Athletics Ontario Organizational Chart:
Below is a listing of Athletics Ontario staff and their contact information:
Ross Ste-Croix, Executive Director
Phone: 647 352 7214
Ross brings a wide-range of experience in sports-management and administration to the role. His program development and project management skills and experience will help drive the continued development and promotion of athletics in Ontario.
Prior to joining AO, Ste-Croix spent several years with National Sport Organizations (NSO’s) where, in addition to serving as an NSO executive council member with the Coaching Association of Canada, he developed and implemented educational and leadership programs, supporting capacity building grant projects, and provided administrative management. More recently, Ste-Croix served as a Sport Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Anthony Biggar, Manager, Programs and Services
Phone: 647 352 7211
Anthony is an active member in the running community and is the Head Coach for the Seneca College cross country team. As an All-Canadian for the University of Toronto, he won 7 medals at the CIS Championships, and became the OTFA Indoor 800m Champion in 1993. Anthony’s active and energetic past speaks for itself.
Responsible for the design, delivery and support of AO programs and services, Anthony aims to explore methods to expand membership benefits. Promoting and encouraging underrepresented groups in athletics (road running, para athletics, race walk) to participate from the grassroots level through to a high performance level, Anthony is determined to engage new communities and clubs across the Province.
AO Duties: Volunteer Program development, Registration Process improvement, Club Development and improvement (Club Excellence Standards), Coaches and Official development, Development Camp opportunities.
Randolph Fajardo, Technical Manager
Phone: 647 352 7208
Randolph is a former national caliber sprinter. He is a multiple Ontario Universities Athletics All-Star recipient and a two-time First Team All-Canadian.
Randolph brings a diverse knowledge of computer programming, software platforms and photo timing to his role. In addition to his expertise with managing the AC Direct database system for entries and results – he has assisted in the coordination and delivery of Athletics Ontario events, including National Qualifier meets, Provincial Championships and the Ontario Summer Games.
In his spare time, Randolph spends time rock climbing and mountain biking.
AO Duties: Para Athlete integration, Athlete Membership ranking system, Championship planning and delivery, Facility Compliance Matrix and Equipment program.
Mehrunnisa Kharodia, Office Assistant
Phone: 647 352 7214
With equal passion for a vast variety of sports, Mehrunnisa has spent time with Soccer Canada, Speed Skating Canada, and the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada.
Mehrunnisa manages office operations, maintains supplies and equipment, and serves AO members with the latest news. She provides assistance to members with coaching certification questions, or event organization.
AO Duties: Membership registration improvement support, AO engagement and outreach and road running focus.
Kolton Kowalchuk, High Performance Manager
Phone: 647 352 7210
Kolton brings experience with high performance management to AO from his previous role with Golf Canada where he was the primary point of contact for 25 high performance athletes. He spent four years at Carleton University, where he played for the Raven’s men’s golf team, heading up that team as Captain in his final two years.
AO Duties: Managing high performance athlete relationships, Gold and Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative athlete support programs. He is also responsible for developing a high performance strategy to ensure Ontario athletes and coaches have best opportunities to succeed on a national and international level.
Melissa Johnstone, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 647 352 7216
Melissa brings experience in brand management, marketing and social media to this role and this positions her well to promote athletics across the province. Prior to joining AO, she worked as a social media marketing consultant, producing content for small businesses across various platforms.
AO Duties: Developing AO’s brand identity, generating awareness of all AO programs, services and current news through communication tools, managing community outreach and partnership development. She also leads AO’s social media/web strategy, and effectively leverages social media to build communities and engage new athletes, volunteers and donors.
Sheryl Preston, Road Running Coordinator
Phone: 289 214 8333
Sheryl brings with her years of experience in the rowing, running and coaching communities. During her time in Victoria, BC, Sheryl represented Canada for seven years as part of Rowing Canada, earning silver at the 2009 World Championships and two World Cup bronze medals. During this time, Sheryl cross trained and competed in multiple road running series, triathlons, half Ironmans and Ironman Canada.
With extensive knowledge and connections in the road and trail running communities, Sheryl will help establish Athletics Ontario as the premiere destination for road and trail running series.
AO Duties: Road and trail community engagement, develop road and trail AO running series and sanctioning race events.