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Ottawa, ON, June 23, 2022 – The Equestrian Canada (EC) Nominating Committee (NC) is pleased to announce a slate of five (5) candidates who were selected for presentation to EC’s 27 Voting Members from the 3 categories and to appear on the ballot for electing Directors to fill the vacancies on the 2022 EC Board of Directors.

In accordance with Equestrian Canada’s By-laws, the Nominating Committee’s mandate is to ensure EC has a rigorous nomination system each year that allows for the recruitment of qualified individuals to stand for election as Directors. A total of seven (7) qualified candidates applied with complete nomination packages by the close of the nomination period on May 16, 2022.

Furthermore, from the list of qualified applicants and as per the EC’s Governance Manual, it is mandated that the Nominating Committee must select the number of candidates that move forward to the ballot to exceed the number of vacant positions on the Board of directors by at least one (1) and at most three (3). This year there are 3 vacant positions on the Board with each position for a 3-year term ending in 2025. This means a minimum of four (4) and maximum of six (6) candidates must be presented to the Category Voting Members on the ballot for the election.

The EC Nominating Committee members are as follows:

Wayne Burwash (Chair and non-voting) – Calgary, AB
Doug Orr, (Director Observer and non-voting) – Rocky View County, AB
Jill Barton – Odessa, ON
Dominique Chagnon – Calixa Lavallee, QC
Iris Davies – Dewberry, AB
Tegwyn Harper – Black Creek, BC
Anne Welch – Aurora, ON

After an in-depth review of all the applications as well as personal interviews of each applicant, the Nominating Committee has unanimously agreed to put forward the following individuals for consideration by the Voting Members:

Vanessa Couillard – Bromont, QC
John Gallinger – Richmond Hill, ON
Kelly Gravelle – Bethany, ON
Jennifer Hodgson – Hudson, QC
Todd Sikorski – Toronto, ON

Further information on the candidates, including candidate profiles and letters of interest can be found at

The next step in the 2022 EC Board election will be for the EC Voting Members to cast their ballots during the voting period of July 25-29, 2022. The results of the election will be announced on Aug. 11, 2022.