Andrea Derby – Skate Canada & ISU Official

As a skater from Eastern Ontario (Oshawa Skating Club) I competed at the national championships five times in pairs, from Novice to Senior. I have been a volunteer with Skate Canada for the past 35 years. Currently, I am an ISU Judge (Singles/Pairs), an International Referee (Singles/Pairs) and an International Technical Controller (Pairs). Some of the events I have judged at include: 2010 Olympics (Vancouver), World Championships (Los Angeles, Nice, Boston), Four Continents (Taipei, Seoul) and the Grand Prix Final (Kitchener, Quebec City). I am Chair of the SC High Performance Development Committee, a member of the SC Sport Coordination Council, and in the past I have also worked on the SC Program Development Committee. At the section level, I have worked on the WO Officials Committee, been a clinic leader and acted as Tech Rep for numerous competitions.

Beth Liverman – Officials Development Coordinator
Beth joined Skate Canada last year as the Officials Development Coordinator. Her work is focused on the training and curriculum development for our domestic officials. She comes to Skate Canada with portfolio relevant experience, both technically as a former skater and active official with 14 years of experience as a judge and technical specialist. Through her work experiences with the Newfoundland and Labrador Skating Academy, Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Section, Mount Pearl Soccer Association and Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association, Beth brings knowledge of officials from the grassroots level up. Academically, Beth has a B.Sc., Joint Honours Applied Mathematics and Physics and is working towards achieving her MBA with the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Brett Hines

Brett has been involved as Skate Canada official for 15 years and has volunteered in a variety of roles. He is qualified as a Challenge level Technical Specialist and Judge in Singles, Senior level Judge in Pairs, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating, Section Level Singles Referee and Controller, Gold & Diamond Level Evaluator, and a Learning Facilitator for Senior Singles, STAR 1-4, and Base Level Technical Officials.

Brett has worked on many committees at both the Sectional and National level and is currently the Chair of the Program Development Committee for Skate Canada as well as the Saskatchewan Section Evaluator/Judge’s Chair. When not busy volunteering with figure skating, Brett likes to participate in a variety of sports and even continues to skate as an adult skater. Away from figure skating, Brett is the Business Operations Manager at Deloitte LLP in Regina.

Brian Orser – NCCP World/Olympic Coach

Over the course of Brian’s skating career, he earned many medals and titles including; two-time Olympic silver medalist, eight-time Canadian Champion, 1987 World Champion, first man to land a triple axel at an Olympic Games and an Emmy award for his role in Carmen on Ice. As a coach, Brian is leading a very successful career with having athletes on podiums at various domestic and international competitions, including ISU World Championships and the Olympic Winter Games. Coach of Javier Fernández, the 2016 ISU Men World Figure Skating Champion, Brian is also a principle Skating Director at the Toronto Cricket Skating Club.

Bryce Thomas – Uplifter Inc.

Bryce Thomas is a marketing consultant, branding expert and co-founder of Uplifter Inc., Skate Canada’s National Preferred Partner for Skating Club Management Systems. Bryce is also a passionate advocate for developing the confidence of youth through sport and the arts. He is still working on his two-foot turn.


Debra Armstrong

Skate Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Debra is a lawyer by training.  Prior to joining Skate Canada, she served as CEO of MBNA Bank and then Senior Vice President at Toronto Dominion Bank when that firm changed ownership.

Debra has strong governance experience and sits on the Board of Governors at Carleton University. She is also the Vice-Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee. Debra has been a member of the Board of Directors at Volleyball Canada since 2008 and has acted as President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the past four years.  She is currently serving on the Nominating Committee of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Ilan Yampolsky – Enterprise Risk Management Director

Ilan has extensive experience working in the areas of safety and risk management within vulnerable sectors, including volunteer-based child and youth organizations. He worked at the Office of Risk Management at University of Ottawa; and served as Director, Child and Youth Safety at Scouts Canada. He is currently the Director, Enterprise Risk Management at Skate Canada. Fluent in Russian, Ilan is a Certified Risk Manager.  His volunteer experience includes working with the Canadian Red Cross on their Disaster Management Strategic Planning, sitting on the Safety Committee of the board for Scouts Canada, and sitting as a director on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.

Jacqueline Kwan – Uplifter Inc.

Jackie Kwan is a business systems consultant, technology developer and co-founder of Uplifter Inc., Skate Canada’s National Preferred Partner for Skating Club Management Systems. She is also an active volunteer at Skate Canada’s sectional and club levels, along with having held board member positions.


Jeff Partrick – Corporate Services Director

Jeff Partrick, Corporate Services Director, has been with Skate Canada for almost 18 years and has been involved in the sport in a variety of capacities for over 40 years.

Jeff was a national and international level skater who competed at ten Canadian Championships and represented Canada internationally six times including two World Junior Championships. During his career he won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships at the Novice level and he was the last to win the Senior Canadian Men’s Compulsory Figure title before figures were removed from competition. Jeff has been a professional coach, volunteer official, and a member of Skate Canada’s National Board of Directors as an Athlete Representative and as an Elected Director and Chair of the National Teams Committee.

Jeff has an MBA from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University. During his time with Skate Canada, Jeff has lead the professionalization of coaching, the creation and implementation of long-term athlete development philosophies into Skate Canada programming and has been focused on driving Skate Canada’s Skate for Life strategy.

Jeff also leads the project management team responsible for planning and directing the Skate Canada Ice Summit held every year.

Joni McPhail – Skate Oakville’s Skating Director

Joni has been involved in skating for over 50 years. Her experience and involvement covers all aspects of skating, athlete, coach, official and administrator. As the Skating Director at Skate Oakville, Joni is responsible for overseeing singles, dance and synchro programs, coach and skater development as well as operational and strategic planning to ensure the continuing success, growth and development of one of Canada’s largest skating clubs. But most of all she has an unwavering passion for skating AND skaters

Karen Butcher – Skate Canada & ISU Official

Former senior level competitor. Life member, Nepean Skating Club.

Active official (ISU Judge, International Technical Controller, International Referee, and Senior Evaluator). Officiate at local, section, national, international, World and Olympic competitions, numerous test days, monitoring sessions, etc. Domestic and ISU seminar moderator (teaching athletes, coaches, officials, parents). Skate Canada Official of the Year Award in 2002. Support officials’ education whenever possible through referee and trial judging reports, learning bursts, exam creation/correction, and one-on-one mentoring.

Volunteer in many different capacities: Technical Representative for Junior Nationals as well as numerous invitational competitions; Team Leader for provincial and national events; and, committee chair or committee member for all levels of skating events (World Championships, Skate Canada Internationals, Canadians, Challenge, Sectionals and local competitions) and various other committees.

Director, Skate Canada Board 2013-2017. Have also held director positions on the Eastern Ontario Section Board of Directors. New President, Skate Ontario.

Professional life:  Director General, Training and Learning, Canada Revenue Agency.

Karen Howard – Skate Canada & ISU Official

Karen has been involved as a Skate Canada official for 35 years having volunteered in many roles.  She is qualified as an ISU Championship Judge in Singles and Pairs as well as an International Referee in these two disciplines. She is also a Gold level qualified Evaluator.  Karen has worked on many committees both at the sectional and national levels; she is currently serving as the Chair of the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee for Skate Canada. She has also volunteered in many roles with her daughters’ involvement in basketball and gymnastics as well as at several other events in her community.  Karen has her Bachelor of Education and Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Regina.

Marilyn Langlois

Marilyn is a World Coach who is NCCP Level 5 certified and a graduate in the Advanced Diploma from l’Institut national du Sport Québec. In addition to coaching singles, Marilyn has been coaching synchronized skating with Les Suprêmes since 2006. She is also a technical specialist in synchronized skating and choreographer at the international level. With her team of coaches, she contributed greatly to the success of Suprême teams to three world medals, including Junior World Champion and Senior Canadian Champion in 2016 and several podium placements internationally.Coaching

Monica Lockie – Skating Development Director

Monica Lockie is currently the Skating Development Director at Skate Canada. As a coach for over 30 years, Monica has developed athletes from CanSkate to National level and has experience in Singles, Pairs & Synchro. Before joining the Skate Canada staff, she was an instrumental part of the CanSkate revisions in 2012 and subsequently the creation of the STAR 1-5 program.  Monica is currently a member on the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Board of Directors.

Nicole LeBlanc-Richard – Skate Canada & ISU Official

Nicole LeBlanc-Richard is a resident of Dieppe, NB, and is an ISU Judge in all three figure skating disciplines including Singles, Pairs and Dance.  Nicole is also an ISU Program Components Moderator, a National level Referee and is a member of the Skate Canada Board of Directors.  Besides her volunteer officiating work, Nicole is a chemist working as an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada.  Nicole and her husband Alcide are parents to three children, Simon, Chloé and Rémi.

Norm Proft – Member Services Director

As a lifelong participant, Norm has worn many hats in our sport. He is a former member of Canada’s National Team and former Junior Men’s Champion of Canada. As a coach, he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s best coaches, serving as assistant to both Richard Gauthier and Manon Perron. He currently dedicates countless hours on panel at competitions as a qualified technical controller, technical specialist and STAR 1 – 5 Official. Finally, as a proud skating parent, Norm also happily serves as a volunteer within his home club.

Paige Aistrop – NCCP International Coach

With 20 years of experience, Paige coaches all levels of skating and has taken athletes to 31 National Championships and over 100 international competitions. She is the Co-Creator and Co Owner of, featuring 20 elite coaches and over 800 individual video lessons for skaters, coaches and parents to purchase online. Paige has facilitated many seminars both domestically and internationally and specializes in spins, jumps, choreography, and athlete management. She has been a coach at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club since 2010.

Dr. Peter Jensen – PhD. Sport Psychology

Peter Jensen is a dynamic speaker with a PhD. in Sport Psychology. An authority on leadership, he is a renowned innovator – bringing coaching and personal high performance to corporations worldwide.

Peter has attended eight Olympic games as a member of the Canadian Olympic team and has helped numerous athletes achieve high performance levels under intense pressure including, most recently, the gold-medal winning Women’s Hockey team. With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers.

Peter is a top-rated instructor in seven programs at Queen’s Smith School of Business including the Queen’s MBA and EMBA. He also helped design the Queen’s Executive Leadership Program. He is the founder of Performance Coaching Inc., one of Canada’s leading corporate training firms. Fortune 500 companies in eight countries have benefited from Peter’s programs.

Peter combines fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from Olympic coaches and corporate leaders. He distills diverse approaches and brings practical clarity to effective leadership skills by sharing their tangible application in the business world.

Peter has written three books: The Inside Edge, Ignite the Third Factor and, most recently, Thriving in a 24-7 World—a compelling look at how everyone can use the skills of energy management to enhance personal resilience under pressure. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, CBC, CTV and in a wide array of print media in North America and Europe. Peter’s clients include Nexen, Syncrude, Labatt, Hydro One, CCMD, RCMP, GE Capital, Maclean’s and Royal Bank.

As a speaker, Peter has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content. And, as a ‘developer of people’ his strength is in creating environments where people learn and grow. Peter’s wealth of personal experiences in both the corporate and sports arenas allow him to communicate high-level concepts in an extremely accessible way through anecdotes, metaphors and true stories.

Sally Rehorick – Skate Canada & ISU Official

Sally Rehorick is a judge and referee for singles, pairs and dance, and technical controller for singles and pairs. A keen supporter of continuing education for officials and coaches, Sally has designed and delivered state-of-the-art seminars both here in Canada and abroad for the International Skating Union (ISU).  Her officiating includes test days and competitions at clubs as well as at the Olympic and World levels.  Her numerous appointments with the ISU have included member of the Officials Assessment Commission since 2005 and Technical Delegate for five ISU Championships. Her most recent competitions were as technical controller for the ladies and pairs events at the World Team Trophy and for the STARSkate Final in Kelowna, BC.  As an admitted Olympic “junky”, Sally’s background includes roles in seven Olympic Games including leadership roles such as Chef de mission for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City where she played a key role in ensuring the awarding of the second gold medal for Canadians Salé and Pelletier in the pairs event.  She was an elected Director on the Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee for 8 years serving on the Team Selection Committee and the Games Advisory Committee. Sally worked for the organizing committee of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as Director of International Client Services and Official Languages. During the Vancouver Games, Sally was a member of the Axel Radio team providing in-venue live technical commentary in English and French via headsets to spectators. Currently an elected Director on the Board of Skate Canada, Sally chairs the Governance Committee. In her professional life, Sally has been a university educator in the area of teacher education and official languages (Professor Emerita, University of New Brunswick) and currently is a consultant for adult language learning and evaluation.

Shae Zukiwsky – National Coach / International Renowned Choreographer

An international choreographer working in all disciplines of figure skating, Shae has choreographed for World Team Members, International Medalists, National Champions, as well as for stage, film, and television (Battle of the Blades Season 2, Season 3).  He is a Doctoral Candidate in York University’s Dance Studies Program and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a BFA degree in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in Montreal.

Shae has been an ISU Technical Specialist for Ice Dance for over ten years. He is an elected Director-at-Large to the Skate Canada Board of Directors and is Skate Canada’s current Session Member to the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Sheldon Kennedy – Founder, Respect in Sport

Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.

Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the US Senate.

Sheldon is the Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, the first-of-its-kind in Canada, offering full wrap-around services for victims of child abuse. He is also the Co-Founder of Respect Group Inc., which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.

Yvan Desjardins – NCCP World Coach

A former junior and senior national team member, Yvan is currently NCCP Level 5 certified with close to 20 years of coaching experience from regional to international level, and is currently the coach of Nicolas Nadeau, the 2016 ISU World Junior Men silver medalist. Academically, Yvan has a B.Sc., Physical Education from the Université de Montréal and is a mentee on Skate Canada’s High Performance Mentorship Program working closely with mentor coach, Manon Perron.