The Canadian Paralympic Committee is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 7 to 12 individuals. With the exception of the Athletes Representative and Coaches Representative, the Board members are elected by the CPC Active Membership during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Introducing the 2021-25 Board of Directors: 

 

President

 

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Marc-André Fabien

 

Marc-André Fabien, one of Fasken Martineau’s most seasoned lawyers, has been involved in Paralympic sport for over 20 years as a fundraiser, board member, fan and supporter.

Fabien, based in Montreal, Que., is senior partner and has been with Fasken Martineau since 1982. He is recognized for his consummate grasp of complex litigations frequently under the media spotlight. Fabien specializes in commercial and shareholder litigation, securities-related litigation and criminal prosecution, as well as litigation involving the federal, provincial and municipal governments. He has pleaded before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Québec, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Superior Court, various administrative courts and the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has also lectured for the Université de Montréal's law faculty where he taught, among other things, the art of pleading.

Fabien has been on the fundraising committees for several major sports competitions including the 1996 Para alpine world championships inLech, Austria, the 1999 International Standing Volleyball Tournament, the 2000 Para Nordic world championships in Crans Montana, Switzerland and the 2010 Para cycling world championships in Baie-Comeau, Que.

Fabien was on the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006, including a term as vice-president and the Canadian Paralympic Foundation Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and again since 2015.

In 2013, Fabien was the honorary chairman at the very successful 2013 IPC World Championships in Para swimming, which were held in Montreal. He’s been a familiar face at numerous Paralympic Games around the world –having attended eight of them –- along with six world championships, The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and numerous Para sport events. In 2000, Fabien was Counsel for the Canadian Paralympic Committee before the Court of Arbitration for Sport ("CAS"), 2000 Olympics in Sydney, in the matter of Chantal Petitclerc.

In 2012, the Québec Bar awarded Fabien the honorific title of Lawyer Emeritus (Advocatus Emeritus, Ad. E.), for his outstanding professional career.

 

Vice-President

 

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Gail Hamamoto

 

Gail Hamamoto is the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association, previously serving as the Director of Sport Development for the association from 1998 to 2012. From 2007 to 2015 Gail was the Chair of the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Management Committee under the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, and is currently the Chair of CWSA’s Competition Committee. Gail was Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and chairs the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament held every two years.

Gail was elected to the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors as the Director of Paralympic Development in 2009, and has been a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Paralympic Development Committee since 2005. Gail was re-elected as Vice-President in 2021. Gail attended the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games as a representative of the sport of wheelchair rugby, and the 2010 Paralympic Games as a representative of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Gail has organized multiple national and international events focused on creating legacies in the sport community, including increased awareness, schools programs, equipment, communications and sport development.

Gail's involvement as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer and sport administrator spans more than 25 years of professional experience, including working with and serving on Boards, strategic planning and governance, sport technical decision making, multisport Games and government relations.

 

Directors

 

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Robert Fenton

 

Robert Fenton has been a lawyer for the Calgary Police Service for the past 16 years after practicing law with a large national law firm in Ontario for seven years. He specializes in the law of policing, corporate/commercial law, human rights and civil litigation. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994 and the Alberta Bar in 2001.

Robert is the former President of the Canadian Blind Sports Association and a member of the Executive Board of the International Blind Sports Federation. He also serves as a member of the CNIB National Board of Directors and is a member of CNIB’s Finance and Risk Management Committee.

Robert is the Chair of CPC’s Governance Committee.

 

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Peter Lawless

 

A respected litigator and dedicated coach with a passion for coaching and developing high performance athletes, Peter Lawless has devoted his life to the Olympic and Paralympic movement in Canada, helping athletes realize their potential and achieve their dreams. 

As an athlete, a Chartered Professional Coach and an administrator, Peter believes in the power of sport to change lives. A recipient of BC’s Medal of Good Citizenship (2017) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) Peter is a four-time winner of the National Coaching Excellence Award and was B.C.’s Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2012. Having worked with athletes and coaches at every level in sport from grassroots to high performance, Peter is one of the most respected coaches in Canadian sport.  Peter’s athletes have broken 28 world records and won 15 Paralympic and World Championships medals.

Beyond sport, Peter is a well-respected litigator in the Health and Social Services Group of the Ministry of Justice and has broad experience with a wide range of litigation matters having spent more than a decade in a large Victoria, BC law firm where he was a partner.  He has published articles on harassment and morality in sport and taught post-secondary courses in dispute resolution, civil procedure & drafting and ethics in sport. He is also a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars.

 

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David Masse

 

David Masse is Director of Corporate Operations & Human Resources at Grand Challenges Canada, supporting Operations, Communications, IT, Legal, Administration and Finance.

David worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 34 years. During his time at the CBC he worked in a variety of leadership roles in just about every genre of content including Movies, Variety, Documentaries, Current Affairs, Childrens, Comedy and for the last 20 years in Sports. His time in Sports included working on 11 Olympic Games, and numerous FIFA World Cups, Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, Paralympic Games and the iconic Hockey Night in Canada. Several of these projects have been recognized as the best in the world.

David has degrees in Communication Studies and Commerce from the University of Windsor and is currently a student at the University of Toronto in the GPLLM program Masters of Laws. David is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Save the Children Canada, which is a member of Save the Children International, the world’s largest independent child advocacy organization. Each summer for the last 15 years David has travelled to the Colorado Rockies to deliver courses with Outward Colorado.

 

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Janet Petras

 

Janet Petras is the Director of High Performance Programs & Administration at Tennis Canada which includes leading the Paralympic Program, Olympic Program, and Domestic national and international wheelchair, junior, and senior competitive calendars. Janet has a wealth of experience as a Senior Sport Director at Tennis Canada since 1998.

Janet was the Team Lead or Head Coach at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2021 Paralympic Games in London, and most recently the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Janet has been an active member of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee since 2010.

Janet is a member of Tennis Canada’s Gender Equality Working Group and the CPC Paralympic Athlete Transfer Steering Committee. She has completed the Respect in Sport Programs and Gender Equity Lens Training via the Canadian Women in Sport organization. Janet is certified as a level 3 coach, has led multiple teams to World Team Cup events, and was the competition manager for the 2015 ParapanAm Games in Toronto.

Janet was elected to the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors in 2021. Janet’s involvement as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer and sport director spans more than 35 years and includes professional experience serving on committees, strategic planning and event and project management.

Janet Petras est directrice des programmes de haute performance et de l'administration à Tennis Canada, ce qui comprend la direction du programme paralympique, du programme olympique et des calendriers de compétition nationaux et internationaux en fauteuil roulant, junior et senior. Janet possède une vaste expérience en tant que directrice principale du sport à Tennis Canada depuis 1998.

 

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David Rattray

 

David Rattray was an Associate Partner working as a management consultant from 2004 to 2015 and prior to that was an Assistant Auditor General of Canada for 16 years before his retirement in 2004.

David has been active in the volunteer community. He has a strong academic and experience background in Not-for-Profits in the areas of governance, finance, audit, risk management and performance management. He founded, chaired or been a key member of numerous boards. These have included Scouts Canada and its Foundation, Ottawa Christmas Cheer Foundation, Nepean Sports Wall of Fame, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center Foundation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. David was member of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada Governance Committee and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee until March 2021.

David has a degree in Commerce from Concordia University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Management Consultant. He also has a designation with the Chartered Governance Institute. He holds Fellowships with both CPA Canada and CGI Canada.

David is a recipient of the Canada 125, Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. He is a recipient of the Order of Ottawa and is a Chevalier Commander of the Order of St. George. He is an international Baden-Powell Fellow and was awarded the Paul Harris medal from Rotary International. 

David serves as CPC’s Treasurer and Chair of CPC’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

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Ian Troop

 

Ian Troop’s career is highlighted by 20 years at Procter & Gamble leading businesses in North America, Mexico and Poland, and 6 years as President of ConAgra Foods’ International Division where he built a $1.5 billion Global Food business.

Ian followed his passion for sport and was CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para Pan American Games. This organization delivered the largest sports event in Canadian history on schedule and under budget.

He has served on numerous Public and private business boards.

Ian is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was also an all-star football player, drafted professionally by the Hamilton Tiger-cats.

Ian was named the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumnus of the Year in 2009; one of Laurier’s top 100 Alumni of the past 100 years in 2011. In 2012 Ian was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his “significant community achievements”, and in 2019 he was awarded the Sovereign’s medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.

Ian and his wife Nicole have two children.

 

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Ellen Waxman

Ellen Waxman is an expert strategic management consultant specializing in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Possessing a unique combination of over two decades of public sector senior management with strategic consulting experience, Ellen works with organizations to meet and surpass their objectives. Ellen knows that strategy is all about making the best possible choices for the future and partners with organizations to discover those choices and to improve outcomes for their teams. A creative problem solver, Ellen takes a collaborative approach with her clients in tackling challenging issues.

Ellen has first hand knowledge in building organizations from the ground up, and in developing and assessing organizational structures. She develops strategic and operational plans in keeping with an organization’s mandate, core values and corporate business practices. She is a recognized expert in developing strategy, moving it to implementation and delivering on results.

Ellen has extensive experience working with stakeholders and facilitating inclusive meetings where everyone has the ability to access and digest information, to be heard and to participate. With almost three decades of experience leading public consultations and group facilitations, Ellen is an expert in bringing people together to find common ground.

Ellen is a collaborative and experienced strategic planner, coach, and mentor who partners with clients to achieve, and most often surpass, goals. Ellen provides customized consulting designed to support these leaders to operate strategically, authentically, and in a manner that achieves results. Ellen has consulted with leaders in government, the broader public sector and community agencies to meet organizational and personal goals.

Ellen’s public sector career largely focused on disability-related policy and programs. Ellen led the establishment of Special Needs Offices for students with disabilities across the Ontario post-secondary sector. She has been the Director of the Ontario Disability Support Program and the Director of the Ontario Government’s Developmental Services Branch, developing programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities. As well, Ellen is Ontario’s leading expert on accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). From 2007 – 2013, Ellen was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario. She led the development of the 5 AODA standards, the establishment of the compliance system, and oversaw a multi-million dollar grants program aimed at promoting inclusion for people with disabilities.

In her addition to her consulting practice, Ellen is an experienced leadership and executive coach. Her clients include management staff and executives from the Ontario Public Service, the Yukon Public Service, the City of Toronto and community-based agencies.

Ellen is an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) of the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto, and completed in the Queen’s University School of Business Executive Development Program.

Ellen has been a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors since 2013 and is a founding Director of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.

Ellen is Chair of CPC’s Human Resources Committee.

Athlete Director

 

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Tony Walby

 

Tony Walby retired from competitive sport after the 2016 Paralympic Games. In December 2018, he was elected chair of the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Council on a platform to continue to build the council’s influence in the Canadian sport system.

Taking up judo at the age of seven, Walby fought alongside sighted athletes into his mid-thirties despite the effects of cone dystrophy, a deteriorating genetic condition. For 16 years, Walby was a member of the national able-bodied judo team. In his last year of competition, he earned the title of national heavyweight champion.

Walby retired from able-bodied sport at age 35, around the same time he was declared legally blind. A 12-time Senior National Medalist in sighted judo, Walby quickly excelled in visually-impaired judo, taking two gold medals at the 2010 Parapan American Championships.

 

Coach Director

 

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Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke is currently the Director of Domestic Programs for Canadian Blind Sports.  Prior to his role with CBSA Stephen, was a para cycling coach; working independently and for a number of organizations including the Repsol Sport Centre the CSI Calgary and the University of Calgary, Olympic Oval Cycling Centre.

As a Coaches of Canada Designated Charted Professional Coach and NCCP Level 3 certified cycling coach (road, mountain bike, track), he researches, plans, delivers, and evaluates training programs for para, youth and adult cyclists. Linkages include the Alberta Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Blind and Spinal Cord Injured Sports Associations.  Stephen is also a member of Cycling Canada’s Para Cycling Advisory Group. He also works part time for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport as a doping control officer and is a technical classifier for the Union Cyclist International.  Stephen is a board member of the Calgary Para Sport Working Group and is a past board member of Coaches of Canada.

He started his cycling coaching career in 1998 at the National Cycling Centre in Calgary where he founded the Para Cycling Program and Junior Development Programs. Athletes from these programs have represented Canada the Paralympic Games since 2004 and every Olympic Games since 2008.

Stephen was the assistant coach at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics and the Head Coach at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, he lead the Canadian Cycling Association Para Cycling Program from 2003 to 2007 and he was a member of the working group related to the New NCCP Development and the 1st Edition of the Para Cycling LTAD.

 

 

 

History Of CPC's Board Of Directors

2017-2021

Year  Position  Name
2017-2021 President Marc-André Fabien      
  Vice President Gail Hamamoto
  Past President Gaétan Tardif
  Director Rick Baker
  Director Dr. Lindsay Bradley
  Director Andrea Carey
  Director Robert J. Fenton
  Director Rem Langan
  Director Tyler Mosher
  Director Ellen Waxman
  Coaching Director Stephen Burke
  Athlete Director  Tony Walby

2013-2017

Year  Position  Name
2013-17 President Gaétan Tardif           
  Vice President Debbie Low
  Past President David Legg
  Treasurer Jim Westlake
  Director Rem Langan
  Director Ellen Waxman
  Director Gail Hamamoto
  Director Rick Baker
  Director Andrea Carey
  Director Stephen Burke
  Director Tyler Mosher

 

2012-2013

Year  Position  Name
2012 - 2013 President David Legg
  Vice President James Westlake
  Past President Carla Qualtrough
  Director Administration Gaétan Tardif
  Director Finance Rem Langan
  Director High Performance Blair McIntosh
  Director Marketing Hugues Gibeault
  Director Communications Dale Hooper
  Director Paralympic Development Gail Hamamoto
  Director at Large  
  Member at Large Andrea Carey
  Member at Large Vacant
  Coaching Representative Craig McCord
  Athlete Representative Josh Vander Vies

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