2021 Board of Director Nominees

The 2021 Board of Directors election runs from Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. ET - Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. ET.  

Three director positions each with 3-year terms are available for election. 

For the diversity breakdown of the current AthletesCAN current Board of Directors, click here

Jamie Bissett, Diving

Jamie spent 12 years competing in diving, including a brief, one-year stint on the National Team in 2015-16 before retiring from the sport after attempting to make the 2016 Olympic Team. 

Following his retirement, Jamie served a two-year term as an athlete representative on Diving Canada's Athlets' Committee. 

Jamie is currently working full-time as an editor at a marketing firm in Toronto. 

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Laura-Ann Chong, Gymnastics

Originally from Vancouver, Laura-Ann was a Canadian National Team member for seven years and an alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games in Women's Artistic Gymnastics. 

Following her National Team Career, she joined the Cirque du Soleil touring show from 2013-2020, where she continues to serve in a leardership role as Social chair and often organizes community service opportunities and events. Laua-Ann is currently volunteer on Gymnastics BC's Women's Technical Committee as the Athlete Representative and us working closely with the Women's Sport Alliance to champion female athletes around the world and celebrate them in sport and beyond.

Laura-Ann is currently a public relations manager at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

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Drew Hodges, Canoe Sprint

Drew was a member of the Senior National Team for over eight years, winning a pair of medals (silver, bronze) at the 2019 Pan American Games. He also earned represented Canada at the 2018 Pan Am Championships, the 2017 World Championship, and was member of the Canadian World Cup Team both years. 

In the community, Drew has volunteered at a Special Olympics program at his home canoe club, and volunteered with a provincial mentoring program. 

A commerce graduate from Carleton University, Drew is hoping to continue his education and pursue an MBA. 

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Allison Forsyth, Alpine Skiing

Born and raised on Vancouver Island B.C., Allison began her competitive ski career at five years of age. Progressing quickly up the ranks and qualifying for the National Team at 17, she then competed exclusively on the World Cup Circuit of Alpine for 11 years. She is an eight-time Canadian Champion, has five World Cup podiums, and earned a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2003.

After retiring in 2008 after her second Olympics, and due to injury, Allison worked for lululemon in the field of brand and marketing for 10 years. Her passion for athletics and athlete advocacy has now launched her in to a career of training, coaching, and brand consulting in Toronto, Ont. Most recently Allison has come forward to speak up about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her National Team coach, and is committed to being instrumental in seeing change in the realm of athlete safety in sport so all athletes have a safe, healthy sport environment as they strive to achieve their goals.

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Andrea Proske, Rowing

Despite her late start in sport at the age of 27, Andrea became a gold medalist in the women's Coxed Eight during her Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. She is also a two-time World Cup medalist, and has represented Canada internationally in both sweeping and sculling disciplines.

Drawing on her past experience advocating for athlete interests as a athlete representative and her career in business as a Hotel Manager, Andrea is passionate about moving forward Safe Sport issues and encouraging young women across Canada to get involved in sport. Her joy of rowing is shared with underfunded classrooms across North America as a volunteer with the non-profit organization Classroom Champions. She has also expanded her skills as a corporate speaker, sharing her story of perseverance and determination with companies worldwide.

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Christopher de Sousa Costa, Karate

Chris de Sousa Costa has been a member of the Karate Canada national team since 2004. He is an 11-time national champion (including a record six heavyweight titles), two-time junior Pan American champion (2005, 2007), three-time North American Champion (2008, 2010, 2013), 2013 Commonwealth champion, and 2012 senior Pan American silver medallist. He also achieved a career highlight in 2009 when he won the US Open. He has been named Karate Canada athlete of the year three times and has twice won the organization’s sportsmanship award. His international experience includes two appearances at the world junior championships (2005, 2007) when he served as team captain and four appearances at the senior world championships (2006, 2008, 2010, 2014).

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Neville Wright, Bobsleigh

Neville Wright joined the Canadian Bobsleigh Team in 2009 after a successful track and field career where he was a two-time All-Canadian in University. He has competed in two World University Games winning a Bronze medal in the 100m, six World Championships and three Olympics.  He currently serves as  the Chair of AthletesCAN's Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee, and is part of the Safe Sport Working Group. 

Outside of competition, Neville is a speed and power coach, motivational speaker and a manual and rehabilitation therapist.
Neville holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Activity & Nutrition) from the University of Alberta, and a Diploma with Distinction in Remedial Massage therapy.

Nomination Form