.


Joanne Godin – Administrating the New CanSkate Program: Are You Ready to GO? (French) / Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success (French)
Coaching all disciplines for 38 years, at all levels, Joanne has been involved in the development of preschool and beginner skaters since the beginning of her career when she operated a specialized preschool program. As head coach at her club and a consultant for the Quebec Section along with her role on the Skate Canada CanSkate and STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Resource Teams, she is helping to implement the new CanSkate program as well as piloting the revisions for the STARSkate program. Joanne is also a NCCP learning facilitator and enjoys participating in the development of new coaches and their young skaters. She is an active volunteer and continues to give countless hours of her time both at the section and national levels, involved in numerous trials and pilots as well as on the national Skating Programs Committee. She is an advocate of the importance of skaters attaining their goals in a healthy and productive environment.


Véronique Gosselin - Officials Needed: Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club / STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Update (English and French)
Véronique has been involved in the sport for over 20 years as a skater and now an official. She is an international judge in singles and pair, Section Technical Controller and Technical Specialist in singles and pair, and is also a Section Clinic Leader in singles and pair. She has also been a member of the Section Judge/Evaluators Committee for the past five years, and currently chairs the committee.


Mark Halliday – New CanSkate Marketing & Branding Update (English with simultaneous translation)
A seasoned marketing and television executive, Mark Halliday joined the Skate Canada team in January 2014 as Chief Marketing Officer. Born and raised in Montreal he is fluent in French. Mark brings with him almost 25 years’ worth of progressive marketing experience. In the 1990s, he was a global product manager for the Bauer/Nike Skate division, and in the early 2000s he served as a Brand Manager for Cadbury Adams. He continued his career as Senior Product Manager for Rogers Cable where he managed premium TV products, including dealing with rights holders to negotiate programming. More recently, Halliday worked for the CTV/Rogers 2010 Olympic Broadcast Consortium and helped create integrated multiplatform partnerships for Olympic broadcast sponsors. Mark brings a tremendously rich background to the new Skate Canada position of Chief Marketing Officer. He is a seasoned marketer with a passion for athletes, competition and sport, and knows how to build a brand as well as having a keen understanding of the multiple media platforms that constitute today's marketing reality.


Donna King - Administrating the New CanSkate Program: Are You Ready to GO? (English) / Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success (English)
Donna is in her 21st year with Skate Canada’s Skating Programs department. Her work currently is focused on LTAD-related program revisions including the launch of the new CanSkate program in September 2014. Donna also was a test skater, and coached skating for 10 years, specializing in CanSkate and STARSkate. She has a Bachelor of Arts Specialization in Recreation & Leisure Studies from Concordia University and has completed several courses in music and early childhood education. She has played several side roles with Skate Canada, being an in-venue host and bilingual announcer at numerous national and ISU championships including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and most recently the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London. She is also a musician and performer in three different bands.


Monica Lockie – Administrating the New CanSkate Program: Are You Ready to GO? (English) / Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success (English) / STARSkate Revisions: An Exciting Road Ahead (English)
Monica has been coaching all levels of skating from CanSkate to competitive for 30 years and is NCCP Level 3 certified and Gold rated in the CEP. She is currently the owner/director of 8 Points Centre of Excellence. Other areas of involvement include being a section level Technical Specialist and a Master Learning Facilitator for NCCP Level 1 coaches and the Intermediate STARSkate/Provincial Level Coach program. A seasoned national and section workshop presenter, Monica also contributes as a volunteer and is currently Chair of Skate Canada’s national Coaching Committee, sits on the national Board of Directors as coaching representative and is a member of the national Skating Programs Committee. She is heavily involved in the program implementation phase of LTAD, particularly with the revisions to the CanSkate and STARSkate programs.


Paul MacIntosh – Coach & Club Harmony (English)
Paul is the Skating Programs Manager at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club as well as the Skating and Club Director at the Hamilton Skating Club. He is experienced in the management challenges in all areas of skating club activities, staffing and planning. Paul has been a member of various Skate Canada committees for the past 25 years and currently sits on the Skate Canada Coaches Advisory committee. Paul is an experienced coach of 28 years and has been fortunate to coach many national and international medal winners as well as one of the first coaches in the career of Olympic Champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Paul also taught Andrew Poje for 14 years and was privileged to teach Andrew from age 6 – 20 which included his first sessions as a figure skater until Andrew’s first World Championship with partner Kaitlyn Weaver. In 2001 Paul was the Skate Canada competitive coach of the year and in 2007 was a top 5 finalist for the Jack Donohue coaching award for all sports in Canada. Paul completed his level 5 coaching certification in 2013.


Deborah MacMurdo – Canada Not-For-Profit Act Update (English with simultaneous translation)
Debbie is a long-serving member of the Board of Directors of Skate Canada. She has chaired or been a member of nearly every committee of the Board since 1985. Presently she is Chair of the Membership Policy Committee and a member of the Governance Committee and the CEO Review Committee. She also chairs the Ad Hoc Committee responsible for Skate Canada’s implementation of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Debbie assembled this committee of experts to ensure that the changes made in response to the requirements of the act were in the best interests of our organization.


Norm Proft – Club Operations: Workshop Discussion (Bilingual)
Norm is currently Skate Canada Member Services Director, formerly Officials Programs Manager, as well as a qualified technical controller and specialist. Prior to working for Skate Canada, Norm was a Level III certified coach, and coached alongside Manon Perron and her team of athletes, including Joannie Rochette. Norm represented Canada as a proud member of the National Team, competing internationally from 1987 - 1992. He is currently a member of the Gloucester Skating Club and is proud to serve his club as both a volunteer and an official.


Sally Rehorick – Officials Needed: Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club (English and French)
Sally Rehorick is a judge, referee and technical controller for singles, pair and dance, as well as a moderator for officials training at all levels. She officiates at club test days and competitions as well as at the Olympic and World levels. Her most recent competitions were as technical controller for the Victoria Day Invitational in Surrey BC and for the ladies events at the World Championships in Tokyo and the Junior Worlds in Sofia. Sally has served in numerous leadership roles in high performance sport, including as Chef de mission for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, as a member of the Officials Assessment Commission for the ISU at the Torino Olympics, and as Director of International Client Services and Official Languages at the Vancouver Olympics. She is an elected Director on the Board of Skate Canada and has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Sally resides in Vancouver with her husband, David, and their cat.


Dan Thompson – Moving Skate Canada Forward: Dissecting the 2014-2018 Skate Canada Strategic Plan / Post-Sochi Panel (English with simultaneous translation)
Having joined the Skate Canada team as Chief Executive Officer this past year in June 2013, Dan Thompson has taken on the responsibility of his new role, and in leading the development and implementation of the four-year Skate Canada strategic plan. As an Olympian himself, Dan understands the requirements of preparing athletes for elite competition. Combined with his marketing and management experience, we have a leader who can truly inspire the organization. Dan possesses strong organizational skills at the community level, and has experience dealing with governance issues at the board table. Dan was a seven-year member of Canada's National Swim Team and an Olympian. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Physical & Health Education degree from the University of Toronto, and made the move into the corporate marketing world at the conclusion of his competitive swim career. He has worked previously in sponsorship and broadcast marketing, and went on to lead MacLaren Momentum. His most recent role prior to joining Skate Canada, was as President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.


Jenna Toms - New CanSkate Marketing & Branding Update (English with simultaneous translation)
Jenna Toms graduated from the CanSkate program in 1990 before going on to earn her degree in business at the University of Ottawa. Her passion for skating began with CanSkate, which has lead her to a career in sport. Jenna’s background in marketing and brand management has made her a valuable asset at the Skate Canada national office. She successfully led the CanSkate creative team and is currently working on the launch of the new CanSkate creative materials, which will help clubs and sections grow the CanSkate brand.


Bethany Tory – Safe Sport (English) / Club Operations: Workshop Discussion (Bilingual)
Bethany Tory is the Chief Operating Officer of Skate Canada and is accountable for running the national business, directing its member services, finance and operations, and technology strategy. She has extensive experience in leadership, program management, strategic planning, financial management and budgeting, stakeholder engagement and corporate governance developed during previous roles with national membership organizations. A former competitive skater and skating coach, she is a graduate of the Queen’s University’s MBA program and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Law, from Carleton University. Bethany has a strong commitment to volunteerism as demonstrated through her many years of service as a Board Member and in other supporting roles with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, an agency devoted to helping women and female youth who are at risk of coming into conflict with the law. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two young children.


Mary-Liz Wiley - Administrating the New CanSkate Program: Are You Ready to GO? (French) / Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success (French )
Mary-Liz is an NCCP Level 3 certified Gold status coach with 25 years’ experience coaching recreational, STARSkate and competitive skaters. As a member of Skate Canada’s CanSkate Resource Team, Mary-Liz has been actively involved in the implementation of the new CanSkate Program. A former sectional recreational and club coach of the year, Mary-Liz was also recognized in Skate Canada’s Best of the Best CanSkate Coach Program. An NCCP Learning Facilitator, Mary-Liz is also the Head Coach for the Lac St Louis Skater Development Program. Mary-Liz gives back to the sport as a member of Skate Canada’s Coaching Committee, regional coaching rep and guest contributor to “Keeping in Touch”, Skate Canada’s online magazine. A dynamic and enthusiastic presenter, Mary-Liz is sure to get you excited about skating and its future!


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