The ParticipACTION team
Our management team represents many years of industry and leadership experience.
Kelly Murumets – President & CEO
Kelly is the President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. ParticipACTION has been an iconic Canadian brand since 1971 and was relaunched under Kelly’s dynamic leadership in 2007.
Kelly is a passionate leader who has a history of effecting change in organizations. Prior to joining ParticipACTION, she was president of a publicly traded U.S. telecommunications company, where she oversaw the integration of four bankrupt /nearly bankrupt companies into one thriving organization that ranked 7th in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program. Kelly is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and has advised leaders from Canada, the United States, South America and Europe on how to develop focused strategies and realize results within their organizations.Kelly has been involved with the not-for-profit sector throughout her career. She is a member of the Bishop’s University Board of Governors, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Laurier School of Business & Economics and is a Director of ParticipACTION. She has worked and volunteered for the Children’s Aid Society and Covenant House and speaks regularly to organizations across the country.She holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and a BA from Bishop’s University. Kelly won the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the Gold Medal at WLU, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.Kelly was named to the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity list, named an Amazing Advocate on More Magazine’s Top 40 over 40 list for 2009, and recently named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.Kelly brings her passion for sport and physical activity to her personal pursuits. She enjoys skiing and scuba diving and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rainier.
Elio Antunes – COO & VP, Partnerships
Elio Antunes is the Vice President, Partnerships and COO 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.
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.
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
Megan Cross – Projects Lead
Diana Dampier – Manager of Projects
Lauren Fox – Marketing Communications Specialist, Digital
Shireen Hamilton – Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Jones – Marketing Communications Specialist
Niesa King – Executive Assistant
Aura Molnar – Manager of Finance and Administration
Rachel Shantz – Marketing Manager
Vanessa Smit – Program Coordinator
Alicia G. Tyson – Projects Lead