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Four new members elected to Tennis Canada Board of Directors

Jun 23, 2016
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Google executive, doctor, lawyer, and former Edmonton mayor join leadership team

Tennis Canada announced Thursday that Dr. Penny Ballem, Jennifer Bishop, Stephen Mandel, and Sam Sebastian have been named to the organization’s Board of Directors. The four individuals, who bring a vast variety of experiences and backgrounds to Tennis Canada, took their seat on the Board this month.

“We are very pleased about the addition of our new board members,” said Derrick Rowe, in his new role as chair of the Board. “These are four people who are very distinguished in their respective areas and who bring new perspective and skills to the Board. We believe they have a lot to add to the discussion and direction of tennis in Canada as we move forward at the start of a new five-year strategic plan.”

Ballem has enjoyed a successful career in the health and government sector for four decades, and recently served as city manager for Vancouver where she worked to attract and organize national and international sporting events for the city. She has also formerly worked as the Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of BC, and is currently a clinical professor of medicine for the University of British Columbia.

From Toronto, Bishop is currently a partner in the business law group at Miller Thomson LLP, where she focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and brand-protection issues. She is a member of the Canadian, American, and International Bar Associations. A former NCAA Division I tennis player for University of South Florida, Bishop is also accomplished on the seniors circuit, having represented Canada at the world championships.

“I am very excited about the energy, ideas, and commitment that Penny, Jennifer, Stephen, and Sam bring to the table,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “I think the achievements and talents of all four throughout their careers illustrates how Tennis Canada is attracting top leaders, which will help us even more as we already track to a bright future. I look forward to seeing what we can do together over the next few years.”

The former mayor of Edmonton from 2004-2013, Mandel has been involved in politics for many years. While at the helm in Edmonton, he built record amounts of infrastructure, including recreation and sports facilities and light rail transit. Prior to his stint in city government, the Miami (Ohio) University and University of Windsor graduate worked in business for 30 years at his family company, Mandel Group Inc., focused on real estate and development.

Sebastian is currently the managing director of Google Canada, where he is responsible for the company’s Canadian operations. He joined Google in 2006 in Chicago and held different executive roles in the U.S. before making the move to Canada. He started his career as an accountant and consultant before becoming General Manager and Senior Vice-President at Classified Ventures. He also played NCAA Division I tennis at Ohio State University where he was a two-time captain, Big Ten champion and Academic All-American.

Ballem, Bishop, Mandel, and Sebastian join nine incumbent members of the Board: Derrick Rowe, John LeBoutillier, Marc Bibeau, Jack Graham, Hector MacKay-Dunn, Andree Martin, Nadir Mohamed, Hart Pollack, and Mike Tevlin.