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.
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.
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.
- 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 photography. Prior to viaSport she was a Social Media Associate for her university's events department. Outside of work you can find her with a camera in hand or gardening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sport Development Coordinator
- Multi-Sport NCCP delivery
- Coach Mentorship
- Sport Development projects
Emily has been in the sport administration field for almost 10 years. Her experience, with Triathlon British Columbia, has helped to fuel her passion for community and coaching. She is a graduate of Camosun College with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership.
As a strong advocate for community, physical activity and wellness, Emily also volunteers her time as a board member for the Britannia Community Centre. Outside of volunteering, Emily can be found trying out fun food recipes, puzzling or playing board games with friends.
Safe Sport Manager
- Safe Sport initiative implementation
- Dispute resolution management
- Foster positive culture and relationships
Andrea has been working in the sport sector for over 20 years in Great Britain, Switzerland, and Canada, including three Olympic Games. She has a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from UBC as well as a Certificate in Organizational Coaching from UBC. Her career has progressed from being a Performance Scientist for British Cycling, to consulting, to being Head of Science, Medicine, and Innovation for Cycling Canada. She experienced sport as a ballet dancer and a rowing coxswain (who she then coached). She brings this experience with her to the role of Safe Sport Manager with the aim of making sport a positive and healthy experience for everyone.
Her hobbies include street photography and adventures.