Ali Kamal has been the Vice President of the Duggan Community League since 2007. A vibrant community of over 2500 families, Duggan has an open policy for its soccer and winter programs. Since 2010, Ali has served as the Director of the Duggan Mother’s Day Soccer Tournament which involves over 300 volunteers to host one of Canada’s largest community-based soccer tournaments. In 2017, 202 teams from U6 to U18 participated in 323 games over a 48-hour window. A NCCP Certified Soccer for Life Coach, Ali was Secretary of the South West Minor Soccer Association for 2016/2017 and is the head coach of the South West Sting U14 Girls Premier Team and the Duggan Boys U10 to U18 soccer teams. Ali has a Business Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge (2012), an Accounting and Strategic Management Diploma from MacEwan University (2000), and a Bachelor of Science (Statistics and Economics) from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan (1982). Ali has served as an ESC Director since April of 2018.
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 14 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. Amy has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta and is a NCCP level 1 cycling coach. Amy also has considerable Board experience including the InMotion Network, FunTeam Alberta, and currently the Push to Open Nature Society, UWalk (an initiative of the Alberta Centre for Active Living) and the Alberta Sledge Hockey Committee. Amy has served as an ESC Director since April of 2017.
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.
Leah Cavanagh moved back to Edmonton immediately following completion of her master’s thesis to begin work as Free Footie’s Program Manager. Free Footie is a small locally founded non-profit dedicated to providing completely free after school soccer programming for over 2000 of the city’s most underprivileged kids. As Program Manager, Leah is responsible for everything from ordering jerseys to inflating soccer balls, from writing grants to drafting organizational policy. As the first and only staff person, this role is a career highlight – it provides Leah the opportunity to construct the organization from the ground up, and she is excited to get to work on it. Leah is also excited by the opportunity to join the Board of the Edmonton Sport Council because, as a life-long athlete and lover of sport, she believes fundamentally in the power of sport to change lives. She believes that sport should be accessible, approachable, and always fun. It delights Leah to be given the opportunity to impact how sport is experienced by people in Edmonton, and success to her means that more Edmontonians are finding an activity that they love, and committing to do it more often. Leah has served as an ESC Director since April of 2017.
Luke Lavorato is the Director and franchise owner of Sportball Edmonton, and the Director of NBC (formerly Northwest Basketball Camps) Edmonton. A University of Alberta Golden Bear alumnus (team captain of both football and basketball, and football MVP in his senior year), Luke had also been recruited to play Junior A hockey. As a for-profit business owner, Luke has brought a unique outlook to the Board during his first term of office. He firmly believes in what the Edmonton Sport Council stands for, that being encouraging Edmontonians to become active. Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Law and Economics from University of Alberta and describes himself as a team motivator who delivers results, a great communicator who knows how to coach people into the correct habits, and a leader by example. He has served as an ESC Director since April of 2014.
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.
Sean Gillen is currently the Royal Glenora Club’s Director of Recreation, and previous to this was the General Manager of Special Olympics Alberta - Edmonton. Throughout his career, Sean’s focus has been on increasing the quality of programs and enhancing participant’s experience. Sean attended Red Deer College on a soccer scholarship and obtained a Kinesiology diploma before transferring to the University of Alberta where he completed a Physical Education degree with a concertation in Active Living, Health and Wellness. He has worked for the City of Whitehorse, Yukon College and was the City of Edmonton’s Sport Camp Supervisor. Sean has been an athlete, coach and administrator at the Provincial and National level. Sean currently plays men’s league soccer and is looking at getting back into officiating as well. Sean is very active, whether he is skiing, running, playing tennis or in the gym, Sean is always breaking a sweat. Sean has served as an ESC Director since April of 2017.
Sue Trigg has over 40 years of Board and sport experiences including serving as a Director of the Edmonton Sport Council for the past four years. This experience ranges from serving as the President and Head Coach of Subar Power Skating Association (1983 – 2009), to various positions with the Alberta Recreational Skating Association, to numerous positions with the Riverbend Community League (Membership Chair, Softball Director, Vice President, President, Park Development Chair, Fundraising Chair and Social Chair). Sue was one of the founders of the Terwillegar-Riverbend Advisory Council and was actively involved with advocating and fundraising for the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. Sue currently represents the ESC on the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Committee (sport). Outside of this commitment, Sue represents Power Skating organizations on the City of Edmonton’s Arena Users’ Committee, and continues several volunteer commitments including as a member of the Friends of Lillian Osborne Community Theatre Fundraising Committee. Sue has served as an ESC Director since April of 2013.
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