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Leadership Team

Anyone who’s ever played doubles tennis knows the importance of working as a team. Here at Tennis Canada we are fortunate in this regard, sporting a Management Team that works seamlessly as one unit with shared goals.

bluedrop_halifax_april_2016-85c DerrickDerrick Rowe — Chair of the Board

Derrick Rowe has been on the Tennis Canada Board of Directors since 2012 and became Chair of the Board on May 18, 2016. He has more than three decades of experience leading international, corporate operations and is an expert in managing business in highly complex, regulatory and operating environments… Full bio

 

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John LeBoutillier — Past Chair

Born in Gascons, Quebec, John LeBoutillier received his undergraduate degree from the Séminaire de Gaspé, his law degree from Université Laval and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario (The Richard Ivey School of Business)… Full bio

 

 

Michael S. Downey — President & Chief Executive Officer 

Michael Downey returned to Tennis Canada as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2017—a position he held for nearly a decade up to 2013.  From 2014 to mid 2017, he served as Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) based in London, England… Full bio

 

Marcia Ellen Jackson — Director

Marcia Ellen Jackson graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in political science and has practised law for the past 35 years. She is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Saskatchewan… Full bio

 

Penny BallemPenny Ballem — Chair, Finance & Audit Committee & Vice Chair

Since her graduation from UBC with her MD in 1978, Penny Ballem, MD FRCP FCAHS, has had a diverse career in the health and government sector as a senior administrator, academic medical practitioner and teacher/researcher… Full bio

 

 

Sam Sebastian — Director

Sam Sebastian is the President & CEO of Pelmorex Corp., the parent company of The Weather Network.  Pelmorex is a market leader in operating multi-platform TV, Web and Mobile services in weather-related information categories under the leading brands… Full bio

 

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Marc Bibeau — Director

Marc A. Bibeau holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University and is currently the President of Beauward Shopping Centres Ltd., a privately owned corporation which was incorporated in 1960… Full bio

 

 

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Jennifer Bishop — Chair, Tennis Development Committee & Vice Chair

Jennifer Bishop is a Toronto-based partner in the Business Law Group of Miller Thomson LLP. In her legal practice, she focuses on helping business clients navigate mergers, acquisitions and brand-protection issues, as well as general corporate and commercial work… Full bio

 

 

Richard Harris — Chair, Events & Infrastructure Committee & Vice Chair

Richard Harris is an accomplished businessman, with 30 years of experience in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, including 15 years at the CEO and Chairman level. He is a Partner and Managing Director at Tricor Pacific Founders Capital Inc., a family firm that invests its partners’ own capital and focuses on applying operating know-how in North American food businesses in order to build thriving businesses over the long term… Full bio

 

Matthew Akman — Director

Matthew is currently the Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Development and Investor Relations at Enbridge Inc. Prior to rejoining Enbridge at the start of 2016, he had been Managing Director, Equity Research at Scotia Capital. He covered Canadian and U.S. energy infrastructure stock for 15 years… Full bio

 

Sebastien LeBlanc — Director

A former professional tennis player, Sebastien LeBlanc has been a successful businessman for many years and is currently a partner at COTE 100… Full bio

 

 

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Nadir Mohamed — Director

Nadir Mohamed is the former President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc… Full bio

 

 

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Mike Tevlin — Director

Mike Tevlin hails from London, Ontario and attended The University of Western Ontario where he received his HBA from the Richard Ivey Business School in 1981… Full bio

 

 

 

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Jack Graham — Director Emeritus

Jack Graham, Q.C. is a partner at the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper who practices labour and employment law throughout Atlantic Canada… Full bio

 

 

Senior Management

Michael S. Downey

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

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Hatem McDadi

Senior Vice-President, Tennis Development

 

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Eugène Lapierre

Senior Vice-President, Québec and Tournament Director, Coupe Rogers

 

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Rob Swann

Vice-President, Chief Commercial Officer

 

Hélène St. Amand

Chief Financial Officer

 

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Gavin Ziv

Vice-President, National Events