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National Review Board Members

All of our National Review Board Members come from all over Canada and have extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution and sports-related issues. Members of the panel have expert knowledge of Skate Canada's Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures, as well as its understanding of Skating programs and societal standards.  


Aaron Lowe

Competed as an ice dancer with Megan Wing from 1986-2006, earning 10 National medals and competing internationally for Canada from 1995-2006, including 5 World Championships and 1 Olympic Games. 

Aaron attained his B.H.K and M.H.K (Masters of Human Kinetics) from the University of Windsor and since his athletic retirement has been coaching full-time in Vancouver BC.  He was an athlete representative on many Canadian athlete groups, AthletesCAN, COC athlete committee, and an ISU athlete representative.  He wrote his Masters thesis on athlete advocacy, which allowed him to further research and learn about the Canadian Sport System.  Aaron has recent experience participating on one or more hearing panels and has knowledge of Skate Canada's Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures.


Bev Power

Bev Power is a long-time skating volunteer and 29-year member of the Polaris Skating Club, who has served the Association in various leadership roles including; Skate Canada Director, Executive Committee Member, National Rules and Membership Chairperson, Nominating Committee Member and Chairperson of the Sections’ Coordinating Committee. Bev is currently the Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Section Chairperson.  She has also served on several hearing panels and has knowledge of Skate Canada's Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures.

Bev volunteered at 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2009 International Skating Union (ISU) 4 Continents Championships as a member of the Field of Play supervisory team. She has also been a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Jeux Canada Games Mission Staff; an invited participant to the Solicitor General of Canada’s National Consultation surrounding Victims of Crime and has served as governance and marketing consultant to several community groups.

In recognition of her leadership and service to sport and community Bev has been honoured by the Town of Labrador City as a Community Builder, selected as Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Executive of the Year and was the 2002 Skate Canada Volunteer of Excellence Award recipient for Newfoundland and Labrador.


Charlene Jordan, B.H.K., M.H.K., B. Ed  

Charlene has been in the field of Education for 22 years, serving the last 11 in the role of Principal at the Elementary and Secondary level, in both the public and CAIS Independent school systems.  

In skating, Charlene was a professional coach for 20 years, the last 13 years with the Burlington Skating Centre, before embarking on her role as a Skate Canada Official. 

Now in her 15th season as an Official, she is a Senior Singles and Dance Judge, Gold Evaluator (Diamond Dance), and an Officials Judge/Evaluator Clinic Leader. 

At the club level, she sat on the Burlington Skating Club's Board of Directors as the coach’s rep. for many years, as well as the Official's Rep. at the Region level.

At the Sectional level, Charlene has been a member of the WOS Board of Directors in the Championship Chair portfolio, has been a WOS Team Leader, a member of the WOS Officials Committee for 8 years and was awarded the WOS Judge/Evaluator Section Award. 

Nationally, she was the Medical Chairman of one Challenge and two Skate Canada National Championships, the Medical Chair Advisor for a third national championship, and the coordinator of a National Ice Judge Seminar on the Finnstep and Quickstep. 

Internationally, Charlene was the Medical Chair of the ISU Series Final.   Charlene is known for her passion for student and skater success and has experience in safe schools/safe children policy formation and application, and dispute resolution.  

Currently Charlene is a Corporate Executive, directing a multi-million dollar company. 


Cynthia J Benson

Cynthia is a partner at Stewart McKelvey practicing in the area of civil litigation defence. She has served on various Skate Canada Hearing Panels and national committees.  Cynthia was a member of the Skate New Brunswick Board of Directors, as well as the officials committee, and chair of the competitive skater development program. She is an international skating union judge and international referee having officiated at the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in addition to various international, national, sectional and invitational events.


Dave Dove

In 1997, Dave took his first position as School Administrator at Moreton’s Harbour Elementary and has continued to present in school leadership. Over the span of five years, Dave filled the role as Teacher Resource Manager with the Human Resource Department with the local school district and was responsible for overseeing the teaching recruitment and hiring process. For one year, he served as the Associate Assistant Director of Personnel with the Lewisporte-Gander School District.6 years volunteer with the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Authority, currently Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson of the Review Board/Appeals Panel

27 years volunteering with Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador as Data Specialist

4 years as Chairperson of the Data Specialists' Committee with Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador

2013 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award Winner at ACGM in Ottawa, Ontario


Debbie MacMurdo

Board Member Skate Canada 1985-96, 1998-2014; Executive member and Vice President 1998-2011; Section Chair 1985-87; Chair or member of most all SC committees; Chair NFP Canada Corporations Act and new Skate Canada bylaws 2014-15

Currently:  Chair of Skate Canada Nominating Committee; OAP Honorary Member of Skate Canada; VP Sport (18 sports) and Board of Management member 2009 Canada Summer Games; PEI Canada Games Sport Committee; National Special Olympics 2004; Sport Chair & Technical Representative; Past President Sport PEI (9yrs on Board); 2010 Olympics on ice supervisor;

Technical Liaison: World Championships 2006, 2013, Grand Prix Final, Four Continents 2009 Technical Delegate Skate Canada International (7 yrs), Technical Representative Canadian Championships (18yrs), Technical Representative Divisionals, National StarSkate; Team Manager: Worlds, Jr Worlds, Grand Prix, Four Continents; NAC; Other roles for Skate Canada: team manager, official, chaperone, national team camps, clinic.


Recipient of National Influential Women in Sport 2010 Queens  Jubilee Medal Sport PEI Presidents Award Sport PEI Official of Year (2) Sport PEI Administrator of year.


Donald Murray

Current Employment

Lawyer and Adjudicator - Since 1985. Associated with Sealy Cornish Coulthard Law Firm since November 2012. 

Skate Canada Affiliation:

      • Member since 1999; Data Specialist since 2010; participant in Skate Canada’s Adult Skating Consultation Group (current)
      • Currently competing as an adult skater since 2004, participating in local National and ISU Adult World competitions
      • Served on the Skate Canada Nova Scotia Board as a member at large between May 2006 and May 2011
      • Volunteered at National Skate Canada events in Halifax, including Skate Canada (2004), Canadians (2007), and Eastern Regional Festival of Synchronized Skating (2009)

Independent and Panel Decision-Making:

      • Volleyball Nova Scotia Staff complaint hearing panel (current, ongoing)
      • Skate Canada Complaint Hearing Panel (2015 – 2016)
      • Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry member, since 2003
      • Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, since 2011
      • Minister’s List of Arbitrators, NS Trade Union Act, since 2012 - 2016
      • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee, since 2007

Other Sports Organization Volunteer Experience and Participation:

      • Canadian Football official, N.S.F.O.A. 2005 – 2011
      • Curling Nova Scotia, participant and volunteer, since 2014
      • Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia, participant since 2015


Janet Balkwill

Residence: Kanata, Ontario
Education: BNSc Queens University

Involvement in skating: volunteer for thirty-five years

Club: (1981–1995) served as a board member of the March Kanata Skating Club in several capacities including five years as President; and, as an executive member of the Kanata Techniques (synchro team).

Section: (1994-1998 and 2000-2008) served as a member of the Eastern Ontario Section Board for twelve years as: Chairman (five years), Past Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Skater Development Chair, team manager; off-board Section roles included several years in judges’ development and originated the role of Eastern Ontario Special Olympics Liaison

Provincial: (2001-2016) as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Section, sat on the Board of Skate Ontario as a Director for five years and continued working with the Board. In 2008 was elected as President of Skate Ontario and subsequently served as Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Grant Administrator.

National: as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Section served on the Skate Canada Board of Directors for five years. Twice served on the Skate Canada Nominating Committee; participated in the 2013 strategic planning session and subsequently as a member of one of the strategic imperative teams. Participated as a member of a Skate Canada Hearing Panel.

Events: enjoyed a significant leadership role in local, national and international events hosted in the Ottawa area between 1992 and 2006.


      • 1993 Skate Canada Volunteer Award of Excellence
      • 2004 Eastern Ontario Section Board Award
      • 2006 Syl Apps Sports Award (provincial) for figure skating 


Jim Virtue

Jim is the most senior partner at the Siskinds law firm and has forty years of experience in litigation at all levels of Court in Canada.  In addition to his busy practice Jim has taught Advocacy and Trial Process in his role of adjunct Professor at Western’s Law School, has taught at the Bar Admission Course and has led seminars and workshops for lawyers on all elements of trial procedure.  In recognition of his leadership and expertise Jim is regularly named to the Best Lawyers in Canada list.


Karen Kiang

Karen graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2004 and works as a lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages and Literatures (French) from Harvard University. 

Karen started skating at the age of 3½ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was a test stream skater until the end of high school.  After returning to skating as an adult, she completed her Gold dance tests and is now working on her Diamond dances.  Karen has been an executive member of Central Toronto Skating Club’s Board of Directors since 2012.


Kristy J. Balkwill

Professional Experience:

      • Senior Associate, Tax, Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York, New York (2015-present)
      • Associate, Tax, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Toronto, Ontario (2007 - 2015)
      • Associate, Global Wealth Management, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Zurich, Switzerland (2010)
      • Associate, Private Banking, Baker & McKenzie, LLP, Geneva, Switzerland (2007)

Skating Experience:

      • Member of the Junior National Team
      • Member of the National Team
      • Judge/Evaluator up to Senior in Singles and Dance commencing 1994  

Technical Specialist:

      • Canadian in Dance and Section in Singles commencing 2003
      • Clinic presenter and monitor for skaters and coaches     

Board & Committee:

      • Elected to the Skate Canada Board of Directors 2014-2016
      • Member of the Skate Canada Finance and Risk Management Committee
      • Member of the Skate Canada Governance Committee
      • Former Member of the Skate Canada Membership Committee
      • Served on the ad hoc committee for Skate Canada's compliance with the Canada Not for Profit Act
      • Chair of the Skate Ontario Sections Organizational Working Committee
      • Chair and member of multiple Skate Canada Hearing Panels


Mary Ellen MacDonald

Mary Ellen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has worked in both public practice and industry.

Professional work activities over the past 30 years include:

      • External Auditor and Senior Accountant for KPMG Chartered Accountants
      • Special Projects Manager for Canadian manufacturing company working on Mergers and Acquisitions as the Global Finance and Training Lead.
      • Director of Finance and Administration for the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA)
      • Management member on the Internal Audit Committee of the Board of Directors for WAA

Director of Corporate Development for the Winnipeg Airports Services Corporation, a company that manages Airport contracts. Responsible for bid development, ISO9001, and support for all Finance, Purchasing, Human Resource and IT functions of the airport managed projects.

Volunteer work with Skate Canada Manitoba:

      • Officiate in the roles of judge, technical representative, evaluator, base level official (Singles & Technical Controller Synchro).
      • Held positions in clubs (Test Chair),
      • Regions (Regional Supervisor),
      • Section Board (Finance chair, Skating programs chair, Vice Chair),
      • Section committees (officials, synchronized skating chair),

Volunteer work activities with Skate Canada:

      • National Committees (membership, synchronized skating)
      • Skate Canada Board of Directors
      • Chair Finance and Risk Management (2014 – current)
      • Member of Governance, Not for Profit, CEO Operational Review and Finance & Risk Management Standing Committees


Mitchell Smet

Mitchell has been a vice-principal at both the elementary and secondary level with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board for the past 13 years. Prior to moving to administration he taught at the secondary level for 19 years. Mitchell has participated in the development of teachers, establishment of codes of conduct at the school level, and the application of the code of conduction with students and their parents.

From 2004-2011, Mitchell served on the Board of Directors for the Guhbawin Coop. During his time on the Board Mitchell was its President for 4 years. Part of his role of President was to provide direction to the Board as it dealt with tenant complaints and other issues, ensuring that the Board acted in such a manner where due diligence was observed and issues were dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.

Mitchell is currently the Director of Rainbow Country Region, encompassing the 9 clubs within the Sudbury Region, as part of Skate Canada Northern Ontario. Mitchell has worked with club executives to further develop skating within the Region and to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution between the clubs and coaches or parents. He has also acted in the role of a Data Specialist for the past 5 years achieving a Level I status. Mitchell is in the first year of his two year term as Data Specialist Chair for Skate Canada Northern Ontario.


Pier-Luc Pacquet

Bilingual (English & French)

On the board of Patinage Québec - Judges/evaluator/DS chair

On the Ethics and Conflict committee of Patinage Québec

On the board of CPA Villeneuve

2014 Challenge competition of Skate Canada - on the LOC in charge of security

Coach - October 2006 to April 2014

Technical Specialist - Exchange program for officials


Sophie Doré


      • Juris Doctor – North American Common Law, Université de Montréal, (QC)
      • Professional training prog. with École du Barreau du Québec, Montréal (QC)
      • Bachelor in law LL.B. from Université de Montréal, Montréal (QC)

Professional Titles:                  

      • Member of the Quebec Bar since 2002
      • Member of the New York Bar since 2004

Professional Experience:      

VP Business and Legal Affairs with Mediabiz International - navigations of complex legal logistics of international co-productions and co-financing. Responsible for all commercial and legal affairs pertaining to production, finance, as well as tax credits and other incentives, and for supervising cross-border legal affairs in conjunction with Mediabiz’ worldwide partners. Active secretary of Board of Directors’ for all Mediabiz’ companies. (2013-Present)

Director of Legal and Business Affairs with Groupe Entourage - responsible for all manner of corporate affairs, contracts litigation, and other legal matters related to operations of the multiplatform Montreal-based entertainment provider specializing in live performance, television and music production. (2010-2013)

Head of Legal Affairs with the Just For Laughs multinational - supervision of all corporate and legal affairs in all of the company’s areas of operation, from line production (theaters, galas, tours, inter alia) to numerous television productions. (2007-2010)

Criminal Defense Lawyer in private practice - main fields of practice were criminal and penal law, civil law; responsible for legal research, drafting of legal opinions and memos, drafting of procedures, contracts and various other legal documents, interviews of clients, preparation of files for examinations and trials, examinations, negotiations and court attendance – motions and trials. (2002-2007) 

Skating & Volunteer Experience:              

      • Former National Level Ice Dancer
      • Canadian Level Technical Specialist in Dance
      • Section Level Technical Specialist and Controller in Dance and Singles
      • Actively monitor athletes as an official
      • Clinic Conductor for Section Level Dance Technical Officials in 2013           
      • Phase 2 Assessor for Section Level Dance Technical Official
      • Former member of the disciplinary board for Patinage Québec
      • Member of Skate Canada Hearing Panels
      • Volunteer (legal clinic) with La Maisonnée inc.


Sylvain Carle

Bilingual French/English

President/Owner, North Halton Holdings Inc., responsible for daily management of human resources required for the company real estate rentals operations.  Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, responsible for National level organized crime investigations.  Sylvain has training in human behaviour, in the criminal element, victim sensitivity, media relations, ADR and diversion program training.

Director, Skate Canada Central Ontario Section

Vice-President, Georgetown Skating Club 2009-2010

LOC member, 2015 Skate Canada Central Ontario STARSkate Championships

Committee member, 2015 Skate Canada Central Ontario Sectional Championships

Parent to 5 current Skate Canada members, volunteered for the World Championships in London, ON and as Team Leader of Security, Skate Canada, Mississauga, ON


Wayne Sutherland

Officer in Charge of Career Development and Resourcing - RCMP British Columbia

Wayne has been involved in skating for almost 30 years; as club president, treasurer of a region and section and section chairperson for 4 years.  Wayne was on the National Board of Directors for 10 years. He was chairman of the National Harassment Committee for 4 years and has worked on a number of harassment complaints. He is currently the treasurer of a region board, a Level 2 Data Specialist and still actively involved in a number of competitions in the Province.

In his current job Wayne has a training course in Interest Based Negotiation and has worked on the Alternate Dispute Resolution process for the RCMP.  He is also responsible for all the current staffing issues and the Public Service Labour Relations issue for the Province of British Columbia.     

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