Board of Directors

2020-2021
Pierre-Luc Laliberté, Canoe/Kayak, President
Bo Hedges, Wheelchair Basketball
Allison Forsyth, Alpine Skiing
Liam Smedley, Canoe/Kayak
Hollie Duncan, Curling
Celina Toth, Diving
Camille Bérubé, Para Swimming
Erin Willson, Artistic Swimming
Rob Law, Lawn Bowls

PAST PRESIDENTS AND CHAIRS
PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Click here for the 2019-2020 President's Report. 

PierreLPierre-Luc Laliberté, Canoe/Kayak

Pierre-Luc Laliberté is a retired Canadian sprint canoe kayak national team member who specialized in C1 200m. Pierre-Luc started paddling when he was nine years old at the Otterburn Boating Club, and moved on to the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club in 2006 to train with Thomas Hall (2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist). He is now a registered member of the Maskwa Aquatic Club, in Halifax. As the oldest of five boys, Pierre-Luc was raised in a large family where sport played a center role.     

Pierre-Luc competed at the Junior World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, in 2005 where he finished 8th and 10th, in C4 1000m and C4 500m respectively. After making the transition to the Senior Level, Pierre-Luc competed at World Cups and Pan American Championships, racing to multiple top-5 finishes. His top results are a silver medal in C2 200m in 2013 with Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny at the Poznań World Cup, in Poland and a silver medal in C4 200m in 2016 at the Racice World Cup in the Czech Republic.

Off the water, Pierre-Luc has been involved with CanoeKayak Canada as an athlete representative since 2012, and has recently been appointed as the Athlete Representative on the CanoeKayak Canada Board of Directors.
 
Pierre-Luc holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), as well as an MBA from Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Since 2016, Pierre-Luc has been working in Halifax as a Consultant in Strategy & Operations for Deloitte.     

As a board member of AthletesCAN, Pierre-Luc hopes to increase the perceived value of athlete representation and work towards achieving better working conditions for all athletes across Canada.

Robert 'Bo' Hedges, Wheelchair Basketball

Robert 'Bo' Hedges is an active member of the Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball team, first making the team in 2007. Since then, Bo has competed in three Para Pan American Games in 2007, 2011 and 2015, winning a bronze and two silver medals; and three Paralympic Games winning gold in London 2012 and silver in Beijing 2008.

He began playing competitively in 1996 and competed for Canada in 1997, winning the first of two gold medals with the Canadian Junior Mens team. Two Canada Winter Games experiences while playing for British Columbia in 1999 and 2003 helped prepare Bo for the next stage of his international career.

Attending the University of Northern British Columbia, Bo completed a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing. In preparation for the London 2012 Games, he moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and began training at the University of Alabama where he received a Masters in Sport Management.

In addition to the AthletesCAN board, he is currently serving as chair on the board of directors for the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, where he has been a director since 2007.

Allison Forsyth, Alpine Skiing

Born and raised on Vancouver Island B.C., Allison began her competitive ski career at 5 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 8 time Canadian Champion, has 5 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.

Liam Smedley, Canoe/Kayak

Liam Smedley is a retired Canoe-Kayak Slalom Canadian national team member. He first started whitewater paddling at the age of 8 and quickly followed his older brother Cameron into racing two years later representing his home club, the Ottawa River Runners in men's canoe singles (C1). He qualified for Canada's Junior National Team for 2011 to 2013 qualifying for the Senior National Team in his final junior year at the age of 18. Setback by shoulder injury and surgery to follow in the 2014 season, he would wait to make his international senior team debut in 2015 claiming his first international win at the Oceania Open in Shannon, New Zealand. Liam would go on to compete for the Canadian team on the world cup circuit for 5 years before retiring from international competition following his 4th place in the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. Ottawa is still home for Liam and he can be found paddling more traditional canoes, cycling and skiing to fill his time.

As a Sport Leader, Liam joined Canoe-Kayak Canada and Whitewater Ontario as an elected athlete representative for both the National and Provincial governing bodies and served as a member on the Canoe Kayak Canada athlete committee from 2015 to 2017. After being elected to the AthletesCAN board of directors in 2018 he was acclaimed to the position of Secretary in 2019. Liam has also spoken for True Sport and is proud to have contributed to the AthletesCAN safe sport working group, and the Sport Canada high-performance sport strategy working group.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation & Sustainability from Carleton University. Since Spring of 2020 Liam has been working as an engineering consultant in building science and sustainability with Morrison Hershfield.

As a board member of AthletesCAN, Liam hopes to empower more athletes to speak up about the issues they face in sport through AthletesCAN and translate that effort into positive change for Canadian sport.

Hollie Duncan, Curling

Hollie Duncan is a two-time Canadian University (CIS now USPORTS) national curling champion and silver medalist at the 2009 World University Games. Her team won the 2018 provincials and represented Ontario at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She continues to compete on the World Curling Tour and is the skip of Team Duncan, a team that represents the Royal Canadian Curling Club in Toronto.

Off the ice, Hollie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University and her law degree at Western University. She is currently a Decision Writer at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Hollie has volunteered with various charity curling bonspiels, clinics and camps. In addition to the AthletesCAN board, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Wilfrid Laurier Hall of Fame.
 

Celina Toth, Diving

Celina Toth began diving at the age of 12 after retiring from competitive gymnastics. Her transition from one sport to the next occurred in only a handful of days – she quickly found herself at the pool five times a week.

A national team member for the last decade, Toth won her first international medal in 2015, when she finished 3rd in the 10m at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid. She also excelled at many FISU Games, winning four medals at the 2015 Games in Gwangju, South Korea and 2017 Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Celina won her first international competition at the 2019 FINA Rostock Grand Prix in Germany, adding her name to the many diving greats who have won this prestigious event.

Along with pursuing her athletic goals, Toth recently graduated in June of 2019 after nine years of completing an undergraduate degree in psychology. She wishes to pursue a career in child and sport psychology when her athletic career is complete.

As a leader in sport, Celina joined Diving Canada’s Athletes Committee in 2016 and attended her first AthletesCAN Forum which sparked her passion to create a better environment in sport and ensure that future generations of athletes have wonderful experiences in sport. Toth attended FISU’s Volunteer Leaders Academy in the summer of 2018 and was a top ten leader of many participants from across the world. Her dedication to improve sport and inspire athletes reaches all corners of the world and she wishes to continue to push her reach by joining the AthletesCAN board members.

 
Camille Bérubé, Para Swimming

Camille Bérubé is an active Para swimming national team member who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Some of the best results of her career include a 6th position at the 2019 Allianz World Para Swimming Championships, claiming 9th position at the Rio Games, and being a 3x medalist at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto. Her goal remains to compete in a final at next year’s Games in Tokyo. One of the highlights of her career was to act as Team Captain for the Canadian swimming team at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. She loves to carry her leadership skills with her in and out of the swimming community.

Out of the water, Camille has a B.A. with a specialization in Organizational Communications with a minor in Women and Disability studies from the University of Ottawa. She has been actively involved with Swimming Canada’s Athlete Advisory Council since 2013 and now acts as Cochair of the council. Between 2018 and 2019, she worked at the Canadian Paralympic Committee on a project that aimed to enhance women’s participation in sport leadership positions across the Americas region. She also has multiple years of experience in public speaking and has hosted multiple workshops in the field of diversity and inclusion.

As a board member of AthletesCAN, Camille hopes to bring an intersectional approach to issues in sport. Her perspective and knowledge as a queer woman living with a disability makes her particularly aware and sensitive to the challenges that the disability and LGBTQI2S+ communities may face. Thanks to her knowledge of the communications world, Camille values the importance of the proper use of language as a place to start on a path to reducing the negative effects of various interlocking systems of oppression.

Erin Willson, Artistic Swimming

Erin is a retired Artistic Swimmer, representing Canada for 7 years. While part of Team Canada, her team won gold at the World Trophy in 2009, bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup, and was part of the team that placed 4th at the 2012 Olympics.

Since retiring from her sport, Erin has focused her attention on academics. She completed a Masters at the University of Toronto, focusing specifically on abuse in sport and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same topic. She is passionate about ensuring athletes have a safe and inclusive environment while pursuing performance excellence.

Rob Law, Lawn Bowls

Rob Law has been a part of the Bowls Canada High Performance Program since 2015, joining the Senior Squad in 2018. During his time with the program, he has competed in two North America Challenges, three U25 World Championships, the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, and the Multi-Nations Championship. He received two bronze medals at the Asia Pacific Championships in the pairs and fours disciplines. Rob was also part of the team winning 8 out of 9 trophies at the 2016 North American Challenge.

Off the green Rob has completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law.

Rob is passionate about improving the sport of bowls in Canada and was part of the team bringing the first Lawn Summer Nights to Winnipeg for Cystic Fibrosis Canada in 2019. After attending his first AthletesCAN Forum he felt inspired to empower athletes within the broader Canadian sports community and looks forward to being a part of the collective voice as a board member.