Volunteer leaders serving on the Board of Directors possess passion and an essential skillset necessary to lead the Association. The slate of candidates, found below, are inspired leaders with a motivation and desire to actively engage and make a difference in moving Triathlon BC forward, pacing the way to increased growth through participation, governance and leadership. They join a group of dedicated and knowledgeable board members ready to drive and deliver extraordinary value to our stakeholders, the membership.
In 2021, Triathlon BC has two (2) Director-At-Large positions and one (1) Executive position; Board Chair open for election. Each position carries a two-year term.
To ensure that the Board is composed of qualified and skilled individuals capable of, and committed to, providing effective stewardship of the sport, Triathlon BC seeks individuals versed in one or more of the following skills:
- Financial Acumen
- Legal & Risk Management
- Digital Strategy & Communication
- Marketing & Digital Strategy
- Fundraising, Giving & Philanthropy
Diversity on the Board is important to Triathlon BC.
Under Triathlon BC’s Bylaw, only those members with active membership 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting are eligible to vote.
To ensure that the Board is composed of qualified and skilled individuals capable of, and committed to, providing effective stewardship of the sport, Triathlon BC has identified nine key attributes that candidates should be versed in. A summary of self-identified skills is provided below, with the candidate bios below, listed in alphabetical order.
I raced my very first triathlon at the age of 14 and was hooked the moment I crossed the finish line. Some 30 years later the fascination and love for the sport as not diminished yet.
Since that first race I have raced many others over all distances. I raced in Roth in 1996 when Lothar Leder boke 8 hours for the first time and I raced in Hawaii in 2018 when Patrick Lange broke 8 hours for the first time. First hand experiences like this keep motivating me and fuel my fire.
When I am not thinking and living triathlon, I am a biologist mostly focussed on large mammal biology. I am currently working for the Government of BC as provincial ungulate specialist.
As a long time athlete, I am excited to get more involved with the organizational side of triathlon. I hope I can combine my extensive experience of living triathlon over three decades on two continents and my managerial experience to help people in BC fall and stay in love in love with Triathlon and enjoy training competing and living a healthy lifestyle.
I started participating in sprint triathlon when I was 15 years old; it was a fun and unique activity that my mom and I could separately while also doing it together. Once I finished high school, I didn’t participate in triathlon until I was well into my 30s, when I decided I wanted to challenge myself in trying a standard-length triathlon. I have really enjoyed my return to the sport – the community is incredibly positive and supportive, which I haven’t experienced in any other organized sport that I have participated in. I’m interested in joining the Triathlon BC Board of Directors in order to be more involved and to give back to the sport that given me so much over the past few years.
To compliment my passion for the sport, I have a strong professional background to draw upon as a Board Director. As a senior level Project Director delivering capital infrastructure projects for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, I focus on collaboration and common interests to achieve goals. I work in a professional environment that touches almost all of the categories of skills identified in the call for Board Directors, including Governance, Risk Management, Legal, Financial, Strategic Planning and Business Leadership, making me an ideal candidate for the nomination.
Susie Ernsting is honoured to run for her third term as a Board Member of Triathlon BC. As a lifelong triathlete, race director, administrator, operator and coach, Susie has always had a passion for the sport of triathlon.
Susie is the co-owner of M1 Sports Management Inc, a company that specializes in event operation and sport marketing. The M1 Sports Management team has orchestrated a variety of sporting events across Western Canada, specializing in cycling, triathlon and running events. M1 Sports Management has hosted many recognized international events for cities, sponsors, and private organizations, as well as building brand recognition at sports specific expos and other related venues.
Susie’s triathlon portfolio includes acting as the Race Director for the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championship Festival in Penticton, the 2018 and 2019 Kelowna Apple Triathlon, Subaru IRONMAN Canada, and the former Subaru Vancouver Triathlon, Subaru IronGirl Vancouver and the Subaru 5i50 Vancouver Triathlon.
As an athlete, I have competed in over 50 triathlons in British Columbia since 2007. As an active member, I have the perspective to understand our membership experiences. I know what we need to ensure the continued growth for our sport. With 15 years, my work career provides a direct working relationship within our triathlon community. As a corporate sponsor, I deal directly with organizations that host events, including Canadian Ironman, Victoria Half, Apple and the NorthShore Triathlon. I enjoy relationships with media, event organizers, clubs, officials, coaches and athletes. I have the knowledge of what our sport needs to flourish. My professional career and Chair position provides the leadership and the skill sets, to add real value to Triathlon BC. This includes a solid background in planning, fund raising, finance, legal, risk management, sales marketing, promotions, public speaking, mentoring and training.
I am very privileged in serving on the board, since 2012. As Chair, I have the full appreciation and understanding of the culture and objectives of Triathlon BC. I offer the membership competency in, strategic planning, risk management, marketing, legal, financial goals and governance. I have the respect of the Board and our partners in sport, including the CAC, COC, Triathlon Canada and ViaSport.
In summary, I have the expertise and leadership to continue supporting the Chair position. More importantly, I want to continue to contribute to the sport which I love and work towards its ongoing success and upcoming challenges.
My involvement with triathlon started in Saskatchewan with my son (Sean) entering the sport in 2007. To support the activities, I have volunteered in various roles in triathlon as an official, community coach, race director, and director in organizations at the club (Regina Multisport Club), provincial (Triathlon Saskatchewan), and national (Triathlon Canada) levels. I have also been a director on many other sports boards over the past few decades.
From my information technology career, I have gained a deep experience with engaging vendors, decision analysis and budgeting, project management, and enterprise-level risk planning and management and corporate strategic planning and execution. This is on top of the expected, thorough understanding of most aspects of information technology including systems analysis, security, data management (including privacy and protection), and other technical aspects.
In 2018 my wife (Marlene) and I retired and moved to Courtenay, B.C. We have continued our involvement by being on the executive of our local triathlon club, volunteering to organize local race events, and have maintained our triathlon Technical Official CTO certification – which enables us to participate as officials in events at the local, provincial, national, and international levels.
We have enjoyed the opportunity to be part of this sport and be with the people involved – club members, athletes, volunteers, officials, event organizers, and sports organizations. Joining Triathlon B.C. as a director would be a continuation of the contributions to this sport. I also believe that my expertise and experiences would be a positive contribution to the organization.
I am a lifelong sports enthusiast. During my youth, I participated in all school sports while pursuing competitive swimming. After watching Simon Whitfield win the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, I was drawn to triathlon and participated in my first Kids of Steel competition at the age of 9.
Focusing on swimming during my undergraduate degree, I competed in the Vancouver Triathlon and had a real experience of what the sport was about. I pursued a career in coaching swimming which began with the BC Summer Swimming Association, the Alberta Summer Swimming Association, the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club, and finally the UBC Dolphins Varsity team.
I completed a Masters in Kinesiology at UBC and moved to Victoria to work with Rowing Canada Aviron, the National Sport Organization as the Membership Services Coordinator. In this role, I provided membership services including sport development objectives through analyzing membership data and determining regional trends across Canada in growth and retention. As an acting secretary at many board meetings, and as the secretary during the 2020 AGM, I have thorough knowledge and understanding of national sport policy and development.
Duncan is passionate about all sports and in particular, Triathlon. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Triathlon BC for as a member at large and as the Chair (2011 – 2019). He was instrumental in planning and delivering one of the most successful fund-raising gala’s in the history of Triathlon BC and was routinely called upon by Triathlon Canada to represent the Provinces in various leadership capacities. He currently serves as a board member of a First Nations Environmental Consulting company and was the former President of the Society of Project Management Professionals of Greater Vancouver.
He is excited to see the sport evolving and looking forward to serving on the Board once again. While Duncan still dabbles in the various individual sports of a Triathlon; however, he has hung up his Triathlon racing shoes for the time being.