Our Members

Julie Stevens, Ph.D.

Advisor to the President – Canada Games
Director, Centre for Sport Capacity
Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Julie Stevens is currently the Special Advisor to the President – Canada Games. She is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University and the Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity. Dr. Stevens conducts research in change management, organizational capacity, and social, cultural and managerial issues in sport, specifically hockey. Dr. Stevens examines change and change dynamics within sport organizations according to various organization theories, types of capacity and capacity-building strategies within several different sport contexts and organizations, as well as contemporary/historical issues in hockey with a strong emphasis upon the female game both within Canada and around the world.

Dr. Stevens is an advanced NCCP certified hockey coach who currently serves as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey team at Brock University. Previously, she has coached women’s hockey at the Canada Winter Games, Alberta Winter Games, Western Shield, and provincial championships in Alberta and Ontario.

Jess Crosthwaite

Coordinator, Centre for Sport Capacity
Research Associate, Brock-Canada Games Academic

Jess is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management at Brock University. As a previous CSC intern, she has now transitioned into a role as the Centre Coordinator. She works with and assists members with project planning, coordination and delivery of events, as well as academic and industry report writing. Jess also serves as the Brock-Canada Games Research Associate, providing support to the various committees facilitating activities related the to the Games.

Sarah Ane, BSM

Associate Director, Recreation and Culture – Town of Lincoln

Sarah has worked as a parks and recreation professional for the last 15 years including in her current role with the Town of Lincoln as Associate Director, Recreation and Culture. Sarah graduated from Brock University where she earned a Bachelor of Sport Management. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah continued her studies in the same discipline earning a post-graduate diploma from Algonquin College while working for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Olympic Committee. Sarah is a member of the Active Niagara Network, a group of parks and recreation leaders who share information and coordinate actions to support the evolving nature of the sector locally. Additionally, Sarah currently holds a position on the Parks and Recreation Ontario board of directors.

Martha Barnes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Dr. Martha Barnes is an Associate Professor with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Dr. Barnes’ research focuses on understanding collaborations across sectors in community recreation and sport. Barnes explores the way in which inter-organizational relationships can facilitate and/or hinder collaboration, using a social network theory and analytical framework.

Corliss Bean, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Dr. Bean is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her research is grounded in Sport Psychology, where she examines how positive youth development can be facilitated in the context of sport. Specifically, she works with community organizations at local and national levels to development, implement and evaluate programming with the goal of fostering youth psychosocial development.

Dr. Bean is also a member of Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange’s Provincial Academic Network, where she works to make research evidence and evaluation practices accessible and relevant to the grassroots youth sector through capacity building and knowledge mobilization. She is also a certified as a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Cullum Brownbridge

Second-Year Ph.D Student, Sport Management

Cullum Brownbridge is a second year Ph.D. student and teaching assistant with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. As a member of the Esports Research Network (https://esportsresearch.net), Cullum is currently working on his thesis project within the field of competitive video gaming, including attitudes and perceptions of Esports from relevant stakeholders and the physical, mental, and social health of those who play video games at various levels (from recreational to professional). Cullum’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University within the Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour (PNB) program, and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Sciences at Brock University.

Chris Charlebois, MA

President, C2C Sports & Entertainment Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Sport-Travel

Chris Charlebois is the President of C2C Sports & Entertainment Inc. and the Chief Operating Officer for Sport-Travel. Charlebois is a seasoned event professional, having coordinated many large scale single and multi-sport events and conferences. His goal is to build an ecosystem of products and services for sport and entertainment organizations across the globe.

Ryan Clutterbuck, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Clutterbuck is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Clutterbuck teaches and conducts research in the areas of organizational behaviour, organizational theory (e.g., organizational capacity and capacity building), coaching, and leadership in sport development and sport for development organizations across Canada.

Dr. Clutterbuck is also the head coach for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team that will compete at the 2021 International Federation of American Football World Championships.

Laura Cousens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Cousens is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Cousens’ program of research has evolved from focus on network forms of organization in the areas of community sport, sport councils, and sport for development to enhance our understanding of the role of sport development in communities in Canada and abroad, and inter-organizational relationships. Dr. Cousens has also investigated networks of community sport providers using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Michele Donnelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Donnelly has three lines of inquiry that inform both her research and teaching:

  1. Social inequality; Ongoing projects in this area focus on gender equality in the Olympic Movement and at the Olympic Games, as well as in the governance of provincial, national, and international sport organizations. In addition, she studies athlete governance, particularly in emerging sports such as roller derby.
  2. Alternative sports and subcultures; Ongoing projects in this area focus on girls and women onlyness, and particularly the organization and production of girls and women onlyness in sport and physical activity organizations such as girls-only skateboarding groups.
  3. Qualitative research methods; She not only uses qualitative methods in her research, but she also studies research ethics and the politics of research with respect to qualitative methods. She also serves on Brock University’s Social Sciences Research Ethics Board.

She is a co-founder, and now serves on the Advisory Board of the Girls on Track Foundation whose mission is, “to foster important life skills in girls, through participation in roller derby as skaters and decision makers”.

Hilary Findlay, LLB, Ph.D.

Retired Associate Professor, Sport Management
Founding Partner, Sport Law & Strategy Group

Hilary Findlay has spent her professional career working within the Canadian sport system as a lawyer, an advocate, a teacher and a researcher. Hilary’s work largely focused on athlete and participatory rights and obligations in the regulation of sport, including organizational fairness and responsibility in the provision of a safe sport environment. Although recently retiring from the Department of Sport Management, Brock University, Hilary continues to stay engaged  through the Centre for Sport Capacity, writing articles and is busy with an up-date of a previously authored textbook on sport and the law.

Caroline Hummell

PhD Student, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Caroline Hummell is a first year PhD student within the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. With a background in sport psychology, she has a vested interest in how relationships with key social agents in sport affect positive youth development. For her thesis, she plans to explore the role of mentorship in the life skill development of youth female athletes. Caroline’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s University (US) and Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Studies from Queen’s University.

Caroline also works as a research assistant for the Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange where she oversees their online certificate programs and assists with the development of evaluation capacity enhancing resources for youth-serving Ontario organizations. As a former NCAA Division 1 basketball player and university coach with a passion for research and knowledge mobilization, she is excited to join the Centre for Sport Capacity

Shannon Kerwin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Kerwin is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Kerwin teaches and conducts research in the areas of organizational behaviour and human resource management in sport. Specifically, Dr. Kerwin has looked at how personal and organizational values align to enhance important organizational outcomes, the role of conflict in the effectiveness of volunteer boards of directors, and how leadership is developed and fostered within the context of team and organizational culture. She also volunteers at local small scale sport events and has coached her seven year old daughter’s youth soccer team for two seasons.

Cole McClean, M.A.

Solutions Analyst, IMI International & Sponsorpulse

Cole McClean completed his M.A. at Brock University in 2017, with a focus on program delivery and outcomes of the Sport Management internship experiences of fourth year students. Since completion, Cole has transitioned into a member role, initially serving as the CSC Coordinator, working with and assisting members with project planning, coordination and delivery as well as academic and industry report writing. Further, Cole has worked on, or continues to be involved in a variety of research projects on topics including: gender equality and women in leadership positions in sport, sport event impact, community sport capacity, decision-making, experiential education opportunities and benefits, and local sport tourism. He also remains involved with Brock-Canada Games Academic, providing overall support related to data organization and metrics tracking related to initiatives and activity on-campus.

Taylor McKee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sport Management

A trained historian, multidisciplinary researcher, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Emerging Sport Studies, Dr. Taylor McKee is committed to providing new pathways for knowledge dissemination in the field of sport studies. Dr. McKee has published in the fields of: Olympic History, Sport and Residential Schools, Hockey History, Monuments and Historical Memory, and Masculinity in Hockey while working as digital curator at www.IndigenousSportHistory.ca, a research assistant at www.CrossingTheRedline.ca (The Story of the Sioux Lookout Blackhawks), and researcher at the Indigenous Hockey Research Network (www.IndigenousHockeyCanada.com).

Additionally, Dr. McKee has developed podcasts, digital symposia, radio shows, critical commentary platforms, and created an open-access manuscript publishing platform, all stemming from his experience as co-founding editor of the Journal of Emerging Sport Studies. The Journal of Emerging Sport Studies is guided by the earnest belief that innovative, high quality, open-access platforms must be easily accessible to scholars, institutions, and community members.

Brad Millington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Millington is an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. His research is focused on sport and related practices, such as fitness, physical activity, and health promotion. His more specific interests lie in two areas: sport and environmental sustainability; and sport media and technology.

Dr. Millington’s key projects include research on the history and current-day significance of corporate environmentalism in golf, the role of bicycles in development initiatives, the promotion and use of wearable fitness technologies, and performance analysis in sport.

Rob Millington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Dr. Millington is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University. His two main bodies of research are concerned with how sport is positioned as an agent of social change and social justice in an international development context, and how sport is understood to contribute to sustainable development and environmental protection and remediation. His most recent projects explore the history of sport for development and peace (SDP) within the United Nations, and the role of sport in contributing to environmental sustainability in both domestic and international contexts. Dr. Millington is also an affiliate with the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock University and the Canada Games Council Sustainability Advisory Group.

Michael Naraine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Naraine is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Naraine’s research is primarily concentrated on the digital frontier of the sport industry. He is an expert in the strategic management and marketing of digital products and services, including social, analytics, Wi-Fi, blockchain, and eSports. Additionally, Dr. Naraine has secondary research that extends to interorganizational networks and contemporary issues in organizational theory (e.g. isomorphism, change).

He is a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management, and has consulted for various professional and amateur sport organizations in Canada, Australia, and India, such as the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Australian Olympic Committee, and the Geelong Cats Football Club.

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Colleen Patterson

MA student (Sport Management) and Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Marketing and Communications Officer

A part-time master’s student and Indigenous scholar, Colleen Patterson is researching the complexity of sport teams who use demeaning logos, mascots, text or imagery of Indigenous peoples, and how responsive leadership and social change can create more inclusive sport and society. With the Centre for Sport Capacity, Ms. Patterson is involved in initiatives to increase awareness and participation of Indigenous women in sport.

Ms. Patterson has also been working for Brock University as the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Marketing and Communications Officer for more than six years. She supports the CSC in a number of ways, including the promotion of centre activities via The Brock News.

Patrick Reid, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sessional Instructor, Sport Management

Dr. Reid is a sessional instructor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Reid has a unique combination of 40 years of sports management experience, highlighted as the former vice president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association/Hockey Canada; former Director-General of the Sports Medicine & Science Council of Canada; and 17 years as a high-performance sports consultant with Sport Canada. Professor Reid is also an internationally certified high-performance coach (athletics), a Charter Professional Coach (ChPC), and has attended 13 Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Dr. Reid has been a head coach at the Olympics, Pan American, Commonwealth, & Francophone Games, and was recently announced as one of the coaches of Team Ontario for the 2022 Jeux Canada Games. His sports management research interests include sports marketing, the history of women’s international hockey, Indigenous sports achievement, and high-performance coaching.

Kyle Rich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Dr. Rich is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. He teaches courses on the intersection of recreation and leisure with sociology, health, community, and administration. His research focuses on social inclusion and exclusion, community development, and rural communities.

Dr. Rich is also a Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and an Instructor Trainer for the Canadian Red Cross and Lifesaving Society.

Kirsty Spence, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Kirsty Spence is an Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies, as well as an Associate Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Spence’s teaching and research expertise extends to organizational behaviour and leadership topics, with specific interest and passion related to leaders’ development and the processes that promote such development (e.g., experiential learning, mindfulness, leadership coaching).

Michael Van Bussel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Van Bussel is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. Dr. Van Bussel has over 18 years of academic, administrative, and service experience in sport management. His educational background includes a PhD focusing on Sport Law and Policy Studies from Western University. He has won awards in teaching and coaching and was named OUA (USPORT) Provincial Coach of the Year on two separate occasions with the Western University Women’s Soccer Program. His research interests include Sport Law, Risk Management, Governance and Policy, and Coach and Athlete Communication.