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.

Jesse Cassaday – Vice President of Business Development
Aura Molnar – Director of Operations 
Diana Dampier – Director of Projects 
Katherine Janson – Director of Communications & Public Affairs 
Rachel Shantz – Director of Marketing
Talina Chulak-Bozzer – Knowledge Manager (on leave)
Allana LeBlanc – Knowledge Manager 
Vanessa Smit – Projects Lead
Anne-Marie Hospod – Projects Lead 
Jon Malton - Projects Lead
Brett Bartlett – Projects Coordinator 
Rebecca Jones – Marketing Communications Specialist 
Cecile Teillot – Digital Marketing Specialist (on leave) 
Georgia Barrington – Marketing Coordinator
Justin Williams – Accountant 
Judee Rigoroso – Executive Assistant