Karri Dawson is the Director of True Sport Operations at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. With more than 17 years professional experience managing corporate sponsorship and community engagement programs in amateur sport at the national level, Karri is one of the driving forces behind the True Sport Movement, animating champions and organizations that share common values and beliefs about what sport can do for communities. Karri works with numerous partners and funders to develop initiatives that contribute to advancing values based and principle driven sport in Canada.
In addition to 12 years at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Karri worked with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport managing various sponsorship accounts including: the Nike Girls@Play; Whirlpool Mothers in Motion and Chatelaine On the Move Walking Club.
Karri volunteers with sport groups in her community supporting the participation of her two children while bringing True Sport to life in their activities.
Karri holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration from Laurentian University.
Paul Melia is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer of the CCES. He leads the management of CCES’ operations, including the administration of Canada’s doping control program, and working with governments and sport organizations to implement a national ethics strategy for amateur sport.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Health Administration, Mr. Melia has used his extensive knowledge and expertise in the development and implementation of public awareness, education and social change campaigns for a variety of health and social issues. He currently serves as President and Chair of the True Sport Foundation.
He is the former Chief of the Tobacco Programs Unit at Health Canada, the past President of the Association of National Anti-Doping Organisations, and the former Regional Vice-President of In-Touch Survey Systems Inc.
“I was in a community swim club from the age of 6 to 18. I was in dance; I was in everything and you know, it just shapes who you are. Communities are invaluable to be there to support one...