Board of Directors

Steve Wren
President
2018-2021

Mr. Wren, a well-known figure in the Canadian and international squash scene has an extensive background both in business and in the sport of squash. Born in New Zealand, Wren 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. As the current Senior Account Executive of the National Capital & Atlantic Region with DATA Communications Management (DATA CM), based out of the Ottawa Office, Wren is an effective leader with extensive experience in senior management and strategic development.  He has coached several Canadian team members (including the former world #1 squash player Jonathan Power, plus Graham Ryding & Shahier Razik). He has served on several committees such as the Quebec Masters Squash Committee, the Canadian Masters Squash Committee, and as the Chairperson of the Ottawa & District Junior Squash Committee. A highly accomplished player, Wren has created a very prolific masters career for himself capturing titles in several Canadian, New Zealand and US Masters age-groups including a “triple crown” of Masters titles winning the Men’s 50+ at the Canadian, British and US Masters Open Championships in a twelve month period. Wren brings knowledge of how Squash Canada operates on a day-to-day basis to the position after having served as interim Executive Director for Squash Canada during a 6-month staff vacancy.  


Shaun Thorson
Vice President, Finance

2017-2020

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.


Sandra Thompson
Director at Large
2016-2019

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.


Carol Stewart
Director at Large
2017-2019

Ms. Stewart was appointed President, Kellogg Canada Inc. in October 2009. She also serves as a member of the Kellogg North America Leadership Team and the Global Leadership Team.  Ms. Stewart has held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles within Kellogg Canada.  She began her career as a Brand Manager for Eggo* and Pop Tarts* in May 1989 and, over the next 11 years, held a number of roles within the Canadian Marketing organization including Senior Category Manager in 1993, Marketing Director, Kid Cereals in 1995, and Marketing Director, Cereal in 1996. In 1998, she was promoted to the role of Vice President, Marketing, where she assumed responsibility for the company’s Convenience Foods business. Ms. Stewart joined the Canadian Sales team as Vice President in September 2001. Four years later, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, Kellogg Canada. Her leadership in this role was key to strengthening the team’s analytic, strategic planning and execution capabilities. In 2007, Ms. Stewart resigned from Kellogg Canada to spend more time with her family.  Rejoining the company in her current role as President, Kellogg Canada, she brings with her a total of more than 25 years of Kellogg experience. Ms. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. Ms. Stewart serves as a Vice Chair on the FCPC Board.  


Alan Fern
Director at Large
2018-2021

Alan Fern holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy as well as a Law degree. He now works as Senior Legal Counsel for Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan. Alan works in a variety of strategic, governance and policy areas for the government, and sits on several boards in this capacity. Growing up in the 1980’s in Saskatchewan, Alan won several junior championships, competed for the provinces provincial men’s team for many years, and was a coach at the Canada Winter Games in 1991. He still plays regularly and competes for the Provincial Men’s Team once more, though now at the Masters level.

 


Keith Flavell
Director at Large
2018-2020

Keith Flavell is currently a commercial, corporate and securities lawyer with the Montreal firm Delegatus Legal Services Inc.. Keith has previously worked as general counsel at two Canadian public companies, as well as with a national Canadian law firm. A provincially-ranked tennis and nationally-ranked squash player as a junior, and later the captain of the 1988 Yale University squash team, he has remained actively involved in squash, particularly in national doubles events, ever since. In 2014, Keith served as captain of the Canadian Lapham Grant team in Philadelphia and will act as Chairman of the 2019 event to be held in Montreal. First elected as a Jester in 1999, he has been Chairman of the Quebec Jesters since 2015 and Secretary of the Canadian Jesters since 2016. Fluent in English and French, Keith has also served on numerous other non-profit boards and committees.


Stephanie Edmison
Athlete Director
2018-2021

Stephanie Edmison is a former professional squash player where she reached a career high of #67 on the PSA world tour. As a junior, she reached #1 for Girls U19 in Canada, won gold and silver medals at the 2003 Junior Pan American Championships, and competed at the 2005 World Junior Championships. She then went on to study economics and play varsity squash at the University of Western Ontario where she was awarded First Team All Star 2005-2009 and OUA Player of the Year in 2008 & 2009. As a National Squad Member, Stephanie won both gold and bronze medals at the 2011 Pan American Games. She is the Co-Founder of Granite Club PSA and a member of the Governance Review committee and the High Performance Committee. Stephanie now works for Cushman & Wakefield ULC., Brokerage in Markham as a Commercial Leasing and Sales Representative, Senior Associate.

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