The ParticipACTION team

Our management team represents many years of industry and leadership experience.


Elio Antunes – President & CEO

Elio Antunes is the President and CEO for ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation. He is a visionary leader with expertise in marketing, creative development, government relations, partnership building and sponsorship procurement. Elio has 25 years of experience in the physical activity sector.

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Prior to joining ParticipACTION, he was Executive Director of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea), where he was responsible for the steady growth and success of the organization since 1986. In 1994, Elio founded Active Healthy Kids Canada, a national charitable organization focused on engaging children and youth in physical activity, and currently serves as its Senior Strategic Advisor.Elio holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree with a minor in Business Administration from McMaster University. He is a recipient of the Ophea Award of Distinction and the Physical and Health Education Canada Young Professional Award, for the successful advancement of active, healthy living opportunities for children and youth in Ontario school communities. He has two children whom he coaches and supports in their own physical activity pursuits.

Marianne Bernardo – VP, Marketing

Marianne Bernardo is the Vice President, Marketing for ParticiACTION. She has more than 15 years experience in marketing and management consulting. She began her career at a New York marketing communications agency creating innovative medical education and promotional programs for the healthcare industry.

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Prior to joining ParticipACTION, she served as Director of Corporate Marketing for a communications company where she oversaw product marketing, corporate communications and investor relations. As a consultant, she has worked with organizations in the US, Canada, and Europe developing corporate strategy and facilitating organizational alignment. Marianne received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Catherine Cameron – Active Living Ambassador
Talina Chulak-Bozzer – Knowledge Manager
Christa Costas-Bradstreet – Relationship Manager
Diana Dampier – Manager of Projects
Lauren Fox – Marketing Communications Specialist, Digital
Shireen Hamilton – Administrative Assistant
Katherine Janson - PR & Communications Manager
Rebecca Jones – Marketing Communications Specialist
Greg Matthews – Projects Lead 

Aura Molnar – Manager of Finance and Administration
Rachel Shantz – Marketing Manager
Vanessa Smit – Program Coordinator
Alicia G. Tyson – Projects Lead