October 9, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society has announced that Colin Ewart has been elected as the new Chair of its Board of Directors, and Bob Cameron has been accepted as a new Board member.

Ewart succeeds Jim Reed as Chair, having served on the Board for two years. He has over 27 years’ experience in the public and private sector in Canada and the U.K. primarily in recreation, telecommunications and the military. He is an executive with the Rick Hansen Foundation responsible for strategic partnerships and securing funding for the Rick Hansen Institute and Foundation programs. Ewart served on the Board of Silken Laumann’s Active Kids’ Movement, and is past-President of the Victoria Quality Council and past-Director of the Quality Council of BC. A graduate in Executive Coaching from Royal Road University, he has also held U.K. coaching designations in athletics, weightlifting, and outdoor leadership.

“PISE was very fortunate to have benefited from Jim Reeds visionary leadership and service,” Ewart said. “I am honoured to follow the path he set to make PISE a world class community, regional, and national centre of sport and physical activity excellence in Canada.”

Newly elected Board member, Bob Cameron, is a well-known figure in Victoria’s cycling community. He manages a successful law practice while also supporting many local events. For four years he has sponsored the Robert W. Cameron Cycling Series, a popular three-day event, in Victoria. He also sponsors the Island Racing Club (IRC), the Oak Bay Half Marathon and numerous triathlons. He is a board member of the Tyee Aquatic Swim Club, and past Chair of the PacificSport National Cycling Centre (200-2004). In his competitive cycling days he was the Canadian National Champion in the Olympic Sprint (1994) and was five-time Victoria Cycling League Champion (1996-2008).

The other PISE board members are: Elaine Dagg-Jackson, Mandy Farmer, Kathryn Laurin, Margaret Lucas, Randy Smith, Angus Izard and Jim Reed (Past Chair).