Chief Executive Officer
- Strategic initiatives
- viaSport spokesperson
- Partner relations
- Sport development
- Coaching and leadership
As Chief Executive Officer for viaSport, Charlene collaborates with partners across sectors to create communities that are healthy, vibrant, connected and inspired through sport experiences that are safe, inclusive and meaningful.
Charlene brings 25+ years of proven success in developing and implementing pragmatic and functional, vision-driven strategies that build brands, revenues and reputations. Additionally, she offers inspired strategic analysis, transformative approaches, people-centered leadership and astute cultural and organizational acumen. She has worked in local, national and international markets, in private, public and non-for-profit sectors, in complex organizations, and cross-functionally, to successfully seize opportunities, influence change and deliver results.
Charlene has a Diploma in Public Relations/Communication and a Master’s Degree of Arts in Leadership.
Director, Finance and Administration
- Financial Management and Business Planning
- Business Support, Technology and HR
- Risk Management and Governance Support
As Director of Finance and Administration, Liana leads finance and technology initiatives and provides effective administrative, HR and IT support to viaSport’s Sport Development, Coaching, Innovation, and Communications groups. Liana brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience, primarily in private and public sector environments, helping organizations plan, execute and analyze their business performance.
Liana is a designated CPA, CGA and enjoys playing squash, running and yoga.
Manager, IT/Business Intelligence
- Information systems management
- Database and reporting lead
- Business intelligence and analytics
D’arcy completed his MBA, with a specialization in Technology and Innovation, at Ryerson University. His areas of expertise include financial forecasting, performance analysis, and business process reengineering. D’arcy captained the first Canadian team to ever place at the Society of American Baseball Research Diamond Dollars Analytics Case Competition and his writing on sports, games, and history has been published in magazines, on websites, and in academic journals.
D’arcy grew up playing baseball, volleyball and basketball but now focuses his love for athletics into winning as many fantasy hockey and basketball pools as possible. He also holds a BA in history with a minor in film from Dalhousie University and is currently enrolled in the UCLA Television Writing program.
Anne Hinola, CPA, CGA
Controller and Senior Accountant
- All financial matters including operating budget administration and reporting
- Ensureing that all accounting transactions are carried out according to viaSport finance policies and procedures and Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organization (ASNPO)
- Liaison with banks, auditors and other sport organizations
- Compliance with regulatory filings
Anne is a designated CPA, CGA and holds an LL.B degree (under bar) from the University of the East, Manila, Philippines as well as a BSBA major in Accounting (also a licensed CPA in Philippines). She started her accounting career in Canada at ICBC as a Financial Technology Planner, and then moved on to a mutual fund company as the Financial Analyst. She left the mutual fund to join a First Nation organization as the Accounting Supervisor. When she is not working, Anne enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. To maintain a healthier body, Anne adopts a positive outlook in life. both mentally and emotionally.
Business Process Coordinator
- Administration of policies, procedures and reporting processes
- Process improvement support
- HR processes implementation
Vy is a graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System and a minor in Health Science. As the Business Process Coordinator, Vy coordinates the administrative duties of the organization and support process improvement. Prior to viaSport, Vy was experienced in coordinating business operations in the manufacturing industry. When she isn't working, she enjoys walking outside or reading.778-655-1774
Amador holds professional designations in Accounting (CPA, CMA) and project management (PMP). He acquired his MBA from the University of Michigan (and still follows Wolverines football and basketball). Amador has worked for a variety of organizations, from small entrepreneurial companies and non-profits to large corporations. During the summer, he enjoys hiking the beautiful nature trails of British Columbia.
Director, Communications and Engagement
- Strategic Communications
- Stakeholder and Partner Engagement
- Grant Management and Revenue Development
As Director, Communications and Engagement, Ninu communicates across a broad stakeholder group of partners across sport, health, education, community and business. He supports a united approach to make sport experiences that are safe, inclusive and meaningful for all British Columbians. Ninu brings close to 25 years of experience helping organizations, in both the public and private sectors, build engagement and succeed through communications and media relations. He also serves on the Oceanwise/Vancouver Aquarium Board Marketing and Communications Committee.
Ninu graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Adaptive Physiology, and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
- Assists with various grant life-cycles
- Program reporting & administration
Scott holds a Masters Degree in Sport Administration and Technology from the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland as well as a Communications Degree from SFU. He has worked in amateur sport for over 5 years, most recently as the Long Track Program Coordinator for Speed Skating Canada. In his spare time Scott enjoys playing hockey, snowboarding and wakeboarding.778-655-1756
- Communications planning
- Copywriting and content creation
- Stakeholder relationship management
Lydia is a non-profit and corporate communications professional who has worked in a variety of industries across five Canadian provinces. She holds an MA in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University and an undergraduate degree in Political Studies from Queen's University.
She is an enthusiastic volunteer and very recreational athlete in sports ranging from Gaelic football to softball, and also loves tennis, skiing and hiking both locally and while travelling. She believes in the power of positive sport experiences to contribute to the growth of healthy, vibrant individuals and communities.
- Digital and social media strategy and execution
- Creative support and content creation
Olivia is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Media Studies program at the University of British Columbia. She is a creative communications professional with a special interest in digital media and prior to viaSport she was a Social Media Associate for her university's events department. She is passionate about wellness and the ability for physical activity and inclusive sport experiences to create a happy, healthy lifestyle. Outside of work you can find her with a camera in hand, cuddling cats at the SPCA or gardening.778-655-1743
Innovation and Impact
Director, Research & Social Innovation
- Research design, data collection and analysis
- Strategic development, reporting and assessment
- Bridging connections across BC sport sector
Shawna holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, and focused her research on the sustainability policies and partnerships of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her areas of expertise include critical sport studies, qualitative research methodology, sport mega-event policy analysis, and public relations. Shawna’s approach is research-centered, solutions-oriented, and laser focused on positive change.
Formerly a nationally competitive soccer player and dancer, Shawna now participates in more joint-friendly activities like yoga and cycling. Originally from Saskatchewan, she spends a lot of her time reveling at the beauty of BC in the trails and on the beach. Shawna also holds a Bachelor in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and has worked with athletes across the lifespan, from age 5 to 95.
Note: Shawna is currently on maternity leave.
Sport Development / Coaching
Director, Provincial Sport Development
- Partner engagement
- System excellence
- Safe Sport strategy development
Heather has worked with viaSport since 2014. In her current role she works to build the capacity of the provincial sport system to deliver safe, inclusive and meaningful sport experiences. She is a graduate of Brock University with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. Heather brings a variety of perspectives to the role based on her experiences as an athlete, coach, Coach Developer, Team BC Mission staff and former High Performance and Competitions Manager for Curl BC.
In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, curling, and dragonboating.
Director, Provincial Activation
- Physical literacy and sport development
- Regional delivery strategy and implementation
- Provincial partnerships and system alignment
Jared grew up in small-town Alberta playing every sport he could. Having this foundation, Jared attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation while competing on the track and field team. He continued his education at the University of Ottawa and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Human Kinetics where his research focused on community development through sport and recreation.
Prior to viaSport, Jared worked at PacificSport Fraser Valley as the Executive Director. Jared has also worked for the Mozambique National Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Canada and Right To Play focusing on sport for development. In his free time, Jared takes advantage of the B.C. lifestyle by hiking and snowboarding. You can also find him playing loud music – and sweating profusely – while teaching spin classes.
Manager, Sport Development
- Coach Development
- Learning Centre initiatives
- Sport Development Projects – Safe Sport, Diversity & Inclusion, etc
Shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation from the University of Manitoba, and on the heels of an impactful experience at the Paralympic Games, an opportunity came along to move west. Kevin’s experience as an administrator, official, multisport athlete and coach, combined with his expertise as an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in the Paralympic movement, has given him a unique view of sport development.
Prior to viaSport, Kevin spent 16 years at BC Wheelchair Sports as the Program Manager guiding sport development initiatives, wheelchair rugby high performance programming and competitions. Along the way, Kevin has had the opportunity to server the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation as an Official and a Technical Delegate, most recently for the 2020 Paralympic Games. In his free time, he can be found running the sea wall, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family and friends.778-655-1767
Sport Development Coordinator
- Supporting Multi-Sport NCCP delivery
- Supporting sport development initiatives, including Safe Sport, Dispute Resolution, and Girls & Women
- Coach of the Year Awards
- Coach Mentorship programs
Katie is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Prior to viaSport, Katie worked for Field Hockey BC as the Member Services & Communications Coordinator. Katie has played both ringette and fieldhockey at the provincial level, and won four CIS Championship titles with the University of British Columbia Women’s Field Hockey team. In her spare time, Katie likes to travel, play field hockey and go stand up paddleboarding.
Jennifer champions sport and works with leaders to strengthen the sport delivery system so that more British Columbians can access the health and social benefits that come from quality sporting and physical activity participation at all levels. Jennifer’s extensive experience at all levels of sport and across sectors uniquely positions her to help lead viaSport. In addition to her high performance sporting career Jennifer has worked in the private sector as a member of the Deloitte Innovation consulting team as well as in the not-for-profit sector, as co-founder of B2ten, a privately funded organization that takes an innovative approach to supporting sport and well being in Canada.
Jennifer continues to advocate and empower young women around the World through access to education. In 2013 Jennifer successfully raised $1million for the Because I am a Girl initiative. She graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. As the most successful freestyle skier in Canadian history, winning Olympic Gold and Silver medals, Jennifer is a member of the Alberta, Quebec and Canada Sports Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Meritorious Service Decoration (M.S.C.) awarded by the Governor General of Canada.
Sport Development Coordinator
Christina is a graduate of Brock University with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. Prior to viaSport, she worked for the Canada Games Council in Ottawa as the Social and Digital Media Coordinator. Christina competed in artistic swimming at the provincial level for 10 years and coached for Brock Niagara Aquatics swim club during her studies. Outside of work, Christina enjoys swimming, travelling, and snowboarding.778-655-1758