Andrea Carey

Victoria, BC – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) is pleased to announce the re-election of Andrea Carey, Director of Operations & Community Engagement to the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors at their recent AGM in Ottawa.

Carey has been with PISE since prior to opening in September 2008. Through her role at PISE she has had the pleasure of working with sport development and high performance sport, particularly in the capacity of ensuring that their training and support needs are met while they are at PISE. Through this aspect of her position, she worked with the National Wheelchair Rugby team in during their training camps at PISE over the past three years and learned that many of the requirements for their accessibility to the facility were lacking, despite this being a new facility built to accessibility codes. This spurred Carey on to want to do more to ensure that both able bodied and disabled athletes have barrier free access to training environments.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year on the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors. The organization is in an exciting growth phase, and with the London Games just around the corner, Canada’s Paralympic team is poised to make a huge impression on the world stage. I am proud to represent the athletes, coaches, and sport organizations that work so hard to make Canada proud” comments Andrea.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee Board includes a team of 12 highly skilled and diverse individuals who are well equipped to steer the Canadian Paralympic Committee towards its goal of being the world’s leading Paralympic nation.

“We are delighted to welcome the new and returning members to the Board,” said David Legg, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Their combined professional expertise, as well as passion for the Paralympic Movement, will undoubtedly stand us in good stead as the Canadian Paralympic Committee prepares for future Games and the goal of becoming the world’s top Paralympic nation, while continuing to break new ground in the development and recruitment of more Canadians to parasport. We’d also like to thank and recognize our outgoing Board members, Debbie Low, Ozzie Sawicki and Michael Edgson, for their invaluable contributions to the Board.”

Two new members will be added to the 2011 Board, including Blair McIntosh in the position of Director, High Performance. McIntosh is currently the Director of Sport for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and was the past Chef de Mission for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Also new to the Board is Rem Langan, acclaimed as Director of Finance. Langan is the Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities. He was previously the President/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities and was a Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. for many years. In this role, he was responsible for Olympic partnership relationships.

Dale Hooper, Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Rogers Media Inc., was acclaimed as Director of Communication. Gail Hamamoto was re-elected to the position of Director, Paralympic Development and Andrea Carey was the incumbent elected to a Member at Large position. Both Hamamoto and Carey have extensive experience delivering parasport programs – from community level programs to high-performance programs involved in the Paralympic Games.

In addition, Craig McCord, National Coach and Program Director for Swimming/Natation Canada’s Para-swimming Program, will become the new representative of the Coaches’ Council, replacing outgoing Ozzie Sawicki, Head Coach of the Para-Athletic program at Athletics Canada. McCord is a Chartered Professional Coach with a NCCP Level 3 Certification and 26 years of experience, including 11 years with Para-swimming at a national and international level.

Each position has a term of two years.

Board of Directors – Canadian Paralympic Committe

David Legg, Cochrane, AB                                         President

Carla Qualtrough, Vancouver, BC                               Past President

Jim Westlake, Oakville, ON                                        Vice President

Hugues Gibeault, Ottawa, ON                                     Director, Marketing

Gail Hamamoto, Vancouver, BC                                  Director, Development

Blair McIntosh, Toronto ON                                         Director, High Performance

Dale Hooper, Toronto, ON                                           Director, Communications

Rem Langan, Toronto ON                                           Director, Finance

Gaétan Tardif, Toronto, ON                                         Director, Administration

Josh Vander Vies, Vancouver, BC                               Athletes’ Council Representative

Craig McCord, Richmond, BC                                      Coaches’ Council Representative

Chantal Petitclerc, Saint-Marc-des- Carrières, QC       Member at Large

Andrea Carey, Victoria, BC                                         Member at Large

Marc-André Fabien, Montréal, QC                             Canadian Paralympic Foundation


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About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit