ViaSport British Columbia announces expanded leadership team

Jun 19, 2013


June 19, 2013

viaSport British Columbia announces expanded leadership team
Recruitment process names new positions for Board of Directors, CEO

Vancouver, BC — Following a comprehensive and successful leadership recruitment initiative, viaSport – the strategic leader for amateur sport in British Columbia – announces additions to its leadership team, with the appointment of Caley Denton, Peter Lawless and Loreen Barnett to the viaSport Board of Directors and Cathy Priestner Allinger as Chief Executive Officer.

The expanded Board of Directors appointed Allinger into the CEO role, effective June 24, 2013, recognizing her unparalleled level of knowledge, expertise and vision for the sector. An influential advocate who has been involved with viaSport through the organization’s formative years as consultant, interim CEO, and most recently the Board Chair, Allinger is a proven sports leader on the provincial, national and international stage.

“With Cathy’s proven track record of leading change in all aspects of sports and sport management, we’re confident that she has the passion, skills and established relationships to unify sport in a way that results in an active, healthy British Columbia where sport inspires a field of possibilities for all,” says Lauren Woolstencroft, chair of the Leadership Nomination Task Team and viaSport board member. “The Board is thrilled that Cathy has accepted the opportunity and looks forward to working with her in a new capacity.”

Supporting Allinger in her new role, the viaSport Board of Directors have confirmed positions for Denton (Chair), Lawless and Barnett, who join founding board members Woolstencroft and Sheila Bouman. Each leader brings a proven history working to improve sport plus valuable knowledge and skills for advancing viaSport’s mandate and vision.

“The team at viaSport has been tasked with a significant undertaking for sport in our province and we are building a first-class Board and leadership team to do it,” says Allinger. “With our complimentary skills and perspectives, all leaders involved with viaSport will continue to take a bold approach in creating a more effective, unified sport sector.”

For biographies and photos of viaSport’s Board of Directors, visit


Media contact:
Amanda Brkich
Manager, Communications – viaSport
T: 778.331.8657

About viaSport:

viaSport British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization established in 2011 for providing strategic leadership to sport in BC, and increasing levels of physical activity in all communities at every stage of life. A legacy organization of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, viaSport is leading a new, unified approach to sport delivery across the province in collaboration with partners across the sector. Formed in partnership with the Province of BC and provincial sport sector, viaSport is shaping a new, more effective model for sport delivery and funding support which drives increased participation, powers sport excellence and promotes British Columbia as a sport hosting destination. For more info, visit or follow us on Twitter: @ViaSport_