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Leadership Team

Tennis Alberta is pleased to roster 12 Board of Directors from across Alberta as well as 4 full-time staff members.

You can contact the Tennis Alberta Board directly, by emailing board@tennisalberta.com. Any communication sent to this address is directed to the Association’s Secretary for proper dissemination to the rest of the Board.

Daniel Skepple | President

Born in St. John’s, Antigua, Adolphus Daniel Skepple, Jr. grew up in Kingston, Ontario where he started playing tennis at the age of 15 on the public courts at Henderson Park in Kingston Township. Moving to Edmonton in 2000, Daniel joined the Capilano Tennis Club in 2005 becoming a member at large on the executive in 2009 and the Vice President in 2010. Daniel has been the President of the Capilano Tennis Club since 2015.

Daniel is a 1983 graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in English with a minor in Applied Music Performance (trumpet). Daniel enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a musician after graduation and was eventually posted to his home town band, the Canadian Forces Vimy Band, where he was a featured soloist and compere with the band for 8 years.

Daniel is currently the CEO of ADSjr Capital Group, Inc. an information technology consulting group in Edmonton, Alberta. Daniel is also the founder and Director of Music for Mission Hill Brass of St. Albert, Alberta, an avid golfer and a Star Trek addict!

Daniel and his wife Dorothy live the Forest Heights area of Edmonton and have 4 children and 1 grandson, with another on the way June 2017.

Sita Gourishankar | Vice President

Dr. Sita Gourishankar has served as a director (Secretary) on the Board of Tennis Alberta for the past 2 years. In addition to her role as secretary, Sita has been part of the ad hoc committee of Compensation, Performance and Governance, responsible for renewed focus on operational and process improvements, policy/ bylaws review, and human resource management. Sita has also served as part of the nominations committee of the board.

As Secretary, Sita has been primarily responsible for the management of corporate documents and records, and communications within the Board. She has made significant contributions to policy updates and revisions; administration of third party peer review of policy documents; provided direction to staff on process improvement for operational effectiveness; and provided substantial input on governance and operational strategy of the association through improved documentation and contract management.

Sita leverages her extensive personal credentials and professional experience to advancing Tennis Alberta and tennis in Alberta. She received her Bachelor in Medical Sciences and her MD degree from the University of Alberta and received a Masters degree from Harvard University. She is a transplant nephrologist and serves in high level leadership positions at the University with expertise in organizational governance, policy development, strategic partnership development, remediation, discipline and appeal processes.

Sita has volunteered for over 5 years in team management and organization of youth soccer and fund development. Both of Sita’s children participate in the training program at the Royal Glenora Club and in competitive soccer. Sita is committed to supporting the development of all aspects of the sport of tennis in Alberta.

Craig Hiddleston | VP Finance

Craig grew up in Vancouver and played competitive junior and adult tennis. He was chosen as one of the 10 best players to come out of BC in the 1980s as determined by Tennis BC, he played #1 singles and #1 doubles in NCAA Div I for the University of Texas at San Antonio, and won the Steve Stevens 50’s Canadian Nationals in singles and doubles in 2017. Craig is a Chartered Professional Accountant and currently lives in Calgary.

Bernice Kitchin | Secretary

Bernice Kitchin offers proven and committed leadership to projects and has a specialization in organizational change management. Bernice currently work for Alberta Health Services as a Senior Clinical Informatics Consultant supporting IT project implementations from feasibility through to post implementation.

Bernice has been employed with AHS for 18 years and brings extensive volunteer experience with a large international organization where she is deployed to disaster sites across Canada at a management level.

Bernice prides myself on her ability to collaborate with disparate groups – both in the workplace and as a community volunteer. She brings passion and energy to her work (and tennis!) and thrives on fast paced projects.

For the past 18 months Bernice has served as the Chair of the Tennis Alberta Tournament Committee. In addition, Bernice has been a Tournament Director for Oakridge U12/U16 Champs Tournament for the past 3 years.

Alex Molotsky | Director

Alex Molotsky brings a wealth of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising. Alex grew up in Calgary playing in the Tennis Alberta junior system through the Glencoe Club. He successfully secured a scholarship to Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, competing as a member of the men’s tennis team for four years, while captaining the team for three of them.

After graduation, Alex moved back to Calgary and began working in the Athletics Department at the University of Calgary. Alex is currently the Associate Director of Development for Dinos Athletics where he oversees the philanthropic and sponsorship activities for the Department.

Doug Rault | Director

Doug Rault possess progressive experience in industrial welding, fabrication and construction from trades production floor to Welding Inspection, QC, QA to Plant Operations-Project management. Doug has extensive knowledge of codes, standards and practices and possess good computer and documentation skills including authoring, developing, implementing and auditing Quality Assurance Systems to ISO standards and ABSA.

Doug’s known for his high level of technical and business competency, professional and ethical behaviour, well developed analytical, communication, administrative skills and problem-solving ability.

Jamie Ludwig | Director

Jamie Ludwig is a respected professional who own and manages a midsized industrial distribution organization with 11 locations throughout Alberta and BC. Sales and marketing are his primary focus but being a business owner, finance, strategic planning employee and supplier relations, as well as corporate policy and values are all a part of his responsibilities. Known for integrity and relationship building that leads to longstanding affiliations. Completive professional who identifies trends and opportunities in the industrial community.

Julia Ciccaglione | Director

Julia Ciccaglione is a regulatory professional with 20 years’ experience in the electricity sector and the field of environmental science. Extensive experience with regulatory and environmental filings including those to the National Energy Board, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Environment, the BC Oil & Gas Commission, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, and the Ontario Energy Board.

Julia served as Co-Chair alongside the Deputy Minister of Energy for the Electricity Working Group on Clean Energy in British Columbia. Has also served as a member of the Disclosure Committee, and the Environmental, Health and Safety Subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Veresen Inc. (a publicly traded Calgary based energy company).

Julia was a founding member of Pristine Power Inc., a publicly traded electricity infrastructure company in Calgary. Julia has a professional background in regulatory, environmental science, government relations and stakeholder consultation. Julia also possess excellent writing, organization, and communication skills.

Rajesh Verma | Director

Rejesh Verma is a transformational leader in Technology Procurement & Supply Chain Management, with more than 22 years of experience across multiple industries- Oil & Gas, High Tech, Business Consulting, Manufacturing and Distribution.

A Senior Executive with on-hands experience in leading successful Procurement Transformation programs with an ability to drive change, deliver effective solutions and create a continuous improvement culture within an organization. Rejesh is focused on creating value for Husky Energy from alignment of People, Processes and Technology.

A strategic and innovative thinker with expertise in developing collaborative and trusted partnerships, to achieve a shared vision and goals for stakeholders.

Rob James | Director

Rob has been head of the Parlee McLaws LLP Labour and Employment Group for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the practice of labour and employment law. Rob advises a wide variety of federally and provincially regulated clients on labour and employment matters including grievance arbitrations, Part III Canada Labour Code adjudications, human rights complaints and hearings, wrongful dismissal litigation, dismissal planning, collective bargaining, privacy complaint hearings, defence of occupational health and safety prosecutions, workers’ compensation issues, and the development of employment contracts and personnel policies.

Rob’s trial and appeal experience is extensive and he has appeared before every level of Court in Alberta. In addition, Rob has comprehensive knowledge of, and experience in, extra-judicial dispute resolution processes, including mediation, judicial dispute resolution, and arbitration.

A strategic and innovative thinker with expertise in developing collaborative and trusted partnerships, to achieve a shared vision and goals for stakeholders.

Rod Harvey | Director

Rod learned to play tennis at the Victoria Lawn Tennis Club and the Racquet Club of Victoria. A former board member of Tennis Alberta (2007-2011), he is currently a director of the Medicine Hat Tennis Club and teaches in the junior elite tennis program. During his time on the Tennis Alberta board, he was the community champion for the Building Tennis Communities (BTC) program in Medicine Hat.

Rod received BA and MA degrees from UBC and a PhD from the University of Alberta. A former Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and faculty member at Medicine Hat College, he is a past board member of the Medicine Hat YM-YWCA, the Medicine Hat Hostel Society and the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society.

Ron Laing | Director

Ron Laing is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Land for Canadian Natural Resources Limited. Ron will bring extensive management experience to the Tennis Alberta Board along with specific experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance, risk management and dispute resolution. These skills along with Ron’s legal and business education make him a welcome addition to the Board.

Aaron Lee

Acting Executive Director

 

Brendan Smith

Tournament & Programs Coordinator

 

David Rossolatos

Coordinator of Player Development & Member Liaison

 

Nancy North

Administrative Assistant

 

Jill Richard

Executive Director (Maternity Leave)