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2021 Board of Directors Nomination Process 

Tennis British Columbia (TBC) would like to thank everyone who submitted their Expression of Interest form, seeking to serve on the volunteer board of directors for 2020.  Applications closed May 31, 2020.

 

Tennis BC Board of Directors

Mark J. Braidwood | 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.

Denise Wong | 1st Vice President (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.

Karen Clarke | 2nd Vice President (Victoria)

South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club – Karen is a full-time faculty member at Camosun College in Victoria, BC, where she has been teaching in the School of Business since 1989. She is a TPA-certified Tennis Instructor and has worked extensively with tournament committees at various clubs and associations over the years. In 2015, Karen was Tournament Chair for the Western Canadian Senior Indoor Nationals, which won Tennis Canada’s Excellence Award for Event of the Year. Her competitive resume includes three National Doubles Titles, and she has competed in six World Championships.

Chris Thompson | Director (Vancouver)

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.

Gary Davidson | Director (Vernon)

Gary taught junior science and senior chemistry for 33 years in B.C., the last 26 years at Clarence Fulton Secondary in Vernon.  He coached the school tennis team and a basketball team every year of his teaching career.  He has a BSc (SFU), an MEd (UVic), and is the co-author of four Chemistry textbooks.

Gary grew up playing tennis on the North Shore of Vancouver.  He has served as the tournament director of the BC Summer Games, the BC 55+ Games, and the Kalamalka Country Club’s Canada Day and Labour Day Open tournaments.  He taught the Greater Vernon Recreation Services tennis lessons from 2011 to 2019.

Gary is a tennis fanatic who loves playing the game and continually striving to improve.  He believes strongly in Tennis BC’s mission to inspire and enable the growth of tennis in our beautiful province.  Gary is a member of the Commons Racquet Club at Predator Ridge, the Salmon Arm Tennis Club, and the Kalamalka Country Club.

Raymond To| Director (Vancouver)

Raymond is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CMA) with a BSc. and MBA both from the University of British Columbia. One of his companies, GO Recruitment, provides recruitment, executive search and HR advisory services to technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. His other company, GO Futures HR, provides the same service but exclusively for school districts across the province.

In 2006, he was awarded the Business in Vancouver’s 40 under 40 award for his innovations changing the way recruitment services are delivered to fast-growing companies. Raymond has been a Director, Advisor, Investor and Chair for both for-profit and non-profit boards such as the Learning Disabilities Association of BC, Social Venture Partners, Dress for Success, and Science World’s Equity Giving Committee. He is still an active investor of Inetco Systems and LifeBooster.

He started playing tennis as a 10-year-old and while he didn’t make the UBC tennis team, he continued his love of tennis as the President of the UBC student tennis club. Fast forward 25 years to the past few years where he has been a corporate sponsor for the Odlum Brown Van Open tournament and in discussions with the Vancouver Tennis Association to establish an endowment to encourage youth participation.

He entered early retirement in his 50s a couple of years ago and now spends time between living in Kelowna, Toronto and his hometown of Vancouver where he has also launched a Podcast called “Is this Job Right for You?”. With the extra time on his hands and an abundance of energy and ideas, he hopes to play lots of tennis as one of the early members of the Tennis HUB as well as developing new businesses in healthcare coaching and property management. He is looking forward to bringing his skills in corporate sponsorship, event planning, social media marketing, financial governance and the many deep relationships he has nurtured in his 28 years of business experience.

Marvin Storrow | Director (Vancouver)

Marvin Storrow is a Partner Emeritus with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past several years. He has been a member of the bar since 1962, a chartered arbitrator and a graduate of UBC Law School.

Marvin has been a Director of a number of organizations, including the BC Epilepsy Society, Greenpeace Canada, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, Cambie Surgery Centre, the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, the BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the Arbutus Club, the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, and was a 2010 Olympic Ambassador.

With respect to sports generally, Mr. Storrow has been a Board member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for the past 15 years and has chaired approximately 12 of the Board’s annual Gala Award Dinners. In addition, he has had the opportunity to observe tennis at very high levels in that he has been to each of the four majors on a number of occasions, and as well has been a regular attender at the professional tournament in Indian Wells, California for several years.

Marvin developed a passion for sports from a very young age and was the first stick boy for the very first Vancouver Canucks hockey team; he has played soccer, fast pitch softball, and tennis competitively and was a ranked slalom and downhill skier as a junior. With respect to tennis he has competed in “low level” tournaments within the province over the past many, years, and to this day continues to play approximately 4 times a week.

Kavie Toor | Director (Vancouver)

Kavie Toor is the Senior Director of Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnerships at UBC Athletics and Recreation. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the recreation and facilities portfolios including capital planning, student and community programming, business operations, facility operations and large event management.

Kavie has over 15 years of leadership roles in progressive leadership positions in sport and business. He has played a lead role in developing over 15 capital projects valued at $250M including the UBC Tennis Centre, UBC Aquatic Centre and the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. He is also UBC’s major event lead including over 200 major events ranging from concerts to national championships to the Olympics and over 4 Davis Cup Tennis events. In addition he has been responsible for significant project fundraising efforts including over $150 raised from business partners, alumni, donors and government partners. He is a passionate and avid Tennis fan and former junior player who still plays on a regular basis.

Kavie is a UBC grad with a Masters in Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degrees. He has held numerous board, volunteer or project lead roles including: Sport Hosting Vancouver, Athletics for Kids, UBC Alumni Association and many others.

Kira Draliuk | Secretary (Vancouver)

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.

Rick Hastings | Past 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.

 

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.

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.