Amy MacKinnon is currently the Executive Director of the Paralympic Sports Association. She has worked and volunteered in the area of sport and recreation in Edmonton for 15 years, primarily in the realm of getting girls and women involved in physical activity and in providing sport and recreation programming for Edmontonians with a disability. Pursuing a Master of Business Administration (Social Enterprise Track) from the University of Fredericton, Amy has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta. A NCCP level 1 cycling coach, Amy also has considerable Board experience including the InMotion Network, FunTeam Alberta, the Push to Open Nature Society, UWalk (an initiative of the Centre for Active Living), and the Alberta Sledge Hockey Committee. Amy is completing her first two years of service as a Director of the ESC and served on the 2018 Nomination Committee.
Brian Torrance attained a Master of Science from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta and has served as the Director of Ever Active Schools since 2010. Ever Active Schools addresses health and wellness in Alberta school communities. Brian firmly believes the grand benefits of active living, sport and active recreation should be experienced in a positive way by all Edmontonians and financial, physical and social accessibility are key issues that we need to collectively work on. Through his passion of sports, Brian was captain of both the University of Alberta’s Cross County and Track and Field teams, and an Academic All Canadian in 2006. Brian currently serves on the ParticipACTION Advisory Committee, and chairs the Active Alberta Coalition. He has served as an ESC Director since April 2015 and has served as the Chairperson for the last two years.
Christopher Field developed an interest in sport starting as a spectator at the ‘83 Universiade Games where he experienced the magic and inspiration which can happen through large scale events. This interest has continued to evolve over the years, first as a volunteer at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 FIFA Women’s U-19 World Cup, and then as an employee of the Edmonton Oilers working in Community and Alumni Relations. Christopher has gained additional major games planning experience by managing the branding and look of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and working for the London Organizing Committee of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Today, Christopher is a Chartered Accountant (CPA), currently employed by Mattamy Homes as Director of Finance. He has served as an ESC Director and as the Treasurer since April 2018.
David Hennig has been a participant, coach and supporter of sport and active lifestyles his entire life. His professional career has included working in the media and with the media, as a communications consultant. Currently David is the Business Development and Communications Coordinator with the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation branch of Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. A current member of the Edmonton Challenge Board of Directors, David was the Alberta Public Affairs Bureau’s Corporate Challenge program coordinator for more than 12 years. David has been a community softball, soccer and hockey coach for 15 years and is committed to fitness and recreation. Today, David continues to enjoy golf, recreational hockey, tennis and biking. He is a regular user of the City of Edmonton’s bike paths, trail system and recreational facilities.
James Rosnau has been the Executive Director of Athletics Alberta for five and a half years. Previous senior administration experience includes serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Mainline Innovations, Director of Operations for FC Edmonton, General Manager of the Sherwood Park Soccer Association, and several roles with the Minnesota Twins Professional Baseball Club. James has a Bachelor of Science/Kinesiology from the California University of Pennsylvania (Presidential Scholar), is an NCCP Level 2 basketball coach, and has previous Board experience (Edmonton Legacy Foundation Board and Mainline Innovations Executive Board). James was a college level basketball athlete, coached at the international level, and is an experienced international event organizer.
Jennifer Leo is the new Director of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Newly returning to Edmonton after residing in Ontario for the past eight years, Jennifer is very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the development of active living, active recreation, and sport in Edmonton. Jennifer brings a strong academic background to the ESC with a PhD in Adapted Physical Activity and a Master of Arts from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Particularly interested in diversity and inclusion in active living, active recreation, and sport, Jennifer is a member at large on PHE Canada’s Research Council. As an athlete, Jennifer competed in field hockey at the Ontario Summer Games, intramural women’s hockey, and on a regular basis participates in yoga, running, strength training and group fitness classes.
Jeremy Haluschak is employed as the Manager of Business Operations for Hockey Alberta, is a Certified Professional Accountant (Certified Management Accounts of Alberta), and is working on a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Alberta. Currently leading the development of Hockey Alberta’s enterprise risk management plan, Jeremy previously collaborated in the creation of risk, injury and conduct management resources for Hockey Alberta, and presentation of the same within Alberta. Jeremy’s previous volunteer experience was gained as a board member for the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society for six years, where he served as Treasurer for four years, chaired the organization’s Nominating Committee, and served on the Human Resources Committee when it filled the Executive Director’s position. He also served as a coach for the North East Zone Sports Council / Maple Leaf Athletic Club for ten years. Lastly, Jeremy is hopeful to leave the legacy that the ESC and all sport in Edmonton is in a better place through strong leadership, and increasing knowledge at the community level in how to ensure the delivery of quality sport experiences.
Nalin Fernando believes that through understanding the barriers to active lifestyles, the needs of Edmontonians, collaboration with internal/external partners, and innovation we can have a positive impact on the health of Edmontonians. Currently employed as the Alberta Health Services Senior Practice Lead for Therapy Assistants and a private practice Physiotherapist, Nalin’s formal education includes a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology Specialization) from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics Specialization) from the University of Alberta. His diverse education is the result of rethinking his personal ambitions and refocusing on human relationships. As a Senior Practice Lead, Health Educator, Physiotherapist Team Lead for Community Rehabilitation Interdisciplinary Services (CRIS), and Program Lead for the Complex Orthopedic Physiotherapy Program, Nalin has had the privilege of leading interdisciplinary teams, developing programming in line with clinical best practice, orienting staff and students, forming partnerships with private and public stakeholders, and developing quality improvement tools to support staff and operational leaders. He believes these experiences were not only invaluable to the development of his leadership skills, but also highlighted the importance of physical activity to the health of Albertans. Nalin is a participant in cross country skiing, skating, snowboarding, kayaking, along with hiking and rock climbing.
Shannon Pynn has worn many hats when it comes to sport, as an athlete (competitive and recreational), a coach, an avid spectator, and a scholar. A student in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation since 2012, Shannon is currently a third year PhD student in the Child and Adolescent Sport and Activity Lab. As an athlete, Shannon played a variety of different competitive youth sports, such as volleyball and basketball, and continues to participate at a recreational level. She is also an avid cross country skier, and enjoys mountain hiking during the summer. Shannon coached the Grande Prairie Wolves Volleyball Club for three years, served as the South Jasper Place Blue Jays Bantam AAA Mental Skills Coach (2018), and is currently the Mental Performance Coach for Team Laura Walker. Team Walker competes in the World Curling Tour, won the 2020 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and competed nationally as Team Alberta.