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New Team Members – Photos of Lindsay Smith, Kristin Henry, Jacob Morris and Ava Iannou

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to welcome four new team members to the organization – including a summer intern and three full-time staff.
Accomplished Multisport Games leader Lindsay Smith has been named Manager, Athlete Projects and Operations for the 2023-24 year, serving the role currently held by Alicia Renaud-Paquin, during her upcoming parental leave. Former national team rower Kristin Henry and experienced Canadian sport system marketer Jacob Morris have been selected as AthletesCAN’s new Coordinator, Operations and Coordinator, Digital Media and Communications, respectively, while recent Sport Management graduate Ava Iannou will serve as Intern, Marketing and Communications over the summer months.
“We are excited to welcome Lindsay, Kristin, Jacob and Ava to our staff, and wish congratulations to Alicia and her family,” said AthletesCAN President Erin Willson. “Our newly-expanded team gives us the best opportunity to continue advocating for the voices of national team athletes across the Canadian sport system following the recently-announced governance reforms and raising the awareness level of AthletesCAN among our 6,000-plus prospective members.”
Henry will report to Smith and Renaud-Paquin, while Morris and Iannou will report to Alan HudesManager, Communications and Sport Partnerships. Henry and Morris began in their roles on May 15, with Smith starting on May 23. Iannou will kick off her internship on June 5.
 All three full-time roles are funded by Sport Canada, with Iannou’s internship supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
The new additions double AthletesCAN’s full-time staff for the second consecutive year, continuing to deliver on the organization’s Strategic Plan and its priorities of Awareness, Insight and Activation – through direct engagement with and providing support to Canada’s national team athletes.


AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships.

AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
613-526-4025 Ext. 224