Coaching Association of Canada

Staff Directory

Coaching Association of Canada
1155 Lola Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, ON
K1K 4C1
Canada
Telephone: 613-235-5000
Fax: 613-235-9500

Email:  General Inquires 


EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS TEAM | COACHES OF CANADA TEAMMARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS TEAM |
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TEAM | COACH & PARTNER SERVICES TEAM | FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION TEAM


Lorraine Lafrenière - Chief Executive Officer 
613.235.5000 x 2363

Lorraine is a strategic thinker with excellent people skills and an enthusiastic approach to challenges who has played a leadership role in the sport community for many years.

Her passion for sport goes back decades to when she saw the incredibly powerful role athletes play in inspiring younger generations to stay active and healthy while making a contribution to society. She began her sport career with the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association 25 years ago before moving to the Canadian Olympic Committee in 1989. During her tenure as the COC’s Media Relations Manager, she held several leadership positions with the mission staff at numerous Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and World Championships.

In 2002 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), a position she held for four years -- playing a key role in establishing sponsorship programs and strengthening the organization’s relationships with the provinces/territories and federal government. Following the CAC, she went on to head the Canadian Cycling Association where she restructured the organization and instilled financial stability. In 2009, she was hired as Director General of CanoeKayak Canada where she was instrumental in creating the teams and environment which led to CanoeKayak’s three-medal performance at the 2012 Olympic Game. In total, she has participated in 9 Olympic Games, both summer and winter.

Lorraine also has a strong volunteer commitment having sat 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 became the Chief Executive Officer of the CAC in December 2013.


Marc Schryburt – Chief Operating Officer and Director, International programs 
613.235.5000 x 2365

Marc is an NCCP Level 4 certified football coach and Master Learning Facilitator who now travels the world selling the NCCP model to other countries. He has spent time as a teacher, full-time coach, and school principal and has also been a guest coach with four different CFL teams.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: 2002 Montreal Alouettes Grey Cup, where he had the chance to coach the quarterbacks during the season.

Sporting Heroes: Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“There is no ‘I’ in team.” – Vince Lombardi

 


EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS TEAM


Alain Roy – Director Education Partnerships 
613.235.5000 x 2379

Bio coming soon.


Kathy Brook – Senior Coaching Consultant, Coach Developer Systems 
613.235.5000 x 2393

5-pin bowling | Badminton | Basketball | Canoe/Kayak | Lawn Bowls | Wheelchair Basketball


Kathy studied physical education at McMaster University before attending Queen’s University and receiving her Bachelors of Education and an Outdoor and Experiential Education diploma. After graduating, she took a position with the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) where she began to teach, facilitate NCCP workshops to her students, and coach high school sports. At the same time, she was an NCCP Level 3 assistant basketball coach at the University of Waterloo. She became an Ontario Master Learning Facilitator (MLF) and eventually a National MLF after facilitating workshops for over 10 years.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: 1996 Ontario Summer Games

Sporting Heroes: Bobby Orr, Terry Fox, and “Rudy”

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Good players make themselves better, great players make those around them better.” – Bobby Knight


Isabelle Cayer – Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching 
613.235.5000 x 2376

Biathlon | Cross-Country Skiing | Curling | Diving | Equestrian | Freestyle Skiing | Orienteering | Shooting | Softball | Speed Skating | Ultimate

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 


Neale Gillespie – Senior Coaching Consultant, Policy Development 
613.235.5000 x 2366

Athletics | Cricket | Figure Skating | Football | Golf | Parachuting | Rugby | Snowboard | Soccer | Special Olympics | Taekwondo
 

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. He is currently conducting graduate research at the University of Ottawa in the School of Human Kinetics with a focus on the psychology and pedagogy of coach learning and development. A former competitive rugby and cricket player, Neale is now an NCCP alpine ski and rugby coach, multi-sport Learning Facilitator, and a rugby Learning Facilitator and Evaluator.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Coaching 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

Bobsleigh & Skeleton | Gymnastics | Luge | Nordic Combined | Ski Jumping | Swimming

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: Mohamed Ali

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward


Laura Watson – Senior Coaching Consultant, Multi-sport Module Development 
613.235.5000 x 2386

Baseball | Fencing | Field Hockey | Karate | Lacrosse | Rowing | Sailing | Tennis | Triathlon | Volleyball | Wheelchair Rugby


Originally from Ottawa, Laura now lives and works in Vancouver, BC. A graduate of the Executive Education program at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, she also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Kinetics, a Diploma in Sport Science, and a Diploma in Coaching. She is a Level 3 certified and Competition – Development coach for ringette where she has coached from grassroots to international level. Her previous hats include being the Director of Sport for viaSport and the Executive Director and Technical Director for the Coaches Association of BC. She is currently a Master Learning Facilitator in the NCCP.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Being part of the team that won the Claude Harvey Award for Best Mission Staff at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

Sporting Heroes: John Furlong and John Wooden

Favourite Coaching Quote: 

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young


Jenny Davey – Coaching Consultant, Research 
613.235.5000 x 2388

Alpine Skiing | Archery | Blind Sports - Goalball | Boccia | Cycling | Ringette | Table Tennis | Team Handball | Tenpin Bowling | Water Polo | Wrestling
 

Jenny was born and raised in Montreal and completed a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and English (Secondary School level) at McGill University. Upon graduating, she spent close to a decade teaching senior English and coaching the school’s cross country running and skiing teams. From her first coaching job as a teen, her focus has always been on Parasport, including work and volunteer experiences with swimming, alpine skiing, and sailing. In recent years, she has acted as Head Coach and Manager of accessible sailing programs in Quebec, BC, and Ontario. She is an NCCP-certified coach and continues to actively work with sailors in accessible and Paralympic classes at several clubs. After completing her Masters in Psychology and Pedagogy of Physical Activity and Sport at the University of Ottawa, she joined the CAC team in September 2013.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Every time she has the honour of taking a person with a disability out for his or her first-ever sail – it’s an absolutely magical moment every time.

Sporting Heroes: Paul Tingley, René Dallaire

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“You haven’t won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors.” – Paul Elvström


Anthony Bhagwandin – Product Development Coordinator and Coaching Consultant 
613.235.5000 x 2384

Boxing | Judo | Squash | Weightlifting

Born and raised in Montréal, Anthony majored in Computer Science at Concordia University (Montreal). After eight years in software development, he moved on to work in graphic design for three years before arriving at the CAC and working in coach training. Heavily involved in his sport of karate – first as an athlete, then as a club president and sport administrator, Anthony is now a certified NCCP Competition – Introduction coach and trained Evaluator in Karate, and is also a Learning Facilitator for the Resistance Training module.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Watching the Italian national team at the US Open karate tournament. They were all fighters who had medalled at the European and World Championships, the two toughest tournaments in the world.

Sporting Heroes: Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and the team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Life is nothing without friendship.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


Claudia Gagnon – Community Outreach Coordinator and Coaching Consultant 
613.235.5000 x 2350

Broomball | Racquetball | Synchronized Swimming | Water Ski & Wakeboard
 

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


Doug Krochak - Coaching Consultant, School System Support 
613.235.5000 x 2394

Hockey
 

Doug is an NCCP Level 4 certified football coach and Master Learning Facilitator who is actively involved with the development of the coaching program for Football Canada. He has spent time as a teacher, Cooperative Education Coordinator, and coach education consultant.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Coaching Team Manitoba to a National Midget Lacrosse Championship in 2008 -- a first for Manitoba.

Sporting Hero: Maurice “Rocket” Richard

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“You can go faster as an individual, but you go further as part of a team"- Unknown


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

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COACHES OF CANADA TEAM


Wayne Parro - Executive Director, Coaches of Canada 
613.235.5000 x 2364 | MOBILE: 905.449.1296

Bio to come...

 


 

Philippe Patry - Coordinator, Coaches of Canada 
613.235.5000 x 2387

Philippe has a strong background in hockey having played Junior A in the Canadian Junior Hockey League for the Gloucester Rangers and the Hawkesbury Hawks, and Junior B with the Clarence Beavers where he won an Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League championship. He completed a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa where he received the University of Ottawa Silver Medal for the second highest GPA of his graduating year, and is currently completing a research based master’s degree in human kinetics (sport management) with a focus on the strategic management of major sport events. A CSEP certified strength and conditioning coach, Philippe also enjoys playing volleyball, golf, and cycling in his spare-time.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Winning the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League (EOJHL) championship.

Sporting Heroes: Johann Olav Koss founder of Right to Play, Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t -- you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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Damien Hope - Coordinator, Administration & Licensing, Coaches of Canada 
416.426.7023

Bio to come...


 MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS TEAM


Natalie Rumscheidt - Director, Marketing & Communications 
613.235.5000 x 2051

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: Stevie 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


Julie Parkins-Forget - Manager, Marketing & Communications 
613.235.5000 x 2382

With a passion for sport and story-telling, Julie combined her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary with a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. She has used those passions to help promote amateur athletes and coaches across Canada through her work at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, as the Games Publications officer for two Olympic Games (2002 & 2004), as a Media Guide Editor for Canadian Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth, and Pan-American Games teams, to designing and maintaining websites for several national sport organizations. She has competed in softball, rowing, dragon boating, and outrigger paddling and has coached both Learn-to-Row and varsity rowing.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Hanging out with Jamie Salé and David Pelletier as they sought refuge in the Canadian team media office in Salt Lake City before the press conference that saw them awarded the gold medal.

Sporting Heroes: All amateur athletes who are in it for the love of the game.

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Carpe Diem” – Horace


Krissy Murphy - Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships 
613.235.5000 x 2392

Krissy is a veteran of the Canadian Forces with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from Carleton University and a Post-Graduate certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College. A former competitive rugby player, Krissy now coaches soccer and is an NCCP Community Trained coach. She joined the CAC after working with Physical & Health Education Canada, Sport Matters Group and the Ottawa Senators.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Volunteering for Team Sweden as Team Host as part of the IIHF Women’s World Championships in 2013.

Sporting Hero: Mario Lemieux

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“If we were supposed to talk more than we listen we would have two mouths and one ear.” – Mark Twain

 


Alexandre Dumond - Coordinator, Communications 
613.235.5000 x 2352

The transition to coaching came easily for Alex after seven years of striving for international success in biathlon. Alex had coached sailing and windsurfing since age 15 and adding biathlon to the mix was an easy fit. Now a Level 3 coach and Learning Facilitator/Evaluator with Sail Canada and Biathlon Canada, he spends most of his time working with provincial teams, developing club coaches, and managing various programs. Alex’s roles in the sport sector have included program development for Sail Canada, board and staff positions with Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon BC, and program management with premier yacht clubs.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Helping a national team athlete realize that being able to win without 100% effort does not justify a sub-par performance. The athlete followed-up our conversation with a perfect 20/20 score on the shooting range and world-class ski speed that day in a field that could have easily been trumped by much less. Getting the best out of our athletes is our job - that was a perfect day on the job.

Sporting Heroes: Artemis Racing Team, 2013 America’s Cup

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“As coaches, your role is to provide athletes with the tools and environment to perform. The athlete’s role is to choose to succeed or not.” – Roger Archambault, ChPC

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TEAM


Jonathan  Lavoie-Copeland - Director, Information Technology 
613.235.5000 x 2390

Jonathan began his IT career in 1996 as a software developer. With a background in computational physics, he worked with aerospace and security firms implementing national systems all over the world before joining the CAC in 2009. An avid rock and ice climber, Jonathan also enjoys teaching martial arts.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Rock climbing and looking at a 800m drop under his feet.

Sporting Hero: Popeye

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Training builds character, competition reveals it.” 


Darren Larose – Software Developer 

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 – Software Developer 

With over fifteen 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 our new 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


Itamar Lopes – Coordinator, Information Technology 
613.235.5000 x 2377

Itamar has a mixed but solid background in science and technology. A graduate in both Chemistry and Network System Administration, he holds a Master’s Degree in Organic Synthesis topped off with a few languages. His career focus has been to integrate Information technology as a tool for “non-I.T” fields. He is a passionate outdoor sports man, enjoying biking, mountain biking, climbing, skating, and some serious hiking and speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Sporting Heroes: Ayrton Senna, Gustavo Kuerten

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.” – Ayrton Senna

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COACH & PARTNER SERVICES TEAM


Chris Patterson – Links Coordinator, Team Leader – Coach & Partner Services 
613.235.5000 x 2369

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 - Coach & Partner Services 
613.235.5000 x 1

Jenn grew up in Oakville playing competitive soccer. While working towards her Bachelor of Science (biology) degree at Carleton University, she played varsity field hockey and worked various roles within the Carleton Athletics department. Through those experiences, she discovered her passion for working in a sport environment and went on to complete a Graduate certificate in sport business management at Algonquin College. She most recently worked as coordinator of services for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship before joining the CAC in November 2013. Jenn still plays competitive women’s soccer and coaches women’s and girls’ soccer teams in Ottawa.

Favourite sporting moment: 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


Jacqueline Tittley - Coach & Partner Services 
613.235.5000 x 1

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



FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION TEAM


Valerie Aji - Director, Finance & Administration 
613.235.5000 x 2358

Bio to come...


Lucie LeBel – Coordinator, Official Languages 
613.235.5000 x 2371

Lucie earned her legal secretary diploma from Notre-Dame Secretarial College in Montreal and worked as a secretary in the insurance department of an oil company for five years before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her three kids and running a home daycare for 10 years. She started working at the CAC in 1992 – first as the National Coaching Certification Program Secretary, then Executive Assistant, Coordinator of Operations, Coordinator, Research and Development, and now Coordinator, Official Languages, where she looks after all of the CAC’s translation requirements with her keen eye for detail.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Living in Montreal during the 1976 Olympics and being surrounded by the excitement of those Games. Watching Nadia Comaneci during her beam routine was absolutely breath-taking.

Sporting Hero: Mark Tewksbury

Favourite Coaching Quote:

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas


Martial Desrosiers Drainville – Executive Coordinator 
613.235.5000 x 2375

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


Anne-Andrée Sirois – Coordinator, Finance & International Programs 
613.235.5000 x 2362

Anne-Andrée’s background in gymnastics and rowing influenced her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics. After completion, she decided to complete a certificate in administration, which triggered her interest in the Masters program at the University of Ontario which she graduated from in 2011. A competitive rower, Anne-Andrée currently competes for El Salvador’s Rowing Team.

Most Memorable Sport Experience: Racing for the El Salvador Rowing Team


Erica Bergman - Assistant, Finance 
613.235.5000 x 2374

Bio to come...


Jacinthe Goulet - Assistant, Operations 
613.235.5000 x 2351

Jacinthe’s love for the sport of gymnastics developed into coaching in 1999 and she began coaching gymnastics full-time at various competitive levels in Ottawa while completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Ottawa. Her interest in teaching led her to complete her Yoga certification in 2011, and she is presently continuing her certifications at the 500hr level, focusing on the therapeutic and rehabilitative qualities of yoga. Jacinthe is passionate about creating a strong and active community and promoting health and wellness in sport.

Most memorable Sport Experience: Helping competitive athletes break through their fears and excel in their training. Every hug, drawing, thank you, high five and amazing wipeout she’s witnessed through the years.

Sporting Heroes: Kelly Slater, Wayne Gretzky, Silken Laumann, Lilia Podkopayeva

Favourite coaching quote:

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." – Mary Lou Retton

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