TORONTO –AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce the appointment of rowing Olympian Andrea Proske as Vice President and the newly-elected Chris de Sousa Costa as Treasurer of its Board of Directors.
Proske replaces Bo Hedges (Wheelchair Basketball), who was appointed as Secretary for the 2022-23 Executive, after serving as Vice President for the past two years, while de Sousa Costa takes over for Rob Law (Lawn Bowls). Erin Willson (Artistic Swimming) will continue to lead the organization as AthletesCAN President for a second consecutive year.
A two-time Rowing World Cup medalist, Proske won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the women’s eight – Canada’s first in this event since 1996. Off the water, Proske served as Rowing Canada’s Athlete Representative, leading a successful $37,000 food card fundraising campaign on behalf of her peers, and was a vocal advocate for the launch of a High Performance Culture Review. Since joining the AthletesCAN Board in November 2021, Proske has chaired the AthletesCAN Membership Committee, overseeing the successful transition to a one-time registration via the new AthletesCAN.ca website, and led strategic initiatives aimed at raising the organization’s awareness profile among its 6,000-plus prospective members. Additionally, Proske is an international coach, serving as Program Director for Team Bahamas Rowing in 2022.
A three-time Commonwealth champion, de Sousa Costa retired after serving as team captain at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Off the mat, he spent three years at the world’s largest publicly-traded property and casualty insurance carrier, providing risk transfer solutions for private entities and non-profit organizations and focusing on analyzing financial and operations management exposure. He is also the CEO of the Queen’s University Alternative Assets Fund, Canada’s first student-directed portfolio of alternative strategies, which holds over $600,000 in assets under management. In this role, de Sousa Costa oversees five business verticals and works closely with the Chief Investment Officer to ensure the fund yields superior risk-adjusted returns in any market environment.
In addition to the new Executive, Law was also re-appointed to the Board as its 10th member. AthletesCAN bylaws allow for the appointment of one additional Director for every three new Board members elected at the Annual General Meeting.
AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world. As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.
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