Advisory Committee

The members of our Gender Equity Playbook Advisory Committee are:

Tina Debos - Senior Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion, Bell

Tina-DebosTina has an extensive career leading organizations through periods of change, growth and rebranding. For the past 7 years, she has provided strategic and change management leadership to drive Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts within financial and telecommunication institutions.  In her current role as Senior Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion at Bell, Tina is responsible for Bell’s enterprise D&I strategy. She provided thought leadership for the development and implementation of the D&I programs and initiatives for 50,000 employees as well as co-designed an inclusive leadership development program.

With a passion for giving back, Tina has also served as an active board member and governance committee chair on the Canadian Advisory Council for Neuchâtel Junior College (NJC) as well as Links2Care agency.

A native of Montreal, Tina is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and received her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Public Policy and Administration from the University of Ottawa. She enjoys playing and coaching girls hockey.

 

Gail Hamamoto - Executive Director, BC Wheelchair Sports Association

Gail Hamamoto HeadshotGail Hamamoto is a passionate advocate for equity in sport for athletes with a disability. She has influenced provincial and national policy, served on national and international committees and boards, and currently leads a provincial sport organization as the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair sports Association.  Gail is the Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and serves on the board of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation.

A knowledgeable leader with experience across the full continuum of sport, Gail has been involved as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer, and administrator. She has more than 25 years of professional experience working with and serving on Boards engaged in strategic planning and governance, sport technical decision making, multisport games, revenue generation and government relations.

Gail is an active participant in many sports, including ice hockey, skiing and downhill mountain biking. She enjoys travelling around the world to experience the amazing cultures and people who are part of our global community.

 

Eva Havaris - Vice-President of Strategy and League Operations, Canadian Premier League

Eva HavarisEva Havaris is a passionate and dedicated leader in the area of high-performance sport. In addition to her exemplary management skills and extensive sport qualifications, Eva is known for her executive leadership style, dynamic vision and commitment to achieving national success.

An accomplished soccer player and coach, Eva is a former U Sport women’s soccer MVP and head coach for the University of Toronto’s Varsity women’s soccer program.

Eva joined Rugby Canada in 2006 as the Associate Director of High-Performance Women’s Rugby and Rugby Development Manager until 2010.  She later went on to serve as CEO of two NSOs – Taekwondo Canada and Equestrian Canada.

Eva is currently the Vice-President of Strategy and League Operations for the new Canadian Premier League, Canada’s tier one men’s professional soccer league.  In this role, she oversees numerous portfolios and strategic initiatives supporting the league’s growth and its corporate partnerships division.

 

Lizanne Murphy – Specialist, NSF Services, Canadian Olympic Committee

Lizanne MurphyLizanne Murphy is a two-time Olympian and Pan American Games gold medallist. She competed for Canada from 2005-2017 and during that time, Canada jumped over 10 spots in the world rankings to their current position of 5th in the world. Her 12-year career includes over 150 international games and professional stints in Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland and France.

Following retirement from sport, Lizanne returned to her hometown of Montreal and works for the Canadian Olympic Committee. In her role, she works directly with the leadership of Canadian National Sport Organizations in system excellence; to increase the capacity, develop leadership and invest in enhancement initiatives for Canadian sport federations.

She is an advocate for sport in Canada, in particular with young women and indigenous youth. She volunteers with Right to Play and various organizations in Quebec to help bring sport to communities with fewer resources or support.

 

Janet Piper - Director of Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

Janet PiperJanet is a Director of Corporate Engagement at Catalyst, a global non-profit helping organizations build workplaces that work for women. In her current role, she provides advice and consultation to Catalyst Supporter Organizations in Central Canada, helping them to leverage Catalyst’s expertise and resources to create inclusive workplaces.

Janet has over 25 years of work experience, much of which she gained in the world of trade and academic publishing in sales and marketing roles.  She most recently worked with an asset management firm with responsibility for the annual community investment strategy. She recently completed the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility at St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

Janet is passionate about advancing women and workplace inclusion.

 

Jake Stika - Co-founder & Executive Director, Next Gen Men

Jake StikaJake Stika is the Co-founder & Executive Director of Next Gen Men, a non-profit organization redefining what it means to ‘be a man’ by promoting positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity in schools, communities, and workplaces across Canada.

He has been named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, he has spoken as part of the Canadian delegation at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum and UN Women Safe Cities Global Forum.

 

Kami Buettner Pella - Contributor from Sport Canada

Katherine Schlosser - Contributor from Sport Canada