Coaching Association of Canada

Staff Directory

Coaching Association of Canada
c/o House of Sport  
RA Centre
2451 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1H 7X7
Telephone: 613-235-5000
Fax: 613-235-9500

Email: General Inquiries
Email: Media Inquiries



Lorraine Lafrenière – Chief Executive Officer 
613.235.5000 x 2363

Lorraine Lafrenière

As CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada, Lorraine Lafrenière was twice named to the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport Top 20 most influential women in 2014 and 2015. During this time, she successfully led the partnership to complete the transition of the National Coaching Certification Program. She also supported the Canadian Sport System to launch the Responsible Coaching Movement to protect youth in sport through coaching strategies.

Her career spans more than 30 years across many sectors within the Canadian Sport System including roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, National Sport Organizations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Petro-Canada, one of Canada’s leading Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors.

Lorraine has participated in more than a dozen Olympic or Paralympic Games in various leadership capacities.

Prior to joining the Coaching Association of Canada in November 2013, Lorraine held Chief Executive Officer positions with Canoe Kayak Canada from 2009-2013, one of two sports in Canada to produce three Olympic medals in London 2012, and with Cycling Canada from 2006-2008 where she contributed to re-establishing the organization’s financial stability and its high-performance and development structure in order to improve Canada’s performances on the International stage.

Lorraine became a board member of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) in 2017. She also sits on the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Coaching Education Commission.

Along with her passion for sport, Lorraine’s commitment to volunteerism has been consistently demonstrated throughout her career. She has had the honour to serve on the boards and committees of many organizations including the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Cancer Society (Ottawa-Carleton), Run for the Cure, Big Sisters of Ottawa, and Ottawa-Carleton Epilepsy. She was also the co-chair of the 2004 Ontario Summer Games held in Ottawa.

Lorraine is the mother of two and she is a proud cancer survivor. She is an advocate of resiliency in all facets of life.


Mark Donnison – Chief Operating Officer
613.235.5000 x 2365

Mark Donnison

A strategic and proven leader from the not-for-profit sector, Mark brings strong business and financial acumen along with executive operations experience to his new role at the CAC.

A 13-year-veteran of the Canadian Blood Services, Mark fulfilled a number of roles during his tenure including Senior Executive Director of Transfusable Products and Vice-President, Donor Relations, where his responsibilities included leading the organization’s donor relationship activities, with extensive involvement human resource management, government relations, and operational planning.

With honed skills in project management, Mark championed transformational projects at Canadian Blood Services and successfully drove digital adoption across large scale areas of the business.

Mark holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University and brings previous marketing and sales management experience. He is fluently bilingual and is an active volunteer with his local hockey association.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Gold Medal game in Montreal where Canada squared off against the USA.

Sporting Heroes: Ken Dryden, Ayrton Senna, Gaetan Boucher

Favourite Coaching Quote: Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the "me" for the "we.". ~ Phil Jackson



Peter Niedre – Director, Education Partnerships, Policy Development and LTAD Peter Niedre
613.235.5000 x 2379 

Peter Niedre

Before coming to the CAC, Peter worked at Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) for 10 years, first as the National Junior and U23 coach from 2006 – 2008, and more recently, as Director of Coach and Athlete Development, where he led CKC’s coaching education and athlete development programs. He also served as high performance director in 2012.

He holds an M.A. in Human Kinetics specializing in Exercise Physiology, a B.A. in Human Kinetics, and a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education from the University of Ottawa. He is also a Master Coach Developer, Learning Facilitator and Evaluator in Competition Development, Competition Introduction, and Community Sport for Sprint Canoe Kayak; and a Master Coach Developer for Core Learning Facilitator and Evaluator training.

While sprint canoe kayak has been his main sport as a coach, he also volunteer coaches at the community level, and is an NCCP coach in soccer and cross country skiing. Peter enjoys sharing his love for sport with anyone, and is often seen running on the canal in Ottawa, a trail or country road.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Competing in the Southern Traverse Adventure Race in the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island; and my first time as head coach for Team Canada at the 2007 Junior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

Sporting Heroes:My kids, Terry Fox, Hubert “Hub” Macey, Larry Cain, Bill Bowerman

Favourite Coaching Quote: It is not how good your legs are, it is how good your head is. ~ Brother Colm O'Connell


Isabelle Cayer – Manager, Diversity and Inclusion 
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Isabelle Cayer

Isabelle has always loved and been involved in sport. When she was completing her university degrees at the University of Ottawa, she started teaching skating and working with the City of Ottawa in sport administration, and continued with a Competitive Coaching Programs Manager position at Skate Canada and now with CAC.

She has been involved in sport for over 30 years as an athlete, coach, and administrator with 15 years of experience at the national level of sport in Canada.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching Joannie Rochette compete and win an Olympic bronze medal after the sudden death of her mother. Her coach, Manon Perron, was so amazing and was an integral part of her win! No one should underestimate the power of the athlete-coach relationship!

Sporting Hero: Clara Hughes

Favourite Coaching Quote: The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. ~ Babe Ruth


Andrea Johnson – Project Coordinator, Diversity and Inclusion 

After completing her Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University where she focused her studies on media portrayal of female athletes, Andrea continues to pursue a career in sport and gender equity. After gaining practical experience with CAAWS and Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Andrea decided to further her education and is currently completing her Masters of Human Kinetics with a concentration in Sport Management at the University of Ottawa.

Andrea volunteers as a coach for the Nepean Girls Hockey Association and as the President of the uOttawa Sport Business Club. Andrea continues to be involved in sport as an athlete as she plays hockey and ball hockey regularly.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics Women’s Hockey gold medal game

Sporting Heroes:All athletes fighting for equity in sport.

Favourite Coaching Quote: Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger. ~ Brené Brown


Neale Gillespie – Senior Coaching Consultant, Coach Developers 
613.235.5000 x 2366

Alpine SkiingCricket | DivingFootball | Golf | Hockey | Orienteering | Rugby | Snowboard | Soccer | Special Olympics | Surfing

Neale Gillespie

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and International Relations at Mount Allison University, and a Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Toronto, Neale taught high school and middle school for seven years in Oakville and Toronto.

A former competitive rugby and cricket player, Neale is now an active NCCP alpine ski, hockey, and rugby coach, and is a certified Master Coach Developer.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: A rugby tour to South Africa with a school team and experiencing watching the boys learn about the game, the culture, the history, and themselves.

Sporting Heroes: Terry Fox, Clive Woodward

Favourite Coaching Quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill


Gérard Lauzière – Senior Coaching Consultant, High Performance 
613.235.5000 x 2373

Athletics | Bobsleigh & Skeleton | Figure Skating | Gymnastics | Luge | Nordic Combined | Ski JumpingTeam Handball | Wrestling | Shooting | Artistic Swimming | Skateboard

Gerard Lauzière

A former competitive karate athlete who was a part of the team that won a gold medal in sparring at the 1990 Traditional Karate World Championships, Gérard went on to be a national karate team coach, and helped Karate Canada develop their Long-term Athlete Development, Instruction – Beginners, Comp-Int and Comp-Dev NCCP programs. Gérard also worked for many years as a strength and conditioning expert with a number of high-level athletes in a wide variety of sports. He has a kinesiology degree from Sherbrooke University and is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute (Montreal).

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Seeing firsthand, Canada’s sport culture shift during the Vancouver Olympics.

Sporting Hero: Muhammad Ali

Favourite Coaching Quote: Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ~ William Arthur Ward


Adam Sollitt– Coaching Consultant, Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (P/TCRs)
613.235.5000 x 2386

Baseball | Blind Sports - Goalball | Racquetball | Field Hockey | Freestyle Skiing | Rowing | SailingVolleyball | Wheelchair Rugby | Wheelchair Basketball | Speed Skating

Adam Sollitt

Adam brings valuable international experience to the CAC through years of involvement in various sport initiatives. After the completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Leisure Management (specializing in coaching) in Finland, Adam gained experience visiting and working directly with National Sport Organizations in over 60 nations around the globe.

He’s held roles in Hockey Operations with the Mexico Ice Hockey Federation, was Project Manager for the International Ice Hockey Federation, and was Senior Sport Consultant for Alberta Sport Connection.  Adam is also an NCCP trained hockey coach, and multi-sport Master Coach Developer.

Most Memorable Sporting Experience: 2012 Youth Olympic Games (Innsbruck, Austria)


Craig MacDougall – Consultant, Indigenous Coach Education and Development 
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Craig MacDougall

Craig joins the CAC after serving as the Coordinator of the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle for 4 years. In the past, Craig has spent 10 years in Fort McMurray teaching Physical Education after receiving his Bachelor of Recreation from Dalhousie University and his Associate in Education from the Teacher’s College in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Craig served as the Head Coach of Team PEI’s Men’s Volleyball team at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Since, he has also served the Chef de Mission for Team PEI for the North American Indigenous Games in 2014 and 2017 and he has served on the Board of Directors for Volleyball PEI and Wrestling PEI.

Craig also volunteers as a judge for provincial swim meets to add to his impressive involvement in the sport community.

Most Memorable Sports Moment: Receiving the John Fletcher Award as part of Team PEI at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

Sport Hero: Wayne Gretzky

Favourite Coaching Quote: Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ John Wooden


Anthony Sauvé – Manager, Aboriginal Coach Development 
613.235.5000 x 2061

An Aboriginal of Métis descent (Ojibway), Anthony is a graduate of the Sport Administration program at Durham College, and is a coach of grassroots hockey, baseball, and soccer. He is a former Community sport leader with the Métis Nation of Ontario, and Manager of the National Aboriginal Coaching and Leadership program with the Aboriginal Sport Circle.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching Canada defeat Russia in the 1972 Canada/Russia series.

Sporting Hero: Terry Fox

Favourite Coaching Quote:  If we were supposed to talk more then we listen we would have two mouths and one ear. ~ Mark Twain


Wayne Parro – Senior Coaching Consultant, eLearning 
613.235.5000 x 2364 | MOBILE: 905.449.1296

Archery | Cycling | Judo | Softball | Sport Parachuting | Squash | Taekwondo | Water Polo | Weightlifting | Lacrosse | Basketball | Climbing

Wayne Parro

Wayne joined the CAC in April 2014. He is a former Women’s Baseball National Team coach, a graduate of the NCI-Ontario, and an NCCP MCD in baseball, hockey, and multi-sport. Wayne wakes up every day thankful to be able to say that he works in sport, especially coaching. Prior to joining the CAC, Wayne was the Executive Director of Coaches of Canada.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Pulling on a Team Canada jersey for the first time and coaching in an international competition.

Sporting Heroes: Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Roger Neilson, Sparky Anderson

Favourite Coaching Quote: “Don't mistake activity with achievement. ~ John Wooden


Marie-Pier Charest – Coaching Consultant, Research 
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5-pin bowling | Swimming | Tennis Ten Pin | Triathlon | Cross-Country Skiing | Karate | Fencing | Boxing | Biathlon 

Marie-Pier Charest

Marie-Pier has been involved in coach and physical educator education since 2003. She has worked at the university level (Laval University and Bishop’s), as well as in the NCCP and coach development. In 2012, she completed a PhD on the implementation of athlete development models in Quebec. She then served as a mentor for Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, as well as Director of Coach Education at the Institut national du sport du Québec. In the latter role, she was responsible for the development and delivery of training programs and activities for high performance and next generation coaches. Equally interested in scientific research as coaching practice, she is passionate about innovation and development.

Hero: My best friend

Favourite Quote: Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. ~ Nelson Mandela


Jacqueline Tittley – Coaching Consultant, Lifelong Learning / Maintenance of Certification 
613.235.5000 x 2351

Water Ski & Wakeboard | Boccia | Broomball  | Table Tennis | Badminton | Canoe/Kayak | Lawn Bowls | Ringette | Ultimate | Curling | Equestrian

Jackie Tittley

Born and raised in Montreal, Jacqueline completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Leisure Science at Concordia University while also gathering work experience in the athletics department at Concordia University and Dawson College. She has played and coached skiing, soccer, and rugby at a variety of levels.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Listening to the Canadian National Anthem before playing against France while on tour with the National Senior Women’s Rugby Team in November 2013.

Sporting Hero: Larry Tittley, CFL Offensive Lineman (Her dad!)

Favourite Coaching Quote: &Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, and the hours of practice, and the coaches who have pushed you, is the little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…play for her. ~Mia Hamm


Chris Wellsman – Associate Coaching Consultant 
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Chris Wellsman

Chris joined the CAC as a student-intern while completing his Masters of Human Kinetics with Sport Management Concentration at the University of Ottawa. Prior to completing his Master's Degree, Chris received his Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Degree from Queen's University (2017) as well as a Sport Management Diploma (2012) from Camosun College.

Chris is a lifelong soccer player and was a four-year member of the Queen's University Varsity team. As a graduating senior he received the Renea Graham award for strength of character and commitment to the team. During his time at Queen's, Chris served on the Varsity Leadership Council, Queen's Anti-Hazing Committee, and as a coach in the Students for Special Olympics program.

Chris is also a health, fitness and sport performance enthusiast hoping to pursue certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He believes the positive influence of sport is crucial to the development of individual, community and global health.

Sporting Hero: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Most Memorable Sporting Experience: Becoming internet famous for a day after scoring the match-winning goal for the Queen's University Soccer team in extra-time of a playoff game.

Favorite Coaching Quote: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. ~ Colin McAuslan



Vacant – Manager, Professional Coaching Services 




Natalie Rumscheidt – Director, Marketing & Communications 
613.235.5000 x 2051

Natalie Rumscheidt

Growing up in Ottawa, Natalie was immersed in sport. After studying and playing rugby at St. Francis Xavier University, Natalie began her career with organizing committees for multi-sport Games in Brandon (Canada Games), Sydney (Olympic and Paralympic Games) and Manchester (Commonwealth Games) in the roles of communications, sport services, and venue operations, respectively. She joined the CAC in May 2014 after a decade working in the performing arts industry, most recently as the Senior Marketing Manager for the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Being blown away by the inspirational runners crossing the finish line of the inaugural International BlueNose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Honoured to have shared in their personal successes, and personally proud to have been part of the team that brought the BlueNose to life. Just Giv’er!

Sporting Heroes:Steve Nash, Paula Radcliffe, Martina Navratilova

Favourite Coaching Quote: Change is risky. There is no question about it. It is not as risky, however, as standing still or being overcautious. You can't steal second base with your foot still on first. ~ Pat Summitt


Delaney Turner – Manager, Manager, Marketing & Communications 
613.235.5000 x 2353

Delaney Turner

A natural communicator with experience in public, private, and not-for-profit organizations, Delaney developed his skill set first as a radio reporter, then as a copywriter, and most recently as a content marketing strategist.

An early social media advocate at IBM, his work focused on developing analytics strategies across multi-platform marketing channels and shaping complex subject matter into compelling communications. As a leader of a full-service creative team within a consulting agency, he helped implement integrated marketing strategies while ensuring effective collaboration amongst stakeholders along the way.

Delaney is a Muay Thai practitioner and Maple Leafs fan. He speaks three languages and holds an M.A. in Journalism from Western University.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-Winning Home Run; Beating the "big kids" at recess hockey 10-9 in a week-long game in grade 3 (tie).

Sporting Heroes: Ken Dryden, Pat Borders, Tony Fernandez

Favourite Coaching Quote: A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. ~ John Wooden


Yolande Usher – Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Marketing 
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Yolande Usher

Yolande has been involved in non-profit organizations for over five years, gaining experience with Right To Play and the Canadian Cancer Society in Development and Corporate Partnerships. She holds a Post-Graduate degree in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College to complement an HBA in Economics and Urban Studies from the University of Toronto. During her time at UofT, she also sat on the Intramural Sports Council. Yolande is passionate about healthy and active living, and has worked and volunteered for organizations that reflect these values.

When she was younger, Yolande grew up living overseas with stints in Turkey and Switzerland among many others. Each step of the way, she has always been involved in a range of sports that include trampoline, volleyball, soccer, snowboarding, running and any other game she has the opportunity to play. You’ll most likely catch her riding her bike in to work.

Most memorable sporting moment: Watching Karen Cockburn win bronze at the Sydney Olympics in 2000- the first year trampoline was introduced as an Olympic sport.

Sport Hero: My cousin; Triathlete Jason Wilson (Barbados). I’ve watched him develop in the sport ever since we were kids. His commitment and dedication to the sport of triathlon is unparalleled, and our family was so proud to see him compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Favourite Coaching Quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


Karlen Herauf – Events Manager 
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Since moving to Ottawa in 2015, Karlen has delivered corporate events ranging from closed-door executive meetings to 1000-person gala dinners. Her favourite part of planning an event is collaborating with stakeholders to identify their needs and finding creative solutions to meet them. Originally from Saskatchewan, Karlen completed a BAHons in Psychology, Major in Sociology before pursuing opportunities in promotions and events with the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan and then the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. She also dabbled in sports media, covering events such as SJHL, Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Roughrider games for a local channel.

Karlen considers herself a "jack of all trades, master of none" when it comes to participation, having played everything from soccer to curling to floor hockey to track & field, but her true passion lies in the social and community aspect of playing or watching sport together.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the 2013 Grey Cup on home turf.

Favourite Coaching Quote: I'm a facilitator of what is beautiful in man. ~ Arsene Wenger


Pascal Villeneuve – Coordinator, Communications 
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Pascal Villeneuve

Most of Pascal’s earliest and fondest memories are associated with sports. Born and raised in New Liskeard, Ontario, Pascal moved to Ottawa in 2016 to attend Algonquin College’s Sport Business Management graduate program after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University. He joins the Coaching Association of Canada team after completing a year-long internship at Swimming Canada where he gained experience in communications and marketing.

Most memorable sport experience: Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship run in 2016

Sporting Heroes: Lebron James & Steve Nash

Favourite Coaching Quote: Making shots counts, but not as much as the people who make them. ~ Mike Krzyzewski, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, Duke University


Evelyn Anderson – Corporate Partnerships & Marketing Coordinator 
613.235.5000 x 2382

Evelyn grew up in Calgary participating in a variety of sports. Her passion for running led her to compete for the varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams while studying at McGill University. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Evelyn moved to Toronto to work for an experiential marketing agency and spent the next few years planning and executing marketing events across Canada. Now in Ottawa, Evelyn is excited to be working in the sport community. In addition to running, she loves skiing, golfing, and volleyball.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: watching Brianne Theisen-Eaton win bronze at the 2016 Olympics

Sport Heroes: Tessa Virtue, Kara Goucher, Kathrine Switzer

Favourite Coaching Quote: Get out there and do what you love! Kara Goucher



Darren Larose – Senior Systems Analyst 

Darren is one of the brains behind the development of The Locker. When asked what he does, he told us: “for(int i = 0; i < insanity; i++) { code.Write(); }.” We won’t try to decode that, but if you enjoy the nice clean look of the Locker, then you have Darren to thank!

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Grade 7 standing long jump second place :(

Sporting Hero: Masahiko Kimura

Favourite Coaching Quote: If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. ~ Patches O’Houlihan, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story


Jeff Mees – Lead, Technology Platforms 

Jeff MeesWith over 15 years experience in enterprise system development, tackling decades worth of sports data seemed like an interesting new challenge to Jeff. A devotee of kitesurfing and mountain biking, Jeff has put his years of software development to good use helping to build the NCCP database – The Locker.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching his daughter win third place at the provincial championships in her first year of competitive riding.

Sporting Hero: Rodney Mullen

Favourite Coaching Quote: Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Lou Holtz


Jean-Christophe Charbonneau – Developer Analyst 

Claudia Gagnon – NCCP Projects and Product Manager 
613.235.5000 x 2350

Claudia Gagnon

Claudia has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communications from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Corporate Communications & Public Relations from Fanshawe College. She started her career as the Communications Assistant for Rogers Television in Ottawa helping to promote the community station and working with some great sponsors and community groups. After four years, she brought her skills and talents to the non-profit sector and started working at the CAC, where she has had nothing but continuous exciting challenges including working on coach recognition programs, sponsorship grant programs, the sport nutrition program, and eLearning product development.

Most Memorable Sporting Experience: Placing second in an open cross-country running meet with over 200 female participants.

Favourite Coaching Quote: Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Dario Nujic – IT Administrator 


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Vickie Lemire – Manager, Coach and Partner Services and Analytics 
613.235.5000 x 2383

Vickie Lemire

Vickie joined the CAC in 2017 after a successful career hockey at the university of Ottawa. She was the captain of University of Ottawa Gee-Gee’s women’s hockey team and recipient of the 2016-2017 RSEQ Leadership & Citizenship Award. Vickie joined the CAC with a wealth of sport insight. Previous to the CAC, she completed an internship with CAAWS and graduated with of Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. Vickie now shares her passion for the sport by coaching female hockey athletes.

Most Memorable Sporting Experience: To put on a team Canada jersey for the first time at the U-18, 3 game series vs. the U.S.A. in Rockland, Ont. Also winning Gold at the 2009 Jeux du Québec.

Sporting Heroes: All female athletes, breaking barriers.

Favourite Coaching Quote: Not every victory shows up on the scoreboard. ~ Unknown


Chris Patterson – Coordinator, Coach and Partner Services and Data Analysis
613.235.5000 x 2369

Chris Patterson

Chris started playing soccer when he lived in England and played consistently for 30 years. He stopped playing when it ceased being fun and got involved in coaching as a way to keep his kids involved in sport and to continue to play a role in the game he loves. A political science graduate with a focus in Soviet and East European Studies, Chris has also been a soccer referee for six years as he says it makes him a better coach.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Playing cricket on the beach in Nevis with the locals and showing them that this tourist got game AND coaching his U-15 girls team to the house league futsal title.

Sporting Hero: Neville Southall – Goalkeeper, Everton FC

Favourite Coaching Quote: Not a quote but a coaching concept – winning doesn’t matter when you played to the best of your abilities.


Jennifer White – Coordinator, Coach and Partner Services and Professional Coaching 
613.235.5000 x 1

Jennifer White

Jenn grew up in Oakville, where she played competitive soccer. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in biology at Carleton University, she played university hockey and served in a variety of positions within the athletic department of that institution.

Through these experiences, she discovered that she would be passionate about a job in the sport community and was educated to earn a Certificate in Sport Administration at Algonquin College. Most recently, she served as a service coordinator at the 2013 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship. She joined CAOT in November 2013.

Jenn still practices competitive soccer and coaches with women's girls' and women's soccer teams in Ottawa.

Most memorable Sport Experience: Attending the 2012 women’s World Hockey Championship gold medal game, where Canada won the title back from the USA with an overtime win.

Sporting Hero: Mia Hamm

Favourite Coaching Quote: You miss 100% off the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky


Nathalie JoanetteNathalie Joanette – Coach and Partner Services Support  
613.235.5000 x 2399

Nathalie has always been passionate about sports. She is a former gymnast and has always wanted to work in the sports field. Nathalie obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Ottawa in Social Sciences with a Minor in Psychology. She then went on to do the Sports Business Management program at Algonquin College.

Prior to joining the Coaching Association of Canada, she completed an internship at the Canadian Paralympic Committee where she worked closely with the Games Operations and the High Performance and Pathway departments. She had the opportunity to help with the Paralympian Search, the Pyeongchang 2018 Team Canada Celebration, the first ImagiNation Campaign Celebration, and the Paratough Cup.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Being able to compete in the Eastern Canadian Championships for gymnastics

Sporting Hero: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman

Favorite Coaching Quote: Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong.


Maxine Gauthier – Coach and Partner Services Support  

Maxine Gauthier

Maxine first fell in love with a variety of sports from a young age in her home town of Sudbury, Ontario. She is currently a Masters student at the University of Ottawa in Human Kinetics, with a concentration in Sport Management. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from Laurentian University where she received the CCUPEKA Leadership Award.

Maxine completed an internship with Badminton Canada working in the planning of the 2019 Pan Am Junior Championship and the 2019 Para Badminton International Championship. She is highly involved in sport; coached gymnastics, flag football, sport aerobics and is passionate of dance currently teaching acrobatics to competitive and recreational dancers. One of her ambitions for the future include making a difference in the world of sport and dance to create a more enriching experience for all.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Winning a special award for my floor routine during my first Masters Gymnastics Competition

Sporting Hero: Alysha Newman

Favorite Coaching Quote: Limits like fears are often just an illusion. ~ Michael Jordan



Martial Desrosiers Drainville – Associate Director, Operations 
613.235.5000 x 2375

Martial Desrosiers Drainville

A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Martial is currently finishing a certificate in business at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Heavily involved in competitive ultimate, Martial currently plays with local Ottawa teams and coaches both a local high school team and a junior team during the summer.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: In 2010, he and two friends created the first men’s ultimate team for Université du Québec en Outaouais and participated at the Canadian University Ultimate Championship.

Sporting Heroes: The ones that are told they’re too short to succeed.

Favourite Coaching Quote: There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. ~ Derek Jeter


Erica Bergman – Manager, Finance 
613.235.5000 x 2374

Erica Bergman

Erica has been actively coaching synchronized swimming since 1994, and has coached at the recreational, provincial, and national level. She is currently the recreational coordinator for Gloucester Synchro where she is also coaching a provincial ages 13-15 team, and a University-level duet. She has a Bachelor of Commerce – Honours Finance from the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing her CPA designation.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching my children play sports, and seeing them give 100%.

Favourite Coaching Quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle


Kaymin Roorda – Coordinator, Finance 
613.235.5000 x 2362

Kaymin Roorda

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sport and Leisure Management at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, BC, Kaymin moved to Ottawa to pursue opportunities in the sport sector. Kaymin joined the CAC following roles with the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association and Boccia Canada, where she was the Team Manager for the National Paralympic team.

During her free time, Kaymin enjoys spending time outdoors running, biking, and playing soccer. She is also a soccer coach for young children as well as a Certified National Boccia Referee.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching Robin Van Persie’s flying header while defeating Spain at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Favourite Coaching Quote: We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou


Adeola Onafuwa– Executive Coordinator 
613.235.5000 x 2390

Adeola Onafuwa

A graduate of Political Science from the University of Windsor, coupled with diplomas in International Relations, and Digital Journalism, Adeola has growing experience working in the not-for-profit sector and relishes the challenges and successes that come along with it. Adeola enjoys soccer, table tennis, risk (board game), and swimming.

As a kid, Adeola joined the Manchester United family and has lived happily ever after.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Manchester United winning the 2008 UEFA Champions League in Moscow, Russia.

Sporting Heroes: Mike Tyson (for his sheer tenacity to fight preparation and execution in the ring), Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand

Favourite Coaching quote: For me, drive means a combination of a willingness to work hard, emotional fortitude, enormous powers of concentration and a refusal to admit defeat, and Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success. ~ Sir Alex Ferguson