Board of Directors
Towed water sports has been a major part of Cory’s life since he was born, skiing from 5 years old and competing nationally throughout his teenage years. He found his real passion for the sport at 16 when he began coaching kids at Shawnigan Lake in BC. Cory’s theory has always been to maximize the experience of participating in towed water sports, in any discipline, at any level. This process led to his involvement at the WSWBC executive level as the water ski director for over 8 years (several years as the BC provincial team coach as well) 1 year as president, and the past 2 years as Executive Director where he has been able to effectively create/run a program in BC that has grown exponentially and continues to have success year after year due to the foundation of great young team members who have grown into coaches/mentors themselves.
Cory looks forward to carrying this momentum into his role as the PSO Council Representative with WSWC. His passion for the sport is echoed by the other provinces, and he will relish this opportunity to breathe some new life into WSWC’s program with the intentions of doing his best to solidify a synergistic network that works together towards achieving what he believes to be common goal: growing towed water sports from it’s foundations – up through elite programs.
Heather Butts grew up in a very passionate waterski family, spending every morning at the ski course with her lake community, which included experienced skiers and coaches, she quickly developed a love for the sport and a desire to share it with others. Heather began teaching on Crystal Lake at the age of 16, she later took on a key holder position with Ski Mazing Watersports in Haliburton, while also driving the slalom boat at private lakes in the shoulder season.
Heather has been a Learning Facilitator at the Canadian Watersports Instructors Course for a number of years, mentoring the next generation of coaches. In addition to coaching and acting as a Learning Facilitator, Heather has worked at the WSWC head office as a summer student in the Sport Development division.
A lifelong advocate for the sport, Heather is eager to focus on the grassroots development of towed watersports, and bridging the gap between competitive and non-competitive communities.
Heather’s coaching experience expands into the winter months, growing up as a competitive downhill ski racer and continues to be involved in the sport.
Heather has been working as a journalist and communications specialist for ten years, her career has taken her across the country and into a variety of newsrooms.
Russ has been active in sport for over 40 years. A competitor, coach and instructor in Alpine Racing he gravitated to Waterskiing in the early 80s and found his home. As a skier he has been National Champion, though his passion has been coaching and officiating. Russ was certified to Level 3 under the old NCCP system and was Head Coach of the Alberta Team from 1993 to 1998 as well as an assistant coach for the National Junior team in 1994. He has officiated at all levels in all capacities and is currently a PanAm Judge and International Driver. Russ was chief Driver at the 2009 World Championships and has Driven at the Senior Worlds and three PanAm Championships.
On the Administration front, Russ was a member of the Board of Directors of Water Ski and Wakeboard Alberta for 20 years including time as High Performance Director and President. He also spent time with Alpine Canada as a member of their Business Development Group (Marketing and Events) and High Performance Committee. Russ also spent 12 years in Minor and Elite Hockey as a Coach and Board member. At the National level he has participated in and chaired a number of committees as well as overseeing the development of WSWC’s LTAD model “Waking Up Champions” in 2007. He has worked with numerous organizing committees including Pro events, Regional and National Championships as well as the Canadian Wakeboard Championships at Chestermere Lake in 199?. Most recently Russ is now in his 3rd year as a member of the Board of Directors for WSWC and held the position of Chair this past year.
Zack Grossman is an experienced consumer packaged goods and e-commerce strategist. Zack serves as the Vice President of Marketing, North America, for FIGR Brands, Inc., overseeing the company’s marketing strategy and initiatives across multiple brands. His leadership extends into the development of new products and innovation as the company grows its portfolio and geographic reach.
Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Zack spent 10 years leading the accelerated growth of many brands including Motrin, Splenda, Polysporin, Nicorette and Nicoderm at Johnson & Johnson, a multinational medical, pharmaceutical and CPG company.
Zack received his MBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario and his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from the University of Guelph.
Zack has grown up waterskiing recreationally eventually finding his way to the competitive stream through barefooting before ending up on and competing with the Canadian National Show Ski Team in 2018. He has also been a dedicated instructor for many years and still serves as an examiner for the Canadian Waterksi Instructors Course.
Sean is a past international pro wakeboarder, national champion, wake event commentator and producer. He played a pioneering, leadership role in the development of Wake Canada and served as Wake Canada’s rep on the WSWC Board from 2010-2016, a position he re-volunteered for again last month. Sean was named WSWC Volunteer of The Year in 2016. Sean’s two young sons just tried wakeboarding and snowboarding for their first time this year.
Professionally, over the past 15 years, Sean has successfully managed the underwriting, financing, and execution of over 25 landmark mixed-use development projects in Toronto and Calgary with more than 10,000 residential units, over 250,000 sft of commercial space and has arranged and closed over $2 billion of project financing.
Sean holds an MBA with a double major in Real Estate and Corporate Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Jaime was first introduced to the towed water sport world when she met her husband Jason in 2012 and married into one of Canada’s prominent water ski families. Jaime developed a quick love for the sport while attending International tournaments that spun into a passion for growing the community from grassroots up. After moving to Ontario with Jason in 2013, she quickly became involved in the Ontario water ski community as a volunteer and noticed a great lack in both age and gender diversity in both the competitive and recreational community. This eventually led her to work with WSWO to create a Provincial, Development and Grassroots Team program with the goal of encouraging youth tournament involvement and skills development.
As a co-owner of McClintock’s Ski School, her goal has always been to promote and grow all towed water sports, regardless of discipline, and help participants of all ages and skill levels find a way to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors and create lasting memories on the water. Jaime also passionate about helping fellow water sport facility owners grow their communities and reach their true outreach potential.
Jaime looks forward to the opportunity to bring a unique perspective to the WSWC Board of Directors as a member who did not grow up in this community but rather developed a deep love for it later in life and a passion for its ever-growing community members. She believes firmly in collaboration over competition when it comes to growing the towed water sports community. It is through working together that we can and will achieve great things.
Paige is passionate about development, growth and connection. Fun is how she fuels energy and happiness into everything she does. Being self aware and egoless in her leadership and relationship roles is a skill she continues to master throughout her developement. Paige holds others and herself accountable to the commitment of growth, inspiration and evolution through everything they take on together. You can count on Paige to be authentic, honest and integral in performing board duties. Paige has always been beyond excited to be here to represent WSWC’s members, honouring positive constructive progression in this community and industry. Paige will stand for development, a positive culture and strong organisational values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Courage.
Paige has dabbled with a variety of different sports as a coach, athlete, manager and business owner. She has been fortunate to have the experiences of so many different types of sports throughout her life, ranging anywhere from windsurfing contests with her family in Cape Hatteras to being a Program Coordinator for a soccer school in Montreal. During her university career, Paige was the Administrative Assistant for the Concordia Stingers Football team and then later became the Executive Assistant for the York Lions University Football team. In both positions, Paige learned the importance of candor in her communication and the value of egoless leadership. Ultimately sport is what brings everyone together to create and inspire regardless of discipline. Paige is the co-founder of Wake Hui and passionate about watersports growing as a whole.
Water is emerging as one of the single most important resources of Planet Earth. This is for a variety of different reasons but from her experience, Paige states “I’ll say that water is a tool we can use to heal, connect and prosper as a community and as individuals. What an incredibly powerful tool at our disposal as Canadian’s. As the governing body for towed watersports in Canada we are the curators of fun on the water bridging communities from all over our country together”
Stephen Neveu has been on the Canadian National Team for the past 7 years. He has been competing at national level events since the age of 16. He has represented Canada at the international level many times including World Championships, the Pan American Games and the World Games. Stephen has won the 2013 U21 World Championships, a couple Pro Tour stops and a Pan Am Games silver medal. He currently holds the U21 Men’s Slalom record.
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Drew represented Team Canada in international competition for more than two decades on the National Water Ski Team. A three-time Pan Am Games Gold Medalist (99, 03, 07), Drew held the national record in Open Mens slalom from 1990 until 2016, and was part of Canada’s historic first gold medal World Championship team title in 1991. Drew has had several World Cup and professional wins, was a Bronze medalist at the 2001 Worlds, and a 35+ World Slalom Champion in 2012.
Drew holds degrees in economics, law (J.D.), and an MBA with a specialization in finance, and is a real estate broker with Lakefield Realty Group in Windermere, FL. Drew’s love for Ontario summers has led him to his current project of developing a lake in Muskoka, Ontario, for cottagers that is specifically geared toward competitive water skiing. While in Florida, Drew is the owner and head coach of Winter Garden Water Ski, and works with several national team athletes.
Drew currently serves on the Water Ski National Team High Performance Committee and is a past Chair of Water Ski Canada.
Dustin Titus is focused on building grassroots community and the systems that support it. As a Master Coach Developer, Dustin has been working for decades developing young athletes and the coaching staff that grow them. From 9 to 5, Dustin runs a digital strategy and social media agency with a wide range of clients. Dustin’s passion lies in the union of innovative technology and creative strategic approaches. Dustin brings a wealth of knowledge through successful marketing campaigns and years of private enterprise.