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Games Services Committee

Supported by staff, the Games Services Committee is truly the engine behind a phenomenal Games.

Bringing the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games to life is the responsibility of a talented team of local leaders who have chosen to offer their skills, time and expertise to spearhead different areas of Games-time planning. These dedicated people are Chairs for their respective areas and together make up the Games Services Committee, the coordinating body that manages and oversees the successful planning and operations of Games-time activities for Niagara 2022. The Games Services Committee meets monthly and these Chairs spend hours behind the scenes recruiting, preparing and coaching their own teams of Leads who represent their area on Venue Teams.

Aidan Godin

Aidan Godin

Chair, Athletes Village

At 23 years of age, Aidan Godin is attending Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. where he pursues a degree in Biological Sciences and plans to get into medical school. Aidan is trilingual in American Sign Language, English and French. Aidan has over 16 years of experience with Parasport community, Special Olympics, and international sporting events.

He is currently the goalie for the Team Canada National Women's Deaf Hockey Team and plays for the Brock Badgers as well. He cannot wait to welcome all to Brock for a phenomenal athlete experience!

Bill Fenwick

Bill Fenwick

Games Services Committee Chair

The 71-year-old London native grew up playing hockey and tennis before he devoted himself to working in sport for over four decades, including 11 years as the Director of Recreation and Community Services in St. Catharines from 1991-2002.

Add in five more years as Director of Culture and Recreation for the City of Hamilton, six years in Welland as both the Director of Parks & Recreation and Director of Integrated Services. It’s easy to see why Fenwick was a natural choice to be the Chair of the Games Services Committee for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Candice Turner-Smith

Candice Turner-Smith

Artistic Festivals Committee Chair

Candice recently retired from the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and spent 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival.  Today, as a consultant, she specializes in arts administration. A native of Montreal, Candice is a journalist by trade.

One of her most memorable projects was the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada project for the Niagara Region, designed to celebrate the arts and highlight their value in each of our 12 municipalities. Niagara's rich cultural landscape is one of the region’s most vital assets. She feels privileged to serve as Chair, Artistic Festivals for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Other projects: Marketing the Arts of St Catharines/Niagara; Riverbrink Art Museum, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara; Lost & Found Theatre, the National Tap Dance Company of Canada, The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank; the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University, Music Niagara, Orchestra’s Mississauga; the Ontario Arts Council Regeneration Conference.

Carol Phillips

Carol Phillips

Volunteer Services Committee Chair

Phillips’ sports and recreation background is extensive. Previous to her role as Associate Dean of Community Services, she worked as both the coordinator and a faculty member for Niagara College’s recreation therapy and leisure/recreation services programs. A former executive committee member for Brock Niagara Penguins, Welland Special Olympics and Therapeutic Recreation Ontario,  she also coached basketball for many years, and she has played  elite level basketball, touch football and softball. Additionally, she earned a recreation and leisure degree from Brock University, before obtaining a post-graduate diploma in therapeutic recreation from Georgian College and a Master of Education from Yorkville University.

Crystal Rabley

Crystal Rabley

Sustainability Committee Chair

The Holy Cross alumna’s resume is tailor-made for the position. The Niagara Falls resident has a degree from Brock University in tourism and environment, a Master’s degree from Western University in environment and sustainability, and a post-graduate certificate in environmental management and assessment from Niagara College. She is now a business performance analyst for Walker Industries’ Environmental division.

Vella also previously worked in a volunteer capacity at a couple of smaller events for an organization called Leading Change Canada, which is a forum for young Canadian professionals working in the environmental sector.

Derek McNally

Derek McNally

Medical Committee Chair

Derek is Niagara Health's Executive Vice-President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive. In this role Derek  acts as executive lead for the clinical portfolios. He is tasked with helping to optimize the organization’s performance as it strives for a great patient experience and excellence of culture, quality and safety, staff and physician engagement, and financial stewardship, working with the other members of the Executive Team.

Derek previously served as Executive Vice-President of Clinical Programs at Markham Stouffville Hospital and was Vice-President, Patient Services & Site Lead and Chief Nursing Officer at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at Niagara Health, where he distinguished himself by dramatically changing the performance and perception of his site. Previous to Niagara Health and Markham, Derek has also held senior leadership positions at Trillium Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Hospital for Sick Children.  

Derek began his career as a front-line nurse in Glasgow, Scotland and has continued to be a strong and vocal advocate for great patient care. 

Desmond Walsh

Desmond Walsh

Essential Services Committee Chair

As a retired law enforcement administrator, Des has extensive experience in human resource management, leadership, planning, and resource allocation.

He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Program (FBI Academy) and the Police Leadership Program (Rotman School of Management). Des holds life memberships with the Ontario, Canadian, and International Associations of Chiefs of Police. He was also previously awarded the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Sports have been an integral component of Des’ career path. He has had extensive involvement with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Des is looking forward to contributing to the success of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Gerry McIlhone

Gerry McIlhone

Transportation Committee Chair

McIlhone has plenty of previous experience helping out with sporting events in Niagara. He has volunteered at the Ontario Federation of Secondary Schools Association championships in Niagara and served as the transportation chair for the 2018 FIBA U18 men’s basketball Americas Championship in St. Catharines.

His transportation-heavy resume includes: supervisor station, train and engine employees with VIA Rail Canada in Toronto; operations controller with GO Transit; manager of transportation with St. Catharines Transit; manager of transportation for the Niagara Parks Commission; and, his present job as operations superintendent with City of Hamilton Transit.

He is also vice-chair of the Niagara Region’s active transportation sub-committee and the chairperson of the transportation advisory committee for Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Harvie Hagerty

Harvie Hagerty

Venues Committee Chair

Harvie brings many years of Niagara experience to his Canada Games role as Venue Chair. Today, he keeps busy as an athletic convenor for the Niagara Region High School Athletic Association . However, previous to that, he’s had many titles. In addition to being an experienced secondary school, college and university teacher, Harvie has also worked as a National Coaching Certification Program facilitator, a coach, and been a member of Niagara Trillium.

Harvie will tell you his involvement in these Games is all about leaving multiple legacies in Niagara. He wants to be a part of bringing lasting venues to the region, while also helping to provide all the Games’ athletes, spectators, coaches, and volunteers with a legacy of memories they won’t ever forget.

Iavor Perduhov

Iavor Perduhov

Fit-Out Committee Chair

Perduhov is one of the youngest chairs with the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games and also one of the most enthusiastic.

The 34-year-old Bulgarian native came to Canada 17 years ago and quickly fell in love with Niagara. He is a graduate of Brock University, where he obtained degrees in both philosophy and political sciences.

Perduhov, who is the retail manager for the Pen Centre, is responsible for all infrastructure and signage for the 2022 Games.

Jane Arkell

Jane Arkell

Accessibility Committee Chair

Jane Arkell has dedicated her career to the area of access and inclusion for individuals with a disability.

Jane has been the Executive Director of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) since its inception in 1989. Prior to that, she was Executive Director for the Canadian Blind Sports Association, and she previously served as Project Director for the Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance with Spinal Cord Injury Canada to assist in the development of the Accessible Canada Act (2019).

As a volunteer, she has been asked to advise on many committees such as ParticipACTION, Accessibility Standards Council (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - AODA), CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, and PHE Canada After School and Intramurals Committee. Jane is also Co-Chair for the Brock Niagara Penguins (ParaSport Club).

 

Jane Macaskill

Jane Macaskill

Chair, Food and Beverage

A graduate of the Niagara College with a Business Discipline in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Jane started working in the Food and Beverage industry at a very young age, and has never looked back. Has worked for Compass Group Canada, for many years, working at General Motors in St. Catharines as the Food and Beverage Director before I made the switch to Food and Beverage specializing in Sports and Entertainment, with her last role being the Director of Operations of Tim Hortons Field the home of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Forge FC Soccer Club. Recently she made the switch over to HealthCare where she is currently a District Manager for Marquise Hospitality, working in the Long Term Care Sector.

In 2019 she had an opportunity to be involved in the Canada Games in Red Deer Alberta and has been hooked ever since. Jane is very much looking forward to being a volunteer with the 2021 Canada Games in the Niagara Region.

Jennifer McGregor

Jennifer McGregor

Merchandise and Ticketing Committee Chair, she/her, elle

With over 25 years experience in the Tourism & Hospitality industry, Jennifer brings with her a wealth of knowledge in customer service and sales as well working with a variety of ticketing systems.  Currently Director of Sales for HOCO Ltd. Clifton Hill, Jennifer has also previously worked for Niagara Falls Tourism, the Niagara Parks Commission, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Jennifer also owns and operates her own business, Alternative Sales Strategy specializing in unique sales techniques.

No stranger to welcoming guests to Niagara and hosting large events to showcase our beautiful area, Jennifer is truly excited and proud that the Niagara Region is hosting the games.  She looks forward to welcoming all the athletes, their friends and family to our beautiful area along with contributing to an outstanding Summer Games. Jennifer is also bilingual in both French and English.

Kevin Cavanagh

Kevin Cavanagh

Media Committee Chair

Kevin Cavanagh has worked since 2009 at Brock University, where he is the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. Before joining Brock, the native of Dunnville, Ont., spent 30 years as a newspaper writer and editor. He worked in newsrooms in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta; and at several Ontario media outlets, including the St. Catharines Standard, the National Post and the Hamilton Spectator. During his career he won provincial, national and international newspaper awards, and was a Visiting Journalist Fellow at Oxford University. Kevin and his family live in St. Catharines.

Lynn Hamilton

Lynn Hamilton

Sport Committee Chair

Lynn Hamilton grew up in St. Catharines and was a member of Canada's National Basketball team which placed fourth at the 1984 Olympics, and third at the 1986 World Championships. She is also a member of Bishop's University and St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame.

Lynn brings her passion for sport to Niagara 2022.

Both her sons (Freddie and Dougie) played hockey for the Niagara IceDogs and for Canada's World Junior Hockey Team.  Freddie has since retired from the NHL and is a student at Yale University, while Dougie plays for the New Jersey Devils.

 

Marcel Castonguay

Marcel Castonguay

Mission Services Committee Chair

Marcel is presently the Executive Director of Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara, a non-profit, multidisciplinary care organization that serves the French speaking populations of the Hamilton and Niagara areas. The Centre employs over 100 full-time staff and serves over 10,000 patients. The services provided range from primary care (medical services), chronic disease management, specialized services such as a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) clinic, adult and children mental services, services to newcomers and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. It also provides early-years services as well as a number of support services for seniors.

Prior to joining the Centre de santé 15 years ago, Marcel enjoyed a 23-year career in the Ontario Public Service working in various ministries such as Labor, Transportation and the three ministries comprising the justice sector. 

As Executive Lead for French language services across the ministries of the Attorney General, Solicitor General and Community Safety and Correctional Services, Marcel championed a number of legislative projects such as the regulation on bilingual proceedings before Ontario’s court system. During this time, he also had the opportunity to co-chair national working groups on access to justice in both official languages with representatives from all provinces and territories. He also had the opportunity to lead many provincial transformation initiatives to enhance access to French language justices services within Ontario.

Marcel grew up in northern Ontario, is an avid golfer, likes biking and enjoys reading. He played hockey in his younger years and also coached for a number of years. The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games are his first hands-on experience with Canada Games but he enjoys following both summer and winter Olympic sports. 

Nicole Perreault

Nicole Perreault

Protocol Committee Chair, she/her

Nicole Perreault, is a certified human resources professional who recently retired from Niagara College as the Director of Human Resources. She has spent over 25 years in post-secondary education providing leadership in the areas of talent management, recruitment, human resource administration, employee/labour relations, organizational development and health & safety. Nicole also has experience working in the manufacturing and corporate sector as well as health care. In 2008, Nicole was the recipient of the Niagara College “Award of Excellence” given to a Niagara College administrator who exemplifies excellence.

A Welland native, Nicole and her husband Henri are the proud parents of three adult children and two grandchildren. Nicole has actively participated and volunteered in her community and is a member of the francophone community of Welland.

Rob Foster

Rob Foster

Technology Committee Chair

Foster was first elected to Lincoln town council in a by-election back in January 2001 and served continuously representing Ward 1 for the past 18 years.

At the Town of Lincoln, Foster has held many roles including deputy mayor (seven years) and chair of planning and development (nine years). He also chaired the Corporate Priorities/Business Planning Committee for a total of eight years, a position which included chairing the budget process for Lincoln.

Susan Morin

Susan Morin

Official Languages Committee Chair

As a member of the Bid Committee for the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games, organizers have become familiar with Morin's catchphrase: ‘How are you going to French it up?’

The native of Montreal was an obvious choice to be the Chair of the Official Languages Committee for the 2022 Games.

As a business development manager with Venture Niagara and designated bilingual by the federal government, Morin has worked with the Niagara French interagency network called La Table InterAgence to create the awareness campaign Bonjour Niagara.

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