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Board of Directors

Mike Kaplan

(Chair)

Mike Kaplan is a corporate and commercial lawyer and a Counsel of Dentons Canada LLP.  Previously, he was the Managing Partner of the Dentons Canada Toronto office, a member of the Dentons Canada National Management Committee, and a member of the Global Board of Directors of Dentons.  Mike was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Colleen Albiston

(Vice Chair)

Colleen Albiston is an Executive Coach, experienced executive, board member, and business advisor. She works with exceptional leaders who aspire to inspire and engage their teams to exceed business goals, embrace change and value diversity. She brings 30 years of experience as a Marketing and Communications Executive in professional services and in the non-profit sector, a lifelong commitment to learning, and a passion for health and fitness to her coaching and board work. Her former roles include leading Client Strategies, Programs & Communications at TD Securities, President & CEO of the Humber River Hospital Foundation and Chief Marketing Officer for Deloitte in Canada.

A health and diversity advocate, she is a member of the National Board of YMCA Canada and a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, BCC, Board Certified Coach and ACC, International Coaching Federation credentials. An alumnus of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, she is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal.

Laura Richard

(Vice-Chair)

Laura Richard is a Principal at Level5 Strategy, a boutique management consulting firm based in Toronto that specializes in strategy and transformation services through the lens of a brand. Passionate about helping her clients solve their most pressing business challenges, Laura leverages cross-functional data, innovative thinking and alignment building to drive sustainable growth through ownable and actionable strategies. In her role at Level5, Laura’s core areas of focus include Strategic Planning, Brand Development and Innovation, Customer Experience Design and Optimization, Strategic Partnership Framework, Negotiations and Management and Executive and Team Facilitation.

A graduate of York University’s Kinesiology program, Laura has been a lifelong advocate for health and physical activity. Laura commits herself to finding ways to move daily through organized and recreational sports and activities. She is proud to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of ParticipACTION. Laura also co-founded and continues to serve on the Board of Donate Life Canada, a charity established to increase organ and tissue donation through the creation of a national registry.

Jay-Ann Gilfoy

Jay-Ann Gilfoy joined Meridian as President & CEO on January 3, 2022. She is focused on leveraging Meridian’s unique value proposition to transform the business, achieve its winning aspiration, and secure its future. In collaboration with the Board and senior management, she is responsible for articulating the organization’s strategy and delivering on its purpose on helping Members and customers achieve a better life, while growing the business.

Jay-Ann’s wealth of business transformation, social impact and leadership expertise has been cultivated over more than 20 years as a senior executive in a broad range of roles and experiences in the private and public sector, and co-operative financial services.

Ruhee Ismail-Teja

Ruhee Ismail-Teja is a government relations strategist with experience in private, public, and non-profit sectors, currently serving as Director of Policy and Communications, leading policy, advocacy, and media relations for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Ruhee has previously served as an economic advisor to the Government of Quebec, worked in government relations with the University of Calgary, and in public affairs with MEG Energy.

Ruhee is deeply involved in her community, serving on the YMCA Canada Board of Directors, ParticipACTION Board of Directors, Max Bell School of Public Policy Advisory Board, and Public Policy Forum’s ‘All In’ Advisory Board. She has also served on the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Board of Governors, Equal Voice Advisory Board, and the Queen’s University Alma Mater Society Board of Directors. Ruhee holds a Master of Public Policy from the Max Bell School of Public Policy (McGill University) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University. She is an avid runner and triathlete.

Andrew Lue

Andrew Lue is a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group and has experience in non-profit funding, finance, people, and digital strategies, and has a deep passion for sports and education. He graduated from the Queen’s Smith School of Business with an MBA and was previously a professional athlete in the Canadian Football League (playing for teams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario & Quebec) for 5 years.

As a management consultant, his work has included projects in portfolio optimization, digital transformations, and operational excellence. As a non-profit Project Director for Concussion Legacy Foundation, Andrew developed strategic initiatives to advance the organization’s influence and tactically engaged collaborators / partners in the pursuit of mutual points of interest. Andrew is also a Career Mentor at Pathways to Education, providing academic and career support to students.

Kerry Mummery

Dr. Kerry Mummery is a professor in, and former Dean of, the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Dr. Mummery is an internationally renowned scholar in the area of physical activity and population health, and an award-winning educator. Prior to his appointment at the University of Alberta, Kerry spent almost 14 years in Australia, most recently as professor and acting Pro-Vice Chancellor, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton.

A Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, and an expert voice for Sport Medicine Australia, Kerry has authored or co-authored over 250 journal publications and presentations to scientific audiences around the world; he is a leading architect of Australia’s highly successful 10,000 Steps program. In Canada, he was the lead in the development of the UWalk program aimed at promoting health-related physical activity to Albertans.

Dr. Paul Oh

Dr Paul Oh is the Medical Director and Chair of the GoodLife Fitness Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention at the University Health Network – Toronto Rehab and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre since 2014, and an Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacology, at the University of Toronto. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed specialty training in Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, and Clinical Epidemiology.

Paul’s clinical focus over the last 30 years has been on cardiovascular risk reduction and has participated on many national guideline committees (e.g., Hypertension Canada, Diabetes Canada, Canadian Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR), Canadian Cardiovascular Society) with leadership roles in provincial (e.g., CorHealth Ontario; Heart and Stroke Foundation) and national advisory committees and professional associations around heart health, physical activity and policies. Paul has authored over 300 peer reviewed publications around cardiovascular health.  Paul is also an avid racquet sports player, golfer and has completed 15 half marathons.

Camilla Sutton

Camilla Sutton, MBA, CFA, ICD.D is an MD and Head, Product Management Canada & UK, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to this role, Camilla was the President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national not-for-profit that aims to accelerate gender diversity across financial services.

Her career spans more than two decades in capital markets, including as Scotiabank’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange, responsible for the firm’s FX trading desks, electronic trading and distribution, sales teams, and the global strategy. Prior to this role, she was Scotiabank’s Chief FX Strategist, providing global macro commentary and advisory services across the firm’s client base.

Earlier in her career, she was part of Portfolio Management at OMERS and Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. Camilla holds a BA from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. In addition, she is a CMT, CFA charterholder and ICD.D. She is an active member of the global investment community. Camilla is on the board of ParticipACTION, she is a past member of the CFA Society Toronto’s Board of Directors and was previously a member of the Bank of Canada’s Foreign Exchange Committee. She is also a member of several committees within the United Way and several other community organizations.

Dr. Jane Thornton

Dr. Jane Thornton is a Canada Research Chair and Clinician Scientist specializing in long-term athlete health, female athlete health, and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, with cross appointments in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and School of Kinesiology.

Jane completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and her family and sports medicine training at Western. She has completed additional training in Switzerland in preventive medicine with elective sports medicine training in seven different countries. She treats athletes and active individuals of all ages and abilities.

Jane is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and Rowing Canada Aviron, as well as an Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). Jane has represented Canada for over a decade in the sport of elite rowing, becoming both a World Champion (2006) and Olympian (2008), and has been recognized with the 2015 AthletesCan Social Responsibility Award for her contribution to society by sport/volunteer initiatives.

Melanie Wright

Mel Wright is Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs at Laurentian Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2020, she was the Interim Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre. Mel launched her career in the Ontario government serving in progressively senior roles, including as a top advisor to the Minister of Finance, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure, and Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental Affairs to the Premier. Mel is the proud mother of Arthur and Willa (aged 6 and 2 years old).

Research Advisory Group

Dr. Guy Faulkner, (Chair), Professor, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Public Health, Faculty of Education, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Dr. John Spence, Professor and Vice Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta

Dr. Norm O’Reilly, Dean, Graduate School of Business, Professor of Sport Management & Marketing, University of Maine

Dr. Ryan Rhodes, Professor, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Lab, School of Exercise Science, University of Victoria

Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Tier 2 – CIHR in Physical Activity Promotion and Disability, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Mark Tremblay, Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute

Dr. Leah Ferguson, Associate Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Eun-Young Lee, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Ananya Banerjee, Assistant Professor, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University

 

ParticipACTION Advisory Network

Gary Milley, Executive Director, Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

Elaine Shelton, Manager of Physical Activity, Government of Nova Scotia

Allison Sandemeyer-Graves, CEO, Canadian Women & Sport

Melanie Davis, CEO, Physical and Healthy Education Canada

Richard Way, CEO, Sport for Life Society

Meghan Day, Director Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ministry of Health, Government of British Columbia  

Kyle Seeley, Director, Sport and Recreation, Community and Government Services, Government of Nunavut

Chris Markham, Executive Director and CEO, Ontario Physical and Healthy Education Association

Anne Morgan, Executive Director, Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon

Steeve Ager, General Director, Réseau des unités régionales de loisir et de sport du Québec

Benoît-Hugo St-Pierre, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Client Experiences, M361

Brian Torrance, Director, Ever Active Schools

John Morrison, Director, Department of Sport, Recreation and Healthy Living, Government of Prince Edward Island

Jane Arkell, Executive Director, Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

Anny Beaudoin (Observer), Senior Advisor, Sport Canada

Karri Dawson, Executive Director, True Sport Foundation

Valerie Vuillemot, Executive Director, Recreation PEI

Bradley Young, Board Member, Active Aging Canada

Christine Cameron, President, Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Cindy Levesque, Wellness Consultant, Department of Social Development, Government of New Brunswick

Darja Ros, Sport Policy Manager, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario

Erin Love, Interim Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

John Barbour, Manager, Operations and Sector Coordination, Government of Alberta

Kylo Harris, Partner Development Manager, Sport Manitoba

Martin Sampson, CEO, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Michelle Healey, Director, Recreation and Sport Division, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

Neil Coburn, Sport Policy Director, Policy Branch (Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries)

Pierre Morin, General Director, Réseau Accès Participation

Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director, BC Healthy Living Alliance

Stephanie Talsma, Director of Programs, Canadian Women & Sport

Tracy Morey, Director of Policy and Engagement, Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, Government of Saskatchewan

Zach Weston, CEO, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Matt Tapper, CEO, Aboriginal Sport Circle

Disability Advisory Research Team

Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung, (Chair), Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Tier 2 – CIHR in Physical Activity Promotion and Disability, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability: Participation and Knowledge Translation, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Dr. Rebecca Bassett-Gunter, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, York University

Pinder da Silva, Senior Director, Programs and Services, Abilities Centre

Jane Arkell, Executive Director, Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

Daniela Ruttle, (Advocate and Parent Representative)

Katerina Disimino, (Trainee), Faculty of Health, York University