Sharing a deep commitment to our founding principles, Sport Central’s dynamic leadership board invests in the vision of the organization. Its members have ties to key initiatives and individuals throughout the province, and each one shares expertise and resources for the benefit of an enterprise they all believe in. As a result, service on the board offers a significant opportunity for professional development and networking.

Member Directors

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Matt MacDonald, President

Matt is a Policy Adviser with Alberta Health, focusing on project management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, change management and project and program evaluation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Grant MacEwan University and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Matt brings a strong strategic lens to the Sport Central board, given his grounding in effective project and process management. He is passionate about supporting children and youth in sport and is an advocate and believer in the lifelong benefits achieved through early childhood development.

A lifelong Edmontonian, Matt is an avid soccer player and cyclist who appreciates the chance to help others pursue similar passions.

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Ryan Wass, Vice President

Ryan is Executive Vice President of HighStreet Insurance Group, an Alberta based privately held business which provides risk management and insurance advisory services to domestic and foreign clients. Ryan has over a decade of experience providing risk management, insurance consulting and claims advocacy to businesses across Western Canada. Ryan attended MacEwan University, majoring in Risk Management, and holds advanced industry designations including Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP). His volunteer activities include currently serving on the boards of Sport Central, Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) and several other community organizations.

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Don MacDonald, Treasurer

Don MacDonald graduated in 1977 from NAIT with a Civil Engineering Diploma. He attended the University of Alberta years later and graduated from the Business Management Program.

His working career spanned 36 years starting out as a consultant and transitioning in July of 1977 to Transportation, Traffic Operations, with the City of Edmonton. During his tenure Don was instrumental in implementing state of the art technology and achieved International recognition for the Transportation Department through a comprehensive survey led by Federal Highway Administration. Edmonton was ranked in the top 4 of 400 cities surveyed.

Don has a passion for all sports and the involvement of kids in them. His primary interest is hockey where he has played, coached, managed and eventually elected to the Maple Leaf Athletic Club Executive as Sports Director. Over his coaching career, over 50 kids Don coached progressed to the professional ranks, from minor pro to the NHL. Two of these were selected in the First Round. Don also scouted in the Western Hockey League for 9 years working for Todd McLellan, current Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

Don’s involvement with Sport Central started in mid-September of 1991. Together with his parents and family, he has worked tirelessly to support the charity and the children it serves. He was elected to the Board of Directors in the early 2000’s, and currently manages the Outreach Program and volunteers for other duties and projects as needed.

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Tania Stewardson

Tania is the Operations and Business Development Manager for WCI Whyte Communications and Fleet Service, a leader in Public Safety Outfitting and Wireless Communication, and has been serving Alberta for over 20 years.

WCI provides two-way radio communications and rentals, network solution, in addition to outfitting public safety vehicles with the latest in-vehicle equipment and lighting. WCI is locally owned and operated with over 30 staff and has a fully equipped service location in Edmonton.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Tania completed her education at Dawson College in Arts and Communications. Tania relocated to Edmonton in 2003.  She is married with two young children (3 and 6 years old) who both require regular physical activity to keep them out of trouble. This is accomplished through a well-coordinated schedule of skating, swimming, and the usual outdoor kid’s activities, including tobogganing, camping, and riding bicycles, etc.

Tania’s love of sport was evident on the soccer field during her formative years, and in the years since she has enjoyed running half-marathons, soccer and a regular workout regimes at Fitness Centers, in her home gym, or most recently, in the pool.  She not only understands the value of team sport for the development of trust, team work, and good sportsmanship, but also firmly believes that sport, both individual and team, is essential to teaching personal drive, commitment and self-confidence.

Tania brings a positive, “get it done” attitude, determination, and collaboration skills to help kids in Alberta enjoy sports.

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Donald Ellis

Don is the General Manager and a Principal with Contemporary Office Interiors Ltd. Incorporated in 1968, COI is a Certified Herman Miller Dealer that has served Alberta for over 47 years. Its complete offering includes proven experience, knowledge, insight and world class products and services.

Don attended the University of Alberta before travelling the world for two years. He also took marketing at Grant MacEwan. Don brings a strong marketing and physical education focus grounded in effective communication process to the Sport Central board.

Passionate about supporting children and youth in sport, Don is an advocate and believer in the lifelong benefits achieved through early childhood development of physical literacy. Born and raised in Edmonton, he is an avid hockey player and coach who appreciates the chance to help others pursue similar passions.

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Matthew Hewson

Matt is Vice President, General Counsel for Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., a TSX traded retailer.  Matt previously served as a director of the Downton Business Association (Edmonton) and the Edmonton Road & Track Club (cycling).

Matt grew up ski racing and went on to coach skiing for a number of years.  Coaching in particular showed Matt the importance of sport in “people building”; through competition, relationships and teamwork.

Matt’s professional life includes acting as Corporate Secretary for a publically traded company; and as such, has a large focus on corporate governance and many areas of legal practice.  Matt obtained both a Bachelor of Commerce and Law degree at the University of Alberta and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Robert Krewenchuk

Robert (Bob) Krewenchuk is a retired Edmonton Police Service officer. After serving 31 years in several divisions of the police service, he retired in 1997. He was hired as Chief of Police in June of that year, retiring again in 2002.

Bob became a volunteer at Sport Central, was elected to the board and now serves as Vice President. Has spent 35 years as volunteer with the Maple Leaf Athletic Club and has sat on several other volunteer boards.

An avid sports fan, Bob enjoys watching his grandchildren playing hockey and soccer. He is also an Off Ice Official with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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Scott D MacMillan

Scott is an Associate with the Edmonton office of Brownlee LLP, a mid-sized, full-service regional law firm with offices in Calgary and Edmonton. Originally from British Columbia, Scott relocated to Alberta to pursue secondary education, obtaining his Bachelor of Science from the University of Lethbridge and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. With a passion for sports, but the lack of corresponding talent, Scott joined the Board to help provide opportunities to children and youth in sport throughout the Province and beyond.

With a focus on insurance and risk management solutions, Scott’s legal practice keeps him fairly busy.  However, when not at work, Scott enjoys spending time with his young family in the City.

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Trevor Ritchie

Trevor is an Edmonton-based entrepreneur and previous co-owner of AFD, a large petroleum marketing and distribution company. After divesting of his interest in AFD, Trevor focused on investments within the Edmonton business community.

A Sport Central sponsored luncheon that sparked a call to action, and shortly after Trevor became part of the Sport Central Board. A native of Viking, Alberta, Trevor brings to Sport Central a wealth of leadership and business acumen, plus the will to support youth in his community. Trevor has always felt strongly about encouraging youth to be active in sport, as the benefits can be life long.

A father of three with a need for speed, you can find Trevor at the track driving the 350-kilometre-per-hour dragster he and his wife operate. Both enjoy travelling Western Canada and United States championing this highly competitive car.

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Sandy Sanderson

Sandy Sanderson is the Chief Executive Officer of Goodfish Lake Business Corporation, a group of companies providing workforce workwear manufacturing and cleaning coupled with a variety of other services to the Alberta Oil & Gas sectors.  Goodfish Lake Business Corporation is a wholly owned group of companies held by Whitefish Lake First Nation #128 that has succeeded for over 40 years.

Born in the Northwest Territories and raised throughout the north, Sandy has experienced firsthand the vital role that sport plays in remote communities.  He is a member of Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, who is raising three teenagers with his wife of over twenty years.  Sandy has attended post-secondary schooling at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, University of Lethbridge, and Gonzaga University with an emphasis on leadership and business.

His career includes senior management roles in leading post-secondary education, Aboriginal business development, and leading corporations.  He is hoping to bring these experiences and networks to enhancing Sport Central’s outreach program to the Aboriginal communities of Northern Alberta.

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Mark Spector

Mark Spector has been a sports writer since 1987, starting with the Edmonton Journal, moving to the National Post, and now serving as a Sr. Columnist and TV analyst with Sportsnet. In the fall of 2015 he released his first book, “The Battle Of Alberta” which has gone on to become a Canadian best seller.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Spector was introduced to Sport Central by our original media advocate, the late, great Cecil “Tiger” Goldstick. His experience in the sporting world and local media has helped the Mark Spector Golf Classic become a fixture on the local charity golf schedule. In July, Sport Central will benefit from the Annual “Spec Classic,” with several current and former players coming out to help raise funds for a great cause.

Mark has been on our board since 2014.

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Simon Stelfox

Simon is the Operations Manager at Hi-Tech Seals Inc., a global supplier and manufacturer of fluid sealing products. He started his career at Stantec Inc. where he was responsible for both investor relations and strategic planning. The next phase of Simon’s career has been focused on business growth and organizational development surrounding the preparation for sale or integration of a newly acquired business.

Simon holds a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has completed an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University.

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Sheldon Oleksyn, Executive Director

Sheldon was appointed Executive Director in June 2014 and is pleased to lead Sport Central’s operations as it celebrates 25 Years of service to over 135,000 disadvantaged children. Sheldon brings significant experience in the charitable sector along with a keen interest in sport and its role in the development of children and communities.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Sheldon has lived and worked in the Edmonton area since 2007 sharing his talents at the University of Alberta, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton and with BRG (Business Resource Group). Before that, Sheldon was employed as a Senior Development Officer at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary for six years and at an Anglican College on the University of Saskatchewan campus before that.

Sheldon and his wife Carlene have three boys active in sports and music. He can usually be found at a rink in the winter or at a soccer pitch and baseball diamond in the summer, either playing or helping coach one or more teams.

He believes strongly in the power of sport to positively shape and transform lives. His dream is to have every child introduced to sports helping them find one or more they love. At a time when childhood health and activity is a serious concern, Sheldon feels Sport Central provides a direct and fun solution.