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At U SPORTS we are always happy to help! We have devoted staff that work hard on promoting university athletics and today's student-athletes. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us. 

Meet our team below! 

National Office
45 Vogell Road, #701
Richmond Hill, L4B 3P6 (Ontario)

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Dick White, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Interim Chief Executive Officer


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Dick White recently retired after a career of over 30 years at the University of Regina. Dick began his career at the U of R in 1981 serving as an Administrative Assistant in Athletics before eventually becoming an Athletic Coordinator. He was appointed Director of Interuniversity Athletics in 1995. Following Dick’s retirement he successfully completed a Graduate Certificate program in Executive Coaching at Royal Roads University and is now Certified Executive Coach and Associate with Praxis Consulting in Regina.

Under his leadership, the university athletic program grew from six original varsity level sports to 16. This expansion included a unique community partnership agreement which added football to the university program and addressed issues of gender equity with the addition of women’s programs in hockey, soccer and wrestling. In addition, the university moved from the four-member Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) to the 17-member Canada West Conference to better address the competitive requirement of the growing sport offering.

White’s governance has resulted in the U of R winning 16 Canada West/GPAC Championships and four U SPORTS Championships. As well, the school hosted five successful U SPORTS Championship tournaments.

During his career, White provided sport leadership at every level serving as President of SaskSport, Canada West and U SPORTS. He was the longest serving President of CIS, in the over 50-year history of that organization, completing five terms in the role. In 2005 he served as Chef de Mission, Team Canada, at FISU Winter Universiade in Austria. 

Dick’s contributions as a builder in sport have been recognized with recent induction into the City of Regina, University of Regina and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, in addition to the Canada West Hall of Fame.

Lisette Johnson Stapley, Chief Sport Officer

Chief Sport Officer


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Lisette Johnson-Stapley has worked in Canadian Sport for over 20 years in the areas of stakeholder relations, program management, event operations, partnerships building, human resources, broadcast, marketing, public relations and revenue generation.

She has held leadership roles with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, Ontario Volleyball, CTV-Rogers, Own the Podium, VANOC (the Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler), Softball Canada and other national sport organizations, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and BMO Financial Group. Her experience on the international scene includes executing initiatives at World Championships in Canada and abroad, as a member of the Canadian Mission Team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games as well FIFA Women’s World Cups.

As General Manager of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, she led the operations, human resources and financial management as well as stakeholder relations and community engagement, all according to the governance of Canada Soccer and FIFA. She worked with many sport and multi-sport organizations through- out her career to further develop sport, help promote Canadian athletes and coaches and create more efficient systems to contribute to the improvement of the sport landscape in Canada. Some past responsibilities include working with technical committees and high performance staff in the areas of sport science, doping infraction processes, discipline committees and training and education.

Lisette holds a degree in Economics from Laurentian University and is fluently bilingual. Lisette was born and raised in Kingston, Ont., lived in Ottawa working for various national sport and multi-sport organizations; moved to Calgary to work for Own the Podium and VANOC and now currently resides in Whitby, Ont., with her husband Robert, and three children – Sarah, Nathalie and Callum. Lisette has been involved as a participant and administrator in sport her entire life.

John Bower, Director

Marketing & Communications


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Experienced, bilingual sports administrator (Athletic Director/Broadcasting/Communications) with a focus in a post-secondary education environment. Skilled in strategic planning, administration, communications planning (traditional & social media), revenue generation & fundraising, stakeholder engagement, event management, game staging, event management, broadcasting and public speaking.

Member of several boards of directors including the Johnny Bower Foundation, Basketball Québec and la Fédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta.


Tara Hahto, Manager

Eligibility & Discipline


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Tara Hahto is the U SPORTS Manager of Compliance, Eligibility and Discipline. The portfolio encompasses eligibility, recruiting, AFA and anti-doping policy, as well as compliance and discipline. Additionally, she is involved with U SPORTS Central. Tara’s position works closely with the U SPORTS membership to develop and enhance U SPORTS’ work in these areas.

Tara was an NCAA Division I student-athlete, competing for four years with Boise State University’s swimming team. Following her undergraduate degree in Idaho, she completed her master’s degree at Texas Christian University while working as an assistant coach for the TCU Horned Frogs swimming and diving team. Tara began working with U SPORTS in spring 2013.


Tony Martire, Manager



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The Manager of Finance reports to the Chief Operating Officer and contributes to the overall success of the organization by effectively managing all financial tasks, overseeing budgeting and accounting.

Tony is an accounting and finance professional with over 20 years of experience from numerous industries and has held various titles, from an Accountant at Ontario SPOR Support Unit to Director of Finance at The Art Institute of Toronto. In his diverse roles, Tony’s duties have included financial reporting, administration of budgets, directing forecasts and managing the day to day operations of accounting departments.

Tony earned a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Seneca College. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids.

Jocelyn Falbo, Manager

Operations & Events


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Jocelyn Falbo is the Manager, Corporate Events and Awards.

Jocelyn is an accomplished hospitality, event planning and executive administrative professional. After studying Sociology at Western University, Jocelyn graduated from Humber College with a Diploma in Hospitality Management in 2006. She has spent the past 15 years working in hospitality and the past five years of that time as a Senior Event Manager. Her varied experiences in the world of small and large events and sales and customer service have yielded exceptional skills in project management, attention to detail, superior ability to multi task and excellent interpersonal/communication skills.

Jocelyn was born in Calgary, Alberta but was raised in Kanata, Ontario. She now lives in Keswick, Ontario with her husband Daniel. She is passionate about coaching Special Olympics Basketball, planning events for friends and family, and health and wellness.

Charonne Thomasos, Manager

International Games Operations


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Charonne began a career in the sports industry in 2008 as an intern with Ruby Canada. She has taken on a variety of roles in a few different sports throughout the years including the Grey Cup, Pan Am Games, Toronto FC and Canada Soccer International matches, and continues to be an active coach in gymnastics and athletics. Charonne joined U SPORTS as the Manager of Marketing and Brand in October 2017 after being with Ontario Soccer for nine years. She moved over to take the role of Manager of International Games Operations in 2018 and also manages the U SPORTS merchandise portfolio. 

Charonne was a former NCAA student-athlete in track and field. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Sport and Entertainment Management from Northwood University in Michigan and a Masters of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. 


Zach Weese, Manager

Governance & Special Projects


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As the Manager of Governance and Special Projects, Zach works closely with the executive leadership team, in the areas of U SPORTS governance, business operations, and major corporate events (i.e., National Championships, Conference and Annual Meeting, the Lieutenant Governor Athletic Awards, and the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation). In addition, Zach’s portfolio includes the managing of CEO affairs, as well as the leading of the U SPORTS Internship Program.


Mohamed Hassan, Manager

Events & Promotion


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Mohamed Hassan is the Manager, Marketing & Events.

Mohamed has an extensive background in sport marketing, having previously worked as Creative Director at Brock University Athletics. He also founded a Sport Marketing agency, representing organizations such as Canada Basketball, the Canada Summer Games, FIBA, Ontario University Athletics, and more. Mohamed plans to continue to bring his creativity and goal-oriented mindset to U SPORTS.


Alan Hudes, Manager

Communications & Content


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As Manager, Communications and Content, Alan oversees all internal, external and corporate communications needs for members, U SPORTS partners and staff, while also working closely with media outlets across the country. Alan also manages the organization’s editorial content production through volunteer and freelance contributors, with a focus on telling the human interest stories prevalent throughout university sports in Canada.

His previous experience includes various roles in the sports media and communications industry, including with Maccabi Canada, Hockey Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, TSN SportsCentre, Yahoo! Sports Canada and the National Post, among others.

Alan completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University in 2013.


Christian Ryan, Coordinator

Digital Content


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As Coordinator of Digital Content, Christian develops and executes digital marketing strategies, produces multimedia content, and executes effective social media practices and analysis with the Communications and Marketing teams.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Christian began working in university sport with Acadia Athletics in 2015 before going on to study sport Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. After interning with U SPORTS in 2017, Christian began freelancing as a writer and digital media producer alongside his studies. His repertoire includes work with TSN, Sportsnet, CBC Sports, NBA Canada, and Green Savoree Racing Promotions to name a few.

At the completion of his studies, Christian returned to U SPORTS in his current position to bring his experience in the field together with his passion for Canadian university sport.


Elysse Pilon, Coordinator

Digital Technology & Statistics


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As Coordinator of Digital Technology & Statistics, Elysse coordinates all digital content, national statistics, and stakeholder material on the U SPORTS website, in addition to coordinating U SPORTS office technology. Moreover, she serves as the liaison to all member schools regarding associated sports information and statistics. As a member of the communications team, she also works collaboratively on U SPORTS corporate communications and member servicing.

Elysse’s passion for sport has guided her from a career in healthcare to the exciting world of sport business. She began her career with U SPORTS as a marketing and sponsorship intern in 2019 after working with Skate Ontario and graduating with honours from the Humber College post-graduate Sport Business Management program. Elysse also holds an undergraduate honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. As an avid community supporter, Elysse has volunteered with multiple sport organizations and events including the Brampton Beast, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, and the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Elysse is particularly passionate about amateur and varsity sport and is looking forward to advancing university sport in Canada.


Dane Gomez, Coordinator

Corporate Partnerships


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As the Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships, Dane Gomez is responsible for the coordination of organizational assets, maintenance of the sponsorship architecture, and working with U SPORTS’ sponsors to drive maximum mutual value.  
Dane joined the U SPORTS team in September 2019. He graduated from the University of Toronto's Co-op Management Program and specialized in Strategic Management.
He previously worked in corporate partnerships, activations, and hospitality at the Honda Indy Toronto. Prior to Dane's experience in motorsports, Dane worked in football with the Toronto Argonauts in ticket sales and as part of the 2016 Grey Cup festival team. From a digital strategy and innovation lens, Dane has also worked with a number of media, sport, and entertainment brands at Pivotal (formerly Xtreme Labs).
Dane is excited to collaborate with partners and brands to achieve their marketing objectives and scale nationally.


Jenna Blackburn, Coordinator



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As the Sport Coordinator, Jenna offers general support to the Sport Department, including National Championships and Sport Technical, Coaching Programs, Compliance, Eligibility and Discipline, and International Programs.

Jenna graduated from Acadia University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, and went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College the following year. She played varsity soccer for all five years of her university career, having played four years with the Acadia Axewomen and one season at Algonquin College, attending the CCAA National Championship in 2015.

Jenna was born and raised in Halifax, N.S., and has spent the majority of her life on the east coast. She enjoys coaching youth soccer and was the former Technical Lead at Halifax County United Soccer Club. Jenna was the Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach at Mount Saint Vincent University for three years, and attended the CCAA National Championship for her first time as a coach in 2018. She was also a member of the Nova Scotia Canada Games Team in 2009 (soccer) and 2011 (ringette). She has past experience with U SPORTS having been involved with the host committees for the 2016 CIS Women’s Soccer National Championship at Acadia University and the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championship in Halifax.