Governance

Board of Directors

Head and shoulders photo of Gwen Smoluk

Gwen Smoluk – President

Gwen has a history of leadership, with Racquetball Canada serving as the President since 2016. Prior to that she was the chair of the Athlete Development Committee from 2012 to 2016. Gwen’s intimate knowledge of the sport as a parent of former athletes, a player and volunteer who has served in many capacities has benefitted our sport. Throughout her volunteer tenure, Gwen has enjoyed working with the team to make Racquetball stronger in Canada and is proud of the work the organization has done to enhance programs.

 

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Cher Allen – Vice President

Cher started volunteering at the very young age of 12 and has been giving back to through her commitment and dedication since then. She has been a member of the Racquetball Manitoba Board for many years and was elected to the Racquetball Canada Board in 2020 as a member at large. In 2022, Cher was elected to the position of Vice President. Cher brings an important perspective as an athlete, coach and parent of an aspiring player and as a successful business owner.

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Ken Storuzuk – Director of Finance

We will be adding Ken’s biography soon – please check back. 

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Christine Keay – Athlete Representative

Racquetball has been part of Christine’s live for over twenty-five years when she first began her career as a junior athlete. She is a long-time member of the National Team who has competed for Canada at the highest levels. This experience, combined with her years spent as the Athlete Director, enables her to bring an important voice and perspective to our Board, which she has been a member of since 2016. Christine also represents our athletes with AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes.

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Cliff Hood – Director at Large

Cliff joined our Board in 2019, bringing important skills and a knowledge base which is invaluable. He is a practicing lawyer who has been highly engaged at the community and province level as a volunteer since 1972 when he first opened his practice. He has chaired or served on the Boards for a number of organizations and corporations developing a diverse range of skills. As a player since 1985, Cliff has contributed to racquetball as a tournament host, a sport leader, a financial supporter and a champion of the sport. 

 

Steven Leduc – Director at Large

Steve has just joined our board – check back soon for his biography.

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Steve Scagnetti – Director at Large

Steve has been an active volunteer for over 35 years, when he became involved as a 19 year old running the league at the Kitchener YMCA. As a player, instructor, administrator and past Board member with Racquetball Ontario, Steve brings a wealth of racquetball experience to our Board. In addition, Steve’s history as an elite baseball player, and his subsequent management work in that sport, has given him the opportunity to develop skills that are invaluable to our Board.  Steve has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2018.

Committees

Standing Committees

The Board has two Standing Committees which advise the Board of issues of governance:

Committee & Chairs

Governance and Nominating Committee – Gwen Smoluk

Finance, Audit and Revenue Generation Committee – Ken Storuzuk

Operating Committees

Racquetball Canada has give Operating Committees that support the work of the Board of Directors and Staff. These committees work closely with staff related to planning and delivery and can make recommendations to the Board related to their area of expertise.

Committees & Chairs

Athlete Development Committee – Mitch Brayley

Hall of Fame Selection Committee – Cheryl McKeeman

High Performance Committee – Darrell Davis

Marketing Committee – Steve Scagnetti

Sport Development Committee – Calvin Smith

Provincial Representatives

Provincial Representatives are designated by their Provincial Associations and act as the point of liaison for their province. The Provincial Representatives or their designate attend the Annual Meeting and vote on behalf of their province. We communicate on a regular basis with the Provincial Associations through their representative and hold regular meetings to ensure open lines of communication. 

 

Provincial Association Representatives
Racquetball BC Cheryl McKeeman & Calvin Smith
Alberta Racquetball Association Mitch Brayley
Saskatchewan Racquetball Association Karla Drury
Racquetball Manitoba Diana Bradbury
Racquetball Ontario Tammy Gray
Racquetball Québec Rino Langelier
New Brunswick Racquetball Mike McCabe
Racquetball Nova Scotia Dan Smith
Racquetball Prince Edward Island Allan Meston
Racquetball Newfoundland & Labrador Paul Nolan

 

Meetings

Board & Committee Meetings

The Board of Directors and the Standing and Operating Committees meet regularly throughout the year.

The following is the 2022 / 2023 meeting schedule for the Board of Directors.

  • September 26, 2022
  • November 7, 2022
  • December 5, 2022
  • January 30, 2023
  • March 6, 2023
  • April 3, 2023
  • May 22, 2023
  • August 7, 2023
 

Contact us if you would like more information about our Board of Directors or committee meetings or if you would like to view the Board of Director meeting minutes.

Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is held in August of each year. The Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors will be made two months in advance of the Annual Meeting. The deadline for nominations is 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. 

More information about our Board of Directors can be found in our Bylaws.

Policies & Bylaws

Racquetball Canada has worked alongside the Sport Law & Strategy Group to develop updated, comprehensive, user-friendly policies and procedures. Racquetball Canada encourages its provincial associations and affiliated clubs to adopt the policies for their own use.

Racquetball Canada’s Policy Suite is comprehensive and reflects current best practices that will guide the organization in its operations including policies that support our values, help ensure accountability and transparency and that deal with bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, maltreatment and conflict.

Racquetball Canada also adheres to the Universal Code of Conduct for the Maltreatment of Sport (UCCMS).

Planning

Racquetball Canada works to engage its membership in the strategic planning process. Our strategic plan was developed through a process of consultation with the membership at annual planning meetings and through discussion with our partners and our stakeholders including our members, coaches, officials, athletes and volunteers.

Past Presidents

2012 – 2016  Jack McBride  Sherwood Park, AB
 2010 – 2012  Ron Brown  Winnipeg, MB
 1999 – 2010  Usher Barnoff  Calgary, AB
 1998 – 1999  Dave Bell  Halifax, NS
 1995 – 1998  Ron Hughes  Burnaby, BC
 1990 – 1992  Ian McKenzie  Vancouver, BC
 1984 – 1989  Dan Stone  
 1982 – 1984  Morris Waitzer  Montreal, QC
 1979 – 1982  Steve Millstein  
 1977 – 1979  John Chambers  
 1975 – 1977  Ivan Velan  Montreal, QC
 1971 – 1974  John Kempo  Edmonton, AB
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