The Canada Games Council (CGC) Board of Directors has officially announced four new Board members, including Karen Menjivar, Judy Joseph-Black, Rick Ramsbottom, and Fauna Kingdon, who were elected to the Board during its Annual General Meeting in September.
Blair McIntosh, Catriona Le May Doan, Cheri Bradish, Lynn Blouin, and Elaine Roper were also elected for their second terms on the CGC Board.
Chair of the Canada Games Council Evan Johnston said that this Board nomination process’ goal was to identify Canadians with standout backgrounds, who are leaders in their fields and have a passion for the Canada Games and amateur sport. He added that they were incredibly pleased and excited to have found those qualities in these four new members, who were believed to be incredible additions to their Canada Games family, complement the existing team, and to help to elevate the Canada Games experience.
As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Kingdon serves on the Board of Directors for lndspire, which assists Indigenous youth in pursuit of post-secondary education. While living in Nunavut for 20 years, she was immersed in Inuit culture. There she was a competitive athlete who helped foster her passion for recreation, volunteerism, and amateur sports. She has been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, such as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for standout contribution to Canada in 2002.
As an advocate for coaches and athletes with a disability, women in sport, and Indigenous sport, Joseph-Black has been working in the sport industry of Canada for more than 30 years. Currently, she is a sports and communications consultant for multi-sport organizations. She has extensive experience with amateur sport organizations including government, University, and not for profit.
Having 15-year financial experience in the banking industry, currently, Menjivar serves as a Regional Enablement Coach with RBC Royal Bank. She also has experience leading and taking part in initiatives to recruit women in Commercial Banking. She is partnered with Ivey Business School to develop inclusion training for faculty and future MBA cohorts.
With 25 years of experience in sponsorship licensing, ticketing, marketing, Ramsbottom has worked with professional sports teams, including not-for-profits, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Pan/Parapan American Games.