Board of Directors

The Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada (CGFC) raises funds for Commonwealth Sport Canada to fulfil its Mission of sending a Team Canada to the Commonwealth Games every four years!  Incorporated in 1982, the CGFC is a registered charity led by volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business people from across Canada.The Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada raises funds through corporate donors and events and through generous Canadians, like you.

Pradeep Sood, President 2020 –

Pradeep Sood is a successful business executive who is based in Markham, Ontario.  He has devoted his time and energies to his family, building businesses and supporting the community.  Pradeep has been a director of the Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada since 2014 and was elected to be Chair/President in 2020.

He is  co-owner and Director of Highbury Canco Corporation, a food processing company that purchased the Heinz facility in Leamington, Ontario. This acquisition helped save more than 250 jobs. Pradeep is also the founder and owner of XactScribe Inc., a Toronto based Transcription Company; and OutSource Process Inc., a company engaged in the provisioning and delivery of off shore Business and Knowledge based IT enabled processes. As CEO of Starling Corporation, he leads a management consulting company that facilitates SME’s in the Canada-India business corridor.

Pradeep has the proud distinction of being the only person who has been Chairman of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Toronto Board of Trade and Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

As a passionate member of the charitable world, Pradeep has helped raise funds for the Royal Ontario Museum, Bridgepoint Health, Textile Museum of Canada, Harbour front Centre and Markham Stouffville Hospital (to name a few). He has also been a Director of Prostate Cancer Canada and a member of the Civic Action Steering Committee. He currently sits on the Board of Skin Cancer Canada, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, The Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada and George Brown Colllege.

Pradeep has a Bachelor of Arts degree ( Hons. Economics), holds a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management, Toronto.

Bruce Robertson, Treasurer 2014 –

Bruce Robertson has been actively involved with CSC for almost 20 years as a Member-at-Large, Treasurer, Vice President, and as President of the Commonwealth Games Foundation of Canada.

Presently, he is Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Ex Officio Member of the CSC Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of both the CGF Marketing and Coordination Committees. Bruce is known professionally for his excellent project management skills as a systems consultant throughout North America. His earlier professional experience included postings in Dusseldorf, Germany and Toronto with a major international consulting firm.

Background in Sport

As a competitive swimmer, Bruce won 16 medals for Canada in international competitions. At the 1974 Commonwealth Games, he was the most decorated Canadian athlete, winning a total of six medals. At the 1973 World Aquatic Championships, he won the gold medal in the 100m butterfly and a relay bronze medal. At the 1972 Olympic Games, he won one silver and one bronze medal.

In recognition of his athletic accomplishments, Bruce was named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1973 and was awarded the Order of Canada a year later. In 1977, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Bruce is a resident of Manotick, Ontario.

Sean Shannon, Director 2013 –

Sean brings over 30 years of global business experience and brand building success to the organizations he is involved with.  Currently, Sean is the COO for Busbud Inc., an online travel service for finding and buying intercity bus tickets around the world. Prior to this, Sean spent 14 years at Expedia, Inc., including over 10 years as Managing Director of Expedia Canada, and 4 years also as leader of Expedia Latin America and Australia/New Zealand business units.  During his time at Expedia, Sean lead the growth of from its first days of operations to scaling to well over $2 billion per year in travel bookings by Canadian customers.

Prior to joining Expedia, Sean held several executive positions including Vice President, Business Development for Molson Breweries. Sean began his career at Procter & Gamble in brand management.

Sean holds an Honours Bachelor degree from the Ivey Business School at the Western University. He is also sits on the Board of Directors for Food For The Poor Canada, is a past American Marketing Association of Toronto board member, and served on the Marketing Hall of Legends Canada executive for many years from its inception.  Sean lives in Toronto with his wife and has 3 adult children.

Steve Jones, Director 2015 –

A senior executive with communications, operations, marketing, government relations and human resources experience, Steve also possesses a proven personal commitment to the charitable sector.  Most recently Steve served as President & CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada.  Prior to joining PCC, Steve served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Promotivate LP, one of the most successful promotions/marketing companies in North America. With Siemens Canada for 11 years, he was Senior Vice President, growing the Siemens brand in Canada while leading the Communications, Government Relations, H.R. and Strategic  Planning groups.

In addition to recently completing a two year term as Chairman of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Steve has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Jays Care Foundation, the Argos Foundation, Big Brothers of York Region, the Easter Seal Society and East Metro Youth Services.

Lorraine Lafrenière, Director 2017 –

Lorraine is a strategic thinker with excellent people skills and an enthusiastic approach to challenges who has played a leadership role in the sport community for many years. Her passion for sport goes back decades to when she saw the incredibly powerful role athletes play in inspiring younger generations to stay active and healthy while making a contribution to society. She began her sport career with the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association 25 years ago before moving to the Canadian Olympic Committee in 1989. During her tenure as the COC’s Media Relations Manager, she held several leadership positions with the mission staff at numerous Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and World Championships. In 2002 she was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), a position she held for four years -- playing a key role in establishing sponsorship programs and strengthening the organization’s relationships with the provinces/territories and federal government.

Following the CAC, she went on to head the Canadian Cycling Association where she restructured the organization and instilled financial stability. In 2009, she was hired as Director General of CanoeKayak Canada where she was instrumental in creating the teams and environment which led to CanoeKayak’s three-medal performance at the 2012 Olympic Game. In total, she has participated in 9 Olympic Games, both summer and winter.  Lorraine also has a strong volunteer commitment having sat on the boards and committees of many organizations, including the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Cancer Society (Ottawa-Carleton), Run for the Cure, Big Sisters of Ottawa, and Ottawa-Carleton Epilepsy. She was also the co-chair of the 2004 Ontario Summer Games held in Ottawa and was named twice to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity’s (CAAWS) Most Influential Women List in 2015 and 2014.

Lorraine became the Chief Executive Officer of the CAC in December 2013.