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Our team is made up of a passionate group of individuals who believe that physical activity and sport make Canada a better place to live, work, and play. We hope to see you out on the court, rink, trails, and fields.

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ParticipACTION team

Elio Antunes

President & CEO

As the President & CEO, Elio is responsible for the organization’s strategic direction. Elio has thirty years of experience in the physical activity sector, managing marketing, creative development, government relations, partnership building and sponsorship procurement. He enjoys long walks, racquet sports and has recently taken up curling.

Shauna Pichosky

Chief Marketing and Digital Officer

In 2018, Shauna joined ParticipACTION leading the marketing, communications and digital teams. She brings more than 20 years of experience  working at organizations such as TSN, NASCAR, Insight Sports and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Shauna has a passion for getting active and you can find her enjoying the outdoors at the cottage most weekends.

Diana Dampier

Sr. Director of Projects and Stakeholder Relations

Diana joined ParticipACTION in 2008. In 20 years, she sat as the Exec Director of Active Living Coalition for Older Adults and held consulting roles with the Canadian Cancer Society and Health Canada. Her favourite activities include riding her bike, playing beach volleyball, swimming and hiking. And she just recently discovered kettlebells.

Aura Molnar

VP Business Operations

Aura has been with ParticipACTION since 2012. She has extensive experience in financial operations and managerial accounting for both profit and non-profit organizations. A retired Krav Maga and Muay Thai practitioner, Aura has substituted ping-pong sessions and gym training for kicking her opponents during sparring sessions.  

Rebecca Jones

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Rebecca joined the ParticipACTION team in 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications in the non-profit sector and brings expertise in leading integrated national marketing communications campaigns. She enjoys both group and solo activities to stay active, including curling, walking her dog, cycling, and gardening, and strongly prefers to get to and from places on her own steam.

Mark Dickie

Director of Digital Solutions

Mark joined ParticipACTION in early 2022 and has a long history of mixing his love of sport and physical activity with his love of technology. He previously worked with Rogers Sports & Media, the Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, leading digital teams in the areas of digital product, marketing, strategy and user engagement. Mark enjoys both playing and coaching hockey in the winter and water skiing, paddleboarding and fishing in the summer.

Jon Malton

Director of Partnerships

Jon joined ParticipACTION in 2015 after spending over a decade in the sport sponsorship agency world. Jon strives to create and cultivate lasting relationships between ParticipACTION and corporate Canada. Away from work Jon can be found running or cycling the mean streets of Toronto or throwing rocks at Royal Canadian Curling Club.

Miguel Pacheco

Senior Manager of Communications

Miguel joined the ParticipACTION team in 2020. Miguel has over 13 years of experience as a communications professional, both client and agency side, with specific experience in healthcare, retail and lifestyle categories. Miguel is a basketball and soccer fan, a devoted cycling commuter, and if there is a body of water anywhere near, he’s going for a dip!

Alison Carruthers

Marketing Manager

Ali joined ParticipACTION in 2016 after spending the first five years of her career championing brands in the ad agency and professional sports worlds. A Laurier grad and alumni of the Golden Hawks women’s hockey team, she hung up her skates in favour of cycling, learning to play tennis, and chasing two wild toddlers around.

Dr. Leigh Vanderloo

Scientific Director

Leigh joined the ParticipACTION team in 2017. After completing her PhD in Health Promotion (Exercise Science) at the University of Western Ontario in 2016, she went on to complete a Research Fellowship at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. She is a huge horror movie buff, foodie and tea aficionado. When she’s not walking her pup Lexie, you can find her hiking, camping (summer or winter!), dancing, or playing volleyball.

Stacy Halonen

Project Manager

Stacy has been with ParticipACTION since the summer of 2018. With a degree in Sport Administration from Laurentian University, Stacy’s background has been focused on project planning for events such as the Vancouver Olympics/Paralympics, the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games as well as several Canada Games. To stay active, Stacy enjoys lacing up the skates, doing crossfit or throwing on the sneakers and taking the dog for a spin.

Ken Zolotar

Manager of Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs

Ken joined the ParticipACTION team in 2018. He brings a wealth of experience developing partnerships and managing stakeholders from his work with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and Journalists for Human Rights. Ken stays active cycling to the office and with daily trips to the playground and dog park with his young family.

Natalie Toman

Health Promotion Manager

Natalie joined ParticipACTION in 2016, bringing 30 years’ experience supporting, leading, and creating wellness initiatives in corporate, recreational, and commercial wellness environments. She holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions as well as multiple personal training certifications and specialty designations. Active healthy living is in Natalie’s DNA. When not at work, she loves running with her two kids, walking her two pups, or dragging her husband around the globe!

Michael Moses

Product Marketing Manager

Michael joined the ParticipACTION team in 2020, having previously worked in marketing and digital roles with brands including Rogers, Cineplex and Dell. Prior to his marketing career, Michael trained in martial arts for which he has a black belt in Karate. Today you can find him running outside or weight training in the gym. Michael earned his MBA from the Rotman School of Management in 2013 and continues to volunteer there as a mentor to students looking to break into marketing.

Lynsey Burnett

Evaluation Manager

Lynsey recently joined ParticipACTION as the Evaluation Specialist, assisting with program and organizational evaluations. With a Master’s in Public Health and evaluation experience on a variety of national preventive health and knowledge translation initiatives, Lynsey gets excited about active living and upstream approaches to health. She is always looking for new ways to get outside and get active, and can typically be found running, hiking, camping, doing yoga, or pursuing her more recent interest in bouldering.

Wasif Chaudri

Digital Manager

Wasif joined the ParticipACTION team in 2019, previously managing the web portfolio for a non-profit health agency serving Ontarians. Away from his desk job he enjoys keeping fit in the gym and pick-up games of basketball and soccer. When he is able to leave work behind, he finds it best to leave the country to travel and explore new landscapes, other cultures (mostly for the food), and dive or snorkel in tropical waters.

Emily James

Executive Assistant

Emily joined the ParticipACTION team in June 2021, bringing with her years of experience in executive support and office administration from previous roles in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. An avid traveler, photographer and foodie, she is excited to now call Toronto home and plans to explore as much of Canada as possible. When not at her desk, she can be found taking a yoga class, hiking in nature or swimming.

Adam Hunter

Content Specialist

Adam joined the ParticipACTION team in 2021. He has over 5 years’ experience working in marketing and communications in the non-profit sector, having previously worked at a nature conservation charity and a hospital foundation. Before starting his career, Adam completed an honours B.Sc. degree in biology and psychology at Western University and a postgraduate certificate in public relations at Humber College. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, hiking and scuba diving.

Neda Ziaei

Accountant

Neda joined ParticipACTION in June 2021. She earned her accounting degree from Azad University of Iran and her CPA designation from Seneca College. Neda has been working in the financial accounting industry since she graduated. Outside of work, she enjoys cardio workouts, yoga, meditation and spending time with her family and friends. Neda is always ready for new adventures.

Adrian Dannel

Projects Lead

Adrian has started with Participaction in the summer of 2022. For 10 years he worked at organization with roughly 4000 members. He became a manager and then became the director of operations. He also briefly led a community project to increase sport participation at Field Hockey Ontario earlier in 2022. He attended Humber College for Sport Management and possesses various national qualifications as a soccer coach.  Adrian likes to play soccer and enjoys coaching his toddler son and his friends at soccer.

Erin Brown

Marketing Specialist

Erin joined the ParticipACTION team in 2018. With a passion for marketing and health and fitness, she decided in 2017 to leave her job of 5 years and pursue her passion through George Brown College’s Sport and Event Marketing program. Erin loves to be outdoors and enjoys cross country skiing, running, and hiking.

Pierre Morin

Director of Operations in Quebec

After studying Leisure at UQTR, Pierre has worked thirty years as a Recreation Specialist and Director for the City of Montreal. Collaborating with ParticipACTION since 2008, Pierre is an experienced consultant and manager of special projects, always making sure that people, organizations and communities reap the benefits of recreation and an active lifestyle. You can often catch Pierre trekking around with his grand-kids in the mountains around his home.

Julien Laforest

Translations Coordinator in Quebec

Julien joined ParticipACTION in 2016. It’s while travelling in China that he found his passion for translating and learning new languages. Now a professional translator for a couple of years, Julien is also a team sports enthusiast, often playing hockey or badminton, and enjoys open spaces and beautiful landscapes.

Camille Thériault

Communications Coordinator in Quebec

Camille joined ParticipACTION in 2022, bringing 7 years of experience in marketing and communications. She specializes in social media and communications for the Quebec market. You can find this avid swimmer in the pool or enjoying the magnificent landscapes of Rimouski, where she lives

Mariane Parent

Project Manager in Quebec

Mariane joined ParticipACTION in 2022, bringing 20 years of experience in education programs management, teaching in sports and recreation and leading multiple projects and events. She holds a Master in andragogy and is specialized in facilitating communities for improving physical literacy in youth. She will teach you how to skate with full joy and excitement.

Stephanie Ehmke

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Stephanie joined ParticipACTION in 2022, bringing over 5 years of experience managing social media accounts in the retail and healthcare sectors. With degrees in English, Communications and Digital Marketing, Stephanie is no stranger to tracking trends and drafting snappy content. Outside of work, she can be found taking dance classes, downhill skiing or listening to an audiobook while exploring her neighbourhood.

Liz Li

Digital Marketing Specialist

Liz recently joined ParticipACTION in October 2022. She has diverse working backgrounds in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and now in Toronto. Liz previously worked in PR and Event industries. She has more than 4 years of experience in PR Communications, Marketing and Event Planning. Liz finished her Master’s degree in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong and recently finished a Wine and Beverage program at George Brown College. She loves hiking, swing dance and participating in HITT workouts in her spare time.

Zamin Qureshi

Digital Specialist

Zamin recently joined ParticipACTION in October 2022 as the Digital Specialist assisting with optimizing digital channels and web platforms. He is a University of Toronto Alumni and has previously worked in the non-profit sector. Away from his professional career, he enjoys frequenting restaurants, reading books, and capturing photography. Zamin believes in being holistically healthy, and that mental health and physical health are parts of a whole.