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OTTAWA, ON (March 8, 2021) – Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to welcome Kenna Robins as its Senior Manager of National Program Development. In her new role, Kenna will focus on managing the delivery of key sport development programs and partnerships throughout Canada.

About Canoe Kayak Canada“We are thrilled to welcome Kenna back to our CKC team,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “She has demonstrated her ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and elevate the sport. I know she will play a critical role in helping Canoe Kayak reach its full potential.”

Kenna will work with the clubs, divisions, and provincial and territorial organizations to strengthen partnerships through effective and regular communication and strategically aligning CKC to maximize our collective resources and efforts around common programs, priorities and objectives.

Kenna will manage several key programs, including CKC’s Safe Sport program, the Canada Games program, help manage the 2022 Canoe and Para Canoe World Championships  and work closely with the Senior Manager of Coach Development to manage the Team Red program (LTAD) and provide support for development programs across CKC’s diverse paddling disciplines. Robins will also lead, in partnership with other key staff and stakeholders, the successful implementation of the Sprint National Championships.

“I am thrilled to be back with CKC in this new capacity,” shares Robins. “I look forward to working with this great team and all the partners across the country and building on the great initiatives and programs. I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people at the COC and I wish to thank them for the past few years.”

Kenna is returning to CKC in this new role, having previously worked as CKC’s lead coach for the U23 and U18 women’s kayak program for several years. She was also the head coach at the Rideau Canoe Club for over four years.

Most recently, Kenna worked at the Canadian Olympic Committee in multiple capacities, including Project Manager and Business Integration Manager, overseeing business operations and internal stakeholder communications.  Kenna holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University and a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of Ottawa. She is also a Level 4 certified coach, a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Chartered Professional Coach (CAC).

Kenna will work closely with all of the CKC staff, including Ian Mortimer, who is transitioning into high performance to support the strategic initiatives in this area. We welcome Kenna to the team as she officially starts in her new role on April 6th, 2021.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships.