Three New Board of Directors Join Badminton Canada
September 22, 2021
The 2021 virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Badminton Canada concluded on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 with the election of three new board members.
– Badminton Canada President, Anil Kaul, chaired his final meeting as President after reaching his maximum term limit of 6 years. At the meeting, Badminton Canada also approved revisions to its Bylaws with the most notable change being new language which ensures near gender parity in the composition of Badminton Canada’s Board of Directors. During the meeting, the members also approved the 2020-2021 financial statements and auditors for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, and three new board members were acclaimed.
Badminton Canada bids farewell to President Anil Kaul, who concludes his tenure after spending six years on the Board of Directors. Among many successful initiatives, Anil led Badminton Canada to forge a new partnership with WestJet, secured major international events such as the World Junior Championships 2018, Pan Am Juniors 2017 and 2019 and Para International 2019 and an increased effort in supporting high performance badminton which resulted in Canada qualifying its largest team ever to the Tokyo Olympics and Canada’s first player ever to the Tokyo Paralympics.
“I am extremely grateful to have had the honour and privilege of serving badminton in Canada,” said Anil Kaul “Through Badminton Canada, I was given the opportunity to give back to a sport that has given so much to me. I know that Badminton Canada will continue to thrive under its incoming President Ken Poole (AB) and its Board of Directors.”
“Over the last five years, I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from Anil, and I truly believe that Badminton Canada is a better place because of his strong leadership,” said Ken Poole. “Thank you so much for all your work on behalf of badminton in Canada. During my term as President, I hope to guide our sport through the complexities of the pandemic and continue to grow our sport. I believe that Canada can be a world leader in our sport as demonstrated by our recent success in Tokyo.”
Badminton Canada welcomes newly elected directors Tracy Wong (ON), Steven Pothier (NS) and Karen Torstensen (AB). Chris White (MB) moved from a director’s position on the Board to Vice President while Erik Nilsson (BC) moves to the Secretary position.
The outgoing members of the Board were thanked for their contributions and service to the organization. Anil Kaul (MB) Susan Storey (ON) and Kevin Willington (ON) have devoted their time and talents to moving the organization forward during their many years of service.
The new board will begin its work immediately following the AGM and will now turn its attention first to board orientation sessions, training in safe sport, gender equity, and general governance, and Badminton Canada’s post pandemic recovery