Governance

With some of Canada's eminent sport leaders as its Board members, the True Sport Foundation continues to contribute to the development of sport and its role in our society.

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Paul Melia, Chairperson

Paul is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). Paul joined the organization in 1991 as Director of Education and Communications.  After serving in this capacity for eight years, he moved to the private sector where he held the position of Regional Vice President for In-Touch Survey Systems Inc.  In 2001, his passion for promoting a Canadian sport environment based on positive values and the pursuit of excellence through fair and ethical means lead to his return to the CCES.  Paul oversees the CCES’ operations, which include the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and working with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and other sport organizations to build a national ethics strategy for amateur sport under the banner True Sport.  Paul also works extensively in the international arena promoting ethical and doping-free sport. 

Paul is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Health Administration.  Prior to joining the CCES, Paul was Chief of the Tobacco Programs Unit at Health Canada where he was responsible for the direction and management of the Department’s tobacco use reduction strategies.

Jasmine Northcott

Jasmine Northcott, Secretary/Treasurer

Jasmine Northcott is the Chief Executive Officer of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, Treasurer of the True Sport Foundation, and Board member of the International Center for Olympic Studies. With years of experience in and outside the high performance sport sector, Jasmine is a progressive leader with extensive strategic planning and business management experience.

Working with Canadian national team athletes, volunteers, all levels of government, international sport and national and multi-sport organizations, she has strong working relationships and knowledge of the sport and physical activity sector. She is a CAAWS board alumna, and an advocate for Canadian national team athletes for over 14 years with AthletesCAN.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of British Columbia, Jasmine holds a Bachelor degree in Leisure Studies and a Masters degree in Sports Administration & Marketing. 

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Lori Johnstone, Member

Over the past 30 years, Lori has been a participant, athlete, coach/instructor, volunteer, advocate, leader and professional of sport in Canada.  Lori was a member of Racquetball Canada’s National Team program from 1989 to 1996 and is a former national champion.  Lori also served as an athlete representative for her team, and was elected to the Athletes CAN Board of Directors in 1994, eventually serving terms as Vice Chair (1995-97) and Chair (1997-99). 

Lori has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Applied Social Science and is currently a Consultant with the Wellness Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Social Development. Lori’s diverse work experiences in sport included coordinating the Canada-New Brunswick Bilateral Agreement on Sport Development; Special Advisor to former Secretary of State for Amateur Sport Denis Coderre; first Athletes Services Manager for the Canadian Sport Centre-Atlantic; National Program Coordinator for Racquetball Canada; and racquetball club pro / coach.

Lori has received two national awards at the Canadian Sport Awards in recognition of her contribution to sport. She continues to invest time in Athletes CAN, CAAWS and Canadian Sport for Life, and serves on the Board of the True Sport Foundation and as an Individual Member of Commonwealth Games Canada.   Lori remains strongly committed to creating and sustaining the best environment for values-based sport, increased participation and the achievement of excellence.

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Marg McGregor, Member

Over her career Marg has worked in senior leadership positions with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Canadian Association for Women and Sport, Water Ski Canada, Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Synchro Swim Canada and the Athletics Department at Dalhousie University.

Marg has served as the chef de mission for Team Canada at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Marg has also served on team management staff for a number of international competitions and major games and has coached athletes at the Canada Games and Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships.

Marg is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and member of the Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Board of Directors.

Marg is a graduate of McGill University’s Master of Management executive program and the undergraduate degree from Carleton University. She also did post-graduate work at Dalhousie University.

Marg has served on a number of Boards and Advisory Committees including the Commonwealth Games Canada, Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Canadian Sport and Fitness Administration Centre, and the Edmonton 2015 Universiade Bid Committee. Marg was a guest speaker and panel chairperson at the 2004 IOC Conference on Women & Sport in Morocco, Africa, and the keynote speaker at the 1999 Sport England Women in Sport Conference.

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Karen O'Neill, Member

Karen O'Neill has been involved in the Canadian sport and active living community for over 20 years. Her prime interest and motivation has been on providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate in physical activity and sport in whatever way they want and are able to. Her career life has focused on work with athletes and persons with a disability, women in sport, and using sport as a development tool in Canada and Internationally.

She has held several senior sport positions over the years:

  • COO of the Rick Hansen Foundation.
  • CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada - 1996 to 2004
  • Current member of the Board of Directors for Sport BC
  • Founding member of the Sport Matters Group
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Dr. Ann Pegoraro, Member

Dr. Ann Pegoraro is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University. A holder of BA, MBA, and PhD degrees, Ann is also the Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing, a research centre at Laurentian. She is an active researcher, who has presented at international conferences and published in refereed management journals in the areas of marketing, communications, digital media and sport management. Her research primarily focuses on marketing and communication with a focus on the digital world. Ann is also a life-long sports enthusiast, transitioning from playing to coaching and now teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience where possible. She is a board member of the Northern Water Sports Centre and has consulted with amateur sport organizations in Canada and abroad. Ann is passionate about contributing to sport in Canada and ensuring access for future generations.

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Dr. Ralph Strother, Member

Dr. Ralph Strother MD, CCFP, FCFP DSM is a Medical Doctor in practice in Family Medicine and Sport Medicine in Calgary. He is a retired Professor in the Faculty of Medicine with Adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He served as one of the founding physicians of the Sport Medicine Centre at the University of Calgary and was National Team Physician for several National and Olympic teams having attended international competitions including the Olympics. He has published several peer reviewed articles relating to population health and learning. He has won Dr. Charles Pashby award for research in the field of injury prevention. Dr Strother received a Distinguished Lecturer Award for the University of Calgary and is a distinguished alumnus of Henry Wise Wood High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has given numerous national and international presentations varying from medicine to physician learning to strategic philanthropy. Recently he was Chief Investment Officer of Max Bell Foundation and Norlien Foundation. He graduated with Distinction from the University of Alberta in Medicine (Conn Memorial Gold Medalist) and previously attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He has served as Chairman of The Calgary Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. His other non profit Boards include the Alberta Mentor Foundation for Youth (AMFY), Ester Honens Foundation, the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), the Brandon Flock Family Foundation and the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation.