Board of Directors - Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games

 

In addition to the many volunteers who will be onsite at various venues in February 2018, a number of volunteers work for up to two years in advance of the Opening Ceremony in order to ensure the Games are a success.

A community-based Board of Directors was formed in late 2016 and is led by a President and Vice President and includes 14 Directorates, dividing the tasks into like-areas.  Liaisons from various community organizations also join the Board to provide support to the Games.

The Directors lead teams of Committee Chairs each responsible for specific aspects of planning and staging the Games.  In all there are over 100 Chairs.  Only a small contingent of staff, led by the Operations Manager, are hired by the Games to support the volunteers.  This large community endeavour is approximately 97% volunteer-led.


Niki Remesz, President  

Niki is the President of the 2018 BC Winter Games and the owner of a marketing and consulting firm, Uniquely Inspired Marketing. Niki is past Chair of the TRU Alumni & Friends Association board of directors, and Vice Chair of the Kamloops Arts Commission. Niki is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award and is an active volunteer with Western Canada Theatre.  Niki is also a CAAWS facilitator for leadership advancement of girls and women in sport.  She has been involved in the 2013 BC Seniors Games, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, 2006 BC Summer Games and the 1996 BC Games for People with Disabilities.  Niki is married and has a 14 year old son. 
 

Maureen McCurdy, Vice President

Maureen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a partner at Daley & Company CPA LLP.  She is the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (2014).  Maureen is the treasurer of the Kamloops Symphony Society and was involved in the 2014 Tim Horton’s Brier, 2013 BC Seniors Games, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, Strauss Canada Cup of Curling – 2003 to 2008, Kamloops Daily News Boogie the Bridge – 2004 – 2006, 1998 Ford World Curling and 1993 Canada Summer Games.  Maureen is born and raised in Kamloops and is an alum of TRU.
 

Gord Cumming, Director of Accommodation

Gord has worked in the education system with Kamloops-Thompson School District #73 for the past 25 years and is currently the principal of Marion Schilling Elementary.  Gord has served on the Superintendent's Calendar Committee, Science Fair Committee and Leadership Development Program (Teacher to Administrator training).  Gord is active in hockey, soccer, golf, running, canoeing, hiking, and triathlon.  He was nominated and a finalist for the Kamloops Sports Council Coach of the Year (2015) and has completed three marathons - Victoria (2003), Calgary (2009), and Seattle (2009). Gord says that being part of this Board is an exciting opportunity for him to expand his knowledge base, utilize his skills, and meet other leaders in our community.  Gord is married to Susan and raising two daughters Teghan and Jensen. 
 

Mario Piroddi, Director of Administration

Mario is a Partner at BDO Canada LLP and was the first to reach out to become part of the BC Winter Games board.  Mario provides accounting and tax advice to various organizations throughout our community.  He is currently the Treasurer of Canadian Homebuilders Association – Central Interior and has also volunteered with the 1993 Canada Summer Games.
Mario is married and has two awesome daughters.  Mario loves being outdoors in the winter at Sun Peaks and Kamloops summers make up part of his fondest memories.
 

Jan Antons, Director of Ceremonies and Special Events

Jan works for the BC Lottery Corporation as the Assistant Manager of Office Systems.  He is a very active volunteer in Kamloops and sits on many community boards including Director of Special Events for the 2017 BC Special Olympics Summer Games.  
Additional experience includes:
-Venue Manager for the 2016 World Women's Championship.
-Equipment Manager for Team Canada's sledge hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games (won bronze) and the 2013 World Sledge Hockey Championships in Goyang Korea (won gold).  General Manager and director of Football Operations of the Kamloops Broncos Football Club and the assistant trainer for the Kamloops Blazers.  Jan received the City of Kamloops Sports Person of the Year Award 2014 and continues to promote sports in Kamloops.
 

Neal Aronowski, Director of Communications

Neal is a Packaging and Software Deployment Coordinator at Domtar.  His multi-sport games volunteer experience includes; Chair of Results and the Chair of Computer Services for the 2013 Seniors Games, Co-Chair of Results for the 2011 Western Canada Games and the 1993 Canada Games.  Neal is married to Shelly and they have a 19 year old son Bradley.
 

Tyson Andrykew, Director of Food Services

Tyson is the Director of Sales for the DoubleTree by Hilton, and has worked in a variety of Hotel and Tourism related positions over the course of 14 years.   His board experience includes:
-Director BC Wildlife Park Board (current)
-Director on Rotary Club of Kamloops West Board(current)
-Director of Food & Beverage for the 2016 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships 
-Co-Organizer and Director of BrewLoops beer festival (current)
Tyson is married to Lisa, and they have a beautiful kitten together.
 

Steve Davidson, Director of Friends of the Games

Steve is the President of Kamloops Ford Lincoln and Kamloops Kia as well as a partner in a number of other related businesses. Steve sits on the Ford Dealers Advertising Association, National Kia Dealer Advisory Board and has spent time on the Ford National Roundtable, Sales and Marketing Advisory Board, BNI Platinum.  Steve also served as president of the Western Canadian Automotive Dealer’s Co-op and president of the 2005 Peewee Provincial Hockey Championships.  When Steve is enjoying time away from work and volunteering he enjoys golfing, boating, slow-pitch, skiing, snowmobiling and travelling. 
 

Sean Pitts, Director of Logistics

Sean is the Account Executive for the Kamloops Blazer Hockey Organization.  He has been involved in 2016 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships, 2014 4 Nations Cup and the KMHA board for the past 5 years.
Sean is married and has three sons. He recently took up curling again after a 30 year hiatus and he coaches his son’s hockey team.
 

Bev DeSantis, Director of Marketing

Bev is the CEO for Tourism Kamloops and was eager to reach out to become a part of the BC Winter Games.  With a Masters in Tourism Marketing & Management, she has volunteered for the following boards; Victoria Park BRZ- Calgary, SAIT, SKAL, Easter Seals, Plan Canada, Founding Chair Laurie Radloff Foundation, Kids Cancer Care Foundation, CEDA – Mozambique, Calgary Olympics, Calgary Zoo.

New to Kamloops, she and husband Carl are in the Learn to Curl program at McArthur Island Curling Club.  Bev is a Harley owner and although they currently have no pets she claims she almost had a pet moose 2 summers ago.
 

Todd Ring, Co-Director of Medical Services

Todd is the Emergency Physician at Royal Inland Hospital, Regional Medical Director for Emergency Services in Interior Health and the Clinical instructor for UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
His team physician experience includes:
-Team Physician Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club
-Medical Director IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship
-Team Physician Canadian Alpine Ski Team
-Sun Peaks Emergency Medical Response Team
-Team and event coverage for multiple other winter and summer sports/events
Todd is married with three children. He enjoys being active outdoors with his family including snow skiing, mountain biking.
 

Sherri Morrish, Co-Director of Medical Services

Sherri is a Clinical Practice Educator in the Emergency Department of RIH.   She has been an RN for over 23 years with specialties in ICU and ED.  Sherri is a clinical nursing educator at RIH and holds a Masters in Nursing from UBC.  Additionally, Sherri teaches ACLS/BLS, and is a provincial course director & teacher for ENPC (emergency Nursing pediatrics course).  Sherri is also the treasurer for the Emergency Nursing Association of BC. 
Sherri is a devoted sports mom, and has been the safety /trainer for multiple teams over the past 7 years including the last 2 as trainer for Female Major Midget and the 2014 BC Winter Games Interior team in Abbotsford.  Sherri is married to husband Kelly and they are raising 2 daughters. 
 

Shawna Wark-Johnson, Director of Participant & Volunteer Services

Shawna is an entrepreneur and founder of Scoopz Ice Cream parlor before being sold.  Currently, Shawna works for Kamloops Minor Hockey.  Shawna enjoys playing and watching hockey and was involved in the 4 Nations Cup, IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championships, both Kamloops Briers, Run for the Cure and Kamloops Women’s Hockey League. Additionally Shawna has taught fitness at Ladies Only for over 20 years.

 

Alex DeChantal, Director of Protocol

As the Community and Wellness Event Coordinator for City of Kamloops, he has vast event experience including: 
-Director of Events for 2013 BC Senior Games
-Board Member for Kamloops Adapted Sports Association
-Hockey Day in Canada 
-Owner of Overlander Beach Club, beach volleyball tournaments 
Alex is also a new dad to a puppy named Tucker.
 

Carl DeSantis, Director of Security

Carl is retired from the Calgary Police Service and Bow Valley College Justice Program where he led the development for courses and curriculum.  New to Kamloops, Carl is looking for opportunities to get to know the community better.  Prior to moving to Kamloops, Carl was a Director with Calgary Crime Stoppers, Vice President of the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association, a Committee member for Justice Studies Advisory and Safe Campus/Threat Assessment and many more.
 
Carl served as a coach for 14 years with Calgary Minor Hockey/Ringette and was recognized as Coach of the Year 2015/2016.  Carl has been married 31 years to BC Winter Games Director Bev and they have 2 grown daughters.
 

Nicole Beauregard, Director of Sport

With a natural love for sport and sport development, Nicole is the City’s Sport Development Coordinator.  Nicole is a member of the leadership team for the Municipal Physical Literacy Co-operative, and enjoys collaborating with other municipal sport and recreation leaders across the province to enhance coaches and parents’ knowledge of physical literacy and implementation of quality community programming.  She is a trained NCCP Learning Facilitator for Fundamental Movement Skills and coaches’ gymnastics in her spare time.  Nicole was Mission Staff for Team BC at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games for judo, softball and wrestling.  Nicole is passionate about travelling and anything to do with sport!

Ron McColl, Director of Transportation
Ron retired after 32 years with the City of Kamloops. He worked in many divisions including Parks, Recreation and Culture.  Although born in Kimberly, BC, Ron has called Kamloops home since 1976. Ron is currently the Chair of Pacific Sport Interior BC and is a director on the Kamloops Sports Council Board. He  has sat on many other boards including BC Recreation and Parks Association and Sport BC.  Ron is married to Patricia and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Ron enjoys canoeing, long bowling and golf and he has hit a hole in one twice.  Ron also sings tenor in a choir and takes a special interest in the arts. 

 

Board of Directors

 

  • Niki Remesz, President
  • Maureen McCurdy, Vice President
  • Gord Cumming, Director of Accommodation
  • Mario Piroddi, Director of Administration
  • Jan Antons, Director of Ceremonies and Special Events
  • Neal Aronowski, Director of Communications
  • Tyson Andrykew, Director of Food Services
  • Steve Davidson, Director of Friends of the Games
  • Sean Pitts, Director of Logistics
  • Bev DeSantis, Director of Marketing
  • Todd Ring, Co-Director of Medical Services
  • Sherri Morrish, Co-Director of Medical Services
  • Shawna Wark-Johnson, Director of Participant & Volunteer Services
  • Alex DeChantal, Director of Protocol
  • Carl DeSantis, Director of Security
  • Nicole Beauregard, Director of Sport
  • Ron McColl, Director of Transportation