ParticipACTION Board of Directors (2023-24)
The following prominent and influential Canadian leaders are members of the national, volunteer Board of Directors of ParticipACTION.
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. 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.
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).
Mike Kaplan is a former corporate and commercial lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP, having retired after 40 years of practice at the end of 2022. 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. Mike enjoys keeping physically active by running, bike riding, hiking and playing tennis.
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.
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.
As the Vice President, Government Relations, Dan is a member of the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) Leadership Team, where he leads the CBA’s national Government Relations team. Working closely with colleagues across the organization, Dan focuses on banking sector policy advocacy with governments and key stakeholders across Canada. Dan joined the CBA after a successful term as the Senior Vice President of External Engagement with Futurpreneur Canada, where he focused on growing and diversifying corporate, government and individual fundraising as well as donor and public relations. Dan’s public sector experience includes a term as the Chief of Staff for Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, working closely with Ministry Officials and leading the Minister’s team in achieving the Minister’s and government’s priorities. He has also served in various Federal Government roles, including as a Senior Policy Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
His professional experience has been complemented by a lifelong participation in sport. Having competed as a varsity athlete, he remains active in organizing sporting events and as an endurance runner and Ironman triathlete.
Allison is the CEO of Rocky Mountain Liquor Inc. and has been an executive for over 15 years. She started her career at Deloitte, receiving her Chartered Accountant designation in 2005. Allison holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Beyond her corporate responsibilities, Allison’s dedication to community engagement shines through her involvement in board roles as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance and HR Committee at the Edmonton Humane Society, Vice Chair of the Alberta Liquor Store Association, and director of Rocky Mountain Liquor. Her contributions as a board member reflect a commitment to shared success, where her insights contribute to the strategic decisions that propel these organizations forward.
Allison is a passionate advocate for active living and community engagement, and she finds solace in Canada’s natural beauty. She enjoys her early morning sessions at Orange Theory and outdoor activities like cycling and hiking with her three Labrador retrievers.
Chris is a tenured senior executive, board member, and avid community volunteer. Chris serves as the Head of Canada for Meta focused on partnering with Canada’s largest companies to drive business results through the Meta family of apps and services. Prior to Meta, Chris brings 25 years of senior leadership experience with global tech leading brands including Deloitte, SAP, and Oracle. Chris is a McMaster University alumnus, and recently completed a program at Kellogg School of Management focused on AI, Automation, and Analytics.
Chris currently serves on the board of the Leaside Hockey Association as the VP of Sponsorships, is a Head Coach for his son’s teams, and has coached both daughters through the Leaside Wildcats organization. Chris integrates daily physical activity into his life by being on the ice as a coach, playing hockey as a goalie weekly, attending F45 classes, and walking the many foster dogs that come into the Saniga household regularly.
Camilla is 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 charter holder and ICD.D. In addition to being on the board of ParticipACTION, Camilla 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.
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