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Rick Hastings | President (West Vancouver)

Hollyburn Country Club – Rick Hastings was an active junior tennis player in B.C., and today he and his family remain very involved in league, social and competitive tennis play. Rick has extensive board experience serving as a director for several private sector businesses as well as non-profit societies including two terms on the Hollyburn Country Club Board of Directors (2006-2010), two terms on the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation Board of Directors (2007-2012), and one term on the Tennis BC Board of Directors where he has held the positions of Secretary and later 1st Vice President (2014-2016).

Rick has been involved in the apparel industry for over 30 years establishing his first company in 1986, and today owns and operates Canadian businesses that manufacture, design and distribute textiles throughout North America.  Rick brings enthusiasm, business experience and a passion for developing and growing the sport of tennis.

Contact Rick Hastings at president@tennisbc.org


Mark J. Braidwood | 1st Vice-President (Vancouver)

Hollyburn Country Club – Mark is a principal of SHK Law Corporation, a leading boutique construction, insurance and commercial law firm in Vancouver. Mark grew up playing tennis at Hollyburn Country Club, and over the last dozen years has enjoyed a renewed enthusiasm for the sport, playing in social leagues, a number of social tournaments and attending tennis fundraisers.

Mark has extensive experience resolving a wide variety of complex legal disputes, many of which include large construction projects, such as the construction of the new BC Place Stadium roof. Mark is effective at building consensus to achieve strategic objectives and is keen to use these skills and his enthusiasm for the sport to  promote tennis throughout British Columbia.


Karen Clarke | 2nd Vice-President (Victoria)

South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club – Karen is a full-time faculty member at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, and she has been teaching in the School of Business since 1989. She holds an Honours BA from the University of Victoria, a BEd from the University of Toronto, and she did her Masters and PhD work at the University of Victoria. She is a TPA-certified Tennis Instructor and also holds certification as a Life Coach. Karen’s professional affiliations include a Board position at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club, membership in the Tennis Professionals Association of Canada, and membership in the International Association of Coaches. She is also a representative on the South Island Tennis Association. Karen has worked extensively with tournament committees at various clubs and associations over the years. Last Spring Karen was Tournament Chair for the Western Canadian Senior Indoor Nationals, which was held successfully in Victoria for the first time. Karen’s competitive resume includes two Nationals Doubles Titles and she has competed in six World Championships (Turkey, 2004; Australia, 2005; Mexico City, 2010; New Zealand, 2011; Florida, 2014; France, 2015).


Yevgeniy Meshcherekov | Secretary (Vancouver)

Yevgeniy is a Chartered Professional Accountant with finance experience gained in a variety of industries and settings, ranging from public practice firms servicing small and mid-size clients to large multi-national corporations. He is currently the Director of Finance with nTrust, a Vancouver-based mobile payments company.

Yevgeniy has been playing tennis since the age of 9 and has been actively involved in all things tennis since moving to Canada 16 years ago. He participated in local tournaments both as a player and volunteer, helped to grow Vancouver-based social network Juump and got exposure to various elements of the provincial tennis landscape, such as structure, tournament organization, ranking systems, coaching and parent participation by following his daughter’s development as a junior player. Yevgeniy hopes to contribute his insights and passion for the game to building tennis popularity throughout the province and enhancing the experience of everyone involved in the sport.


Denise Wong | Treasurer (Burnaby)

Denise is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Consultant, specializing in financial reporting, systems and business processes. Denise has been passionate about tennis from a very young age and now enjoys traveling the globe to different tennis tournaments to support our Canadian tennis athletes. In addition to the Tennis BC Board, she also served as Treasurer at the New Westminster Tennis Club. Denise joined the Tennis BC Board of Directors to find more ways to inspire and bring tennis to the people in our community.


Justin Kates | Director (Vancouver) 

Justin Kates is a partner at DuMoulin Black LLP, with a law practice in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and commercial law. Justin works with clients in technology, life sciences, food & beverage, and natural resources. Justin is a director of various public companies and also sits on the finance committee of a charitable organisation in support of youth athletics. Justin attended WMU on an NCAA division 1 tennis scholarship and also served as assistant coach after graduation. Justin has held an ATP world ranking and is consistently ranked amongst the top open players in B.C.


Winston Pain | Director (Salmon Arm)

Salmon Arm Tennis Club – Winston resides in Salmon Arm, BC  and spent 26 years in the Insurance business until 2013 when he and his partner sold two brokerage offices to Johnston Meier Insurance Group. Currently , he co-owns commercial real estate and has served on numerous Non Profit Boards , including Chairing  the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Salmon Arm Downtown Association, Downtown Activity Centre, Downtown Revitilization Committee,  and sitting as a Director of Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Insurance Brokers Association  of BC, and the Salmon Arm Tennis Club.

Winston has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and obtained designations from the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker(CAIB) and Chartered Life Underwriters ( CLU) programs.

He has been on the Tennis BC Board since 2013 and currently sits as 1st Vice President.    His background in tennis includes playing junior tournament in the late 1970’s and coaching at the All Canadian Tennis Academy from 1984-1987 in London, Ontario. Winston is a member of the Tennis Professional Association (TPA) and volunteers to help coach at the Salmon Arm Tennis Club. He has organized events such as the Salmon Arm Tennis Club Open and Closed tournaments , and the  Miele Team Tennis Interior of BC playdowns . He is Co – Chair of the Salmon Arm Indoor Tennis Building Committee and Chairperson of the recently formed Facilities Committee with Tennis BC to create resources and information for member clubs to access related to the planning and construction of new courts in BC.


Patrick Caffrey | Director (Vancouver)

Murdo Frazer Club – From Vancouver, BC, Patrick is a Chartered Accountant specializing in Tax and is currently employed as the Manager of Tax Reporting at Raymond James Ltd. He grew up playing tennis at the Richmond Tennis Club and has been a member of the Burnaby Tennis Club as an adult. Patrick rekindled his passion for the sport a few years ago and has been competing in tournament tennis at the 4.0 and 4.5 levels for the past several seasons. Patrick is very passionate about the sport and would like to be part of promoting and advancing the game in BC.


Graeme White | Director (North Vancouver)

Graeme is a member of Jericho Tennis Club and has enjoyed playing tennis as a  competitive junior, socially and as a family activity with his wife and two sons. Graeme is the Executive Director for the Vancouver International Marathon Society (RUNVAN) where his role includes overall strategic development, oversight of Society budgeting/finances, operations, marketing, stakeholder relations, and team leadership.

He has worked internationally at a senior management level developing and delivering many of the world’s most high profile events and brands including the Olympic Games,  FIFA World Cups (Men’s and Women’s), the UEFA Champions League, and the Commonwealth Games.   Educationally, he earned a B. Sc. at the University of British Columbia and a LL.B. from Dalhousie University. Graeme’s expertise extends across marketing, brand positioning, media rights and production, event operations and intellectual property/regulatory concerns, and he hopes to contribute to the growth and development of tennis in BC using this wide skill-set.

Roger Skillings | Past President (Victoria)

Oak Bay Tennis Club – Roger resides in Victoria and spent over 22 years as CEO of provincial and national sport organizations including the BC Games Society, Commonwealth Centre for Sport Development and the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific. His responsibilities included securing extensive revenue generation from sponsorship and philanthropy. He is a former two-time national junior tennis champion, provincial coach for Tennis BC in the 1970s and currently coaches at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and other locations in Victoria. Roger has a B. Ed. from the University of Victoria and a M. Sc. from the University of Oregon. He has served on the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (Secretary), Greater Victoria Development Agency (Chair), and currently serves on the TELUS Victoria Community Board. Roger is also a member of the Oak Bay Tennis Club.  Roger has served as a Director of Tennis BC since November 2011 and currently sits on the Tennis BC HP Committee.


Tennis Canada BC Representatives

Penny Ballem | Director

BC Representative – Since her graduation from UBC with her MD in 1978, Penny Ballem, MD FRCP FCAHS, has had a diverse career in the health and government sector as a senior administrator, academic medical practitioner and teacher/researcher. Dr. Ballem is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UBC, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and a recent appointee as a Senior Fellow in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute for Health System Management and Evaluation at University of Toronto.

She has received significant public recognition for her work in medicine and public service including the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the 2012 Wallace Wilson Award at UBC for High Ethical Standards and Leadership in the Profession, the Marion Powell Award from Women’s College Hospital for leadership in Women’s Health, and the Cannell Award from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada for her contributions to leadership in reproductive health and others. In addition to being a member of the Tennis Canada Board, she also serves on the Boards of StreetoHome Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation National Board. Full bio.

Richard Harris | Director 

BC Representative – A Partner and Managing Director at Tricor Pacific Founders Capital Inc., Richard is an accomplished businessman, with 30 years of experience in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, including 15 years at the CEO and Chairman level. Richard lives in West Vancouver with his wife Ailsa, and two teenage children Daisy and Joseph. He is a tennis fan, and plays recreationally three to five times a week at Hollyburn Country Club. Full bio.