Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP Tour events, five professional ATP and ITF sanctioned events and financially supports four other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our website at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Purpose

To improve the lives of Canadians through tennis.

Vision

To become a world-leading tennis nation.

Mission

To lead the growth of tennis in Canada.

Values

We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation, excellence and accountability.

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.

Board of directors

Jennifer-Bishop

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. Jennifer is a member of the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations, leads Miller Thomson’s National Hospitality Industry Group, and currently serves on the leadership team of the International Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. Jennifer has been designated by Lexpert as a “Top 40 Under 40” Rising Star, and in law school received the J.W. Whiteside Award for outstanding volunteer commitment to under-served legal communities.

Prior to moving to Ontario to train, Jennifer won junior and open titles throughout Atlantic Canada, competed nationally and internationally, and received a National Achievement Award for Amateur Sport. Jennifer was granted an NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of South Florida, during which time her team was four-time conference champions. Jennifer remains engaged as an active tennis player at the Toronto Lawn and Davisville Tennis Clubs and competes regularly in seniors tennis tournaments in Canada and abroad.

Jennifer is the immediate Past President of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club and Chair of the Doug Philpott Inner-City Tennis Fund.

Derrick-Rowe

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. He served on several Federal and Provincial industry advisory panels and international advisory committees. His industry expertise ranges from technology start-ups to international seafood operations. He is an active venture capitalist who has mentored early stage companies into industry leaders.

As Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stratos Global Corporation until 1999, Mr. Rowe helped build the company from a start-up into a successful public corporation. Stratos became the industry leader and pioneer in mobile satellite communications for the offshore oil and gas sector, international defence customers and industrial users. In 2001, Mr. Rowe was appointed Chairman of Fishery Products International (FPI) Limited, and served as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2005. FPI was Canada’s largest seafood company with over 3,000 employees in North America and the UK. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Name 3 Capital Inc., the private investment firm he founded.

Mr. Rowe has served on a number of economic and social organizations and has been honoured with significant recognition for leadership, including Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Globe and Mail‘s Report on Business Magazine; Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”; and a Newfoundland and Labrador Export Award.
He has been involved in tennis at all levels, from local clubs to provincial associations to nationally with Tennis Canada. Mr. Rowe played tennis as a teenager and picked the game back up again in his 40s. He served as president of Greenbelt Tennis Club for five years and was elected to the board of Tennis Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL) in 2009. He also joined the Council of Provinces as the president of TNL and served as Chairman from 2010 to 2012. As a member of the Tennis Canada Board, he has served on both the Tennis Development and Finance & Administration committees.

Mr. Rowe resides with his family in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Michael-Downey

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. Mr. Downey possesses extensive executive management experience in the sport, beer and marketing industries.

During his first term at Tennis Canada, Mr. Downey developed a bold plan to diversify and increase revenue to reinvest in tennis development and the Rogers Cup tournaments. He changed the culture of the organization and cultivated partnerships within the tennis and business communities to enhance Tennis Canada’s image on the domestic and international stage.

In 2007, Mr. Downey prompted the Board of Directors of Tennis Canada to invest over $1 million annually in high performance; an initiative that led to Canada’s first ever, National Tennis Centre in Montreal and regional U14 programs in Toronto, and later in Vancouver. Both Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard trained at the Montreal NTC. Under Mr. Downey’s leadership, the organization also launched an ambitious Tennis Matters fund development campaign, which far exceeded its initial $10 million donation goal.

In 2013, Mr. Downey was recruited to oversee British Tennis, the first expatriate to lead the 130 year old LTA. He led the development of a new strategic plan focussed on reversing a decade long decline in grassroots participation. With a strong focus on parks tennis and attracting young families to clubs, British Tennis achieved nearly 2 million monthly recreational players. Participation turnaround was aided by the successful Great British Tennis Weekend, Tennis for Kids, and a ‘Go hit it’ advertising campaign. Under Downey’s leadership, the British pro grass court circuit leading up to Wimbledon was revamped, re-combining Eastbourne, creating a new combined event in Nottingham and expanding the centre court at Queen’s. When he departed London for Canada, the LTA had just launched “Transforming British Tennis Together” a game-changing program to double the number of kids playing tennis through expanding the number of covered courts, flood lit courts and court access systems throughout Britain.

As President of the Ontario-Western Canada region at Molson Breweries – Canada’s largest brewery – Mr. Downey worked to generate record profits and contributed to award-winning marketing campaigns, including the internationally renowned I Am Canadian television campaign.

Known and recognized in the Toronto sports market, Mr. Downey has held senior executive positions with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Air Canada Centre, and served as President of Skydome and Molson Sports & Entertainment.

Michael resides in Toronto with his wife Jinder. They have three children, Schara, Mackenzie and Sam.

Josée-Noiseux

Josée Noiseux holds two Bachelor degrees, one in Civil Law from McGill University and the other in Biology from the University of Sherbrooke. She is a lawyer, having been a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright for more than 20 years where she practiced in litigation, construction law and professional liability. She is a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association. She also took part in several issue tables and committees on the evolution of the practice of law and governance.

Ms. Noiseux is not only well-known for her leadership skills and business savvy, but also for her keen interest and involvement in philanthropic work. She is President and CEO of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum and a former director of the St-Mary’s Hospital Foundation, as well as Global Goodness and member of the McGill University Advisory Committee.

Prior to her role at the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, she was the General Manager and Head of Advancement for the Montreal branch of the NewCities Foundation, an organization dedicated to making cities more socially, technologically, scientifically and artistically innovative.

Peter-Kruyt

Peter Kruyt obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University as well as an MBA from from Insead in Fontainebleau, France. He joined Power Corporation in 1981, as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, then as the Vice-President from 1996 to 2017. Today, he is a senior advisory to the company.

Beyond his dedicated work at the Power Corporation, M. Kruyt has also been involved in a number of other initiatives throughout his career. He was a member of the advisory board of the School of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland, a director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and chaired the Government Task Force on Digital Radio in 1992.

Since 2003, M. Kruyt has served as the Chairman of the Canada China Business Council and became a member of the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 2016. Named to the Board of Concordia University in 2000, he assumed the Chair from 2005 to 2012. He currently serves as a director of Montreal International and was appointed Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre in 2017 and Chairman of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in 2019.

Marcia-Ellen-Jackson

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, province in which she resides.

Since 2004, Ms. Jackson has served as Counsel in civil law for the Department of Justice Canada. She is primarily responsible for leading complex civil proceedings on behalf of the federal government.

Ms. Jackson excels in racquet sport. She has been ranked No. 1 in Saskatchewan’s Provincial tennis, badminton and squash rankings and proudly represents Canada at international senior competitions. In 2013, she represented Canada at the ITF Seniors World Team Tennis Championships held in Turkey and earned the silver medal in badminton at the 2017 World Masters Games, a competition held every four years that brings together athletes from around the world.

Penny-Ballem

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.

From 1985 to 1991 Dr. Ballem served as the Deputy Medical Director of the Canadian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service for BC and Yukon. For the next 10 years, she served as the Senior Vice President, responsible for operations at BC Women’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre. In 2001, Dr. Ballem was appointed Deputy Minister of Health for the Province of BC. She was the longest-serving Deputy Minister in the Health portfolio (2001-2006) in BC and one of the longest in Canada.

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Ballem served as the City Manager of the City of Vancouver. During her tenure as City Manager, the City of Vancouver hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Following on this experience, Dr. Ballem worked with key local partners to found Sport Hosting Vancouver Partnership which works to attract and organize national and international sport events in the city. Recent events include the Grey Cup (2011, 2014), Davis Cup ties (2012-2014), FIFA Women’s World Cup (2015), the Rugby 7’s World Cup Event (annual event starting in 2016), the 2016 World Masters Games and the Vancouver Showcase NCAA Basketball Tournament in 2017.

Dr. Ballem is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UBC, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and a recent appointee as a Senior Fellow in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute for Health System Management and Evaluation at University of Toronto. She has received significant public recognition for her work in medicine and public service including the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the 2012 Wallace Wilson Award at UBC for High Ethical Standards and Leadership in the Profession, the Marion Powell Award from Women’s College Hospital for leadership in Women’s Health, and the Cannell Award from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada for her contributions to leadership in reproductive health and others.

In addition to being a member of the Tennis Canada Board, she also serves on the Boards of StreetoHome Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation National Board.

Sam-Sebastien

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; The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, eltiempo.es and Clima. The company also operates Canada’s National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System, Alert Ready.

Before joining Pelmorex, Sam was the VP & Managing Director of Google Canada, from 2013-2017, where he was responsible for Google’s Canadian operations. He joined Google in 2006 in Chicago and held a variety of executive level roles in the U.S. before to moving to Canada. Prior to Google, he was a General Manager and Senior Vice-President at a large online classified business, Classified Ventures (cars.com, apartments.com), and started his career at Arthur Andersen as an accountant and consultant.

Sam is a member of the Business Council of Canada and a Director on several Boards including Tennis Canada and Bridgit, a Kitchener-Waterloo internet start-up in the construction industry.

Sam graduated from The Ohio State University and holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. At Ohio State, he played Division I NCAA tennis, where he was a two-time Captain, Big Ten Champion and Academic All American.

Richard-Harris

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. Mr. Harris acts as Executive Chairman of each portfolio company, as well as focusing on strategy, people and operations, monitoring performance, and making investment decisions.

Prior to creating Tricor Pacific Founders Capital with his partners, Mr. Harris was the CEO of Golden Boy Foods, a leading North American private label food manufacturer which was sold to Post Cereals in 2014 for $323 million. Before then, he also was CEO of Coca-Cola Drikker AS, a Coca-Cola bottler with revenues of more than $450 million. He has many years of experience in consumer marketing roles as well, including responsibility in his early career for Coca-Cola’s marketing and event activation portfolio in the United Kingdom at sports and entertainment properties like Wimbledon, the British Open, FIFA World Cup, Team England, and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter.

Mr. Harris obtained his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oxford and M.B.A. from Imperial College’s Management School at the University of London. He has prior non-profit advisory experience as the Chair of Governance at Collingwood School and as a Faculty Advisory Board member at UBC Sauder School of Business.

A tennis fan, Mr. Harris plays recreationally three to five times a week at Hollyburn Country Club. He lives in West Vancouver with his wife Ailsa, who plays inter-club tennis across the province, and two teenage children Daisy and Joseph.

Matthew-Akman

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. Matthew was very well regarded in the investment community having been ranked #1 by institutional investors in Canada 8 years in succession (Brendan Woods International). This ranking encompassed both the pipeline/midstream and power/utility categories. Prior to his career in finance, Matthew managed Strategic and Financial Planning at Enbridge Consumers Gas and before that worked for the Government of Ontario as a public policy economist.

Matthew holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University, an MA in Economics from Queens University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He attended Northwestern University on a tennis scholarship, played #1 singles and ranked in the top 40 in NCAA Division 1 for singles. Mr. Akman held a singles world ranking on the ATP computer and has won 3 national seniors singles titles. Matthew, his wife Stela Akman and their three children live in Calgary and are committed to the city’s local tennis community and clubs.

Sebastien-Leblanc

A former professional tennis player, Sebastien LeBlanc has been a successful businessman for many years and is currently a partner at COTE 100, a firm specializing in portfolio management. He joined the Tennis Canada Board of Directors in May 2017.

LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Université du Quebec à Montreal (UQAM). He joined COTE 100 in 1997 and has been there ever since, also becoming a shareholder in 2010. Today, he is a partner, head of operations, and head of business development. He oversees the day-to-day administration as well as business development, sales, and marketing initiatives within the firm.

As a tennis player, LeBlanc achieved many positive results. He was a top junior player, capturing two Grand Slam doubles titles – Junior French Open and Junior Wimbledon, both with fellow Canadian Sebastien Lareau in 1990. These were the first Grand Slam titles ever won by a Canadian. He also competed for Canada at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and represented Canada in Davis Cup competition. He was inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in 2013, celebrated by Montreal tennis fans for his big win over Tim Henman in the 1995 Rogers Cup and making the doubles quarter-finals in 1991.

He has remained involved in tennis since his playing days. A past president of the Friends of Tennis Foundation, he also organizes the annual Coupe Le Blanc, an international tournament for kids under 12 that has been running for more than 10 years in Quebec.

LeBlanc lives in St-Bruno, Quebec with his wife Christine Bélair and four children.

Nadir-Mohamed

Nadir Mohamed is the former President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. He retired in December 2013. Rogers Communications is a diversified communications and media company with the largest wireless and cable business in Canada and leading media and sports brands.

Mr. Mohamed began his communications career more than 30 years ago and joined Rogers Communications in August 2000. He was appointed President and CEO of Rogers Wireless in 2001 and was appointed President and COO of Rogers Communications Group in 2005. Mr. Mohamed was unanimously appointed by the RCI Board of Directors to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications in March 2009 succeeding the late company founder Ted Rogers.

Mr. Mohamed has a rich background, and a strong passion for making a difference in the community. He moved to Canada from East Africa in 1971 and has appreciated the significant opportunities afforded to him and his family. He in turn looks to contribute to advancing Canada’s digital agenda through initiatives like Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and the Next 36, a unique program that transforms Canada’s most promising students into successful entrepreneurs. He continues to be an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization / World Presidents’ Organization and the Chief Executives Organization.

Mr. Mohamed was named by Bloomberg as one of the world’s most successful immigrants and in October 2013 he was honoured by the UN Association in Canada at their 2013 Global Citizens Dinner.

Mr. Mohamed graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He earned his C.A. designation in 1981 and was awarded his FCA designation in 2010.

Mike-Tevlin

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.

Upon graduation from Western, he joined Loblaws Supermarkets and found himself in the food business to stay. In 1989, he and a fellow business school grad founded Give and Go Prepared Foods, which became one of Canada’s leading bakeries and home to the world famous Two-Bite Brownie.

Upon completion of the sale of Give and Go in 2003 and after a year of transitional consulting for the new owners, Mr. Tevlin became involved in a variety of projects including sitting on the Board of a small cutting edge independent private school in Toronto where he chaired a $3.5 million capital campaign to build an addition to the building.

As an avid sportsman (most particularly tennis, golf and fly fishing) and busy entrepreneur, Mr. Tevlin is used to seeing group and individual dynamics from a variety of perspectives. He and his wife Nicole are also philanthropically committed to several causes in Canada most particularly in the fields of health, sport, and education.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Michael-Downey

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. Mr. Downey possesses extensive executive management experience in the sport, beer and marketing industries.

During his first term at Tennis Canada, Mr. Downey developed a bold plan to diversify and increase revenue to reinvest in tennis development and the Rogers Cup tournaments. He changed the culture of the organization and cultivated partnerships within the tennis and business communities to enhance Tennis Canada’s image on the domestic and international stage.

In 2007, Mr. Downey prompted the Board of Directors of Tennis Canada to invest over $1 million annually in high performance; an initiative that led to Canada’s first ever, National Tennis Centre in Montreal and regional U14 programs in Toronto, and later in Vancouver. Both Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard trained at the Montreal NTC. Under Mr. Downey’s leadership, the organization also launched an ambitious Tennis Matters fund development campaign, which far exceeded its initial $10 million donation goal.

In 2013, Mr. Downey was recruited to oversee British Tennis, the first expatriate to lead the 130 year old LTA. He led the development of a new strategic plan focussed on reversing a decade long decline in grassroots participation. With a strong focus on parks tennis and attracting young families to clubs, British Tennis achieved nearly 2 million monthly recreational players. Participation turnaround was aided by the successful Great British Tennis Weekend, Tennis for Kids, and a ‘Go hit it’ advertising campaign. Under Downey’s leadership, the British pro grass court circuit leading up to Wimbledon was revamped, re-combining Eastbourne, creating a new combined event in Nottingham and expanding the centre court at Queen’s. When he departed London for Canada, the LTA had just launched “Transforming British Tennis Together” a game-changing program to double the number of kids playing tennis through expanding the number of covered courts, flood lit courts and court access systems throughout Britain.

As President of the Ontario-Western Canada region at Molson Breweries – Canada’s largest brewery – Mr. Downey worked to generate record profits and contributed to award-winning marketing campaigns, including the internationally renowned I Am Canadian television campaign.

Known and recognized in the Toronto sports market, Mr. Downey has held senior executive positions with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Air Canada Centre, and served as President of Skydome and Molson Sports & Entertainment.

Michael resides in Toronto with his wife Jinder. They have three children, Schara, Mackenzie and Sam.

Hatem-McDadi

Hatem McDadi has been senior vice-president, tennis development since 2012. He joined Tennis Canada as director of player development in 1999 and moved to become the vice-president, tennis development in 2004. Mr. McDadi came from the private sector where he was the co-founder of a top Canadian tennis academy and director / part owner of Club Management Group (CMG) Tennis Inc., a tennis club management company based in Brampton, Ontario that ran two indoor clubs and a number of outdoor summer community clubs. Mr. McDadi is responsible for all facets of sport development including high performance, coaching, community, facilities, wheelchair, officiating and competitive structure. A key liaison with the provincial tennis associations, Mr. McDadi has been part of a team that helped in the development of Tennis Canada’s strategic plan that has seen historic growth in high performance results, community and club participation.

A certified Level IV coach, Mr. McDadi was a member of the Canadian coaching team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the team of Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau captured the gold medal. He also served as Nestor’s and Rene Simpson’s personal coach over the years. Mr. McDadi was Canada’s Fed Cup coach from 1992-98. He was awarded the Coaching Excellence Award by Tennis Canada in 1997.

On the court, Mr. McDadi reached a career high no. 226 on the ATP singles ranking and No. 188 in doubles. As a junior, he captured the U18 Boys Outdoor National Singles Championship in 1982. He claimed the U18 Boys National Indoor Doubles Championship with Peter Straub in 1981 and again in 1982 with partner Chris Pridham. Mr. McDadi was ranked among the Top 10 players in Canada from 1983-88.

Mr. McDadi, and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Streetsville Ontario with their three children, India, Bodi and Kye.

Eugène-Lapierre

Tournament Director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal since 2001, Eugène Lapierre is responsible for professional tennis in Quebec. Each year his name is among the most influential Quebecers in the world of sport according to media such as La Presse and Journal de Montréal.

Mr. Lapierre has been involved with tennis since his youth. As a player, he dominated the province of Quebec in the U16 category (1972) and U21 category (1974) in addition to ranking No. 4 in the open division. He has also acted as a coach and club professional. For the last 20 years, he has played a role in all of the major tennis events in Quebec. From 1983 to 1993, Mr. Lapierre was the Technical Director for Tennis Quebec. In 1987, he launched a mini-tennis project that allowed kids to play tennis in schools by providing all necessary equipment (mini racquets and balls). He then took over the reins of national and international tournaments in Quebec until 1998. After being named Co-Tournament Director of the Canadian Open Tennis Championships in 1999, he became the lone man in charge in 2001, taking over from Richard Legendre.

Since joining the Tennis Canada team, Mr. Lapierre has overseen numerous initiatives that have contributed to the growth and popularity of tennis in Quebec as well as the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. In 2001, he was responsible for the addition of 2,000 seats and 13 corporate suites inside IGA Stadium’s Centre Court as well as the expansion of the indoor centre with 4 additional courts. He spearheaded the construction of the new National Bank Court in 2004 (4,500 seating capacity), making Montreal’s event the first tournament outside the Grand Slams to sell tickets for a second show court. He later led the construction of 4 clay courts on the roof of the indoor centre. He is also behind the National Bank Little Aces talent development program, which aims to identify promising young athletes aged six and seven and develop their tennis skills.

Under his leadership, the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank’s attendance has grown from 155,000 to over 215,000 spectators annually and proceeds from the event, which are entirely reinvested in the development of the sport, have almost tripled. Today the event is broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world.

Mr. Lapierre was elected to the ATP and WTA Tournament Councils to represent the tournaments of both Americas. In 2009, Tourism Montréal presented him with the Grand Ulysse, an award for the organizer of the event attracting the most tourism in Montreal.

A native of Granby, Mr. Lapierre lives in Montreal.

Rob-Swann

Rob Swann rejoined Tennis Canada as VP, Chief Commercial Officer in 2013. He is responsible for corporate partnerships and stadium sales revenue generation for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank tournaments in Toronto and Montreal as well as grassroots tennis and national events. He holds an Honours BA in Recreation and Business from the University of Waterloo.

Mr. Swann started his Tennis Canada career as a volunteer at the 1996 Rogers Cup and over the course of 15 years moved up to Regional Vice-President of Corporate Sales. In 2011, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays as Director of Corporate Partnership and Business Development where he secured multiple new corporate partners and significantly increased the investment of current partners in both dollars and activation.

Upon his return, Mr. Swann led the corporate partnership and stadium sales team to record breaking revenue for the 2014 tournaments.

Mr. Swann lives in Toronto with his wife Tanya and their young sons Carter and Brady.

Helene-St-Amand

Helene St-Amand joined Tennis Canada as Chief Financial Officer in July 2014. Prior to joining Tennis Canada, she spent seven years at Bishop’s University, five of which she acted as Vice-Principal of Finance and Administration. Ms. St-Amand holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. She is a chartered accountant and member of CPA Canada.

Ms. St-Amand began her career as an auditor and has worked in various sectors including publicly traded companies, private sector companies and not-for-profit organizations. She has also shared her passion of accounting by educating others as an accounting professor at Bishop’s University.

She donates her time back to local organizations in the community including her participation as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sherbrooke 2013 Summer Canada Games from 2010-2014.

Originally from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Ms. St-Amand now resides in Toronto. She has two children who currently attend university in Quebec.

Gavin-Ziv

Long-time tennis maven Gavin Ziv was named Vice President of professional events in May of 2014 and more recently Managing Director for The Rogers Cup in Toronto in February 2018. He joined Tennis Canada as the Coordinator of National Events in tennis development in 1998 and later became the Operations Manager for the Rogers Cup. In 2007, he was named the Director of National Events alongside his manager role for Rogers Cup. Prior to his role with tennis, Mr. Ziv completed a specialized honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University. Prior to starting his position with Tennis Canada, he volunteered with the Rogers Cup starting in 1987 and has been involved with every tournament in Toronto for the past 33 years.

Mr. Ziv is responsible for all facets of the international competitive structure in Canada as well as officiating. He oversees all of the professional tennis events in Canada including the pro circuit events for men and women and Davis and Fed Cup ties. He helped to develop the functional and operational program for the Aviva Centre, Toronto’s $40 million stadium that opened in July of 2004, which hosts many of the international tournaments in Canada. More recently, he directed several Davis and Fed Cup ties culminating in the men’s side reaching the Davis Cup semi-final for the first time in 2013 and the ladies Fed Cup reaching the prestigious world group I main draw in 2014, a first for the team.

Mr. Ziv is responsible for the overall management of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which is widely considered to be one of the most welcoming and well-organized on the ATP and WTA circuits, a tournament that brings in close to $35 million annually. For 2011 when the Toronto and Montreal tournaments will be played during the same week, he helped develop the model that will show the matches virtually combined on domestic TV. A key liaison with the WTA and ATP Tours, Mr. Ziv currently sits on the ATP Media Board, the WTA Board, WTA Media Steering Committee and the WTA Tournament Council.

Mr. Ziv, and his wife, Jaimie, have two children, Emily and Sophie and live in Thornhill, Ontario.

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ATP Tour

The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour.

At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event crowns the ATP Tour No. 1.

With 64 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP Tour battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events).

Tennis Canada owns and operates a Masters 1000 ATP World Tour tournament, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, which is held annually and alternates between Toronto and Montreal.

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WTA

Founded on the principle of equal opportunity for women in sports by Billie Jean King in 1973, the WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 100 nations competing for a record $164 million in prize money. In 2018, the WTA was watched by a record-breaking global audience of 600 million. The WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 29 countries, culminating with the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China, offering an unprecedented $14 million total prize purse and honoring the season’s top singles and doubles players.

Tennis Canada owns and operates a Premier 5 WTA tournament, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, which is held annually and alternates between Toronto and Montreal.

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International Tennis Federation

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, oversees the following five areas of the game:

  • Administration and regulation
  • Organizing international competition
  • Structuring the game
  • Developing the game
  • Promoting the game

Tennis Canada owns and operates six professional ITF-sanctioned events held in Canada and works closely with the governing body on Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the men’s and women’s annual international team competitions for the sport of tennis.

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Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic Committee leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team’s podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the Canadian Olympic Committee delivers resources that Canada’s elite athletes need to perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the Canadian Olympic Committee works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes’ stories, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.

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Tennis Professionals Association

The Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) is a member-based association devoted to growing the profession of tennis coaching throughout Canada. The TPA was developed by Tennis Canada for Canadian certified Instructors, Coaches, and Club Professionals. Since its inception in 2004, the TPA has grown from 800 members to over 2900.

The 2018-2022 Tennis Canada Strategic Plan is an overview of the organization’s focus areas and enablers, which have been established in accordance with our organizational Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values. The plan spans over a period of four years.

There are three key focus areas laid out in the plan, the first of which is the ENGINE, the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank events in Montreal and Toronto. These tournaments are the drivers of our organization, with all of the net proceeds from Rogers Cup reinvested into growing the sport across the country. The second key area of focus for the organization is INSPIRATION. As a tennis federation, we strive for excellence both on and off the court and are working to help support our players and coaches. We want to ensure success not only with our current generation of players, but to maintain a pipeline of talented athletes for the years to come. The third focus area for the organization is CAPACITY BUILDING, thus ensuring that there is continued development of new and existing tennis facilities across the country. We are striving to make tennis more accessible and provide Canadians with more places to practice the sport year-round.

Click here to consult the detailed 2018-2022 Tennis Canada Strategic Plan.