Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (604) 295-6941
Wendy Pattenden is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport institute. The Canadian Sport Institute, in partnership with the national network of Canadian Sport Institutes and the British Columbia (BC) network of PacificSport Centres, delivers sport performance programs and services to provide athletes and coaches living in BC with every advantage to win medals for Canada.
Wendy completed her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2004 at Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, culminating in her MBA thesis “An Integrated Performance System For British Columbia”. In 2005 Wendy was asked to Chair the Integrated Performance Planning Workgroup and authored a final report for 2010 Legacies Now “Performance Priorities in BC”. This report served as the framework used to launch a new Integrated Performance System (IPS). Wendy authored a follow-up report “Integrated Performance System Evaluation Report” in 2008. British Columbia has seen steady improvement with performance results at the national and international level since the IPS was put in place in 2005.
Wendy is a former world ranked professional tennis player (top 100 in the world), twelve- time national tennis champion and Female Athlete of The Year (City of Greater Victoria). Wendy was inducted to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Prior to taking on the challenge of starting the Canadian Sport Institute in 1999, Wendy served double duty as the Director of Athlete Development and Head National Team Coach/Olympic Coach for Tennis Canada, a post she held for thirteen years. Wendy is married and has three children, all actively involved in competitive sport.
Co-Lead, Strength & Conditioning
Bio coming soon.
Lead, Mental Performance
Telephone: (778) 994-3368
Kirsten has been working as an applied mental performance consultant for fifteen years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance from the University of Victoria and then completed a PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Bristol, England. Kirsten competed for Canada in rowing at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. She is a double Olympic Gold Medallist from the 1992 Games and a World Champion from the 1991 Rowing World Championships in both the 4- and 8+.
Kirsten has returned to Vancouver after thirteen years in the UK. In the UK she worked as a sport psychology consultant for national teams such as squash, rugby, triathlon, and badminton, and with several national team individual athletes in sports such as rowing, cart driving, athletics, swimming and three-day eventing. She spent time as a board member of the English Institute of Sport and later worked as the National Lead for Sport Psychology for the Institute.
Kirsten brings a wealth of knowledge to the Canadian Sport Institute from her experience as an athlete, academic, and professional. She has a knack for storytelling and borrows from her experiences in rowing to make her interactions with athletes engaging and meaningful.
Cell Phone: (250) 882-7001
Susan has been providing sport nutrition consulting services to various athletes and teams for twenty years. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, and also spent nineteen years working a highly specialized eating disorders program as a Nutrition Counsellor.
Susan is a level 1 certified anthropometrist with the International Society for the Advancement of Anthropometry (ISAK) and has completed the International Olympic Committee Sport Nutrition Diploma Program.
Over the past eight years Susan has been intimately involved with Canadian high performance sport through her work with national teams in rowing, swimming, rugby and cycling, and individual athletes competing in track, diving and triathlon. Her purpose is to promote sport excellence through leading edge nutrition consultation during training and competition.
Co-Lead, Strength & Conditioning
Bio coming soon.
Lead, Athlete Services
Telephone: (250) 220-2531
As a former high performance lightweight rower, Amy developed a love for sport on the University of Victoria’s Varsity team while completing a Bachelor of Arts and professional teaching certification. After three years of teaching and coaching, the lure of being a competitive athlete drew her back to sport; this time as a competitive road cyclist. After two years of competing across Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand Amy and her husband, the 2013 National Time Trial Champion, returned to their hometown of Victoria BC to continue their careers, and raise their young daughter. Amy is passionate about working to further enhance the daily training environment for BC based athletes and coaches, and to help power their podium performances.
Lead, Performance Analysis
Samantha is a Biomechanist holding a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and a M.Sc in Kinesiology specializing in biomechanics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has completed the Human Performance Training certificate from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario. Before moving to Vancouver, Samantha worked at McMaster University with varsity athletes as a strength & conditioning coach and student athletic therapist.
Samantha is currently a Sport Biomechanist and the Performance Analysis Lead at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and is based out of the Vancouver location. She is a member of the IST for the Canadian Freestyle Ski program as well as provides support to other athletes based in the Vancouver and Whistler locations. Sam has been a member of the Mission Staff’s Sport Science and Sport Medicine Team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, UK) and the 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, ON).
Lead, Coaching & Systems Development
Telephone: (250) 220-2522
David is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute BC, holds a Master of Science from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of PE from the University of Calgary. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience in alpine skiing and rugby, where he coached from grassroots to national team programs.
Beyond his coaching, David spent three years at the Coaching Association of Canada in Ottawa before moving back to Victoria to join the Canadian Sport Institute in 2006. David continues to be a key contributor to the development of the National Coaching Certification Program having played a lead role in the coach evaluation and the development of the new Advanced Coaching Diploma. He has enormous passion for legitimizing the role of coaching in Canada, by increasing the professional status of coaches and advocating for the value of coach education, coaching and athlete development.
Director, Talent Development
Telephone: (250) 220-2527
Kurt has contributed to Canadian and International High Performance Sport as an Olympic athlete, Olympic coach, HP Sport director and now as the Director of Talent Development for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
A 1992 Olympian, 6-time Canadian Cycling Champion, and two-time recipient of the Coaches Association of Canada Coaching Excellence award (98 & 99) – Kurt has achieved excellence as an Olympic Athlete, and as an Olympic Coach. As a coach, Kurt contributed to the achievement of medal winning performances for multiple athletes at World Championship, Commonwealth/Pan-Am and Olympic Games events.
Kurt is a graduate of the Sport Administration program of Mount Royal University, and the National Coaching Institute-Calgary. As a dual-sport coach, Kurt earned a diploma in High Performance Coaching and NCCP level 4 certification in both Speed Skating and Cycling. In 2007 Kurt became one of few Canadian Cycling coaches to receive NCCP Level 5 coaching certification.
Currently Kurt works with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific team in the role of Director, Talent Development. In this role Kurt provides the overall leadership, coach mentorship, and strategic planning direction for the Canadian Sport Institute Talent Development staff and programs. In his spare time, Kurt contributes to the development of youth cycling in Victoria B.C. as a coach of the FastTrack youth cycling program at the West Shore Velodrome.
Telephone: (250) 220-2532
Liz has since been working as an exercise physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute since 2006. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Physiology from the University of Victoria, Liz been a member of the IST for several major games including the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the London Olympics, many World Championships and other international events.
Liz is a valuable contributor to national teams such as swimming, rowing, and wheelchair rugby. Her purpose is to support athletes and coaches through testing and monitoring in the daily training environment and in competition. This involves working with athletes, coaches and the IST to detect and close gaps in performance, prepare for travel, plan for competition in different environments (heat, altitude etc.) and implement interventions to improve performance.
A native of New Brunswick, Liz is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and cultivating home grown fruits and veggies to make gourmet meals for her friends and family. Mountain biking has been a big part of Liz\’s life, but most recently she has been using her bike as a means of towing her daughter around Victoria.
Lead, Business Development
Bio coming soon.
Chief Medical Officer and Lead, Health Sciences
Dr. Paddy McCluskey completed a BSc in Human Performance and an MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Victoria before completing his degree in Medicine in 2005 (UBC). He did his post-graduate family medicine training Victoria and a 1 year fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Victoria from, completing his Diploma in Sport Medicine in 2008. He is a member of the College of Physician and Surgeons of BC, the College of Family Practice in Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). He has since worked as a physician in Sport and Exercise Medicine physician in Victoria, BC. He is an Affiliate Clinical Instructor in the Island Medical Program at the University of Victoria and is a Clinical Instructor for the Victoria Family Practice Residency Program.
His interests include general Sport and Exercise Medicine and injuries related to endurance sports. Currently he works as they Medical Lead for Triathlon Canada and Athletics Canada’s western hub in Victoria. He works with Rowing Canada\’s Victoria training centre and has been the medical director of the Victoria Marathon since 2007. Born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Dr. McCluskey moved to Victoria in 1987 to compete for the University of Victoria’s varsity cross country running and track program. He was a three time member of the senior men’s Canadian Cross Country Running Team.
Lead, Innovation & Research
Telephone: (250) 220-2584
Trent is an applied sport physiologist with a specialization in the area of performance nutrition. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Cornell University and he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in Exercise and Skeletal Muscle Physiology.
In his current role he focuses on providing his physiology and nutrition expertise to Canada\’s national rowing, track and field and triathlon teams, as well as leading Canadian Sport Institute\’s Innovation and Research division. Trent previously worked as the senior leading scientist in Performance Nutrition for Power Bar at the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. An experienced researcher, Trent has more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. He has co-authored six book chapters focusing on the role that nutrition can play in supporting elite athlete performance, including a chapter on \’Nutrition for the Endurance Athlete\’, for the newest version of the 2013 IOC Sports Nutrition Encyclopaedia. His expertise is paired with his ability to deliver complex scientific concepts in an informative and applicable way. He co-supervises a number of master and PhD student collaborative research projects at UBC, UVIC and Guelph.
Trent has attended many World Championships and Olympic Games as part of Team Canada\’s Integrated Support Team and consults several Olympic athletes from around the world, including his wife Hilary, who competed for Canada in the 1500m at the 2012 Games.
Noah comes from both a media and management background, specializing in sport. After graduating with a BA in Communications from Concordia University, he worked in television production in Toronto for CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada. He then moved to London, England where he worked in both TV production and multimedia with UEFA for soccer (well, football).
After his time in England, Noah returned to his home town of Victoria and used his technical and creative skills as a web designer. At the same time, he graduated with a sport-focused MBA from IE University in Madrid. He joined the Canadian Sport Institute shortly after his graduation, in January 2013. Noah looks after all interactive media at the Institute and also acts as chief point of contact for all agreements with our NSO partners.
In his free time, Noah volunteers for ConIFA (the Confederation of Independent Football Associations), loves spending time with his kids, still plays soccer (poorly) and travels at every available opportunity.
Telephone: (604) 295-6955
Nathan has been with the Canadian Sport Institute since 2008. Prior to joining the team, he worked in various positions across different industries in Canada and abroad, bringing valuable financial insights to the world of sport and not-for-profit organizations. Nathan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics and minoring in Commerce, and is also a designated professional accountant (CPA, CGA). He is currently working on his studies towards a Master of Business Administration degree.
Along with his passion for numbers and business, Nathan is an avid traveller who likes to explore new places around the world.