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Leadership Team

Tennis Alberta is pleased to roster 10 Board of Directors from across Alberta as well as 4 full-time staff (as of September 2019).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 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.

Chris Zelyas | Director

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.

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.

Peter Ogilvie | Executive Director

(780) 644-0440 | Peter.Ogilvie@tennisalberta.com

Peter Ogilvie has been recognized for his unique talent for connecting sport and business to ensure that the right people come together to guarantee success and is excited to be working to help develop and promote the sport of tennis across Alberta.

As a member of the City of Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame Peter brings a strong and experienced sports management background to Tennis Alberta.

As a visionary leader Peter Ogilvie served as Executive Director of Athletics Alberta from 2005 to 2014. He was CEO of TrackTown Canada, the organizing committee that managed the Edmonton 2015 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships which came to western North America for the first time that year. He was instrumental in organizing the first-ever amalgamated Canadian Track and Field Championships, which combines junior, senior, and para-athletes into one major event. Peter led the local organizing committee to produce the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic selection trials held in Edmonton, which was honoured as the  2016 CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award.

Nancy North | Administrative Assistant

(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.

Kristina Sanjevic | Technical Manager, High Performance & Junior Player Development

(780) 415-1694| Kristina.Sanjevic@tennisalberta.com

Kristina obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism from the University of Alberta,  where she was also a captain of the Pandas Tennis team. She led her team to two National Gold medals and was a 5 time MVP recipient. She also received the prestigious Bakewell Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year.

Earlier in her career she was a multiple provincial singles and doubles champion, she competed at the 2009 Canada Summer Games, and was a Canadian Doubles National Champion. She has also competed in several ITF’s around the world where she captured 3 ITF doubles championships.

Kristina obtained a Tennis Canada Club Pro 2 Certification and a Cardio Tennis L1 Certification. Prior to joining Tennis Alberta, Kristina worked as a tennis coach for 14 years at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

Derek van den Berg | Technical Manager,  Tournaments and Provincial Programming

(780) 415-1692 | Tournaments@tennisalberta.com

Derek has been involved in the tennis industry for the past twelve years as a coach, a referee and player.  He most recently worked at a Tennis Professional at the Royal Glenora Club for three years.

In the past, Derek worked as a Chair Umpire for Nationals.  He comes to us with a vast of tournament experience, having hosted over 100 tournaments in his career, including multiple Challenger Provincials.

In November 2018, Derek’s role has transitioned from the Tournaments and Competitions Coordinator to the Technical Manager of Tournaments and Provincial Programming.

Communications & Community Relations Coordinator

This position is current under re-structure.

For more information or to reach someone about marketing &/or communications with Tennis Alberta, please contact Nancy North at the coordinates above.