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 over 50% of Canada’s summer Olympic medals and 35% Paralympic medals at Rio 2016, and 38 % of Canada’s winter Olympic medals and 57% Paralympic medals at PyeonChang 2018.
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.
Director, Health and Performance Services
Kirsten has been working as an applied mental performance consultant for over 20 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 Medalist from the 1992 Games and a World Champion from the 1991 Rowing World Championships in both the 4- and 8+.
Kirsten returned to Vancouver after fourteen 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 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 and later worked as the National Lead for Sport Psychology for the Institute.
Kirsten brings a wealth of knowledge to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific 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. Since 2008 she has worked with a number of our national team programs.
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.
Whistler Facility Lead / Strength & Conditioning Coach
Craig is a Strength and Conditioning coach that has called Whistler home for the past 20 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 & Conditioning Association (NSCA), a certified Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting coach, and a Medical Exercise Therapist.
Craig joined CSI Pacific in the summer of 2010. The majority of Craig’s time & energy is spent working as the IST Lead and S&C coach for Canada Ski Cross. Craig has contributed to the success of CSX athletes at multiple world championships as well as the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games. Prior to this, he worked with the Canadian Snowboard Federation for an Olympic quad leading into Torino 2006 OWG and then spent 4 years with Alpine Canada’s women’s program in the lead up to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
As the Whistler Facility Lead, Craig is accountable for management and oversight of facility operations and ensuring adherence to all gym access policies, as well as managing partner relations with Whistler Sport Legacies and Whistler Gymnastics Club.
Director, System Excellence
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.
Lead, Mental Performance
Sharleen has been supporting elite and aspiring performers through her work as a mental performance consultant for 20 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from University of Waterloo and a Masters of Science in Applied Sport Psychology from University of Idaho before completing her Doctorate in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Sharleen is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
Over the past six years Sharleen has been intimately involved with high performance sport through her work with national teams of cross country skiing, mountain biking (cross-country), rugby, swimming, triathlon and paratriathlon. She attended the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games, and supported athletes and coaches through three Olympic games including the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (Canada) and Sochi (Russia), respectively, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Sharleen is an adjunct professor with the University of Lethbridge. She actively publishes her research on self-regulation and emotion management as well as sport talent development. Sharleen’s commitment to practical and scientific understanding of the psychological foundations of performance excellence affords a cutting edge approach towards training athletes, coaches, and sport performance staff to achieve personal and performance excellence.
Director, Performance Solutions
Over a 30+ 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.
A 1992 Olympian, multiple-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 Championships, Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Games and Olympic Games events.
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.
Kurt is the Director, Performance Solutions, with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific). Within this role, Kurt is responsible for fulfilling two main functions for the CSI Pacific;
- RBC Training Ground Technical Lead role. On behalf of COPSI Network, and in collaboration with National Sport Organizations (NSOs) Sport Development leads, and COC staff, successfully deliver the RBC Training Ground program across Canada.
- Collaborating with the CSI Pacific Director, Health and Performance Services and targeted NSOs High Performance Directors/IST Leads, to help determine and create sport science and sport medicine performance solutions that will support Canadian National Team athletes and coaches to have the greatest opportunity for success on the global stage.
Executive Assistant and Administrative Lead
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, and is currently looking to expand her education to include Human Resources Support. After the birth of her daughter in 2018, Lindsay returned to the institute to hold a new position as Executive Assistant and Administrative Lead.
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.
In her current role she focuses primarily on providing his physiology expertise to Swimming Canada and the High Performance Center Victoria, as well as leading Canadian Sport Institute’s Physiology team. Particular areas of interest include: swim physiology, training prescription and monitoring, environmental physiology (particularly heat and altitude), RED-S, travel strategies, sleep, and recovery.
In addition to working as a physiologist with CSI Pacific, Liz is also a mother of 3 young and active children who love to challenge her communication skills and leadership strategies! She is passionate about mountain biking, gardening, protecting the environment and adventuring outdoors. In addition to raising a family, she has recently taken up raising chickens and bees.
Interim Manager, Performance Programs
Now serving as the Interim Manager, Performance Programs, Sarah began her tenure with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific in May of 2015 after completing her Master of Arts in Kinesiology (Concentration: Sport & Exercise Psychology) at the University of British Columbia. She began her time with the Institute as an Athlete Coach Services Coordinator in the Vancouver Campus, primarily supporting athlete and coach registration, PSO criteria and nomination list development, and leading the Athlete Coach Services partnership portfolio. Sarah has been an active advocate for holistic athlete development, seeing sport as an avenue not only to develop athletes, but also to support holistic human development.
In April 2019, Sarah relocated to CSI Pacific’s Victoria campus and moved into the role of Game Plan Advisor, where she has supported numerous Olympians, Paralympians, World Championship and National Team Athletes in their endeavours off the field of play. She takes pride in assisting athletes with the creation of dynamic plans that support their wellness, academic and career interests, and eventual transition out of sport.
With a strategic mindset and approach to work, Sarah brings experience in creating streamlined efficiency and effective strategy implementation alongside her strong understanding of the provincial and national sport sectors. This will allow her to lead Athlete Coach Services within the CSI Pacific campuses and through the provincial network. Sarah seeks to find ways to enhance the athlete and coach experience, while ensuring awareness and growth in the available resources through Athlete Coach Services and Game Plan.
Sarah has remained committed to professional growth and development throughout her career. Most recently, she has completed the Mental Health First Aid Course through the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In addition, she is currently working toward a certificate in Career Development Practice, the Certified Employment Strategist designation through the Career Professionals of Canada, and looks to complete her IOC Certificate in Mental Health in Elite Sport in early summer 2021.
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.
Senior S&C Advisor
Dr. Sheppard worked at Surfing Australia 2011-2016, before which he worked in strength coach and senior scientist positions with Olympians at Queensland Academy of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport, and Canadian Sport Centre, where he was hired by the late Dr. Gord Sleivert as one of the original staff for the Sport Centre.
Dr. Sheppard is a graduate of the Canadian National Coaching Institute diploma program (Strength and Conditioning) and has an undergraduate degree (Human Movement), Masters (Sport Science) and PhD (Strength Science). He is certified by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) as a Level 3 coach, while being recognized by the ASCA as a Master Coach and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Coach Emeritus.
Dr. Sheppard is also certified as a Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting coach, Medical Exercise Specialist, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has authored 10 book chapters and over 50 scientific and coach abstracts and manuscripts.
Senior Advisor, Innovation & Research
Dr Trent Stellingwerff serves as a Senior Advisor, Innovation and Research 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 is also the Sport Science, Sports Medicine & Innovation Lead for Athletics Canada – the governing body of track and field. He has also provided physiology expertise to Canada’s National 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, and has previously served on Own The Podium’s (OTP) National I&R Advisory Council and currently co-chairs OTP’s Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) 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 100 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 (WA; formally IAAF), 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 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.
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.
General Manager, Operations & Communications
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.