Tennis Alberta is pleased to roster 12 Board of Directors from across Alberta as well as 1 full-time staff (as of February 2021).
You can contact the Tennis Alberta Board directly, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Any communication sent to this address is directed to the Association’s Secretary for proper dissemination to the rest of the Board.
Tom MacInnis | President
Tom MacInnis is an independent businessman and currently serves on the board of directors of Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. (including audit committee), Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (including governance and compensation committee), and Crestwynd Exploration Ltd. (Chairman, including audit and governance committees).
Tom also sits on the investment committee of four separate investment committees for private equity funds managed by Lex Capital Energy Management in Regina, Saskatchewan. Tom previously was Head of Financial Markets, Calgary and Head of Energy Investment Banking for National Bank Financial Markets.
Prior thereto, Tom was a co-founder and Managing Director, Investment Banking of Tristone Capital Inc.
Tom holds a bachelor of commerce (finance) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, a diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Tom is also an independent certified director with the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Tom and his wife and 3 young boys are residents of Calgary, Alberta and are all active tennis players and members of the Calgary Winter Club.
Alex Molotsky | Vice President
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.
Alex has continues to support and provide leadership for tennis over the many years and has moved up from a Director at Large to Vice President in 2020.
Roderick Chisholm | VP Finance
Roderick (“Rod”) Chisholm is an independent businessman in Calgary and currently the CEO and Managing Director of MacBain Properties. Rod is also the President and CEO of his Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory firm Stonebirch Capital. Rod has been a C-Suite Executive in both public and private companies for over 15 years in the Oil and Gas Services, Technology and Real Estate related industries. Prior to that he was a Corporate and Commercial Banker in the energy and technology sector.
Rod has received an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA (Finance) from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As an avid tennis player and golfer, in addition to ITF officiating, Rod has continued to volunteer his time as a Board & Committee Member at his various clubs (Calgary Winter Club, The Winston Golf and Country Club and Calgary Tennis Club).
Chris Zelyas | Secretary
Chris is a partner in the Dentons Canada LLP Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. His varied legal practice includes a focus on intra-business disputes between partners, shareholders, officers and directors.
In this capacity, he regularly advises clients on issues of corporate governance and how to achieve business goals in the face of dissent and opposition. He also handles lawsuits dealing with large construction and infrastructure projects gone awry, and is increasingly focused on disputes under Canada’s internal trade agreements. In 2016, Chris was recognized as a “Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch” by the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Chris has volunteered his time in a variety of capacities, including providing front-line intake services for the Edmonton Police Service, assisting with the U of A’s Safewalk Program, and providing pro bono legal services to Edmonton’s lower income population through the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. He has served as his former firm’s Practice Group Leader for the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and on the Associate’s Committee, providing guidance to and assessments of the firm’s younger lawyers. He regularly presents on a variety of legal topics.
Chris is an avid tennis player and he has looked for ways to contribute to the game off the courts. He is a member of the Capilano Tennis Club’s executive board and has recently taken on the mantle of the club’s Director of Programming. Chris has also volunteered with Tennis Alberta as a member of Disciplinary Committee.
Rob James | Director
Rob James 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.
Daniel Skepple | Director
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.
Noel Gibney | Director
Dr. Richard Noel Gibney is Deputy Facility Medical Director for the New Edmonton Hospital Project and is a Medical Consultant for the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta. He retired from clinical practice as an intensive care physician 2018 at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.
Noel is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He graduated from University College Dublin Medical School, Ireland. He was registrar in Nephrology and Metabolic Medicine at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. He trained in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta and in Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA.
Noel’s research interests include the epidemiology and management of Acute Kidney Injury in the critically ill and Information Technology in the critical care unit. He has participated in the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative (ADQI) and the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN). He has authored or co-authored 120 peer reviewed articles and a number of book chapters and has provided over 100 invited presentations to national and international professional groups.
Bahman Sobbi | Director
Bahman has been working in the trailer hitch business for over twenty years and is the Owner of Hitch Expert in Calgary.
As an avid sportsman and car enthusiast, Bahman love spending time with his family and currently is involved with the Tennis Academy in Calgary.
Jerrold Diamond | Director
Dr Jerrold Diamond is the founding partner of Diamond Dental, a multi dentist group practice in West Edmonton. Dr Diamond graduated from the university of Alberta faculty of dentistry in 1991. He serves as a visiting faculty member at Spear Education in Scottsdale Arizona, a leading post graduate training center for dental education. He and his wife Lisa, also serve as co-chairs for the harvest gala 2020, a fundraiser for the Lois hole hospital for women.
Jerrold is both the treasurer and co-chair of the Royal Glenora Club tennis committee where he has been an avid player for the past 25 years.
Sid Chugh | Director
With over 15 years of experience relating to both Business and Information System (“IS”) processes. Sid’s experience includes developing/implementing, project managing and governing both sustaining and improvement initiatives to support enterprise strategy and priorities, as well as engaging stakeholders in high pressure environments.
Sid is actively involved in the community and continues to mentor people, nurture relationships, and collaborated with stakeholders. He enjoys playing tennis, soccer, table tennis, biking, hiking, playing guitar and ball room dancing.
David Rossolatos | Director
David is currently a MSc candidate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta pursuing a career in medicine. He has recently finished a genetic association project as a graduate research assistant at the Alberta Centennial Addiction and Mental Health Research Chair Lab.
David has previously worked at the Tennis Alberta Provincial Office as Development Associate and Communications & Community Relations Coordinator and is actively involved in with Tennis Edmonton. David worked part time throughout his studies in aquatics as a lifeguard and seasonally in recreation as a tennis coach. He is extremely passionate about community development and his recent projects included the development of grassroots community tennis programming and coaching wheelchair tennis.
Len Polsky | Director
Len is a highly accomplished lawyer, board member and leader with experience providing strategic guidance, planning and legal advice. Len has an undisputed proven track record of identifying and achieving practical solutions, conducting effective negotiations, and guiding teams through sensitive decisions and evolving environments to reach their objectives.
As department lead in provincial legal regulator, Len manages interaction with internal and external stakeholders, team members and subject matter experts. Len is responsible for developing and sharing best practices in remediation of lawyer conduct, competence and capacity issues with other departments within the Law Society of Alberta, other professions and other Law Societies.
As a valued member of the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre, providing guidance and support to the sport of tennis.
TBA| Executive Director
Nancy North | Office Manager
(780) 415-1661 | Admin@tennisalberta.com
Nancy is Tennis Alberta’s “Office Ninja” – handling all office and administrative responsibilities. She made the switch to Tennis Alberta from an office administrator role at HB Construction Company Ltd and previously managed the Arrowhead office and dispatch activities in Edmonton.
She has been heeding the call with her exceptional customer service abilities to help support Tennis Alberta activities and build out reliable and experienced back office practices.
Nancy hangs with the staff to make sure they’ve got the p’s and q’s of projects, processes, and people sorted out. She also helps the entire team dream up cool ideas and put them into practice by arranging the right resources.
Technical Manager, High Performance & Junior Player Development
This position is currently being restructured.
Technical Manager, Tournaments and Provincial Programming
(780) 415-1692 | Tournaments@tennisalberta.com
This position is currently being restructured.
For more information, please contact Nancy North at the coordinates above.
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
This position is currently being restructured.