OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada is pleased to name two new staff members who will play key roles in supporting its Domestic Development Program. Ian Mortimer will come on board as an interim Domestic Development Manager and Partnership Relations. Jessica Price will become Paddling Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO.
“The domestic program is the base of our entire system and we’re pleased to have these two enthusiastic individuals on board to drive the domestic agenda” said Casey Wade, CEO of CanoeKayak Canada. “Ian has been active at the club level for most of his life and has seen this sport through many angles as an athlete, coach and volunteer. Jessica has proven her abilities throughout her year here. I’m confident these two will do a great job in working with John Edwards through this transition to shape the next era of our domestic program.”
Mortimer was a National Team canoe athlete for seven years and retired in 2012. He grew up paddling at the Rideau Canoe Club and has been coaching there full-time since his retirement. His international career highlights include a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, two silver medals at the World University Championships and placing fourth in C4 at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.
He is however, most proud of his accomplishments at the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships. These include winning 17 medals as both a paddler and war canoe cox, and winning the Black trophy twice in Junior Men’s C4. Mortimer holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and has been a board member for the Coaching Association of Canada for 5 years. He will transition into the role as Domestic Development Manager starting June 1st where he will work closely with clubs and coaches to grow the sport at the grassroots level. He will take on a leadership role in managing domestic programs and the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships.
Jessica Price has been working with CanoeKayak Canada on an internship, contractual basis for the past year. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College. Since starting at CanoeKayak Canada she has facilitated much of the administrative work behind the scenes to ensure programs run smoothly. She has managed CanoeKids and played a big role in assisting with CKC’s National Coach Certification Program. She will continue to focus on the sprint domestic program but will also work to bridging together other disciplines including whitewater and marathon.
CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada