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Tennis BC Welcomes New Board Members

Oct 05, 2019
written by: Tennis BC
written by: Tennis BC

Vancouver, BC – At the 2019 Tennis BC Annual General Meeting, two new board members and one returning board member were elected by acclimation. We are excited to announce the addition of Chris Thompson (as Treasurer) and Kira Draliuk (as Director) to the Tennis BC Board of Directors, and we are excited to welcome back former Treasurer, Denise Wong as our 1st Vice President.

Past President, Rick Hastings (left) with current Tennis BC President, Mark Braidwood at the 2019 Tennis BC Celebration of Tennis and Awards. Vancouver Lawn, September 28 2019.

We would like to thank Rick Hastings and Cyndy Bray for their time and service on the Tennis BC Board of Directors. Rick served on the Tennis BC Board of Directors from 2014 to 2019. During his time, we saw Tennis BC and tennis in BC improve in an array of areas. During his time, Rick served as the President of the Board, and moving forward, will remain as a Past President. Rick’s enthusiasm for developing and growing the sport of tennis in BC was certainly a driving force behind Tennis BC’s success in the past 5 years. We would like to thank Rick for his time and effort on our Board of Directors.

Kira Draliuk is the Legal Director at Blue Umbrella, a global compliance research and technology company. She has experience in private practice and as an in-house lawyer. She advises the leadership team on a variety of legal matters including privacy law, corporate governance, strategy and commercial law. Kira has worked with various public companies and societies to design and overhaul corporate governance mandates and policies. She holds an Honours in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Simon Fraser University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Ontario and Richard Ivey School of Business.

Growing up playing tennis in Vancouver, Kira had the opportunity to compete for two Canadian universities and continues to participate in BC tournaments and league. Kira enjoys watching live tennis and often travels to watch ATP and WTA tournaments. Kira brings creativity, a solution-oriented focus and a passion for tennis to the Tennis BC Board.

Chris Thompson joins the Tennis BC Board of Directors as Treasurer. Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and provides financial executive services on a consulting basis to private and public companies. He is a strategic thinker and team leader with strong corporate finance, regulatory compliance, cash and project management, and M&A skills. He has work experience in numerous countries and industries which include multi-location food & beverage, agriculture, renewable energy, environmental consulting, biotech, information technology, real estate, and financial services.

Chris grew up playing tennis at Jericho Tennis Club, played for the UBC tennis team, coached for Tennis BC in the late 70’s on the BC Coaching Tour, and assisted with the Lord Byng Secondary School tennis team for 5 years from 2004-2008. He served on the Jericho Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995 (2 years as Treasurer) and was part of the executive that directed the early work on the redevelopment of Jericho’s current Club House.

Chris was an active tennis and squash dad with both of his kids (Daryl-tennis and Michael-squash), seeing the kids play at the junior Provincial and National levels. Daryl played USTA Junior Sectionals and Michael played internationally on Canada’s junior national team, with both kids going on to NCAA Division 1 teams. Chris still plays tennis 2 to 3 times a week and is an avid golfer and cyclist. Chris is committed to growing tennis at all levels, from grassroots to high performance.

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