Speaker Bios

Congress Speakers and Presenters

More speakers to be added as we get closer to SEC 2017... stay tuned!

Don Schumacher, CSEE, Executive Director, National Association of Sports Commissions

Paul Bush, OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland



Charmaine Crooks C.M., President, NGU Consultants Inc. 5-time Olympian, Olympic Silver Medalist



Michael Burns, CEO of 2017 Invictus Games


Greg Stremlaw, Executive Director, CBC Sports

Angela Kryhul, Editor, ADRENALIN Magazine


Scott Russell, CBC Sports, Host | CSTA PRESTIGE Awards


The Honourable Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa



Mayor Clifford Lee, City of Charlottetown



Mayor Greg Krischke, City of Leduc


David Coletto, CEO, Abacus Data


Marc Dinsdale, Head of Media Partnerships (Canada), Facebook and Instagram


Heather Reid, Founder/Owner, PLANNER PROTECT



Neal Alderson, Manager, Events Communities, Culture & Heritage for Events Nova Scotia / Government of Nova Scotia


Stuart Ballantyne, Senior Vice President of Operations, Oilers Entertainment Group



Teri-Lynne Belanger, Event Manager,Ultimate Canada



Heather Bury, Sport and Event Sales Executive, Saskatoon Sports Tourism



John Cameron, Tourism Development Officer, City of Thunder Bay


Joeanne Comisso, Senior Specialist, Corporate and Leisure Travel VIA Rail Canada



Janis Cookson, Manager, Sport Development/Pan Am Centre, City of Markham


Gary J. Curgin, Senior Consultant,  CSTT Sports Management International



Matt Demers , Media Personality / Host / Interviewer


Alex Downey-Ging, Conventions Coordinator, Quidditch Canada


Ahmed El-Awadi, CEO, Swimming Canada


Julie Forget, Director of Communications and Marketing, Gymnastics Canada



Benoit Girardin, CEO, LBB Strategies



Lindsay Harrison, Sr. Manager, Edmonton Events, Edmonton Tourism


Eva Havaris, Chief Executive Officer / Secretary General



Gregory Hermus, Associate Director, Canadian Tourism Research Institute



Michael Hutkins, Chair Yoga Instructor, PranaShanti Yoga Centre


Derek Johnston, President, Face Value Communications



Aaron Kennedy, Communications Manager, Town of Quispamsis, N.B.



Catherine Kitts, Co-Founder, backchat


Reggie Lang, Manager Business Development, Groups Conventions and Incentive Travel, WestJet


Grant MacDonald, President – GM Event Inc.


Alison Maier, Sales Manager, Brookstreet Hotel


Stefano Mastrantonio, National Manager, Group Sales, Air Canada


John Mathers, VP, Ticket Sales & Marketing, Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group


Kelsey McLean, Best Western Hotels & Resorts


Julie Nadeau, Sales Representative - Sport Tourism & Events, Destination Sherbrooke


Scott Pritchard, Director, Tournament Business Affairs, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada


Gregory Scoma, President, World Table Hockey Association (WTHA) International Incorporated


Judy Sutcliffe, Principal, The Sutcliffe Group Incorporated



Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA


Nathalie Tremblay, Director of Sales, Crowne Plaza Gatineau Ottawa


Hugh Vassos, President VMC Sports & Entertainment Corp., and Saskatoon Sports Tourism Project Development Consultant


Lori Wagner, Manager, Groups, Conferences and Charters, Porter Airlines


Kelly Weiss, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance