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Leadership Team

Tennis Alberta is pleased to roster 12 Board of Directors from across Alberta as well as 2 full-time staff (as of June 2021).

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.

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.

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.

Erin Silverman | Director

With a 20-year career at Katz Group’s corporate head office in Edmonton in various positions including Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Founder, Erin brings to the Tennis Alberta Board of Directors a wealth of technical expertise and operational understanding.

Her previous board experience includes the Talmud Torah Society of Edmonton, including two years on the Human Resources committee, and time as a member of the Royal Glenora Club’s tennis committee.

An avid tennis player, Erin shares her love of the sport and tennis community as a member at the Royal Glenora Club.

 

Jonathan Yee  | Director

Jonathan brings extensive experience with governance, project management and sustainable public policy development to the Tennis Alberta Board of Directors.  Most notably, Jonathan’s governance and policy expertise was leveraged by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Currently he is a consultant at the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary, playing a role in the creation of the Calgary East Zone Newcomers Collaborative Food Bank.

As a certified tennis coach, Jonathan has worked extensively with the Saskatchewan tennis community, including serving as Tennis Saskatchewan’s Tennis Coordinator and Assistant Executive Director.

Jonathan is a member of the Aforza Tennis Club (formerly The Tennis Academy).

Alan Mackin | Executive Director

780-415-1661 | alan.mackin@tennisalberta.com

Alan brings to Tennis Alberta a wealth of experience and expertise that will benefit players of all ages and ability.  Alan was most recently Head National Coach for Tennis Canada, operating in Calgary and most recently in Toronto, where he was directly responsible for the delivery and management of the regional and national training centre program.

Prior to his role at Tennis Canada, Alan was the Executive Director of Tennis Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s where he directly led and managed the implementation of all tennis programming for the province. Alan has also been Head Tennis Coach at Prestwick Sport and Leisure Centre (Prestwick, UK), Da Silva Tennis Academy (Sydney, Australia), and West of Scotland County (Glasgow, UK) and High Performance coach at New South Wales State Academy (Sydney, Australia).  Alan is Tennis Canada Coach 3 level certified, and has received coaching awards from ATP and USTA.  He is also working towards graduating this year with a Business Management Degree (BA) from Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, Scotland).

Alan is also an accomplished tennis player himself. A former UK Davis Cup player, he ranked as high as #4 in UK and #213 in the ATP. Alan participated in numerous ATP and grand slam events, with career wins against an impressive list of familiar names, including Nadal, Cilic and Zverev.

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.