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 Executive 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 is a former Director of Athletics Alberta, is on the board of the Canadian Mountain Running Association, serves on the ParticipACTION Advisory Committee, and chairs the Active Alberta Coalition. He has served as an ESC Director since April 2015 and currently serves as the Governance Committee’s Chairperson.
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. Christopher has served as an ESC Director since April of 2018.
Dayna Hyman is the Executive Director of KidSport Edmonton. A new resident of Edmonton, Dayna previously served as the Manager of Events and Volunteers for KidSport Calgary (Dec 2013 – Aug 2017). Dayna started her non-profit career supporting the cancer sector with fundraising events, where her schooling from St. Lawrence College (2008 Social Service Work Diploma) and her Diploma in Event Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College (2010), played a significant role in her early career. Dayna made a game changing decision and left the cancer sector to explore her passion for sport and fitness. Through her personal experience of moving at 14 years old from USA to Canada, high school sport, rugby, was Dayna’s true-life saver. Knowing the positive benefits that sport provides youth, Dayna now spends her time, fueled by her passion for sport and recreation, working towards helping the community build a healthier relationship with its members through sport and recreation. She continues to participate in organized sport at a recreational level and is a personal trainer when she doesn’t have her plate full at KidSport Edmonton. Dayna has served as an ESC Director since April of 2018.
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.
Julie Kusiek has been a community organizer and advocate for active living for about a decade. Highlights include initiating and chairing such projects as Friends of Scona Pool (now known as Friends of Scona Rec), QA Crossroads, Engage 106-76 and getting a Zumba program started at Queen Alexandra Community League hall after an absence of programs for more than a decade. Her goal is a community and city with affordable and accessible recreation and active transportation options for both her family and others to safely use and enjoy. During the last City of Edmonton budget discussion, Julie spearheaded a storytelling project called Thrive YEG. The goal of this project was to bring to Edmonton City Council a more balanced perspective to budget deliberations by highlighting the city programs, services and infrastructure that make a positive impact in the lives of everyday Edmontonians. Julie is currently the president of the Queen Alexandra Community League, secretary of her children's dance group and active member of school parent council. She also possesses a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta.
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.
Peter Ogilvie served as an ESC Director from 2008 to 2012 and would like to continue contributing time, support and advocacy to help the Council move forward. A two-time Canadian Olympic athlete (1992 & 1996), Peter has eighteen years’ experience leading programs and events in the Canadian high performance sport system and possesses a comprehensive understanding for the Olympic, Paralympic and Provincial sport systems. Currently, Peter sits on the board of the Valley Zoo Development Society, Edmonton Tourism’s Sport Advisory Committee and now provides consultancy for the development of championships/sporting events around North America. Peter was the Executive Director of Athletics Alberta from 2005 to 2014, and then served as CEO of the Edmonton International Athletics Committee/ TrackTown Canada from 2014 to 2018. At that time, he facilitated the design, development and delivery in hosting notable national and international athletic events such as the 2015 Panamerican Junior Championships, the 2015 Canadian Track & Field Championships, the TrackTown Classic and the 2016 Rio Olympic & Paralympic Selection Trials. Peter’s current term as an ESC Director began in April of 2018.
Tye Babb is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). After graduating from the University of Alberta with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Physical Education, he started his own fitness company and operated that for the next 10 years working closely with the Edmonton YMCAs. Since then, he has been employed in healthcare as an Exercise Specialist, and currently works with the Edmonton Southside PCN helping patients incorporate movement in their lives to help manage any number of chronic health conditions. Tye has served on a variety of committees with the Alberta Centre for Active Living (ACAL), Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). From playing Community League soccer as a child, competing at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships as a young adult, meeting his future wife in Edmonton’s Ultimate Frisbee league and now coordinating gymnastics and martial arts with his young family, Tye is a strong supporter of sport and active recreation in all its forms and advocates for access to sport and recreation opportunities for all. Tye has served as an ESC Director since April of 2018.