Established in 2016, Toronto Athletics Event Management Inc. (TAEM) is the not-for-profit corporation managing the World Masters Athletics Championships Toronto 2020 (WMATO2020).

John Craig

Chief Executive Officer

A former Olympic middle distance runner (1980) Craig has been an integral part of the Canadian track and field community for decades. For 12 years, he served as Managing Director of Athletics Ontario – the provincial governing body over the sport in the province. Craig played an integral role during the TO2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, serving  as Venue Manager, for the East Zone Toronto venues. Launching TAEM along with business partners in 2016 to host WMATO2020, Craig is continuing to establish the Toronto brand as a world-class culturally diverse host.

Doug Smith

TAEM Secretary

As a masters athlete, Smith has competed at several international events and has become a fixture in masters track and field across the globe. He has served as Meet Director for various Provincial and National Masters Indoor and Outdoor Athletics Championships including NCCWMA 2017, and has been the official photographer of WMA events world-wide. Smith is the current president of Ontario Masters Athletics – the governing body over masters track and field in the province. 

Simon Rayner

TAEM Director

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.

Robert Jackson

TAEM Director

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.

Local Organizing Committee Advisory Panel

Doug Smith

LOC Chairman

Phyllis Berck

Director, Toronto Office of Partnerships

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.

John Craig

TAEM Director

A former Olympic middle distance runner (1980) Craig has been an integral part of the Canadian track and field community for decades. For 12 years, he served as Managing Director of Athletics Ontario – the provincial governing body over the sport in the province. Craig played an integral role during the TO2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, serving  as Venue Manager, for the East Zone Toronto venues. Launching TAEM along with business partners in 2016 to host WMATO2020, Craig is continuing to establish the Toronto brand as a world-class culturally diverse host.

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 Dupuis

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.

Robert Jackson

TAEM Director

Simon Rayner

TAEM Director

Dr Michael Sherar

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

Jay Yakabowich


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 roadrace 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.

Brian Keaveney

Vice President of Competition – World Masters Athletics



Albert Tschirhart

Director of Competitions

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

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

Abidah Shirazi

(Brand Rebel) Marketing, Advertising and Strategic Planning

Chris Charlebois

(C2C Sports & Entertainment Inc) Marketing, Advertising and Strategic Planning

Race Directors and Advisors

Randolph Fajardo

Technical Manager - Athletics Ontario

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

George Hubbard

Road Race Director

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

Stafford Whalen

Road Racewalk Director

Stafford has been a Coach and National level Racewalking judge for 40 years. Athletics Canada National Racewalk Coordinator/Coach for 15 years (retired). President of the Ontario Racewalkers Club

Gary Westgate


Gary began his running career with the Toronto Olympic Club back in the hay-day of distance running in Toronto, 80’s through to the 90’s. He had some successes on the roads and XC, representing Canada from World XC, to Pan-Am and qualifying for the 1992 Olympics. (Unable to compete due to a torn Achilles tendon). He came back to the spot in the mid 2000’s as a coach – arguably the most rewarding aspect of his involvement in athletics. Today he’s entering his 2nd year of his own club: Toronto West Athletics.
Professionally, he has worked as a creative director for a variety of Advertising agencies in Canada and the US for the past 2+ decades – having produced several award winning campaigns for world class brands along the way.
He’s thrilled to be involved in the World Masters 2020 championship as the Cross Country race director.

Mehdi Kajbaf

Mehdi Kajbaf

IT Manager

Mehdi Kajbaf Co-Founded Matboard and More and OES Inc. He’s a Waterloo Engineer and Schulich MBA. He was IT Manager for NCC2019 and is excited to be a part of the WMA2020.

Government Advisors

MP Peter Fonseca

Federal Government VISA and immigration resource

Cristina Mussullo

Tourism toronto - client services manager

Finance & Risk Management Committee

Gabe Hayos

Manager of Finance

Paul Osland

TAEM Treasurer

Chris Charlebois

C2C Sports & Entertainment

John Craig


Functional Area Coordinators


Amy Ballon

Athlete’s Party Coordinator

Andrea Ngui

Marketplace Coordinator

Bob Finlay

Accreditation Coordinator

David Robinson

Medals Coordinator

Ian Hall


Jack Pontes

Opening & Closing Ceremonies Coordinator

Jasmeet Cheema

Operations Coordinator

Justin Tung

Press Operations & Media Coordinator

Katherine McLeod

Doping Control Coordinator

Maria Paisley

Transportation Coordinator

Martha McLellan

Welcome Centre Coordinator

Mary – Rose Weir

Meetings Coordinator

Mehdi Kajbaf

IT Support Coordinator

Peter Symons

Volunteer Management  Coordinator

Paul Craig

Competitors Handbook Coordinator

Rita Botelho

Athlete’s Party Coordinator

Sandy Turney

Canada Welcomes Coordinator

Sarah Bennett

Medals Coordinator

Sarah Daly

Press Operations & Media Assistant

Simon Houzer

Technical Information Centre (TIC) Coordinator

Val Sarjeant

Signage Coordinator

Wendy – Ann Clarke

Communications Coordinator

Key Volunteers and Captains


Annie Jay

Welcome Centre Key Volunteer


Benjamin Shindman


Open & Closing Ceremonies Key Volunteers

Bob Dann

Field of Play Captain

Carolyn McSkimming


F.OP. Coordinator of Captains


Charlie Laister

Medals Key Volunteer

Concetta Buonaiuto


F.O.P Captain


David Jong


TIC Key Volunteer


Dianne Kerr

Welcome Centre Key Volunteer

Donna Benoit


Call Room Key Volunteer


Frances Enchin


Volunteer Management Key Volunteer (Training)


Jill Hamilton

Non Stadia Key Volunteer

John Wilton

Transportation Key Volunteer (Airport Program)

Judith Shindman


Welcome Centre Key Volunteer


Kathryn Garrett


Results Key Volunteer


Megan Lashley


Volunteer Management Assistant at Check-in

Paul Hebert


Medals Key Volunteer


Philip Wisener

Non Stadia Key Volunteer

Rene Thomas

F.O.P Coordinator of Captains


Timothy Chen

Volunteer Management Key Volunteer (Recruiting)


Tony Soul Ojo-ade


Volunteer Management Assistant at Check-in


Veronica Rouse


Call Room Key Volunteer 


Vismay Buch

F.O.P Captain

Yvon Cote

Transportation Key Volunteer





Adrienne Gordon

Volunteer Management

Catherine Meade

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Circe Langree Le Coq

French Translation & Marketplace Assistant

Connie Cadotte

Non Stadia Volunteer  

Erin Schnepper

Volunteer Management & Call Room Key Supervisor

Gautam Bhatara

Volunteer Management

Jackie Silverberg

Volunteer Management

Jim Courtney

Welcome Centre & Way Finding

Jodi Treble

Field of Play Captain

Juliette Bideshi

Event Support Services Assistant

Judeen Johnson

Volunteer Management

Karen Gowans

IT Support 

Katherine Mather

Volunteer Management

Kristen De Fillppis

Press Operations & Media Assistant

Linda Black

Accreditation Assistant

Linda Sheridan 

Canada Welcomes Campaign Assistant

Lynn McFerran

Volunteer Management

Megan O’Malley

Social Media

Milton Bernal

Canada Welcomes Campaign Assistant

Rathod Ranganathan

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Rene Graham- Evans

Accreditation Assistant

Rhonda B Cohen

Accreditation Assistant

Robin Turbull

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Sharon Clarke

Volunteer Management

Shivanie Mangal

Meetings Assistant

Sonya Agbessi

French Translation

Stuti Bindesri

French Translation

Susan Stone

Volunteer Management

Suzanne Wintrob

Accreditation Assistant

Violeta Garfunkel

Spanish Translation

Vivek Jadhav

Operations Assistant




Jason Bunston

IT Support

Melanie Chiu


Colin Harris


Frank O’Rourke


Gabe Hayos

Project Management

With The WMA Council – July 2019

Contract signing with the WMA Council – June 2019

LOC Meeting – January 2017

© World Masters Athletics Toronto 2020