Welcome to Tennis Canada’s 2018 Annual Report! There is no doubt that 2018 was another successful year for tennis in Canada, as participation continued to rise as did fan interest in our sport.
My term as chair comes to an end at our AGM, and I would like to take a quick look back on my time on the board. First and foremost, I had the pleasure of working with a group of passionate fellow members, who all volunteered so much time and energy to our sport. Their hard work and dedication made my tenure a memorable and enjoyable experience. I also had the opportunity to meet many of the presidents of the major tennis federations with which we have built strong ties and shared best practices, including our efforts to make tennis safe and inclusive for all players. Tennis Canada is recognized throughout the world as a leading tennis nation, often held up as a model of success with its roster of top players and world-class tournaments and the continued expansion of player participation and fan engagement.
One of Tennis Canada’s unique strengths is our relationships with our provincial associations and with the Canadians working in tennis in every region. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them and even playing some fun tennis in clubs across the country along the way.. Our vibrant national association is driven by our thriving ties with our provincial associations, numerous clubs and publicly funded facilities throughout Canada.
Of course, the real work is carried out by the team at Tennis Canada. In the past three years, I have met with most of the staff members in our offices across Canada and was unfailingly impressed by their passion for our sport and values of teamwork and integrity. Our organization is made up of a remarkable group of people!
Our board will see a number of changes this year, as we implement our corporate governance model for board renewal. John LeBoutillier and Marc Bibeau— who have been tireless supporters of tennis at so many levels—have reached the end of their terms and will be leaving. I have counted on their support since I first joined the board, and their wisdom and energy has always been appreciated by all. I would like to thank them both, and I am certain they will continue to support our great sport. I also want to welcome two new board members: Josée Noiseux and Peter Kruyt. Josée and Peter both have strong professional backgrounds and are tennis enthusiasts. I look forward to collaborating with them.
In addition, I am delighted to welcome Jennifer Bishop as the new chair of Tennis Canada. Jennifer is an avid player and brings a wealth of tennis experience to the board, from getting her start in a small club in Newfoundland to playing collegiate tennis in the US and serving as president of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. Jennifer also chaired the tennis development committee and was a member of the finance and audit committee. I look forward to working with her in my role as past chair.