Ms. Gillen, proprietor of Lolly D. Gillen, Brokerage, has been in the real estate industry since 1976 specializing in residential real estate in the Toronto area. She has been involved in the sport of squash for more than 30 years, both as a player and as a volunteer. Ms. Gillen is an accomplished squash player with 49 doubles titles; 18 Provincial/State, 25 Canadian, 2 US and 4 World Doubles titles. She has served on the boards of Squash Ontario (acting as President in 2007-2008), Sport4Ontario, Summit Golf & Country Club, and Squash Canada's Board of Directors since 2009 as VP Operations, then serving as President since 2013. In 2001, Lolly received Squash Ontario's highest award (The Special Achievement Award), which is given to an individual who has worked on behalf of the game of squash and represents the ideals of volunteerism both in Ontario and on a national level. She also earned the Ontario Sports Award in 2003 which is Ontario's highest award given to a volunteer in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the field of Amateur Sport. She was also inducted into the Ontario Jesters in 2008. In 2010, the US & Squash doubles community named the Can Am Cup women's trophy the Gillen/Pierce Cup after Lolly Gillen (Canada) and Molly Pierce (US). In February of 2011, Lolly was the Lapham Grant Women's Team Captain, where she won the Crawford Cup (which she won again in 2012), in addition to the Gillen/Pierce Trophy at the Can Am Cup (2012). In 2015, Lolly was inducted in the Cricket Club Squash Hall of Fame. Throughout her career, she has also played key roles in creating the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame and the Squash Ontario Charity Golf Tournament, spearheading the development of a Squash Canada doubles certification program and the concept of a North American Ranking program (for which she collected the results from every doubles tournament in the US and Canada since 2005), and founded the Road to Podium Campaign for Squash Canada which eventually raised $180 000 in 7 months in 2014. Lolly continues her steadfast dedication to the sport of squash on a daily basis and is currently Squash Canada's representative to the World Squash Federation.
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Thorson has been working in the not-for-profit/charity sector at both the Provincial and National levels in a variety of operational and strategic management roles over 20 years and was named CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada in 2005. Shaun currently oversees the activities of the national organization including partnership development with stakeholders from government, labour, education and business. Shaun speaks French and English, is passionate about sport, healthy lifestyles and is an avid squash player. He currently serves as VP on the Squash Outaouais Board, is a member of the Ottawa District Squash Association- Junior Committee and has also served on a multitude of other national and international boards and committees over the years.
Vice President, Technical
Mr. Wren has an extensive background both in business and in the sport of squash. Steve was born in New Zealand but settled in Toronto in 1986 while visiting and competing in the North American squash circuit before moving to Gatineau where he presently resides with his family. Currently, Steve is the Senior Account Executive of the National Capital & Atlantic Region with DATA Communications Management (DATA CM), based out of the Ottawa Office. During his time with DATA CM, he has held a number of sales director and managerial positions with the company since 1995 in which time it evolved from Crain-Drummond Ltd. to Relizon Inc. and since 2006, DATA CM Corp. For a 3 year period from 2006 to 2009, Steve returned to New Zealand and held sales managerial positions with print & communication related businesses there (BluePrint, Rainbow Print). He has had substantial success in squash as a provincial, national and professional player, and has been an active club Squash-Pro for 10+ years while based in Toronto in the 80s and 90's. Through this period, Steve was the coach to several Canadian team members (including the former world #1 squash player Jonathan Power, plus Graham Ryding & Shahier Razik), and was a director and initiator of tournaments and leagues in Toronto and later in Gatineau upon his relocation to Quebec. He currently serves as a member of the Quebec Masters Squash Committee, the Canadian Masters Squash Committee, and as the Chairperson of the Ottawa & District Junior Squash Committee. Steve also consistently continues to succeed in Masters Championships on a global scale. He's achieved 1st in several Canadian & US Masters age-group titles, plus 2nd and 4th place finishes at World Masters Games and World Masters Squash Championships, respectively. Recently, Wren finished 1st at both the 2016 50+ Canadian Championships and 50+ British Open and continues to compete in Masters tournaments worldwide.
Director at Large
Mr. Turk is a recent coach inductee into the Squash Canada Wall of Fame with the Class of 2015. Gene has been playing squash for 41 years, 34 of which, as a Pro at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club. Beginning his coaching career in 1982, Gene has afforded the squash community with 17 years of coaching experience making him one of Canada's longest serving Senior Men's National Team Coaches. Gene's illustrious coaching career includes historic achievements such as Gold Medals in both the Men and Women's team and individual events at squash's inaugural appearance in the 1995 Pan Am Games and then again in 1999. Further, he helped to secure Canada's best ever 2nd place finish at the Men's World Team Championship in 1997 and 4th place in 2005. Additionally, Gene coached at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England where Jonathan Power took the gold. Gene is a Certified N. C. C. P. Level 4 Coach and has mentored great athletes such as Trevor Borland, Josh Struthers, Justin Todd and Thomas Brinkman. He has dedicated considerable time as a member of the High Performance Committee with Squash Canada and is presently working at Consolidated Turf Equipment in Winnipeg. Gene continues to be a dedicated member to the squash community and continues to improve the sport's stature throughout the country.
Director at Large
Mr. Kapoor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Manitoba and is a chartered accountant. He served as the President of Wellington West Holdings Inc. until July 2011. He has extensive experience in the Canadian financial services industry. From 2003 to 2005, Kishore served as Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development at Loring Ward International Ltd., which was formed to hold the U.S. operations of Assante Corporation. As one of the founders of Assante, Mr. Kapoor acted as Executive-Vice President of Corporate Development from 1994 to 2003, where he was intrumental in the development and execution of their corporate strategy. He played an important role in taking Assante public, which led to the sale of their Canadian operations in 2003 to CI Financial. Kapoor was a Tax Partner with KPMG LLP for 14 years and specialized in advising clients on tax, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and development of corporate strategy in a wide range of industries, including the biotechnology sector. He has been a Director of Richardson Financial Group Limited since July 2014, and an Independent Director for both Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and Medicure Inc. since 2006. Kishore also serves as a Director of MTS Allstream Inc.
Director at Large
Ms. Thompson is one of the newly elected Directors at Large as voted by Squash Canada Membership in the 2016 Annual General Meeting. She has previously worked as a Negotiator and Manager with Commercial Real Estate Richard Ellis Hong Kong from 1985 to 1990. Sandra has also contributed significantly to the squash community for many years as the Chair of the Junior Committee and Chair-Player of Player Development on the Squash British Columbia Executive. She was instrumental in starting the Provincial and Regional Junior Camp programs and in creating the current Junior Provincial Championships Tournament formats. Further, she has played a major role in promoting Junior Grassroots programs and attaining funding, court time and volunteers to make these programs successful. Sandra has recently earned Squash BC's Kevin Kydd Junior Service Award which is presented to an individual who has unselfishly inspired, coached, mentored or supported Junior squash players. The addition of Sandra Thompson to the Squash Canada Board of Directors brings clear supplemental value to the organization.
Mr. McDougall currently serves as Squash Canada's Athlete Director after being unanimously supported and elected by the Senior National Team athletes. Andrew has played squash since he was 10 years old and played professionally for 6 years between the ages of 18-24. He was a national player and represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in 2006, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Senior World Championships in 2011. After his professional squash career ended, Andrew has been working at the Toronto Athletic Club to hone his skills as a coach, program developer and leader. During his time as an athlete and as a coach, Andrew has been closely mentored by Jonathan Hill, Mike Way and Malcolm Willstrop. Andrew continues to serve the Canadian squash community as the Athlete Director and provides crucial insight and perspective to Squash Canada athletes, coaches, board and staff.