Masters’ National Committee
The Masters’ National Committee is a group of volunteers working year round, behind the scenes, to make the Masters’ program work efficiently. Countless hours are spent organizing races, championships, schedules, uniforms, liaising with Provincial Ski Organizations and Alpine Canada, fundraising, sponsorships and calculating the World Cup points. All are passionate racers and dedicated to the advancement of the Masters’ program.
Dave Nighswander – President & Treasurer
Dave served as President in 2012, Treasurer from 2017 and again President, from mid-2021. Dave has also been on the AOA Board for 2 years and SOD Committee since 2020. Dave holds the ACA Performance Level Coach certification and nominated to CMAT once.
Lloyd Sevack – Past President & Masters’ FIS Representative
Lloyd was President from 2017 to 2020 but has served on the Masters’ National Committee since 2005 and took on the role of Masters’ FIS Representative, from mid-2021. Lloyd holds the CFCF Level 1 and CSIA Level 2 certifications; his passion for racing is clearly demonstrated by his 9-time nomination on the Masters’ National Team.
Pierre Bégin – Translator
Pierre served as the Québec Rep from 2010 to 2017 and nominated to Eastern Canada Director for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Gates have been a passion for over 30 years that translated into 9 nominations to CMAT, since 2009.
Patty Edgar – Western Canada Director
Patty has served as Western Canada Director since 2014, 5 time CMAT nominee, CSIA Level 2 and Alpine Canada Level 3 Official. Patty became enamoured of ski racing while working at her kids’ races but became hooked as an active participant after they retired.
Jason Barton – Alberta Representative
Jason grew up ski racing in Alberta and returned to ski racing at the Masters level in 2008. Presently skis with both the Alberta Masters and the Snow Valley Masters groups. 9 time Canadian Masters’ Alpine Team nominee. CSIA/CSCF level 1.
Peter Cody-Cox – Atlantic Representative
Peter has served as Atlantic Rep since 2011. Peter holds the CSIA Level 1 certification and has been nominated to CMAT once.
Jules Lajoie – British Columbia Representative
Jules has served as British Columbia Representative on the Masters’ National Committee since about 2004. He has participated in ski racing since the inception of Masters’ racing in Whistler, by Dave Murray, and has been on the Masters’ National Team 7 times.
Sharon Chadwick – Ontario Representative, World Cup Points & Communications
Sharon has served on the Masters’ National Committee since 2013; her expertize with Excel has enabled her to calculate the World Cup standings with an average of 40 races across the country and an average of 650 athletes, each season. Sharon holds a CSIA Level 2 certification and has been nominated to the Masters’ National Team 3 times. Sharon grew up in South Africa but learned to ski in Europe at the age of 29; she immigrated to Canada in 1989 and took up Masters’ racing in 2007.
Shayna Gaunt – Ontario Representative
Shayna has loved ski racing ever since she was introduced to it in her twenties. She has been nominated to Canadian Masters’ Alpine team once and had the incredible opportunity of participating at the World Winter Masters’ Games twice. Shayna has served on the committee since mid-2021.
Lewis Heilig – Québec Representative
Lewis has been racing since 1964, first with a local ski club and then at the inter-university level and finally with the Masters since 1987. While at Bishop’s University, Lewis also acted as coach and manager for the women’s ski team. Since 2012, Lewis has been an active volunteer with the Club des Maîtres Vallée de St-Sauveur (CMVSS). Lewis has been the Québec Representative since the 2017/18 season.
Claudio Berto – Technical Advisor
Claudio has been coaching since 1979 and worked with many levels and ages of athletes, from 3 years old to Masters of ALL ages. Claudio continuously seeks ways to develop, grow and passionately share his knowledge with every athlete he coaches. Presently a CSC Certified Performance coach, Entry Level Evaluator, Development Level Evaluator, Entry Level Course Facilitator and involved with Multi Sport as a mentor for the Advanced Coaching Diploma. Claudio also supports the CSIA program with a Level 3, is a Level 3 Official and Canadian Alpine Masters’ Technical Advisor since 2016.
Victoria Fenninger – Promotions & Fundraising Director
Victoria has served on the Committee since 2014 and has designed many of the Masters’ ski apparel. Her enthusiasm for both participating in and coaching ski racing is demonstrated by holding the ACA Performance Level Coach, CSIA Level 1 and CASI Level 1 certifications, as well as being nominated to CMAT 5 times.
Dave Walker – Sponsorship Director
Dave has served on the Committee since 2017 and nominated to CMAT 5 times.
Jaime Hugessen – Eastern Canada Director
Jaime grew up racing Laurentian Zone in his youth. After 30 years of retirement, Jaime resurrected his ski racing career approximately 15 years ago when he joined Devil’s Glen Ski Club. Jaime holds a CSIA Level 2 certification and Level 1 Race Official. Jaime came on board in Jan-20.