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Alicia Renaud-Paquin to join AthletesCAN as Manager, Athlete Projects and Operations

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is please to welcome Alicia Renaud-Paquin as its new Manager of Athlete Projects and Operations.

Renaud-Paquin (she/her) will be responsible for overseeing direct interaction with AthletesCAN members, committees, staff, corporate and system partners and the Board of Directors to build and leverage athlete-driven data and insights to create impactful change. She will also oversee all governance and operations processes on behalf of the organization

“We are excited to welcome Alicia to the AthletesCAN team. Her addition brings us an impressive background and experience that will help elevate our athlete-centred culture.”

AthletesCAN President Erin Willson

Prior to joining AthletesCAN, Renaud-Paquin held several athlete-facing roles at the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). While with the COC, she helped plan Team Canada’s participation at the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games and worked on several sport inclusion and community engagement initiatives, including education, women and girls in sport, and LGBTQI2S+ initiatives. Renaud-Paquin also volunteered with the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League, where she supported the growth of artistic swimming at the university level within Canada, highlighted by efforts to increase the inclusion of men within the sport, as well as the Sport for Life Principles.

Renaud-Paquin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, a certificate in Project Management from McGill University, and a certificate in Sport Industry Essentials from Columbia University. She is also a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)-Level 1 Certified Coach in artistic swimming and is currently pursuing a certificate in Nutrition Coaching.

“I am thrilled to join the incredible team at AthletesCAN and support the development of an athlete-first sport system in Canada. I hope to bring a wide range of experience in planning athlete-centered initiatives and creating a safe and performance focused environment for our Team Canada athletes. I am honoured to work with an organization that now, more than ever, will have such a large impact on the Canadian sport landscape.”

Alicia Renaud-Paquin

Renaud-Paquin’s addition doubles AthletesCAN’s full-time staff – a key objective identified as part of the organization’s new Strategic Plan that originally launched last year.

With Renaud-Paquin’s arrival, AthletesCAN thanks outgoing Interim Office Administrator and two-time bobsleigh Olympian Christine de Bruin for her work during this transition period.

AthletesCAN will continue to add to its team in the coming days and weeks, with summer interns and content producers to be announced at a later date.

About AthletesCAN

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. 

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

AthletesCAN to conduct landscape equity, diversity and inclusion survey of members in partnership with U of T and E-Alliance

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to unveil it is conducting an anonymous survey, to assess the demographics of its members and nature and quality of their sport experiences, particularly as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

The goal of the survey – in partnership with the University of Toronto and the E-Alliance Research hub for gender+ equity in sport – is to develop an enhanced understanding of national team athletes’ experiences within their National Sport Organization (NSO) environment to help address systemic inequities in the Canadian sport system, including monitoring AthletesCAN programs and designing new initiatives to advance EDI practices.

“We are excited to partner with U of T on this critical survey. This important initiative will provide us with key data on the EDI experiences of our members and be the first step in using the athlete voice to create meaningful change for the future.”

Neville Wright - AthletesCAN Board member; Chair of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee

The survey is open to all current and retired national team athletes within the last eight years who are 16 years of age or older. Individuals of all intersectional identities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will request general demographic information and ask about specific aspects of members’ sport experience in the NSO environment, including, overall impressions of EDI, the nature of personal experiences (i.e., positive and negative), and perceived progress of EDI initiatives. All participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.

“The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) is delighted to be partnering with AthletesCAN on this important initiative. The anonymous survey will give athletes an opportunity to have their voices heard and in so doing inform the design and delivery of safe, welcoming and more inclusive sport in Canada.”

Professor Gretchen Kerr, Dean of KPE and Co-Director of E-Alliance

To learn more about this opportunity and access the survey, click here.

About the University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

The University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education is guided by a mission to develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about the interactions of physical activity and health through education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity. Follow us on social @UofTKPE

About AthletesCAN

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. 

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Jelena Damjanovic
Public Relations Officer
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Toronto
416-946-3713
jelena.damjanovic@utoronto.ca

Athlete Information Session on Independent safe sport mechanism launch to be held Thursday

The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) will be hosting an Athlete Information Session to outline Phase 1 on the implementation of the Independent safe sport mechanism on Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.  The session will be supported by AthletesCAN, the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission (COC AC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Council (CPC AC).

The Athlete Information Session is being held in advance of the preliminary launch of the Office of Canada’s Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), currently scheduled for June 20.

National Team athletes are encouraged to check their email or contact AthletesCAN, the SDRCC,  the COC AC or CPC AC for further details regarding the event.

About AthletesCAN

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.

About the SDRCC

The SDRCC is a not-for-profit corporation created by federal legislation and funded by the Government of Canada. The mission of the SDRCC is to provide the sport community with a national alternative dispute resolution service and strengthen the culture of fairness in Canadian sport by resolving disputes quickly and efficiently and to provide expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution. The SDRCC is also mandated by the Government of Canada to implement an independent safe sport mechanism at the national level. 

About the COC Athletes' Commission

The COC Athletes’ Commission represents the voice of Canadian Olympic athletes to the Canadian Olympic Committee Board of Directors, to Sport Canada, to the International Olympic Committee, international sport federations and all other domestic sport organizations. It is instrumental in presenting Canadian athletes’ perspectives in areas ranging from athlete rights, safe sport policies, marketing & COC partnership agreements, Olympic team selection policies and much more.

About the CPC Athletes' Council

The CPC Athletes’ Council is an elected group of current and retired Paralympic athletes (within the past eight years) that serve as the collective voice, advocating the best interests of Canada’s Paralympic athletes and the Paralympic movement within Canada. The Athletes’ Council works to provide input and recommendations from an athlete perspective to the Canadian Paralympic Committee staff, committees and Board of a Directors with respect to decision making at all levels of the organization.

For mor information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Marie-Claude Asselin
Chief Executive Officer
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
514-465-7339
mcasselin@crdsc-sdrcc.ca 

COC Athletes’ Commision
athletescommission@olympic.ca
@TeamCanadaAC

CPC Athletes’ Council
athletescouncil@paralympic.ca 
@CDNParalympics

Call for Expression of Interest: AthletesCAN seeks new committee members

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is launching a Call for Applications as it seeks new members to join the organization’s various committees.

National team athletes and/or external professionals with relevant expertise, an interest in becoming more involved and a passion for amplifying the athlete voice are encouraged to apply.

Committees with available positions are outlined below (with number of positions available noted in brackets). Applications should be submitted to Christine de Bruin, Interim Office Administrator by May 27, 2022 to cdebruin@athletescan.ca.

For the Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee, newly-launched in 2021, click here for the application. 

For all other committees, please apply here.

Canadian Sport Awards Committee (1-2)

The Canadian Sport Awards Committee is an operational committee struck annually. Its role is to plan, organize and implement the annual Canadian Sport Awards, providing input and making recommendations and/or decisions about the location, program, presenters and social events.

Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee (1-2)

The Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee is a standing committee of AthletesCAN. Its role is to make recommendations to AthletesCAN Board of Directors, via the chairperson, on practices aligned with the Diversity, Equity, and Access, providing feedback on current and future programming, and meeting additional objectives.

Forum Committee (2-3)

The Forum Committee is an ad hoc committee struck annually.  Its role is to develop the annual AthletesCAN Forum Program, providing input and making recommendations and/or decisions about the conference sessions, speakers and social events. 

Leadership Development Committee (2-3)

The Leadership Development Committee is a standing committee of AthletesCAN. Its role is to assist the organization in fulfilling its mandate in relation to the identification, development, delivery and management of leadership resources and activities.

Marketing and Communications Committee (1-2)

A standing committee of AthletesCAN, the Marketing and Communications Committee will manage the organization’s brand with a focus on internal and external communications, marketing, and the development of assets to be used in the generation of revenue. The committee will advise the AthletesCAN Board of Directors in these areas based on an annual Communications Plan, associated engagement strategies and property valuations. The committee is also a working committee, and members are expected to carry out the tasks and projects of the organization outlined in these terms.

Membership Committee (1-2)

A standing committee of AthletesCAN, the Membership Committee will compose and deliver an annual membership report as well as membership updates to be presented at each board meeting. Additionally, the committee will manage the organization’s membership and alumni engagement strategies. The committee will advise the AthletesCAN Board of Directors in these areas based on an annual Communications Plan, engagement strategies and the annual membership report. The committee is also a working committee, and members are expected to carry out the tasks and projects of the organization outlined in these terms.

Safe Sport Working Group (2)

The Safe Sport Working Group is a standing committee of AthletesCAN. Its role is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities related to matters regarding safe sport.

AthletesCAN, Western Law announce new incoming Program Managers to Sport Solution

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes and the Faculty of Law at Western University are pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Gan, Safiya Nanji and Laura Wade as incoming Program Managers with Sport Solution.

Gan, Nanji and Wade – who are all entering their second year at Western Law in London, Ont. – began their respective terms on May 2 and will be with the program for the next two years.

“We are excited to welcome Samuel, Safiya and Laura to the Sport Solution team," said Amanda Fowler, Sport Solution’s Supervising Lawyer, and an Adjunct Professor with Western Law specializing in representing professional and high-performance athletes “They have already produced excellent work, and we are confident they will make a positive impact in the lives of AthletesCAN members with our unique collaboration.”

Sport Solution was founded in 1996, when AthletesCAN joined forces with the Sports Law Centre, the Faculty of Law at Western, and the Dispute Resolution Centre to create a program that would help Canada’s national team athletes resolve and prevent legal conflicts in sport.  

The program is the only one of its kind in North America, and is available free for all members, providing relevant information, assistance and guidance on sport issues that may require legal counsel.

With these new appointments, AthletesCAN and Western Law thank outgoing Program Managers Brittany Bates, Greg Cherniak and Tyler Matthews, who have served Sport Solution since 2020 and will graduate from law school this spring. Hannah Dobie and Rheanna Geisel enter their second year with Sport Solution, continuing in their roles until Spring 2023.

“For over 25 years, Sport Solution has helped amplify the voices of Canada’s national team athletes. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Western Law with our new slate of program managers and help ensure athletes are heard in formal sport processes such as team selection, carding, safe sport, discipline disputes and anti-doping matters.”

Erin Willson - AthletesCAN President

2022-24 SPORT SOLUTION PROGRAM MANAGERS

Samuel Gan headshot

Samuel Gan is a second-year JD/MBA student at Western. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Francis Xavier University before working for two years in a technology start-up. During Gan’s first year of law school, he volunteered with Project Consent for Pro Bono Students Canada, where he provided consent education to local high school students.

Gan recently completed his U SPORTS varsity athletics career with the Western Mustangs track and field team after initially competing with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men varsity football and track teams. With extensive experience in team and individual sports, Gan values the diversity of approaches to high-performance athletics and understands the challenges of balancing the pursuit of greatness in sport with the stresses of everyday responsibilities.

Gan is excited to be joining the Sport Solution Clinic as a Program Manager and eager to contribute to the important work of supporting Canadian athletes. Through his work, Gan hopes to remove obstacles and issues faced by athletes so they can focus on being the best that they can be.

Safiya Nanji headshotSafiya Nanji is a second-year law student at Western University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, where she specialized in human rights. Her thesis focused on the exploitation and abuse pertaining to restorative justice in international conflict zones. 

 Prior to law school, Nanji interned at Parliament and Physicians for Human Rights, where she gained valuable experience instituting change at both the grassroots and macro-policy levels. These transferable skills will be particularly beneficial in serving clients’ interests and communicating with large organizations.

During her first year of law school, Nanji worked with the Sport Solution Clinic as a caseworker and thoroughly enjoyed combining her passion for advocacy and sports. She has been particularly interested in the area of safe sport and ensuring that all athletes have a safe physical and mental training environment. Nanji is excited to be taking on the role of a Program Manager and is committed to upholding the Clinic’s high standard in serving and supporting Canadian athletes.

Laura Wade headshotLaura Wade is a second-year law student at Western. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and criminology from St. Thomas University (STU). Prior to attending law school, she worked in the field of corporate law policy and operations to which she gained transferable skills in research and promoting client’s interests.

During her undergraduate degree, Wade was involved in the athletics community and administration which sparked a passion for advocating for athletes. She was further involved in the Senate Committee at STU, where she represented the student population and advocated for more regard for students’ mental health in academic affairs.

Wade is quite excited to be involved with the Sport Solution Clinic as a Program Manager. She is committed to upholding the Clinic’s standard of excellence while supporting and advocating on behalf of athletes. This opportunity to utilize her skills combined with her legal education and passion for sports will allow her to empower athletes, which she is very much looking forward to.

About Sport Solution

Sport Solution is committed to supporting an athlete-centred sport system and strives to achieve this objective by counselling and advocating on behalf of Canada’s high performance athletes so their voices are well represented when resolving sport related issues that affect them. Follow us on Instagram @sportsolutionclinic or click here

About AthletesCAN

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.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

Ashley Wiseman
Communications Specialist
Western Law
519-661-2111 Ext. 82126
ashley.wiseman@uwo.ca

Statement: Boxing Open Letter

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement in response to an open letter sent to Boxing Canada

On behalf of over 121 current and former national boxing stakeholders, we are sharing their public letter of their ongoing struggles.

We support these athletes as they continue their internal processes and advocate for a better boxing culture, while we look to further our ongoing work with the Minister’s office, and fellow sport partners

We commend the International Boxing Association (IBA) for taking swift action over the past week in response to the open letter by our members. There is no place for toxic leadership within the Canadian sport system now or in the future.

About AthletesCAN

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 or Join #TheCollective today

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

AthletesCAN launches Athlete Representation Training eLearning Modules

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce the launch of Athlete Representation Training (ART) eLearning modules to its roster of resources for members.

Building on the traditional Athlete Director, Athlete Representation and Athletes’ Council guides originally launched last year, the new modules transform each guide into a digital, interactive format. Each module is led by an AthletesCAN member and features engaging exercises, educational videos and short quizzes, aimed at supporting athletes who wish to represent the athlete voice to their respective National Sport Organization (NSO).  

“Having athlete representation at all levels of an NSO is vital for creating an athlete-centred culture within the NSO and ensuring the needs of athletes are met. These new modules will allow our members to gain support, leadership skill development and a significant level of confidence, comfort and knowledge in representing their voice and those of their teammates to advocate for accountability and transparency within their sport.”

Erin Willson - President, AthletesCAN

The launch comes following the Canadian Athlete Assembly organized by AthletesCAN, the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission (COC AC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Council (CPC AC). All three athlete representation groups continue to work together with the Federal Government and sport partners to build a safer, more welcoming sport environment across the country.

AthletesCAN and Learning 4 Excellence partnershipThe eLearning modules were developed by Learning 4 Excellence, an Ottawa-based firm specializing in online education, that provides professional, personalized learning experiences designed to achieve success in all facets of life.

Learning 4 Excellence is well-connected to the Canadian sport system, with current and past clients featuring several NSOs and National Multisport Service Organizations (MSOs), including Athletics Canada, Baseball Canada, Canada Basketball, Canada Soccer, Rowing Canada, Softball Canada, Volleyball Canada, Canadian Women & Sport, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Special Olympics Canada, Sport for Life Society, and the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). 

In addition, the company has worked with the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada, as well as the International Skating Union (ISU).

“Given the importance of athletes having a voice within their sport organizations, we are proud to have a key role in the development of these learning opportunities in partnership with AthletesCAN. We believe that empowering athletes to be leaders within sport organizations and helping them develop the skills and knowledge to be effective Board and Committee members is critical to the future health and success of these organizations, as well as the athletes within them.”

Dr. Emma Stodel - Principal, Learning 4 Excellence

Each module takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and can be accessed on the CAC Locker under the Multi-sport tab, by logging in with a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) number or email address and password.

AthletesCAN has trained over 2500 athlete representatives via one-on-one consultations, team meetings, and through the annual AthletesCAN Forum since 1992. These new eLearning modules will allow athlete representatives full access to athlete leader education year-round.

About Learning 4 Excellence

Learning 4 Excellence develops quality eLearning solutions that are grounded in adult learning principles and designed to change practice. With a focus on performance excellence, we don’t just want learners to know more, we want them to perform better. We aim to meet clients’ needs and exceed their expectations. With strong vision and leadership from Dr. Emma J. Stodel as the Principal and lead instructional designer, we deliver on our promises through a team of experienced and creative designers and developers.

About AthletesCAN

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 or Join #TheCollective today. 

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes

Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships

AthletesCAN

613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca

 

Dr. Emma Stodel

Principal

Learning 4 Excellence

613-884-7060

estodel@learning4excellence.com

Digital book on safe sport movement in Canada with contribution from AthletesCAN launched

A new book by a Brock University Sport Management professor aims to continue the important discussion around safe sport.

Launched Tuesday, April 5, Safe Sport: Critical Issues and Practices is an open-access, edited digital book providing timely and relevant content on the past, present and future of the safe sport movement in Canada, and critical insight for researchers, sport leaders and policy-makers.

The book is edited by Julie Stevens, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management and Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity (CSC) at Brock University. The Safe Sport book follows the Athletes First: The Promotion of Safe Sport in Canada forum hosted by the CSC in April 2021.

The free digital book features 18 chapters from 21 contributors, including researchers from Brock University, the University of Toronto and Ontario Tech University, as well as sport leaders from a number of organizations including AthletesCAN, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and Gymnastics Canada.

An abridged version of the digital book has also been produced in French. Sport sécuritaire: enjeux et pratiques critiques includes seven chapters from 11 contributors.

Statement: AthletesCAN condemns Russian invasion of Ukraine

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, released the following statement in response to the ongoing appalling situation in Ukraine:

AthletesCAN strongly condemns Russia’s senseless actions against Ukraine, which stand in direct contradiction to the Olympic and Paralympic Charters and the essence and values of the global sports movement.

We join our partners at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, their Athletes Commissions/Councils, fellow independent athlete leaders at the World Players Association, Global Athlete and other national athlete groups, in calling for the suspension of all Russian and Belarusian sports federations immediately.

Sport plays a critical role in our culture; we do not support the use of sport as a sign of national pride for those who have displayed clear aggression to other countries. We stand united in the call for the removal of Russian and Belarusian athletes in upcoming sport events and declare that the sanctions imposed restricting athletes from both countries to compete as neutrals in the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing are not nearly sufficient – in essence, there remains no fundamental change. Therefore, we call for any hosting rights of international sporting events by either nation be revoked moving forward.

AthletesCAN continues to stand with its allies and the people of Ukraine in its commitment to a safe sport and humanitarian environment both at home and abroad, including for all visible and non-visible minorities and equity-deserving groups at all times.

About AthletesCAN

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.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Cell: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca 

 

Georgina Truman To Depart AthletesCAN after nearly five years

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, announced Monday the departure of Georgina Truman as Manager of Athlete Relations and Operations.

Truman, who has held a number roles with AthletesCAN during her tenure of nearly five-years, has served in her current position since November 2019, after spending the previous two years as Chief Content Curator. She originally joined the organization as an Operations Intern during the Summer of 2017.

Truman, has played a pivotal leadership role in AthletesCAN’s daily operations, managing its governance through the Board of the Directors, committees and members, along with strategic relationships with external partners within and outside of the Canadian sport system.

“Georgina has been an instrumental part of this organization,” said AthletesCAN President Erin Willson. “It has been amazing to see her grow with each new role and new challenge she has faced with AthletesCAN. She has worked extremely hard and we are excited for her to excel in her next chapter.”

“It has been an honour to have worked for this incredible organization for the past five years. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with passionate athlete thought leaders and sport stakeholders committed to making the Canadian sport system more athlete-centred,” said Truman. “I have been extremely proud of the organizations holistic approach to athlete representation and leadership education to build capacity and showcase the immense value and impact of athletes having a seat at decision-making tables across Canada. 

“Over the last three years in my current role, with the courage and passion of our board members and staff, we have introduced opportunities for athletes to gain skills and have their voices heard on and off the field of play. These opportunities will only multiply with the new strategy and I look forward to the new trails athletes will blaze in the future. Now more than ever, it is incredibly important to dial in to the athlete perspectives on the pressing issues Canadians and the international sport community are facing to improve sport for the next generation at every level.”

Truman, who is leaving her post for another opportunity, will complete her time with AthletesCAN on Friday, Feb. 11

About AthletesCAN

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.

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
Phone: 613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca