Canada has elected their new Paralympic Committee president as Marc-Andre Fabien won the election on Saturday at their annual general meeting.
Fabien is a senior partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau, where he has worked since 1982, which has led to his involvement in Paralympic Sport. Through his firm he has raised funds for the Canadian Paralympic Committee over 20 years and has served as a board member of the organization from 1998-2012, before joining again in 2015.
“The Canadian Paralympic Committee is at a turning point,” said Fabien, after his election before outlining his goals. “As an organization, CPC and its member sports need to work together even more closely to achieve the following goals: increase the recognition of Para sports, develop the grassroots level, bring and organize international Para sport events to Canada, and reduce dependence on Government funding through becoming closer to the business community.”
The previous president was Dr. Gaetan Tardif who was coming to the end of their four year term that included a very successful Games at Rio last year. The one thing that Fabien is hoping to build on is bringing events to Canada with Tardif unable to get as many events as the Canadian Paralympic Committee would like.
At the annual general meeting the Canadian Paralympic Committee elected the rest of their board, with Gail Hammamoto elected the vice president. Hammamoto is currently the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association, having moved to that position from being the Director of Sport Development from 1998-2012. Hammomoto has been on the board since 2009 and been serving in para sport for the past 25 years.
There were also three new board members as Robert Fenton, Tyler Mosher, and Dr. Lindsay Bradley are all added to the board. Fenton has been serving as a lawyer for the Calgary Police Service over the past 16 years and is President of the Canadian Blind Sports Association. Mosher is a two time Paralypian and World Champion having been involved in the foundation of Snowboard as a Paralympic sport. Bradley is a sport medicine physician at the Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic in Ottawa, and has served in a number of medical roles at international para sport events in Canada.