Committee

Local Organising Committee

Co-Chair
Margaret Kool, Board Member & Marketing and Communications of ITU World Triathlon Edmonton

Margaret has been involved in the communications industry in Alberta for more than 30 years. In 1991 she founded her own firm, Margaret Kool Marketing (mkm). With offices in Edmonton and Calgary, Margaret was actively involved in the company’s management and was the Director of Client Services. Margaret’s community involvement includes sitting on a number of community boards, including World Triathlon Series Edmonton.

Co-Chair
Sheila O’Kelly, President and General Manager of ITU World Triathlon Edmonton

Sheila O’Kelly has been involved in the development and building of triathlon in the Edmonton area for more than 20 years. She led the team from Edmonton that secured the ITU rights to stage the 2001 World Championship. Under her direction, this was judged by the then ITU President, Les McDonald, as the “best ever World Championship.” In 2014, when she led the Edmonton team to plan and implement a successful Grand Final, it was assessed by the new ITU President, Marisol Casada, as setting a new high standard for the sport’s top event.

Loreen Barnett

In addition to being the Secretary General of the International Triathlon Union, Loreen also sits on the Board of viaSPORT in her home province of British Columbia. Loreen has than 35 years’ experience in sport and physical education. Through the 80’s and 90’s, she worked with both the North Vancouver and Delta School Districts, playing an instrumental role in the integration of physical activity and health into the public school culture.  She was also the Technical Delegate for the sport of Triathlon during its debut on the 2000 Sydney Olympic programme. Loreen was inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame in 2005, and was named by CAAWS as one of Canada’s most influential women in sport and physical education in 2012. She claims her greatest achievement is being the first Canadian woman to finish the 1982 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii where she was 3rd in her age group.

Alan Carlsson

Alan has been with Triathlon Canada since 2011 in a variety of roles including; Senior Development Coach, Paratriathlon Head Coach and is currently Director of Talent Development. He has coached triathletes at the Junior through to Elite level, paratriathletes in PT1, PT4 and PT5, as well as Olympians in Sprint Kayak and Cross-Country Skiing. His research interests include Talent ID, Development and Management, Applied Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Performance Analysis.

 

Scientific Program Committee

Chair
Nancy Burden, BPE, MScPT Physiotherapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Kinsmen Sports Centre

Nancy has extensive work experience in orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine and neuromuscular disease research. She has a particular interest in sports physiology and exercise training as it pertains to rehabilitation and has been involved in several published research projects. Nancy is an extremely active and successful athlete. She has been a medalist for Canada at the World Triathlon Championships, the World Duathlon Championships, and the World Cross Country Ski Championships.

Michael Kennedy, BPE, MSc, PhD, CSEP-CEP
Sports Scientist and Associate Professor, University of Alberta

As a Sport Scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Michael’s past research and academic interests in Sport Science include; pace strategy and critical velocity modeling and the unique attributes of integrative oxygen delivery during exercise in elite endurance athletes.
Michael's current research focus is on environmental and training related factors influencing lung function in athletes. His triathlon related work includes "bike body positioning on performance (Book chapter: Applied Ergonomics of Cycling Performance https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9780203123355.ch10)" and "determination of training stress and fatigue status in swimmers".
His sport science practice has included the sports of swimming, nordic skiing, triathlon, basketball, cycling and rowing with special expertise in working with overtrained athletes. Michael delivered a talk to 80 of the best Canadian Nordic coaches from across Canada on “Risky Business: How does training and competition affect respiratory health in cold weather athletes…”.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Kennedy4

Alan Carlsson, BPE, MSc in Exercise Physiology, ChPC

Alan has been with Triathlon Canada since 2011 in a variety of roles including; Senior Development Coach, Paratriathlon Head Coach and is currently Director of Talent Development. He has coached triathletes at the Junior through to Elite level, paratriathletes in PT1, PT4 and PT5, as well as Olympians in Sprint Kayak and Cross-Country Skiing. His research interests include Talent ID, Development and Management, Applied Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Performance Analysis