The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced today the members of the Beijing 2008 Olympic mission team. The mission team is the group of health care and other professionals that provides all necessary support services to the Canadian team in Beijing. It is comprised mostly of volunteers from across Canada.

“We have worked very hard to select dedicated and experienced individuals for our mission team,” said Sylvie Bernier, 2008 Chef de Mission and 1984 diving Olympic gold medallist.

“We want the athletes and coaches to be able to fully concentrate on their training and competition while in Beijing, while our mission team members take care of all the other details.” Bernier will be assisted by Assistant Chef de Mission Peter Giles of Halifax, Olympian in canoe-kayak.

“The COC and its mission team work in collaboration with the National Sport Federations to deliver world-class services to athletes, coaches and other NSF support team personnel during the Games,” said Caroline Assalian, COC executive director of Olympic Preparation and Games. “Our mission team’s main objective in Beijing will be to create an optimal environment that contributes to podium success.”

The 125 members of the mission team will be comprised of non-accredited and accredited personnel. A total of 41 members will be a part of the health care and sport science team, which includes physicians, chiropractors, therapists and other medical support personnel. Other members of the mission team will provide support in areas including village operations, transportation, communications, performance centre, outfitting and Canada Olympic House.

The COC will add other members to the mission team as required pending sport team qualifications.

The Olympic Games in Beijing will be held August 8-24, 2008.

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The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada’s participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means. For more information see the COC website:

Title Name Hometown
Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier Montreal
Assistant Chef de Mission Peter Giles Halifax
Executive Director, Games Caroline Assalian Ottawa
Director, Team Operations Betty Dermer-Norris Fredericton
Team Attache Mark Rowswell Toronto
Security Liaison Sgt. John Monteith Ottawa
Security Liaison Sgt. Louis Chiasson Ottawa
Manager Carla Anderson Ottawa
Assistant Manager Andrew Baker Ottawa
Administration Officer Henri Arslanian Ste-Genevieve
Administration Officer Mike Laporte Ottawa
Transportation/Logistics Officer Nadia M’Seffer Vancouver
Transportation/Logistics Officer Gord Peterson London
Athlete Services Officer Jennifer Button Toronto
Athlete Services Officer Josée Grand’Maître Montreal
Athlete Services Officer Veronica Brenner Vancouver
Team Services Officer Greg Muir Montreal
Team Services Officer Hub Bérubé Winnipeg
Team Services Officer Monique Allain Fredericton
Team Services Officer Tim Farstad Calgary
Team Services Officer Julia Rivard Marshall Dartmouth
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Robert McCormack New Westminster
Chief Therapist (CT) Stephen King Lennoxville
Health and Science Manager Antoine Atallah Anjou
Assistant CMO Connie Lebrun Edmonton
Assistant CT Mario Mercier Sherbrooke
Physician Alan Vernec Montreal
Physician Julia Alleyne Toronto
Physician Mike Wilkinson Vancouver
Physician Teresa Lynn DeFreitas Edmonton
Physician Victor Lun Calgary
Physician Renata Frankovish Ottawa
Physician Andrew Pipe Ottawa
Physician Andrew Marshall Ottawa
Athletic Therapist Isabelle Routhier Montreal
Athletic Therapist David Blatz Winnipeg
Athletic Therapist Glen Bergeron Winnipeg
Athletic Therapist Heather Griffiths Victoria
Physiotherapist Marilou Lamy Vancouver
Physiotherapist Greg Redman Calgary
Physiotherapist Scott Fraser Vancouver
Physiotherapist Susan Massitti Calgary
Physiotherapist Karen Orlando Toronto
Physiotherapist Laurie Freebairn Maple Ridge
Physiotherapist Ronald Mattison Vancouver
Physiotherapist Nadine Plotnikoff Vancouver
Physiotherapist Raymonde Fortin Brossard
Physiotherapist Diana Perez Beaconsfield
Physiotherapist Karen Decker Halifax
Chiropractor Wilbour Kelsick Port Moody
Chiropractor Lawrence Schledewitz Steinbach
Massage Therapist Alvin Bodnarchuk Saskatoon
Massage Therapist Bernard Irvin Kentville
Massage Therapist Sophie St-Jacques Boucherville
Massage Therapist Jennifer Pendray-Toporowski North Saanich
Massage Therapist Carolyn Caesar Toronto
Massage Therapist Aurel Hamran Edmonton
Massage Therapist Eugene Liang Vancouver
Massage Therapist Chris Petch Edmonton
Massage Therapist Johanna Thackwray Guelph
Sport Psychologist Penny Werthner Ottawa
Physiologist Jon Kolb Calgary
Director, Sport Services Derek Covington Ottawa
Sport Services Officer Jessica Bromley Ottawa
Athlete Mentor Marnie McBean Toronto
Coach Mentor Danielle Sauvageau Montreal
Coach Mentor Debbie Muir Calgary
Performance Technology, Manager Mike Christie Ottawa
Performance Technology Specialist Emil Kossev USA
Performance Technology Specialist Kristin Collins USA
Performance Technology – Support Dana Way Winnipeg
Performance Technology – Support Carolyn Taylor Winnipeg
Meteorologist Doug Charko Regina
Nutritionist Melanie Olivier Montreal
Sr. Director, Olympic Programs Alex Gardiner Winnipeg
Manager Michel Leblanc Quebec City
Assistant Manager Brian Edey Ottawa
Administration/Technical Officials Officer Lucie Leclerc-Rose Ottawa
Administration Officer Yvonne Bierman Toronto
Transportation/Logistics Officer Martha Deacon Cambridge
Transportation/Logistics Officer Kelly-Ann Hodgins Ottawa
Strength/Conditioning Specialist Alain Delorme Montreal
Ticketing Officer Alan Koyanagi Cambridge
Village Liaison Officer Marc Gélinas Montreal
Translator Services/Hotline Officer Sophie Xiaofei Li Montreal
Chef Daryle Ryo Nagata Vancouver
Chef Robert LeCrom Vancouver
Chef Sean Murray Vancouver
IT Services Officer Esad Zenkic Toronto
Press Chief Sylvie Bigras Ottawa
Assistant Press Chief Steve Keogh Toronto
Translator Pascale Seide Legros Ottawa
Media Attache Aline Lafrenière Chelsea
Media Attache Caroline Sharp Ashton
Media Attache Chris Dornan Calgary
Media Attache Ivonne Shoucair Ottawa
Media Attache Jackie Skender London
Media Attache Marie-Annick L’Allier Montreal
Media Attache Martin Richard Ottawa
Media Attache Mathieu Gentes Ottawa
Media Attache Mylène Croteau Ottawa
Media Attache Ron Scammell Wakefield
Media Attache Catherine Barbeau Montreal
Media Attache Anne Merklinger Ottawa
Manager Renée Currie-Kozak Ottawa
Database Officer Alison Brazier Toronto
Administration Officer Melanie Banville Ottawa
Warehouse Officer Stéphane Hachey Bathurst
Ouffitting Officer Christina Ashcroft USA
Outfitting Officer Graham Birt Newmarket
Outfitting Officer (satellite villages) Marc Leger Ottawa
Local Volunteer Officer JP Piltzmaker Toronto
Seamstress Anna Durie Richmond
Seamstress Barb Hiland Ennismore
Manager Nishi Aubin Toronto
Assistant Manager Roupina Farra Toronto
Administration Officer Laurier Thériault Repentigny
Administration Officer Norm O’Reilly Sudbury
Access Officer Karen Moloney Whitby
Access Officer Richard Scott Montreal
Media Attache – COH Carolyne Hudson Montreal
Family Liaison Officer Richard Koo Toronto
Family Liaison Officer Bianelle Legros Montreal
Sponsor Relations Kathrin Mertens Toronto
Finance Officer Arlete Serro Toronto

* Please note that there will be additional Mission Team Members added to this list.

Beijing 2008 – Contracted Personnel
Logistics support Fadey Li Beijing
Photographer Mike Ridewood Calgary
Photographer Andre Forget Calgary
International Travel Rene Pittet Toronto
Guide Mu Zimu Beijing
Beijing 2008 – Corporate
President Michael Chambers Ottawa
Executive Committee Member Jean Dupré Ottawa
CEO / Secretary General Chris Rudge Toronto
Chief Operating Officer Lou Ragagnin Toronto
Executve Director, Marketing and Communications David Bedford Toronto
Director, Communications Jackie De Souza Toronto