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Canadian Sport Institute Pacific – VICTORIA, B.C. – The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) announced on Wednesday that Chris Ireland has been elected as the newest member of the organization’s board of directors.

Chris Ireland is Senior Vice-President, Planning Services at PPI Advisory, where he leads the national planning services team to provide advanced professional expertise and support in financial, estate and succession planning. He joined PPI in 2003 with over 20 years of experience in tax, estate and trust planning including several years as a tax partner in the Vancouver office of an international accounting firm. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). Chris has taught and coordinated the CICA specialized tax course, “Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner Managed Business” and has written extensively in the area of tax planning and wealth preservation. Chris is a member of a number of industry associations including CALU and the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a frequent speaker at tax conferences and professional industry meetings.

CSI Pacific also announced that Chris Cameron has been named as the new Chairman of the board of directors. He replaces Mark Hope, who had been esteemed member of the board since 2010 and board chair since 2013.

The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s board members are:

Chris Cameron is a Certified Management Accountant and, as Vice President, Finance and Administration for O’Neill Hotels & Resorts, is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the O’Neill Group of Companies. Chris plays an instrumental role in hotel management agreement negotiations, financing and banking relations, and acquisitions and development.

David Graham specializes in strategic planning and governance practices in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the principal with High Hope Expeditions, a management consulting company for organizational effectiveness and logistics for wilderness expeditions.

Lisa Coltart is the Chief Financial Officer at Vancity, where she oversees the financial accountability of the credit union. Before joining Vancity, Lisa was an executive director at BC Hydro responsible for Customer Care and Power Smart, the finance vice president and secretary for the General Hydrogen Corporation, and a director with Crystal Decisions and Fletcher Challenge Canada.

Margaret Mason provides legal counsel to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations and charities. Her practice spans a broad range of issues which affect charities and not-for-profits including tax exempt status, governance, international programs and social enterprise.

Blair Whitmarsh is the Dean of Human Kinetics and Athletics at Trinity Western University, where he has combined his experiences as an athlete, coach and researcher while giving lectures and conducting workshops/coaching clinics in the areas of mental preparation for sport and peak performance. He has worked in the field of sport psychology for over 20 years.

Robert (Bob) Gurney has been actively involved for many years as an athlete, coach and administrator in a variety of sports. Bob is an academic, researcher, consultant and entrepreneur in business, sports management, coaching and sports sciences and medicine.

David Weicker worked for over 33 years with the government of British Columbia in several senior management positions. David is an accomplished international technical official with specialties in track and field are photo finish, referee, umpire and race walks.

Jack Miller has had extensive experience in physical education, recreation, and sports, having spent over 20 years in this field in the Canadian Armed Forces in a variety of leadership and teaching roles that included Director of Athletics at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

Christine Matheson is a lawyer with a focus on will and estate planning, and has overseen fundraising as well as organizational restructuring based on market preparedness and trends. She remains deeply engaged in fundraising in her volunteer life, and is particularly passionate about fundraising for sport.

Lance Macdonald is an investment advisor with National Bank Financial operating his practice in Kelowna, BC.  He specializes in helping a small number of families strategically manage their financial assets.

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About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is a world class Olympic and Paralympic training environment. Through the support of our national and provincial partners, our team of sport scientists and medical experts provide programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Noah Wheelock

Manager, Communications

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific


Lance Doucet

Coordinator, Communications

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific