The CCES Board of Directors is comprised of prominent people in Canadian and international sport and in fields such as medicine, academia, business, law, ethics and governance. Individuals are identified as candidates for the CCES Board on the basis of requisite skills, experience and expertise. The individuals serving on the CCES Board of Directors have agreed to provide their expertise to the efforts of the CCES on a voluntary basis.

To contact CCES board members, please email [email protected]. Any correspondence marked “personal and confidential” will be redirected to the identified board member in confidence.

Board of Directors

Dr. Don McKenzie, Chair

Dr. Don McKenzieDr. Don McKenzie is professor and director of the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has a doctoral degree in exercise physiology from Ohio State University and completed his medical training at UBC. He has been the team physician for the Canadian Canoe Team for over 30 years and has attended nine Olympic Games. Dr. McKenzie is the chair of the Medical and Anti-doping Committee of the International Canoe Federation. He has served as president of the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and has an active research program that has graduated more than 80 students. His research is centered on respiratory exercise physiology and exercise and breast cancer. Dr. McKenzie is the founder of Abreast in A Boat, a women's dragon boat team composed of breast cancer survivors. This special blend of paddling as medicine has spread world-wide.

Jocelyn Downie, Vice-Chair

Jocelyn DownieJocelyn is a Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  She has been the Director of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute, a Special Advisor to a Committee of the Senate of Canada, and Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She has served as a member of such bodies as the National Blood Safety Council, Experts Committee for Human Research Participant Protection in Canada, Royal Society of Canada Experts Panel on End of Life Decision-Making, and the Committee of Inquiry on the Case Involving Dr. Nancy Olivieri, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto, and Apotex Inc. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Surdna Foundation. Grounded in graduate degrees in both law and philosophy, Ms. Downie works at the intersection of law, ethics, and health care. Through all of her work, she tries to contribute to the academic literature and promote progressive change in health law, policy, and practice.

Julie Bristow

Julie BristowJulie Bristow is currently President and CEO of Bristow Global Media (BGM), a company she formed in 2013 after spending the past 20 years influencing how Canadians watch television. Formerly the Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content for CBC, Ms. Bristow was responsible for the production of Factual Entertainment, Sports (including Hockey Night In Canada and The 2014 Sochi Olympics), Unscripted Comedy and Specials. BGM is a global content production company that creates and produces next-generation content for traditional and new media platforms, including the seven-part series NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other. Her work has garnered multiple industry and business awards for her contributions and executive leadership. In 2013, she was named one of Toronto Life's 50 Most Influential People, received the Crystal Award for Creative Excellence from Women in Film and Television, and was awarded the CBC President’s Award for Leadership. Ms. Bristow is also a board member of some of the most influential domestic and international media associations, and volunteers her time to charitable organizations focused on addiction and mental health.

Mary Chaput

Mary ChaputMary Chaput was born and raised in Ottawa, a member of a large family of sports enthusiasts and competitors. Ms. Chaput attended Queen’s University, where she earned a combined Bachelor of Arts (Economics) - Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (1978). She subsequently completed a Master’s of Public Administration at Carleton University (1980). Ms. Chaput was a career public servant, serving in a wide variety of federal government departments, including among others the Immigration and Refugee Board, Public Safety Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. Ms. Chaput retired in 2014 as the Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, where she was responsible for raising the profile of Canada’s veterans, with a particular emphasis on both the physical and mental well-being of veterans and their families. Since retirement, Ms. Chaput, an avid golfer, has supported the board of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in multiple capacities.

Anne-Marie Dupras

Anne-Marie DuprasAs Tax Partner at the Deloitte Private, Montreal office, Anne-Marie Dupras has over 25 years of professional experience, including 20 years in Canadian taxation. Ms. Dupras’ practice is broad based, focusing on domestic tax planning for private companies, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. She also advises individuals and private family enterprises on succession and estate planning. She advises businesses involved in a number of industries such as consumer business (including manufacturing, retail and distribution), technology, media and telecommunications, Life Sciences, construction and real estate. She has developed significant expertise in tax issues specific to private enterprises, including tax structuring, incentives for R&D and innovation, shareholder tax planning, compensation plans for employees and executives and international expansion. She is a dedicated writer and speaker on tax matters, covering diverse topics, such as corporate reorganizations, tax planning for private companies and estate planning. Professional designations and education includes: Chartered Professional Accountant; Member of the Quebec Bar; CICA In-Depth Tax Course, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction), McGill University; and Bachelor of Commerce, Concordia University.

Christine Girard

Christine GirardChristine Girard is a former athlete in the sport of weightlifting. She was a part of the national team from 2003 and participated in numerous world championships, Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002 – Bronze, Melbourne 2006 – Silver, Delhi 2010 – Gold), Pan-American Games (Santo Domingo 2003, Rio de Janeiro 2007 – Silver, Guadalajara 2011 – Gold) and the Olympic Games. At the two Olympic Games she participated in (Beijing 2008 and London 2012), she initially placed fourth and third place respectively. Christine’s placings were subsequently upgraded when it was discovered that several of her competitors had violated anti-doping rules. Ten and six years after the Games, Christine was awarded her Bronze medal from Beijing 2008 and Gold medal from London 2012. In 2019, Christine was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Christine is returning to the Olympic Games as Athlete Mentor for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Christine also served as Athlete Representative for the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. Christine Girard graduated with a teaching degree from the Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue, which she completed during her athletic career. She is currently a student at the University of Ottawa, pursuing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Connie LeBrun

Connie LebrunDr. Lebrun is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, and a consultant Sports and Exercise Medicine physician at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic. Her practice focuses on care of musculoskeletal and medical issues of physically active individuals. Research interests include health considerations of active girls and women (Female Athlete Triad, and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport – RED-S) and return-to-play issues, i.e. concussion in sport. She was a member of the Canadian Medical Team for 4 Summer Olympic Games: 2008, 2004, 2000, and 1996; and 3 Winter Olympics: 2006, 2010 (Medical Director, Canadian Snowboard Federation 2007-2011) and 2014 (Chief Doctor). Other medical Games experiences include Pan-American Games (1987, 1991, 2003), Francophone Games (1994) and World Student Games (1989, 1999 and recently appointed Chief Medical Officer for Canada for Summer 2019 Universiade in Napoli, Italy). She was a former member of the Canadian Women's Volleyball Team, competing in World Student Games herself (1973, 1977), 1975 Pan-American Games and 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Brian W. Lennox

Brian W. LennoxBrian W. Lennox is a per diem judge of the Ontario Court of Justice. Executive Director of the National Judicial Institute from 2007 to 2014, he was the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice from 1999 to 2007, having previously been Associate Chief Justice and Regional Senior Judge of the same Court. He holds a B.A. from York University, an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, a graduate degree in criminal law (D.E.S.) from the University of Paris and an LL.D. (Hon.) from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Called to the bar in 1975, Mr. Lennox practiced law in Ottawa before being appointed an Assistant Crown Attorney in 1978 and a judge of the Provincial Court (Criminal Division) in 1986. He has been co-Chair of the Ontario Judicial Council, Chair of the Justices of the Peace Review Council, a member of the Board of the Ontario Justice Education Network, a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Judges and an executive member of the International Organization for Judicial Training. He was for 14 years an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and has worked on judicial education projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Akaash Maharaj

Akaash MaharajAkaash Maharaj is CEO of the Mosaic Institute, and leads its work strengthening pluralism within societies and peace amongst nations, by brokering dialogue between populations in conflict. He also serves as Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. As an athlete, Akaash was a triple gold medallist at the International Championships of Equestrian Skill-at-Arms; he subsequently led the overall Canadian Equestrian Team and federation as CEO, to the team’s most successful Olympics and Paralympics of all time. He earned his MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and was the first overseas student elected president of the student government in Oxford’s history. He has been decorated twice in Canada’s national honours for his work on peace in the Middle East and for his services to integrity in international sport. His personal web site is

John Wilkinson

John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson is a partner at WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto. John holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and was called to the Bar in 1987. John is a founding director of the Toronto Sports Council, the not-for-profit City Council-recognized “Voice for Sport” in Toronto, which promotes active involvement in sport and physical recreation for all. Since 2013, John has been Executive VP, Competitive of the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association. John's professional expertise includes law related to corporate governance, risk management, intellectual property, commercial and employment agreements, mergers and acquisitions, charities, non-profits, and sports and Olympic law. John represents clients involved in education, consulting, health care, social services delivery, sports administration, hospitality, and manufacturing.  John is currently the President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, serves on the board of directors of the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation, and is on the Governance Committee of University of Toronto Schools. John was an Adjunct Professor at Western University’s Faculty of Law in 2006 and 2008. 


Chair Emeritus

Dr. Andrew Pipe

Dr. Andrew ppipeDr. Andrew Pipe's is Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The first Chair of the CCES, he has extensive, ongoing experience in addressing doping issues and his knowledge of sport, health and medicine is an invaluable asset to the CCES. Dr. Pipe has been the Team Physician of Canada's National Men's Basketball Team for more than 30 years and served as the Chief Medical Officer to Team Canada at the 1987 Pan-American Games, the 1992 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He is the first Canadian to receive the International Olympic Committee's Award for service in the field of Sport Medicine. Currently, Dr. Pipe is the President of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada and an Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. He is a member of the Order of Canada and of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Melia

President, CEO, and Secretary-Treasurer of the CCES, Paul Melia plays a variety of essential roles at the CCES. His responsibilities include the administration of Canada’s doping control program and working with governments and sport organizations to implement a national ethics strategy for amateur sport. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Health Administration, Mr. Melia has used his extensive knowledge and expertise in the development and implementation of public awareness, education and social change campaigns for a variety of health and social issues. He currently serves as President and Chair of the True Sport Foundation. He is the former Chief of the Tobacco Programs Unit at Health Canada, the past President of the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations, and the former Regional Vice-President of In-Touch Survey Systems Inc.

Nominations to the CCES Board of Directors

The CCES welcomes personal expressions of interest or the identification of individuals who are capable and willing to serve the organization in a volunteer capacity. It should be noted that the CCES board is not a representational board. In other words, individual members do not represent any group or sector. Rather, it is a board comprised of distinguished Canadians with expertise in the various fields of knowledge necessary to ensure the proper stewardship of the CCES. These fields include, but are not limited to medicine, academia, ethics, law, education, sport, policy development, corporate and/or financial management, accounting and governance. In addition to particular expertise, when considering nominations for the Board of Directors and appointments to working groups and committees, consideration is also given to a variety of other factors such as gender, sport and/or high-performance athletic experience, culture, language capability, region of residence, ethnicity and other factors that reflect Canadian diversity.

CCES Working Groups and Committees

In addition to the experts who sit on the CCES Board of Directors, the organization benefits greatly from the expertise and experience of many individuals who also volunteer their time on a variety of working groups and advisory panels.

  • Ethical Issues Review Panel provides analysis and advice on a variety of ethical issues.
  • Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee evaluates applications by athletes for Therapeutic Use Exemptions.
  • Anti-Doping Review Panel considers matters that arise from time to time with respect to anti-doping operations which require consultation.
  • The Prohibited List Committee provides input on the annual WADA draft Prohibited List submission.
  • The Biological Passport Committee provides expertise in hematology, exercise science, medicine and sport physiology.
  • The Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) Review Committee provides the CCES and Sport Canada with recommendations from the Canadian sport community concerning issues associated with the CADP.
  • The AthletesCAN Anti-Doping Advisory Committee provides relevant and applicable advice on the CADP from an athlete’s perspective.
  • The Building a Stronger Canada Through Sport Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance for the project plan, and validates and supports the recommendations that emerge.

If you wish to be considered or are aware of an individual whom you believe is capable and willing to contribute to the CCES on its Board of Directors, working groups or committees, please email [email protected]. Please include the candidate’s qualifications as well as your complete contact information. The Nominations Committee reviews nominations on a regular basis, taking into account the current and future needs of the organization and brings recommendations to the CCES board each spring.

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