NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

NATIONAL Manager

Bryan Ezako
National Manager

Bryan has served as the National Manager of KidSport Canada since 2013. He has been a lifelong sports enthusiast and enjoys participating/watching baseball, hockey, football, golf to name a few. Bryan has been a High Performance Baseball Coach in Manitoba for 20+ years and has recently begun running Half & Full Marathon distances. There is no greater feeling knowing that I am part of an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for children & youth to play organized sport that I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to do as a child myself.

BOARD of Directors

Our voluntary Pan Canadian Board of Directors provides leadership and vision to KidSport. The Board concerns itself with policy direction and decisions, ensuring sound financial planning, and supporting fundraising efforts So ALL Kids Can Play! KidSport sincerely thanks the following individuals for their time and commitment.

Executive Members

Gemma Koughan

Secretary, Executive Director, Sport PEI

Gemma Koughan

Secretary, Executive Director, Sport PEI

Gemma Koughan has been with Sport PEI for over 25 years, starting as a summer student and now is in the role of Executive Director for the federation. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Administration from the University of New Brunswick. She is a believer in the power of sport and being physically active, and spends her free time making sure that both are a big part of her life – past, present and future. Ensuring youth have the opportunity to participate in sport, and that they can experience the physical, social and mental benefits that comes with participating, is why KidSport is so important to her.

(902) 368-4110

gkoughan@sportpei.pe.ca

Jaclyn Pauls

Treasurer, Finance, Sport Manitoba

Jaclyn Pauls

Treasurer, Finance, Sport Manitoba

Jaclyn Pauls became the Treasurer of KidSport Canada in June 2019, works for Sport Manitoba as Senior Manager of Finance, and has been working in sport in Manitoba for over 20 years. Sport was always an important part of her family life growing up - both the values of participating in sport and volunteering in sport, as we observed our parents volunteering in sport as coaches and board members. As a child, I loved gymnastics, and later moved into artistic swimming and water polo and of course the great school sports system options. Working in sport now and having two young children I am enjoying introducing them to the variety of sporting experiences there are available. I was introduced to KidSport in 2002 and the organization has been close to my heart since.

(204) 925-5915

jaclyn.pauls@sportmanitoba.ca

Jamie Ferguson

Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Nova Scotia

Jamie Ferguson

Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Nova Scotia

Jamie Ferguson is the CEO of Sport Nova Scotia, a not for profit, non government federation comprised of a membership of approximately 60 provincial sport organizations. Prior to Sport Nova Scotia, Jamie worked for Tennis Canada as the Senior Director of the four-province coalition known as the Atlantic Tennis Alliance. He also worked for several years in the coaching field, and had an opportunity to work as an international touring coach as well as being very involved in the certification system at both the national and provincial levels. Jamie is a member of many advisory committees and boards at both the provincial and national level. He is currently the chair of the board of KidSport Canada, and the chair of the Canadian Council of Provincial and Territorial Sport Federations. Jamie has also participated as a member of a working group comprised of government and non-government sport representatives who helped develop the process leading to the most recent Canadian Sport Policy. Jamie has been involved in KidSport in various capacities for many years, and believe strongly that every child should have the opportunity to participate in sport and reap the many positive physical and mental wellness benefits that sport can provide.

(902) 425-5450

jferguson@sportnovascotia.ca

Acting Members

Alain Deschamps

Board Member, Executive Director, Sports Québec

Alain Deschamps

Board Member, Executive Director, Sports Québec

(514) 252-3114

adeschamps@sportsquebec.com

Brian Costa

Board Member, Officer - Play For ALL, Ontario

Brian Costa

Board Member, Officer - Play For ALL, Ontario

Currently working in the banking industry; I consider myself a very active person from running, cycling, snowboarding… you name it; I probably do it or tried it once in my life. KidSport is important to me because growing up I didn’t have the luxury to play in organized sports so now that I’m in a position to help, I will do what I can make sure no child gets left on the sidelines.

(647) 224-0001

bcosta@kidsportcanada.ca

Cheryl McCallum

Board Member, Manager - Community Sport Development, Sask Sport Inc.

Cheryl McCallum

Board Member, Manager - Community Sport Development, Sask Sport Inc.

Cheryl currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she is presently employed with Sask Sport. as the Manager of Community Sport Development. Cheryl has worked in the non-profit sector for 17 years, which has allowed her to gain a wealth of experience in community development and strategic management. In addition to her work with non-profits, she has had the opportunity to experience the corporate sector for approximately eight years. In her spare time, likes to golf and spend time with family. She also enjoys donating her time on inclusive initiatives that prioritize children and youth development, and is currently an active volunteer board member with the Aboriginal Sport Circle, KidSport Canada, and Orchestra’s Canada. Cheryl has a passion for community based activities that have a direct impact on participation of children and youth, and believes that KidSport has the ability to increase physical activity, health, and well-being in communities throughout Canada.

(306) 975-0807

cmccallum@sasksport.sk.ca

Darcy McKillop

Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, Sport New Brunswick

Darcy McKillop

Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, Sport New Brunswick

Darcy McKillop has been involved in amateur sport for over 40 years. A native of Moncton New Brunswick, Darcy participated in many sports as a player, organizer, and coach. For the last 25 years, he has been actively involved in volleyball as a coach. Darcy was the head coach of the STU Men Tommies volleyball team from 2004 to 2011 and was the ACAA coach of the year in 2006. He has also served on the coaching staff of NB Men’s Volleyball team at the 2001, 2005, and 2009 Jeux du Canada Games and on the Team NB Mission Staff at the 2011, 2013 and 2015, 2017 and 2019 Jeux du Canada.

(506) 451-1327

director@sportnb.com

Doug Rentmeister

Board Member, Executive Director, Sport North Federation

Doug Rentmeister

Board Member, Executive Director, Sport North Federation

(867) 669-8335

drent@sportnorth.com

Evan Andrew

Board Member, Director - Brand & Revenue, Sport Manitoba

Evan Andrew

Board Member, Director - Brand & Revenue, Sport Manitoba

As the Director, Brand & Revenue at Sport Manitoba, Evan Andrew oversees Marketing, Communications, Partnerships and Revenue Generation for the organization. Evan is a life-long sports fan who grew up playing hockey, baseball, soccer and golf, while closely following professional leagues and tracking team and individual statistics. Evan believes in the holistic power of sport and is proud to be part of an organization that works to increase access for youth to organized sport.

(204) 925-5606

evan.andrew@sportmanitoba.ca

Kathy Salmon

Board Member, KidSport Society of Alberta

Kathy Salmon

Board Member, KidSport Society of Alberta

KidSport is near and dear to Kathy’s heart as she has been involved in Alberta for the past 26 years; as the first provincial director and then as a board member where she now serves as Past Chair. She is touched by the thank you letters parents and kids send to KidSport Alberta in appreciation of the fund-raising and sport partnership efforts so that kids can get off the sidelines and into a sport of their choice. Kathy competed in luge from 1984 to 1994 and represented Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. For years Kathy coached luge and facilitated public speaking and self-marketing courses for athletes at the Canadian Sport Institute. Kathy works for the Calgary Board of Education as a school principal. She specializes in supporting learners acquiring English as an additional language and is currently pursuing her education doctorate in language and literacy. She has three grown children and one step-child who all participated in sports growing up and has spent years behind the scenes as a team manager and volunteer for hockey, lacrosse and soccer. Kathy loves road cycling and enjoys triathlon. She has recently become a certified yoga instructor and is learning how to mountain bike.

(403) 836-2530

kathysf@shaw.ca

Rob Newman

Board Member, President & CEO, Sport BC

Rob Newman

Board Member, President & CEO, Sport BC

(604) 333-3404

rob.newman@sportbc.com

Troy Croft

Board Member, Executive Director, Sport Newfoundland & Labrador

Troy Croft

Board Member, Executive Director, Sport Newfoundland & Labrador

(709) 576-4932

troy@sportnl.ca