Chief Executive Officer
Powering Performance. Inspiring Excellence. is the driving purpose of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, which offers world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments at campuses in Greater Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler. It is also a metaphor for the empowering leadership and impressive track record of its Chief Executive Officer Wendy Pattenden of Vancouver. Serving as CEO since 1999, Pattenden has brought to life a strategic direction designed to mobilize the sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts delivering leading-edge programs to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.
Under her collaborative leadership style, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific has forged dynamic relationships with federal, provincial and local governments and other key stakeholders, partnered with over 20 National Sport Organizations, employed more than 75 specialized experts all in support of a dynamic training environment in BC.
Nationally-recognized for the best practices she brings to the business of sport, Pattenden also developed the organizational mantra Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Perform., now the calling card for results at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Its team of sport scientists, coaches and support staff helped contribute to 50% of Canada’s summer Olympic medals and 48% Paralympic medals at Tokyo 2020, and 58% of Canada’s winter Olympic medals and 60% Paralympic medals at Beijing 2022.
An MBA (Royal Roads University 2004) and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education), Pattenden is one of the country’s leading advocates for sport, athlete and coaching development and is resolute in her commitment to building a sustainable funding model for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific . That passion has helped the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific grow to an annual budget of $7+ million in fiscal 2019, further supported by the strength of strategic community partnerships that have generated an additional $3.5 million in Value In Kind support from business and community leaders.
Pattenden’s legacy of executive leadership and community philanthropy includes her role as one of the main architects of the PacificSport regional network in 1999, serving as a guiding force behind the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L) framework — a Federal-Provincial/Territorial framework promoting competency in fundamental motor skills. Pattenden serves on several community boards; Canadian Olympic Committee (B Member), Vice Chair, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Director for Canadian Sport For Life Society.
A former top 100-ranked professional tennis player and 12-time national tennis champion, Pattenden served 13 years as both the Director of Athlete Development and Head National Team and Olympic Coach for Tennis Canada. She led Canada to its best-ever result in the Federation Cup women’s world team tennis championship, finishing among the top four nations in the world in 1988. Pattenden was named Female Athlete of the Year (City of Greater Victoria) in 1978 and was inducted to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Manager, Business Development
Elissa joined the CSI Pacific team in 2017, while still competing for Canada in both Rugby 7s and 15s. Having witnessed firsthand the high-performance environment created by CSI Pacific, she was eager to join such a driven team and contribute to the business side of sport. In addition to her goal-oriented mindset, her procurement and logistics experience as well as her accounting background bring an analytical perspective to the Institute.
The key priorities in her current role as a Business Development Manager include the management of CSI Pacific’s public-facing services, the creation of a community engagement strategy as well as executing all reporting and grant requirements with key stakeholders to secure funding and ongoing operations.
Elissa’s love of Excel spreadsheets, lunchtime Spikeball games and forced jogs with her Australian Shepherd Wesley are quite the contrast from her Olympic days – yet somehow involve the same level of competitive spirit.
Lead, Administration & Board Liaison
Emily joined the CSI Pacific team in 2021 and became the Administration Lead and Board Liaison in 2023. Emily was born and raised in Victoria, BC and followed her collegiate dream down to Idaho to play soccer and softball. Emily graduated from The College of Idaho with a Bachelors in Psychology and minor in Coaching.
After Emily’s competitive sport run halted, she knew that she wanted to stay involved in the sport world as much as possible. Therefore, CSI Pacific was the right fit. In addition to working in the sport world, Emily continues to play soccer in Victoria at the Premier level and is a softball assistant coach. When Emily finds any additional time on her hands she is hiking with her Golden Doodle, Lola.
Director, Health and Performance Services
Kirsten has been a proud member of the CSI Pacific team since 2009. She has the privilege as the current Director, Health and Performance Services to support our amazing team of sport science and sport medicine applied practitioners. As well, Kirsten works directly with our Director, Performance Solutions to enable the best possible performance solutions for our National and Provincial sport programs and collaboratively works with senior leadership on the overall strategy and direction of CSI Pacific. After more than 20 years working in the field of applied sport psychology as a mental performance consultant, Kirsten brings high performance sport knowledge and leadership to her current role at CSI Pacific.
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 in England. Kirsten competed for Canada in rowing at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. She is a double Olympic Gold Medalist from the 1992 Games and a World Champion from the 1991 Rowing World Championships in both the 4- and 8+.
Kirsten returned to Canada after fourteen years in the UK. In the UK, she worked as a leadership development consultant at Lane4 Management Group and as a sport psychology consultant for national teams such as squash, rugby, triathlon, and badminton, and with several national team athletes in sports such as rowing, cart driving, athletics, swimming and three-day eventing. She also provided support to HQ staff and team management for Commonwealth Games England and British Olympic Association. Kirsten spent time as a board member of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and later worked as the National Lead, Sport Psychology for the EIS. Since 2008 in Canada, Kirsten has worked with a number of Canadian National Team programs as part of their integrated support team through CSI Pacific and attended multiple International and World Championship events and multisport Games.
Now based in Victoria, Kirsten brings a wealth of knowledge to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific from her experience as an athlete, academic, and professional.
Manager, People & Culture
Lindsay joined the CSI Pacific team in 2016 after competing for Canada in the sport of rowing for 20 years. After a successful run in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Lindsay knew she wanted to continue her daily life in sport and pursued an opening in the organization with Athlete and Coach Services. Lindsay was chosen for the role and felt especially fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside all the dedicated individuals who helped her succeed as an athlete.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and has since gone on to complete a Certificate of Business from Queens University. After two maternity leaves to have her two daughters, aged 4 and 2, Lindsay is now dedicated to pursuing her CPHR designation from Simon Fraser University, with the intent to start an MBA program within the next year, while working as the Manager, People and Culture.
In her free time, you will find Lindsay running with her dog Buck, enjoying family time and hitting up all the amazing road cycling her hometown of Victoria has to offer.
Susan Boegman has been facilitating sport excellence through leading edge, innovative nutrition strategies and athlete centered care within the high-level sport system over the past 4 Olympic quadrennials. A High Performance Certified Senior Practitioner with Own The Podium’s Sports Scientist Canada, Susan is currently Nutrition Lead for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. She has provided integrated nutrition support as part of the sport science and medicine teams for many NSO’s including swimming and rugby and currently supports triathlon, rowing and most recently men’s and women’s soccer. Prior to focusing on sport, Susan spent nineteen years working as a Nutrition Counsellor within a highly specialized eating disorders program. This background provided her with unique insight into the importance of our relationships to food and the need for individualized nutrition considerations, laying the groundwork for her passion for both the art and science of high-performance sport nutrition support. As an advocate of lifelong health and activity, her top priority is caring for the whole athlete so they can be successful both in competition and in life.
Susan is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, is a level 2 certified anthropometrist with the International Society for the Advancement of Anthropometry (ISAK), and has completed and is now a contributing lecturer for the prestigious, International Olympic Committee Sport Nutrition Diploma Program.
Game Plan Advisor
Hailing from Banff, Alberta, Candice has spent the majority of her life on the mountain either competing in skiing and snowboarding, coaching or shredding powder just for the joy of it. Candice was a professional athlete for over a decade, she was a member of the Canadian Snowboard team for nine years, in which time she was a national champion, competed in eight ESPN X-Games (one bronze medal), and she had over 70 World Cup starts (4 podiums). Candice spent another decade coaching at the club level, provincial level, and she led the Canadian Paralympic Snowboard Team at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Candice was also the head coach in snowboard for Team BC at the 2011 Canada Games.
Candice holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Education in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria. She is also a graduate of the National Coaching Institute BC (ACD).
Candice was based in Whistler for her first four years working for the Institute; she moved to the Victoria campus in 2021. She thrives in her current role as Game Plan Advisor. Island life is treating her well, trading in her snowboard for a surfboard to continue her quest slide sideways.
Lead, Strength & Conditioning
Craig is the Strength and Conditioning Lead at CSI Pacific since April, 2022. Whistler has been home for 23 years. In addition to his honor’s degree in Physical Education (BPE) from the University of Alberta, Craig is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a certified Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting coach, and a Medical Exercise Therapist. He is currently enrolled in the UBC Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program.
Craig joined CSI Pacific in the summer of 2010. For 12 years, the majority of Craig’s time and energy was spent with Canada Ski Cross as the IST Lead and S&C coach for national team and development level athletes. Craig has contributed to the success of CSX athletes at multiple world championships as well as Olympic medals at Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018, and Beijing 2022. Prior to this, he worked a quad with Alpine Canada’s women’s program in the lead up to Vancouver 2010 and previous to that a quad with the Canadian Snowboard Federation leading into the Torino 2006 OWG.
As S&C Lead at CSI Pacific, Craig provides mentorship to the team of S&C practitioners for continuous growth in technical skills and leadership behaviors. He strives to integrate best practice sport science as well as provide educational opportunities to S&C colleagues ensuring we optimize the daily training environments for our athletes. Craig is accountable for oversight of facility operations and optimizing resource efficiency, staff engagement, and world leading support to CSI Pacific sport partners.
When not at the Whistler HPTC, Craig will usually be mountain biking, skiing powder, playing hockey, or looking for his dog in the forest.
Director, System Excellence
For over 30 years, David has been living his purpose of legitimizing the role of coaching in Canada by increasing the professional status of coaches and advocating for the value of coach education as well as athlete development. As a coach, he has experience leading athletes in alpine skiing and rugby, having coached from the grass roots to international levels. While the early part of his career focused on coaching and teaching, he worked at the Coaching Association of Canada (Ottawa) where he made significant contributions to the development of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program. David has worked at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific for over 16 years and is currently the Director or System Enhancement and leads B.C.s High Performance targeted sport strategy.
He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches and supervises in the Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program working with Canada’s top coaches and technical sport leaders. 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.
Lead, Mental Performance
Sharleen Hoar (PhD., Certified Mental Performance Consultant, High Performance Certified) has been supporting elite and aspiring performers of all ages to achieve personal and performance excellence since 1996. In addition to her Lead role, she is a senior practitioner with Cycling Canada and Paratriathlon Olympic/Paralympic team athletes, coaches, and sport science and medical professionals. Sharleen attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and supported clients through four Olympic/Paralympic games including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia), as well as the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Tokyo (Japan).
Sharleen received a Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a M.Sc. in Applied Sport Psychology from University of Idaho. Sharleen continues to be an active post-secondary instructor, teaching applied sport psychology in Graduate Studies and serving in supervisory/examiner roles on Graduate Student projects. She is a research collaborator in the areas of emotion-regulation, the science of practice, and performance recovery with high performance athletes and coaches. Sharleen serves on the in the position of Chair on the Canadian Sport Psychology Association’s managing counsel.
Director, Performance Solutions
Over a 30 plus year athletic and professional career, Kurt has successfully contributed to Canadian and International High Performance Sport as an Olympic athlete, Olympic and National Team coach, and HP Sport Director.
Kurt initially started with the CSI Pacific in January 2006. As a senior leader of the CSI Pacific, Kurt collaborates with the senior leadership team to set the overall organizational strategy and direction. Working with the CSI Pacific Director, Health and Performance Services, in support of targeted National Sport Organizations (NSOs), the main driver of Kurt’s role is to help determine and then facilitate sport science and sport medicine performance solutions that support Canadian National Team athletes and coaches to have the greatest opportunity for success on the global stage.
Along with the above, Kurt is also actively engaged in the sport community within key projects that enable Kurt to share his passion and expertise. Most recently, Kurt was the Chef de Mission for Team BC at the 2023 Canada Winter Games. In this role, Kurt supported BC athletes, coaches and Mission Staff to achieve their individual personal goals and objectives on and off the field of play. Another passion project of Kurt’s is the BC Games Coach Mentorship program, to which Kurt has been the Master Coach Mentor since 2020. Within this role, Kurt works closely with targeted coaches from BC Games sports to develop and implement their own unique coach mentorship relationship within their sports.
Kurt is a graduate of the Sport Administration program of Mount Royal University, and the National Coaching Institute-Calgary. A Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), Kurt earned a diploma in High Performance Coaching and NCCP level 5 certification in Cycling, and NCCP level 4 certification in Speed Skating.
A 1992 Olympian, Multiple time Canadian Cycling Champion, and two-time recipient of the Coaches Association of Canada Coaching Excellence award, 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 Games, Pan-Am Games and Olympic Games events.
Liz is an applied sport physiologist who has been a member of the Canadian Sport Institute team since 2006, brought on board by the late Dr. Gord Sleivert. She is a graduate of University of New Brunswick where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and she completed a Master’s of Science in Physiology, with a focus on Environmental Physiology and Heat, at the University of Victoria.
Over the years Liz has worked as a physiologist with Swimming Canada, Wheelchair Rugby and Rowing Canada and been part of the integrated support team in preparation and during numerous events including multiple World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, Paralympics and Olympics Games. She is currently the lead physiologist with the National Paratriathlon program.
After nearly 4 quadrennials of working primarily in the daily training environment with coaches and athletes, Liz has recently transitioned to a lab-based position, providing physiology expertise and testing to all provincial and national athletes working with CSI Pacific, as well as leading Canadian Sport Institute’s Physiology team. Particular areas of interest include: endurance physiology, training prescription and monitoring, environmental physiology (particularly heat and altitude), RED-S, travel strategies, sleep, and recovery.
Liz was the founder and ongoing member of of CSI Pacific’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) Task Team, striving to create inclusive and supportive environments where teams thrive. Liz also actively supports initiatives across the COPSIN network, she was a ‘grad’ of the inaugural Sport Scientist Canada LEAD program in 2020 and was selected as CSI Pacific’s Leadership award winner in 2021. Liz has been a mentor for 3 cohorts of the Women in Sport Science program and currently is a member of their organizing committee. She is also a reviewer for the Sport Scientist Canada High Performance Certification program.
In addition to working as a physiologist with CSI Pacific, Liz is the mother of 3 young and active children who love to challenge her communication skills and leadership strategies! She is passionate about mountain biking, skiing, gardening, protecting the environment and adventuring outdoors.
Senior Specialist, Research & Development & Lead, Data Solutions
Dr. Marc Klimstra serves as a Senior Specialist in Research and Development and leads the Data Solutions team at CSI Pacific. The Data Solutions team collaborates with sport science disciplines internally as well as external sport partners to ensure high-quality data practices, covering all aspects of data collection, management, analysis, and reporting. Additionally, the team offers guidance on technology and processes to enhance data utility and organizational efficacy.
His expertise lies in sport technology, particularly wearable and motion capture technologies for Paralympic and Olympic sports. He also holds the position of Motion Capture and Analysis Technology cluster chair for Own the Podium. Marc also advises on strategic partnerships aligned with CSI Pacific’s mission of optimizing athlete performance.
Dr. Klimstra is an associate professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE), since 2010. He has supervised graduate students, focusing on biomechanics and part of the sport science practitioner development pipeline—a collaboration between UVic Athletics and Recreation, the School of EPHE, and CSI Pacific. Marc holds a PhD in Neuroscience and Biomechanics, along with a Masters in Biomechanics. His contributions span research, academia, and the advancement of sport technology.
Manager, Performance Programs
Anna joined the CSI Pacific team in 2022 as the Manager of Performance Programs and Game Plan.
Her responsibilities include overseeing athlete and coach enrollment and reporting, managing the provincial community partnerships, and athlete grant programs. She also supports with the delivery of sport education initiatives and Game Plan, the holistic athlete wellness program, in BC.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise at Wake Forest University while also competing the varsity Field Hockey team in the NCAA. After competing for Canada for 4 years in the sport of Field Hockey, she went on to play professionally overseas competing in the European Hockey League both in Germany and the United Kingdom where she also completed her Masters in Sport Management from Ulster University in Belfast, UK.
In her free time, you will find Anna riding or hiking the trails on the North Shore, on the sideline coaching, or on the golf course.
Manager, Performance Pathways
Andrew is from Sheffield, England and has spent the majority of his life coaching athletes and coaches in soccer in England, Canada and the United States across all levels and genders. As Manager of Performance Pathways, Andrew is responsible for Coach and Athlete education and manages Powering Podiums, Speaker Series, and the International Coaching School for the Institute. He also manages the RBC Training Ground program in BC and works with BC Games and Regional Alliance partners on the Podium Search program. He also works with BC’s PSO’s to support the development of sports criteria that is used for targeting athletes and coaches.
Andrew has a Masters of Education in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria and is also a graduate of the Advanced Coaching Diploma. He is a Learning Facilitator for the NCCP program and Master Learning Facilitator for BC Soccer. He has written two books “Soccer Smarts for Teens and “Soccer Smarts for Kids” and he spends his spare time with family, wife Joanne and kids Hope and Oliver chasing the pups, Lawrence and Sheldon, around the streets and parks of North Saanich.
Operations Lead, Strength & Conditioning
Seth is a Strength and Conditioning coach that has worked with sports around the globe over his 15-year career. Internationally, Seth has worked with Taekwondo and Boxing national programs, professional athletes, and teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB, Super Rugby, America’s Cup Sailing, and UFC. Within the Canadian sport system Seth has worked primarily with athletes from Rowing, Triathlon, and Diving. As the Strength and Conditioning Operations Lead at the Victoria Campus, Seth is accountable for the management of the High Performance Gym and supports the work of Strength and Conditioning coaches in the daily training environment.
With a PhD in Strength and Conditioning and Sports Biomechanics from the Auckland University of Technology, he has supplemented his academic education with certifications in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS), Olympic Weight Lifting (Level 1), and coaching (Boxing and the Aboriginal Coaching Module).
Seth is a Research Associate at the Auckland University of Technology and continues to publish a number of topics with a focus on his passion; combat sports. He is still active in the combat sports community working with provincial boxing and local mixed martial artists.
Chief Medical Officer and Lead, Health Sciences
Dr. Paddy McCluskey graduated from the UBC School of Medicine in 2005, and the UBC Family Medicine post graduate Victoria program in 2007. He completed an extra year of training sport and exercise medicine in Victoria and obtained his Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2008. He has since worked as a physician in Sport and Exercise Medicine physician in Victoria, BC.
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 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.
He has a BSc in Human Performance (1992) and an MSc in Exercise Physiology (1995) from the University of Victoria. His interests include general Sport and Exercise Medicine, REDS and injuries related to endurance sports. Currently he works as the CMO for Athletics Canada and is the Medical Lead for Triathlon Canada. He 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.
Senior Advisor, Research & Development
Dr. Trent Stellingwerff serves as a Senior Advisor, Research & Development at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Victoria, Canada), joining CSI Pacific in 2011. In this role, he directs several different research projects across different sport performance discipline areas, with Master’s, Phd and Post-Doctorate students involved. He has also provided physiology expertise to Canada’s National Athletics, Rowing, Triathlon and Mountain bike teams. His primary sport and research focuses are in the field of physiology and nutrition interactions, as well as environmental (altitude and heat) expertise. He co-chairs OTP’s Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) working group.
Prior to 2011, Trent was a Senior Scientist in Performance Nutrition for PowerBar at the Nestle Research Center (Lausanne Switzerland). Trent has more than 115 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and authored 10-book chapters, in the areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle metabolism, sports nutrition and performance. Trent has been an invited expert presenter and author for many international nutrition consensus statement meetings with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), FINA and World Athletics, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the IOC Diploma Program in Sports Nutrition.
Over the years, Trent has attended and/or serviced athletes and sports over 4 Olympic/Paralympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and >15 World Championships across several sports. Trent’s wife Hilary is a 2 time-Olympian (2012 & 2016 Games) in the 1500m event in Athletics.
Lead, Biomechanics & Performance Analysis
Dr. Ming-Chang Tsai is a Performance & Data Scientist, the lead for Biomechanics & Performance Analysis at CSI-Pacific, and lead for the Performance Sciences – Data Science/Engineering at OTP High Performance Advisory Council. Ming has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science, a Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, and a PhD in exercise physiology. As a former elite athlete who is passionate about high performance sports, he finds it extremely exciting to be involved with the national team again and contribute in a different way. With the knowledge Ming gained through being an athlete and a researcher, it has enabled him to bring an evidence-based approach to his coaching that has produced success in elite athletes he has trained.
Ming’s unique combination of technical and physiology knowledge and experience in high performance sport as an athlete and a coach aids him in assisting NSOs (HPDs, coaches, and practitioners) in incorporating sport analytics as one of the most important performance/game decision making tool.
Senior Manager, Communications & Operations
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 Pacific shortly after his graduation, in January 2013, and looks after all interactive media.
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.