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October 22, 2021

Karate Canada is pleased to announce and welcome the following new operational leads, as part of its transitional leadership team:

  • Ms. Robin Witty  (from Sport Law); main interim Operations Lead, who will be supported by Ms. Cheryl Humphrey (Sport Law, Operations Co-lead and External Stakeholder Relations) and Mr. Steven Indig (Sport Law, legal counsel)
  • Ms. Gillian Benson (Team / Event Logistics Lead for the 2021 Sr World Championships & Cali 2021 Youth Pan Am Games as well as Lead for KC’s Gender Equity Initiatives)
  • Ms. Daphné Trahan-Perreault (Communications Lead)


Ms. Witty and her colleagues bring a vast wealth of sport management and leadership experience and expertise to these new part-time, contractual roles (you may click on their names above in order to access more information about their respective backgrounds and skillets).


Ms. Benson will be taking on the role of Gender Equity Lead, as well as providing logistical support for national team activities. In addition to her many years of administrative experience with Karate Canada’s high performance programs, Gillian also brings the perspective of a long-time recreational coach; she is now a karate club owner in Montreal. Recently, she participated as a coach partner in Canadian Women & Sport’s Game On pilot program.


Long-time National Team member and social media / communications expert Daphné Trahan-Perrault will oversee most communications for Karate Canada for the foreseeable future. Daphné, who recently provided social media support to Karate Canada during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, brings tremendous value to the team, thanks to her extensive expertise in this domain.


As was recently announced Mr. Rodney Hobson has also recently been named as Karate Canada’s new High Performance Committee Chair.

We warmly welcome this new operational transition leadership team, and wish these new staff much success in their new roles with the organization.

Karate Canada also wishes to sincerely thank its long-time Executive Director Mr. Olivier Pineau and Programs Manager Ms. Alexandra Roy for their many years of service and contribution to Karate Canada’s success. Oliver and Alexandra will be moving on to new professional challenges shortly, and their last days with Karate Canada will be October 29th and November 2nd, respectively. Marie-Claude Alarie, will also be leaving Karate Canada, her last day is October 22, 2021, and we thank her for her work over the last year, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

“ I’d like to thank Karate Canada for the opportunity to work for this organization for 11 years, thereby allowing me to grow and to further develop my professional skills.” says Mr. Pineau. “While I’m excited by the new opportunities that I’lll be pursuing, I’ll always remember my time at Karate Canada with pride at all that has been accomplished, by working together with a great team of dedicated staff and volunteers.I sincerely wish much continued success to the entire organization.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with such dedicated volunteers and staff throughout my 7 years with Karate Canada” says Alexandra Roy. “I enjoyed seing the athletes perform and develop new programs and initiatives to benefit all of the karate community. I wish nothing but success to the new leadership and all the athletes.”