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Toronto Athletics Event Management

Toronto Athletics Event Management (TAEM)
is the not for profit Corporation managing the championships

TAEM Board of Directors

John Craig
TAEM President – TO2020 CEO
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Retired. Olympian (1980). Previously the Managing Director of Athletics Ontario (12 years). Recently worked as paid staff for TO2015 as Venue Manager, East Zone, Toronto venues.

Doug Smith
TAEM Secretary – Chairman TO2020 LOC
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Retired. Currently President of Ontario Masters Athletics. Meet Director for various Provincial and National Masters Indoor and Outdoor Athletics Championships.
Meet Director of NCCWMA 2017
Frequent WMA Official Photographer

Paul Osland
TAEM Treasurer – Vice Chair TO2020 LOC
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Olympian (1988). Vice President of Industry Relations at GS1 Canada. GS1 is a not for profit standards organization and the GS1 standards are the most widely used standards in the world. President of Canadian Masters Athletics, Vice-chair on Athletics Ontario Board, and as coach at University of Toronto

Robert Jackson
TAEM Director & TO2020 LOC

Fredericton-based lawyer currently managing the lawyers professional liability insurance department at the Law Society of New Brunswick. He has been involved in national and international sports officiating in tennis since 1987 and worked in that capacity at the 1999 Pan Am Games and at various national and professional tennis events since then.

Simon Rayner
TAEM Director & TO2020 LOC

Director, Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment Canada
27 year entertainment and artist marketing, sales and brand expert across two continents. Responsible for leading project and marketing strategies and executions for the biggest names in music. Extensive experience across brands and partnerships from FIFA to credit cards, TV broadcasters to charities.
National standard athlete: competed for England at Cross Country as a senior & Canada as a master.


TO2020 Managers

Albert Tschirhart
Manager of Competitions
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1978 – 1983, 1986 – present, Our Lady of Lourdes HS, retiring as of June 30, 2017.
Primary subjects taught, economics, world issues, geography
Athletic Director Our Lady of Lourdes HS, 2008 to present
Coach Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field at Our Lady of Lourdes HS 1978 – 83, 1986 -present
Coach Guelph Track and Field, 1983 – present.
Athletics Ontario, Western Region President 1992 to 2000Athletics Ontario, Board Member 1992 – 2007, 2014,
Sport Competition Chairman Ontario Summer Games 2001, Guelph
Athletics Ontario, President 2002 – 2007
Athletics Canada, Board of Directors, 2008, 2009
President Guelph Track and Field Club 1980 – to present
President D10 Athletic Association 2015, 2016


Irene Maguire
Manager of Event Support Services
Irene Maguire

An innovative project manager and team leader with 25+ years of experience in organizing people and resources to achieve first quality deliverables for world class consumer product companies.
Project management, customer-facing communications, capability to execute plans to achieve organizational goals
Core values – Accountability, Drive for Results, Energy/Effort, Integrity, Teamwork and Collaboration
Recent Career Highlights
GS1 Canada  2014-2016  Director, Industry Relations for General Merchandise Team
Aqua Star Canada  2008 – 2013
Director, Marketing & Business Development
Loblaw Brands Limited  1997 – 2007
Director, Nutrition Innovation Team  2004 – 2007
Director, Product Development Team in Dry Grocery 1998 – 2003


Vanessa Sarjeant
Manager of Administration

2012 – Present, Administrative Coordinator for SportHamilton, the Official Sports Council for the City of Hamilton
2010 – 2017, Progressive roles of responsibility including Senior Manager with the Sport Fitness School at McMaster University – Athletics and Recreation Department
Vanessa has been involved in Athletics for over 20 years as an Athlete, Coach, Official and Administrator
As a member of Stoney Creek Athletics and Toronto Track Volunteers, Vanessa has volunteered at several major sporting events including:
The International Children’s Games, Hamilton Indoor Games, Toronto International Games and the World Deaf Athletics Championships


Vern Christensen
Manager of Finance

Vern is Senior Vice President and Secretary for Guardian Capital Group. He joined GCG in 1977 and has responsibility for facilities, office leases, and insurance. Prior to GCG, his industry experience encompassed positions in taxation, accounting, legal and operations areas. Vern has been the Canadian Masters Athletics Secretary for many years and the last several as Vice President as well. He has served as the Team Manager for Team Canada at many WMA Championships.


LOC Committee Members

Phyllis Berck

Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships at the City of Toronto.  Phyllis was also a Masters athlete and a long-time advocate for gender equity in sport. She has been involved in the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, and worked on the 1996 and 2008 Olympic Bids and the Pan Am Parapan 2015 Bid and Games.  For the Games she worked on the Pan Am and Parapan Torch Relay and community celebrations in Toronto and also volunteered at the women’s and men’s marathon and race walk events.

 Lynn Bourque

Has worked over 20 years in the Toronto Hospitality Industry, currently for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (4 years) and previously for Oliver Bonacini restaurants. Director of road racing for Ontario Masters Athletics. Race Director for the Longboat Toronto Island Run and Sunset Shuffle.

Kristen Dajia

Ontario Teacher – YCDSB 1988 – present
Board of Directors Throwers Club Toronto
Board of Governors Aurora Sports Hall of Fame 2013 – present
Throws Tie-down crew – Invictus Games 2017
Track and Field Stadium Crew – Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games 2015
NCCWMA 2017 – Throws Pentathlon Champion
W54 Canadian Record holder – hammer throw, weight throw, throws pentathlon

 Dr Damien Dupuy

Manager of Strategic Policy with the Ministries of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and Research and Innovation. He is also a member of faculty at the University of Toronto where he teaches urban and regional economic development. Through his current and previous appointments as a consultant he has almost twenty years’ experience advising governments on strategic policy and planning at the local and regional levels in Canada, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

 Randolph Fajardo

Competitions, Technical Specifications, and Logistics Manager for Athletics Ontario. Randolph is a former national caliber sprinter.
He is a multiple Ontario Universities Athletics All-Star recipient and a two-time First Team All-Canadian

Rob Guy
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Rob Guy is the Chief Executive Officer at Athletics Canada since November 2010 and former Managing Director and Board Member with Athletics Manitoba. Rob collectively has over 27 years of leadership experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has led large customer based sales and marketing organizations including founding a very successful internet based retail organization. Rob’s corporate expertise is well rounded by his involvement in the sport that traces back to his days as a competitive national level athlete and as a volunteer in road running, cross country and track and field events. Rob’s background in the Canadian sport community, coupled with his extensive skill set and experience in the areas of communication and marketing has strengthened existing partnerships, and fostered new relationships for Athletics Canada. Together with the Board of Directors and Member Branches, Rob creates Athletics Canada’s strategic plan, goals and objectives. As Chief Executive Officer, Rob reports to the Board and oversees the overall organization to ensure Athletics Canada has the infrastructure and systems required to meet its objectives. Rob further acts as spokesperson for Athletics Canada and Athletics Canada Foundation and is the lead point of contact for strategic partnerships.

George Hubbard

Just finished as paid staff with the Pan Am Games as Manager – Volunteer Outreach – and was in charge of the information to prospective volunteers and their recruitment. George also worked in non-profits (NB Lung Association, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

 Ian Reid

Project Manager – Momentum Digital Solutions. Other relevant activities:
On executive of Athletics Ontario Officials since 2012.
Officials coordinator for 2009 and 2010 Senior National Championships (as well as many other meets hosted at U of T such as the NTL meets and the Nike High School Grand Prix).
10 years officiating with Athletics Ontario at multiple National Championships (Senior, Junior and Youth), Canada Summer Games, Pan and Para Pan as well as numerous Provincial Championships

Melanie Scannell

Real Estate Broker – Engel & Volkers Toronto Uptown
Director/ Founder – Toronto Track Volunteers
Melanie was on the Sport Organizing Committee -Athletics for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am & Para Pan Am Games as the Volunteer Supervisor Field of Play. She was the 2014 AO Indoor Relay & Combined Events Championships Meet Director and the 2012 World Deaf Athletic Championships.
Co-meet director & Volunteer Coordinator. She was the Volunteer Coordinator of the National Track League – Toronto International Track & Field Games from 2011-2013.

 Dr Michael Sherar

PhD, President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario, Director, Canadian Masters Athletics

Jay Yakabowich
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Jay is the Vice President and Marketing Director of Ontario Masters Athletics.
Jay has a proven track record in marketing and business development working with Canadian, US and UK markets. Areas of expertise: human capital, not-for-profit, K to 12 & higher-education, publishing and healthcare IT / informatics. A competitive Masters road-race athlete and since 2011, a member of the OMA board. In his day job the Senior Vice President and officer of Career Edge, Canada’s largest provider of paid internships.  Career Edge helps launch careers of millennials including recent college/university graduates, professional new-comers to Canada and Canadian Forces Reservists by partnering with businesses to develop or enhance their diversity recruitment and inclusion strategies. Jay helps connect companies with amazing young talent, while giving job seekers the chance to break into the workforce and launch their career.


City of Toronto Advisors

 Laura Jane Elkins

Advisor – City of Toronto

 Shelley Crawford

CSEE, Account Director – SPORT, Tourism Toronto

Cristina Mussullo

Tourism Toronto – Client Services Manager

TO2020 LOC

 LOC Meeting – January 2017
Including Gary Westgate (center) Cross Country Race Director
Stafford Whalen (plaid shirt) Road Racewalk Director