Peter-Paul Vernet, Chair of the Board
David Morrison, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Chris Pepper, Governance
Chris and his wife Mary McKee with their young skiers and racers Sophie and Charlie are long time members of Craigleith Ski Club. Involved with ski racing for many years, Chris has competed and coached at all levels from Nancy Greene right up to FIS level. Post his coaching career, Chris continued his involvement with ski racing as a member and chair of Craigleith Race Committee.
He is currently Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Fidelity Investments Canada ULC. In this role, he leads a team responsible for external communications, government relations, market research, thought leadership and issues management. He is currently the Chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) Public Affairs committee.
Kent Paisley, Strategic Initiatives
Kent Paisley works in the financial services industry, primarily in the insurance industry over the past 23 years. His success in building insurance underwriting platforms having built insurance practices within multi-national firms and most recently creating two managing general agents representing Lloyd’s syndicates in Canada. He currently is the Senior Vice President, Specialty Lines, Canada for a multi-national Swiss based insurance company, responsible for helping to launch their underwriting platform in Canada.
Kent has been involved with skiing from a very young age as a member of Caledon Ski Club since the 60s. He has participated in many aspects of skiing and the club as a participant in racing, instructor, coach and most recently as a board member and currently the Chairman of Caledon Ski Club. Kent’s wife and two children are all active in the sport of skiing, with his daughter just completing 3 years in the U16 Division 1 program and continuing her racing this coming season while beginning to work on her coaching levels. his son has been racing since he started Nancy Green and is in his last year of U14 and looks to participate in the Division 1 league this coming season.
Kent has participated in various boards and committees related to skiing, sailing and industry. Kent was responsible for establishing the governance guidelines and initial by-laws of a new industry related board that is into its second year of operation. This experience combined with his experience on the Caledon board, building businesses in the insurance industry provides Kent with the tools to provide the leadership and direct effective governance and management at the Board Level.
Dr. Brent Norton
Dr. Brent Norton grew up racing in Quebec including having raced on McGill University’s Ski Team. After graduating Dr. Norton was active in Sports Medicine and was a Team Physician at a Canadian Alpine World Cup, a World Freestyle Championships, and Winter Olympics. He was involved in Masters Racing and AHL for years until his focus shifted to supporting his own children’s ski racing careers. Before joining the Alpine Ontario Alpin Board of Directors he held multiple volunteer positions with the Osler Bluff Ski Club.
Dr. Norton is a leader in the Life Science industry and has been a President & CEO and Director of several private and public companies in Canada and the US. He has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and an ICD.D from the Rotman School of Management.
Peter grew up skiing and ski racing at the Chicopee Ski Club in Kitchener and later became a member of the Georgian Peaks Ski Club in Collingwood. Peter’s ski racing career evolved through the SOD Team, Ontario Ski Team, and National Development Group. He also spent a number of years coaching at Georgian Peaks, Alpine, and the University of Waterloo. Peter currently co-coaches the Leaside High School Ski Team. Peter’s three teenage daughters are also heavily involved in ski racing.
Peter is the Chief Information Officer for Osler, Hoskin & Harcout LLP. In this role Peter is responsible for technology strategy, IT operations, training, and the Firm’s Project Management Office. Peter is also a board member of the Central Toronto Athletic Club, a competitive middle distance running club in Toronto.
Peter holds a Master of Science degree in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
Keith Duhan, Chair Northern Ontario Division (NOD)
Keith and his two sons Brandon and Scott have skied out of the Timmins Ski Club for over 15 years. Brandon raced competitively for 11 years and Scott raced competitively for 13 years. Scott appeared in the first Can-Am at Sugarloaf in Maine with Team Ontario and continued on to Canadians at U16 and on to FIS. Through the years Keith has been both the Timmins club president and treasurer as well as both the NOD treasurer and president working up to the AOA board.
Growing up in Montreal with both the Eastern Townships and the Laurentians equal distance away, skiing was in the blood from a young age. The goal was to pass that passion on to his kids moving forward which they both embraced fully.
Keith is currently a Fuel and Sales Manager at The Sarjeant Co. Ltd and has been in the Petroleum Industry for 35 years at the management level. Previous stints at British Petroleum, Petro-Canada and Esso in both wholesale and retail in a number of sales, marketing, credit and business leadership roles.
Allan Mihalcin, Lake Superior Division (LSDA)
Allan grew up skiing in Thunder Bay at Mount Baldy and Loch Lomand, but only ever as a recreational skier. When his son Addison came of age and stared into the race program, Allan took up racing for the first time as a Master’s Series Racer. Although he has yet to work his way into a “skinny suit” figuring the two second advantage just isn’t worth freezing over, he is a solid Bronze racer and proud of it.
A member of the LSDA board for a number of years, as well as having been involved with a host of other local boards and organizations Allan has a broad depth of board executive experience.
Among other business operations, Allan heads up the family business, Twin City Refreshments, a 55 year old Foodservice Distributor, and restaurant equipment dealer. Through a team of great people they take care of thousands of customers across Northern Ontario from Wawa to Kenora and up into northern fly-in communities. With the view that the chef’s, owners and management team working in the foodservice industry spend most of their lives at work – Twin City’s goal is to make their “Life Well Equipped TM.”
Allan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing with a minor in Economics from Lakehead University. He resides in Thunder Bay with his wife and son, who is now skiing FIS, and a daughter off at Queens.
Michael McTaggart (CA – ADVS)
Michael has been a member of the Alpine Ski Club for over 30 years. He is alumni of both the Southern Ontario Ski Team and the National Ski Academy. Michael spent a number of years coaching and served as the Director of Racing for six years on Alpine’s board of directors. Michael continues to participate in the Druxy’s Masters series and house league races at Alpine.
Michael is a partner at PwC in the Deals practice. Michael works with private equity firms, hedge funds, corporations and financial institutions on the development of restructuring strategies for a wide range of purposes. Michael is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and Licensed Insolvency Trustee. He has degrees from McMaster University and the University of Windsor.