Who Are We?

Structure of Canadian Sport for Life:


Canadian Sport for Life Management Group

Richard Way

Richard is an architect of Canadian Sport for Life and the Long-Term Athlete Development framework. As Senior Leader for the CS4L Leadership Team, he’s provided development guidance to 56 National Sport Organizations in Canada. Internationally, he is the President of the International Sport for Life Society, serves on the faculty of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware, and has worked in numerous countries around the world. Richard was the Director of Sport for Vancouver’s successful 2010 Bid Corporation, a former commission member of the International Luge Federation, and former executive of the Canadian Luge Association. Richard recently co-authored a book on Long-Term Athlete Development for Human Kinetics.

Istvan Balyi

Istvan is an architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development framework and is a Planning and Periodization expert on which he’s published over 75 articles and chapters. His series on Long-Term Athlete Development and periodization have both been published in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Within Canada, Istvan has worked with 17 different National Teams as a high performance advisor and planning and periodization consultant. Istvan is a national and national Long-Term Athlete Development advisor. Internationally, he has lead program development in the United States, South Africa, England, Ireland, Sweden and the Bahrain.

Dr. Vicki Harber

Vicki is a full time professor in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alberta. As a member of the Canadian Sport for Life Management Group and Leadership Team, she’s helping to shape athlete development programs for young females across Canada. She holds a Sport Nutrition diploma from the IOC and sits on the board of both the Edmonton Sport Council and the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Capital Region. In 2011 and 2012, Vicki was honoured by CAAWS as one of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She’s also a former Olympian, as a member of the 1980 and 1984 Canadian Olympic Rowing team.


Carolyn Trono

Carolyn has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level in the areas of Strategic Planning, CS4L implementation and Coach Education. In the past she has worked with Rowing Canada Aviron, Special Olympics Canada, Canadian Bowling Federation, Canadian Broomball Federation, and Tennis Canada in the development of their LTAD frameworks. Carolyn filled the role of Director of Coach Education for Rowing Canada for fifteen years. As a member of the CS4L Leadership Team, she works extensively with National and Multi-Sport Organizations as they move toward integration of LTAD into their culture and programs. Carolyn is involved with a number of organizations on their Competition Review and Restructuring.


Dr. Colin Higgs

Dr. Higgs is Professor Emeritus in the School of Human Kinetics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and member of the Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team.  Dr Higgs works extensively in developing countries and has published and presented widely on Long-Term Athlete Development, sport biomechanics, and social development through sport. His research interests include biomechanics of sport for persons with a disability, theory of classification systems in disability sport and the use of sport as a tool in international development.



Paul Jurbala

Paul Jurbala is a member of the Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team and Project Lead for the Activating CS4L in Ontario project. He runs his own consulting and management business, communityactive consulting where he develops strategic and governance plans, LTAD plans, and competition reviews for National and Provincial Sport and Multi-Sport Organizations. Paul holds a M.Sc. degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently studying in the PhD program in Sport Management at Brock University, where his focus is change and decision-making in sport organizations.




Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team

Dr. Stephen Norris

Dr.  Norris has worked with many of Canada’s NSOs over the last two decades where he has played a critical role in propelling dozens of Canadian winter-sport athletes to the Olympic, World Championship and international podiums. A director of sport physiology and strategic planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary from 1995-2010, Norris has worked with national team officials, coaches and athletes implementing long-term strategic performance plans aimed at achieving excellence. Norris also played a key role as a primary consultant for Canada’s successful Own the Podium high-performance and technical program between 2005 and 2010. He's the current vice-president of Winsport Canada.


Charles Cardinal

Charles was a professor at Montreal University for 26 years, specializing in planning and periodization of training, methods and principles of training and volleyball. He was also advisor to more than 30 students at the Master’s degree level. He is presently a NCCP course facilitator for Introduction to Competition and Competition Development and facilitates the Advance Competition stream at the NCI Montreal. Charles is also an International course facilitator for CAC and acts as a consultant to several PSO & NSOs on Long-term Athlete Development. Charles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Volleyball Canada (2002) and Volleyball Quebec (2008) and then In 2005 he was awarded the Geoff Gowan award for his lifelong contribution to coaching education.


Dr. Dean Kriellaars

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. As a member of the Leadership Team, Dr. Kriellaars is the creater of the PLAY tools and is a physical literacy expert.




Dr. David Legg

Dr.  Legg is an educator, researcher and a volunteer in sport management and adapted physical activity. He received his PhD in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Alberta in 2000. David has published and presented extensively in his field and also serves as a reviewer in a wide range of publications including the International Journal of Sport Management. As a Leadership Team member, he’s worked with NSOs in the realm of Athletes with a Disability and has published numerous documents in this area. David is also the past president for the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the author of the Paralympic Legacies, the first book published on this subject.



Christian Hrab

Christian is a member of the Canadian Sport for Life Leadership Team andwas responsible for introducing a new coaching education program to Canada Snowboard, which incorporated the Long-Term Athlete Development model. From 1994 to 2010, he was an athlete, coach, and then director of the Canadian National Snowboard team. As a coach, he has lead numerous athletes, both able bodied and disabled, to World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic gold medal performances. Christian also volunteers with the Canadian Olympic Committee on the team selection board, and holds a tenure position on the Coaches of Canada board of directors.


Lea Norris

For more than 20 years Lea has motivated and inspired youth, adults, communities, pools, schools and workplaces throughout Alberta to incorporate more physical activity into their lives. In 2009 she established Sport for Life Cochrane to educate and enlighten communities, minor sports organizations, coaches and parents about the Canadian Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development movement.  As a member of the Leadreship Team she leads the Community Connections Program. She continues to be involved in local, provincial and national CS4L initiatives, doing her part to help all Canadians become Active for Life!


André Lachance

André Lachance has been with Baseball Canada since 2001 serving as Manager Baseball Operations and Head Coach of the Women's National Team. Part of his responsibilities are around Coach Education and Long-Term Athlete Development. André is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. Serving as a board member with the Coaching Association of Canada, André has also led several CS4L Summits on Competition Review and has helped several organizations on Long-Term Athlete Development implementation, competition reviews and other related projects. André also works internationally on Long-Term Athlete Development.


Debra Gassewitz

For the past 15 years she has grown the SIRC organization into the world's most highly respected international sport research centre. She has led SIRC's evolution from "Library" to "Knowledge Broker" through her keen understanding of the information needs of the sport community and a comprehensive appreciation of systemic engagement. Developing strategic marketing opportunities and leveraging new technologies have enabled her to create innovative multi-media learning tools and communication vehicles that have significantly enhanced SIRC's business and benefited individuals and organizations at all levels of sport.


Philip Hochman

Philip Hochman has been a builder, teacher and facilitator for all levels of sport throughout Canada and abroad. Philip has taught the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC) NCCP content throughout Canada, and represented the CAC in 2007, teaching Levels 1 and 3 in Doha with the Qatar National Olympic Committee. A past president of the CPRA of Nova Scotia, as well as a former Director at Large for RNS, Philip has been an ambassador for the ‘Everybody Gets to Play’ program, has facilitated numerous sessions and workshops for volunteer and sporting bodies across Canada and has been a Canada Commonwealth Games Sport consultant in Zambia under the Sport Leadership Abroad Program.


Dr. James Mandigo

James Mandigo is currently the Interim Dean for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. His expertise lies in developmental issues pertaining to sport and physical education. His current research pertains to the use of sport and physical education to develop life skills and the development of physical literacy amongst children and youth. James has also led a number of international projects in the Caribbean and El Salvador focused upon the development of healthy schools, physical literacy, and violence prevention.


Jim Grove

Jim Grove supports the CS4L movement in a variety of communications roles. He a consulting editor to NSOs on Long-Term Athlete Development and physical literacy, and he provides guidance and consultation to the Leadership Team on overall communications planning. He has written and edited publications for CS4L and LTAD since 2006, and he has worked directly with Canadian NSOsfor soccer, squash, lacrosse, weightlifting, curling, cycling, and wheelchair basketball in the development of their LTAD guides and communications materials. He has also consulted to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in the development of the new South African model for Long-Term Participant Development.


Missing: Brian Rahill & Mark Vulliamy


Canadian Sport for Life Staff

Danielle Meyer

Danielle is the Manager of Events and Publications for Canadian Sport for Life and is the Project Coordinator for the International Sport for Life Society. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, where she was a member of the Vike’s Varsity Swim Team. She was also a member of the Canadian National Swim Team for four years, winning a total of four Canadian titles and competing at Worlds and Commonwealth Games.




Ben Robillard

Ben is a Project Coordinator for Canadian Sport for Life who works primarily on the development of physical literacy in Canada. Most notably, Ben has worked on developing the PLAY tools under the guidance of Dr. Dean Kriellaars, as well as creating a PLAY-specific website with the My Personal Best project. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta and is interested in the field of Sport Psychology.



MacKenzie Downing

MacKenzie is the Communications Coordinator for Canadian Sport for Life. She assists in the development and dissemination of resources and manages the scoial media and web platforms with the goal of educating and supporting communities, sport organizations, coaches and health and recreation progressionals in their quest to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. MacKenzie was a member of the Canadian National Swim Team for seven years and competed at various international competitions as a butterfly specialist, including the Commonwealth Games, Worlds and World University Games.