Robertson, who resides in Regina, SK was first elected to the board in 2020. A lifetime athlete, sports professional and equestrian, Robertson served the last year as First President on the Board and led the Strategic Initiatives Planning (SIP) Committee for the Strategy 2022-25: Building for a Better Future.

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Lisa is Director of Sport, Community Engagement & Athlete Development at the University of Regina where she is in charge of directing and developing Athletics at the University.
Photo courtesy of University of Regina Athletics.

Coming from an equestrian family originally from California, horses have been part of Robertson’s life from a very early age. She became a competitive show jumper when her family moved to Alberta in the 1980s. After a short three years in the province, she won a famed scholarship at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament that moved her to the show grounds for three years to train under Canadian Olympian Jonathan Asselin.

In addition to her riding, Robertson played five years with the University of Calgary women’s basketball program while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree where she was also a Canada West Universities Athletic Association champion and first-team all-star.

Currently Director of Sport, Community Engagement and Athlete Development at the University of Regina, prior to her current position, Robertson enjoyed a long tenure in the Athletic Department at the University of Calgary as Director of Development and then Associate Director of the Olympic Oval. She also has a long history of volunteerism with various local sport clubs and community associations.

Taking on a leadership role at a National Sport Organization some might say was inevitable with her personal athletic achievements as well as her successful career in sport program management. In addition to enjoying continued time in the saddle today as an adult amateur, Lisa’s show jumping experience coupled with her sport development and high-performance experiences helps inform her role on the Board and has prepared her for the challenges ahead. 

Lisa as a teen with her 1.4m mount at Spruce Meadows (L) and her heart horse Elliot, who was her competitive amateur horse who passed away in 2012 (R).
Photos courtesy of Lisa Robertson.

“The board and the organization under Chris Sorensen’s and Meg Krueger’s leadership became further stabilized and has set the future course through the new strategic plan and Vision 2030. I am so appreciative to him and the board for their work and now their trust in me,” said Robertson. “We are at the cusp of a new day for Equestrian Canada, and I am excited to be taking the reins at this time of growth and promise for the future!”

Krueger, EC’s Chief Executive Officer, is also enthusiastic about Robertson’s election. “Lisa has demonstrated her natural leadership and vision during her time as Vice President 1, and we are honoured and excited to see her step into the President role.”

Lowe, a portfolio manager in Vancouver, BC who also balances an equestrian career competing up to the 5* level, joined the board in 2021. With a desire to make an impact in a sport and industry he holds very dear, he is a member of the Finance Committee and was also on the SIP Committee this past year. Now as First Vice President he is looking to continue to combine his talents and passion for equestrian to help EC continue the progressive momentum of the organization. 

Christopher who holds designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) is a portfolio manager at Odlum Brown in Vancouver, BC (L). Lowe competes up to the 5* level in show jumping and develops a number of horses out of training facilities in Langley, BC and Iserlohn, Germany (R).

Photos courtesy of Odlum Brown and christopherlowe.ca

“I think where I can add value to an organization like Equestrian Canada is, on the one hand, I understand the sport and actively compete at a reasonably high level and on the other, I’m a finance professional and can assess it from a business perspective.” said Lowe. Through this election, the Board agrees that Lowe will bring valuable insights to the work to come.

Cue, a senior policy advisor and former Colonel in the Canadian Forces and at Veterans Affairs, joined the board in 2017. In addition to his lengthy service to Canada, his roots in the equestrian community also run deep as a co-owner of Rohan Wood Stables in Aylesford, NS, a social enterprise that he helped establish in 2003 that ties business and charity together through a partnership with Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association.

On the Board, Cue has been a judicious force and strong advocate for governance in both his role as Chair of the Governance Committee and Second Vice President. The board’s trust in his abilities was endorsed with his continuation for another year in his officer position.

It’s a family affair at Rohan Wood Stables in Nova Scotia where Charles (Cue) can be found pitching in like only a horse facility owner knows how to do! (L). The many horses on property enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the Annapolis Valley, and are part of the social mission of strengthening communities through a horse centric approach (R). Photos courtesy of rohanwoodstables.com and www.facebook.com/rohanwoodstables

“At this time of year, it is one of appreciation for those who’s terms are now complete and a time to look forward to what’s next,” said Krueger. “Chris Sorensen, Doug Orr, Carla Robin and Mark Goldman all made a significant impact and will be missed. Looking ahead, we have some new directors joining and having worked with all three of our newly elected officers over the past year, I am thrilled to have them leading the journey ahead.”

Krueger, who has been working together with Robertson, Lowe and the Board over the past 18 months on the new strategic plan, believes with these strong individuals and an excellent operational team, the future looks bright for EC.

“The board has created a vision 2030 and a strategy 2025,” she continued. “This will provide the foundation for what we are going to be working towards over the next few years. We have a lot of work ahead to see it come together but with the leadership from Lisa, and our two VPs, we’re all feeling very optimistic.”

For more information on the EC Board of Directors, visit www.equestrian.ca/about/governance/board.

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