Andrew BakerFeasibility Team
Andrew Baker, VP, International Relations and Public Affairs at the Canadian Olympic Committee, is a 17-year veteran of the Olympic world, joining the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in 2005 and participating in eight Olympic Games, four Pan American Games and three Youth Olympic Games. Over this time, Andrew has assumed increasingly senior roles with the operations of Team Canada at the Games, overseeing a significant expansion of the level of support provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee to Canadian athletes and sport federations. Named as Director, Games in 2013, Andrew oversaw the planning and delivery for Canada’s largest ever multi-sport Games delegation at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and Canada’s most successful Winter Olympic Games team in PyeongChang 2018.
Following the Games in PyeongChang, Andrew joined the COC’s Senior Leadership Team as the Executive Director, Games and International Relations. In this role he oversaw Canada’s team operations and Olympic performance programs in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 and helped enhance the COC’s international activities to support strategic priorities.
In October 2019, Andrew moved from the COC’s Games department to lead the newly created International Relations and Public Affairs portfolio. In his current role of Vice President, International Relations and Public Affairs, Andrew is responsible for leading the COC’s bidding and hosting efforts.Read Bio
Tewanee JosephIndigenous Partnerships
Tewanee (Tsoutsawken) Joseph is a member of the Squamish First Nation and served for eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, where he forwarded First Nation federal legislation, land management, strategic communications and governance. He also played an instrumental role in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat. During his tenure he oversaw unprecedented Indigenous participation in the planning and hosting of the Games, and successfully negotiated a milestone partnership between Indigenous communities and the International Olympic Committee.Read Bio
Chief Lara Mussell SavageCommunity Engagement
For over 20 years, Lara Mussell Savage has been working in sport, including management roles with the Air Canada PGA Tour Championship, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Since the conclusion of the 2010 Games, Lara has worked with ISPARC, the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council, as Director of Sport. In 2005, Lara was awarded Canada’s National Tom Longboat Award for Female Indigenous Athlete of the Year and has competed in four World Championships for Team Canada in the sport of Ultimate (Frisbee), winning two gold and two bronze medals. Proud of her Sqwá First Nation (Stó:lō/Pilalt) ancestry, Lara has focused her passions within the areas of Indigenous sport, youth, and community development. She served as Chef de Mission for Team BC for the 2014 and 2017 North American Indigenous Games leading approximately 550 Indigenous youth athletes, coaches, and mission staff to two historic Overall Team Titles. Since 2014, Lara has served as an elected councillor for her Nation and was elected as Chief in 2020.Read Bio
Tim GaydaGames Master Plan
Tim, who is the President of TWG Consulting Inc., was the VP of Sport for Vancouver 2010, after starting with the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation in 2001. Following 2010, Tim worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sport BC, before joining the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee supporting sport and venue delivery. Tim also worked with the IOC to support future Organizing Committees in sport and venue delivery specifically for the Olympic Winter Games. Tim was a member of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2022 and 2026 editions of the Olympic Winter Games, and he is currently the Chair on the Whistler Legacy Society’s Board of Directors.Read Bio
Mary ConibearImpact & Legacy
Mary, who is the current Principal of Calla Strategies, held the Managing Director of Games Operations position at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. She has 30 years experience working in major events, technology, marketing and publishing. Mary has also worked as a crisis management and operational planning consultant for London 2012, Sochi 2014, FIFA 2014, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Toronto 2017 Invictus Games and South Slave 2018 Arctic Winter Games. She was the Vice-Chair Operations of Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, co-lead for the North American Indigenous Games 2020 bid, and Vice-president, Bid Development for the Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation.Read Bio
Richard PeterAthlete Ambassador
Richard Peter is one of Canada’s most accomplished Paralympians. He was a member of Canada’s national men’s wheelchair basketball team for nearly 20 years, competing at five Paralympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). A valued teammate and leader, Canada was a dominant force on the court during his tenure, winning three Paralympic gold medals in Sydney, Athens, and London and a silver in Beijing. He also holds a world championship title from 2006. In 2008, he was named Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Peter began playing wheelchair basketball at age 15 after a demonstration team came to his high school and introduced him to wheelchair sports. He has been using a wheelchair since the age of four when he was injured in a bus accident.
The retired wheelchair basketball star has also reached a high level in other Para sports, including competing at the national wheelchair tennis championships. In 2017, he started playing Para badminton and quickly developed to become one of the country’s top players. He represented Canada at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games, which was the first year the sport was included on the program.
Peter is a member of the Cowichan Tribes and is a two-time Tom Longboat Award winner as Canada’s top Indigenous male athlete. He received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2012 for his outstanding accomplishments in sport, is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
He has been a longtime ambassador for Paralympic sport and advocate for sport for people with a disability, including Indigenous people with a disability. He has generously given his time for many causes and uses his voice and experience to encourage others to get involved. In his professional career, he works for Praxis Spinal Cord Institute which focuses on spinal cord research, innovation, and care.Read Bio
Clara HughesAthlete Ambassador
After spending half her life striving to be the fastest person in the world, six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes decided to switch gears and “slow down to the pace of a human being.” This led her to hike over 16,000 kilometres, where she discovered the healing power of movement. In her candid, personal talks, Hughes explores how movement can change lives, and draws from her experience living with depression to inspire audiences to face their fears, find their voice, and become the champions they’re meant to be.
Hughes is the only athlete in Olympic history to win multiple medals in both summer and winter Games, representing Canada in both speed skating and cycling. In addition, she served as Team Canada’s flag-bearer at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
As the founding spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk, a campaign designed to end the stigma attached to mental illness, Hughes helped jumpstart the conversation on mental wellness. In 2014, she completed a 110-day national bicycle tour through every province and territory in Canada called “Clara’s Big Ride”. She covered more than 11,000 kilometres, visited 105 communities, and hosted over 235 events to raise awareness for mental health. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir, Open Heart, Open Mind.
Over the course of her distinguished career, Hughes has won countless awards and accolades. She was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Community Trophy, honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and named a member of the Order of Manitoba and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2015, she became an Honorary Witness of TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Commission).
In her effort to lead a life in motion, Hughes has completed the “Triple Crown” of long distance hiking — the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Appalachian Trail — and continues to this day, to find deep meaning in outdoor adventure pursuits.Read Bio
For the last 20 years, Chris has specialized in working with corporations, amateur and professional athletes, sport organizations, and events in Canada and the U.S. A nine-time Olympic and five-time Paralympic media attache, Chris runs his own consulting company, and is also working as a communications advisor with the Feasibility Team.Read Bio
Alphonse MacNeilFeasibility Team Security Expert - Security Project Lead
Alphonse was a member of the RCMP for 38 years, including three years in Protective Policing Directorate in RCMP HQ Ottawa from 2005 to 2008. He was then Officer in Charge of the Integrated Security Unit for the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits. MacNeil was chosen by the ISU Commander for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Games to be part of a team responsible to do a complete review of security planning in advance of the Games and to participate in completing the After-Action Review. In 2017, he was contracted by the RCMP to co-lead a working group assigned to realign the RCMP Major Event planning model.
As Project Lead, Mr. MacNeil will coordinate and oversee all project activities and be the primary point of contact for all project related issues.Read Bio
Peter JohnstonFeasibility Team Security Expert - Security Project Manager
Peter Johnson was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years and counts a breadth of major event experience. He worked on numerous events including Vancouver 2010, G20 Toronto in 2010, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Games and G7 La Malbaie in 2019 across various capacities such as Project Oversight, Project Manager, Analyst, and After Action Review Author. In these roles, he has developed security governance and organizational structures, security plans, risk frameworks, performance measurement and evaluation tools and risk assessments.
As Project Manager, Mr. Johnston will coordinate and oversee all project activities and be the primary point of contact for all contract related issues.Read Bio
Brian LondonFeasibility Team Security Expert - Security Planning Lead
Brian London spent 36 years as a member of the RCMP as a strategic planner where he identified strategic policing priorities from an International, National and Provincial perspective. He served as the lead planner for both the G8 and G20 Summits of 2010. He has gone on to develop a proven Integrated Security Planning Model at the national and international levels. London has also been contracted to develop a current security planning guide for countries involved in hosting international sporting events.
As Planning Lead, Mr. London will provide detailed planning approaches to include resource allocation, priority planning principles, process activity mapping, operational flow and movement and cost estimates.Read Bio
GRGeorge ReidFeasibility Team Security Expert - Security Operations Lead
George Reid has more than 10 years of experience in Protective Policing with the RCMP, including serving as NHQ Director, Protective Services, supervising sectors that provided security for E Division IPP visits, Canadian Executive, 88 Consulates, Premier Protection Detail and the Intelligence Section.. He has worked on security teams for Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, as well as Royal visits, and Heads of State & Government visits.
As Operations Lead, Mr. Reid will coordinate all project activities related to site visits, applying innovation to reduce resource demands through technology.Read Bio
BGBTY GroupFeasibility Team Cost Management Services
BTY is an industry leading Canadian professional consultancy providing technical due diligence, cost management, and project delivery services for real estate, infrastructure and energy asset development.
Founded in 1978, the firm’s approach to integrated cost, risk and project management expertise have enabled BTY to cultivate a long-term portfolio advising on many of Canada’s top professional sporting events and venues, including the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, the Victoria 1994 Commonwealth Games, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Calgary’s recent bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, and the FIFA 2026 World Cup venues in Alberta.
BTY also brings extensive experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada on housing, health care, community recreation and education facilities, as well as transportation, wastewater treatment, and broadband infrastructure. The firm is actively involved in supporting various initiatives to help close the infrastructure gap for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities coast to coast.
With business and community roots in Western Canada going back more than four decades, BTY has expanded across North America and Europe and is currently advising on over $100 billion in project investments through all stages of asset management.Read Bio
Barry CaswellFeasibility Team IT Strategy Consultant
Barry is the CEO and Principal of XXI Technology Strategy Group Inc, providing IT and Cybersecurity strategic consulting services and execution support to national and international organizations across several industries. Barry has over 20 years experience leading large scale technology and information security teams including heading up Technology Operations and Information Security for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games where he was able to combine his passion for technology and sport. In total he has over a decade of direct experience in major events and has provided consulting services to the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, London 2012, Sochi 2014, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Barry also held roles for Torino 2006, Beijing 2008 and was the volunteer Director of IT for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games.Read Bio