Chairman, Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury
President, Mountain Image Distributors Ltd., Canmore
At the age of seventeen, Dave began his illustrious eleven year career on Canada's National Ski Team, spanning 1971 to 1982. He is a two-time Olympian, finishing eighth in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria and eleventh at Lake Placid USA in 1980. Later that year, Dave won the North American Downhill championships at Squaw Valley, California, USA. In 1982, Dave placed third in the Molson World Cup Downhill championships in Whistler. His many skiing successes earned him induction into five Canadian Sports Halls of Fame. Dave joined Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Banff, Alberta in 1982 as Director of Marketing. In 19XX, Dave formed his own company, Mountain Image Distributors Ltd., which markets corporate and custom imprinted promotional products. He is an active speaker within the brain injury community in Canada.
In June of 2006 Dave Irwin and the Crazy Canucks; comprised of Dave Murray, Steve Podborski and Ken Read; were inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame at a Gala Celebration in Toronto Canada. The Walk of Fame has inducted approximately 90 Canadians since 1998.
Dave feels the best cure is prevention. He encourages all snowsports enthusiasts to wear a helmet.
Director, Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury
Athlete, artist and advocate, Lynne has lived in the west since heading to the hills of Whistler to ski in 1981. In addition to her advocacy for brain injury survivors and their families, Lynne is an accomplished artist who paints on canvas and has shown her work in various Whistler galleries, and currently exhibits in Calgary and Canmore. A volleyball player while in high school and university, later in life Lynne ran marathons and competed in Ironman Canada. Later in life, Lynne began entering marathons and started mountain bike riding. Lynne has two children;Morgan and Jorde who are both avid athletes. Lynne found herself "in shock" when she received word of Dave's accident, knowing nothing about acquired brain injury, although she was determined that Dave would live through the first night and would recover to have a wonderful, fulfilling life. Lynne and Dave are determined to turn adversity into the "Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury" and to make a difference in the lives of acquired brain injured Canadians and their families. Currently, in addition to being a Director On the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury and the event organizer for the Dash for Cash, Lynne manages Mountain Image Distributors - a promotional products and souvenir company owned by Dave.
Blair Nixon, QC, Partner
Felesky Flynn Law Firm
His practice focuses on commodity tax/customs and corporate tax. Blair was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1988 and in addition to being a lawyer, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. He has been an advisor to, and a member of, a number of committees, including Past Special Assistant to the Joint Committee of the CBA and the CICA on Taxation (1988-1992); Past Chair of the CBA Provincial Tax Subsection (1991-1992); Past Chair of the CBA Provincial Tax Non-Specialists Subsection (1988-1990); Past Chair of the CBA National Sales and Commodity Tax Section (1994-1998); Past Member of the Tax Court of Canada Bar-Bench Committee (1996-1997) and (1999-2002); Past Member of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Advisory Committee (19962002) and Past Member of the e-Commerce Tax Advisory Group (Commodity Tax) of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (1999 - 2002). He is currently a Member of the International Tax Advisory Group (Income Tax) of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency; Member of the Joint Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants on Taxation; Member of the Editorial Board of the Sales and User Tax Federated Press; Member of the CBA, Canadian Tax Foundation, Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, and Canadian Petroleum Tax Society.
Blair lives in Calgary with his wife Kim, sons David and Robert and daughter Jill. When they can get away, Blair and family are avid skiers and backpackers.
Dr. Robert van Mastrigt
Alberta Children's Hospital
Dr. Bob van Mastrigt has been the Consulting Neuropsycholgist in the Pediatric Neuroscience Program at the Alberta Children's Hospital since 1979. He has been involved with the acquired brain injury community in both pediatrics and adult areas professionally and as a volunteer for many years. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology and the Department of Applied Psychology and takes an active role in teaching and research. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Loretta and has two children, Sarah and Jesse. Bob and Loretta have just become "empty-nesters."
Dr. John Latter
Head, Physical Medicine &
Rehabilitation/Foothills Medical Centre
Dr. John Ernest Latter is Professor and Head, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
Clinical work has been primarily pediatric rehabilitation, with a smaller amount of adult work.
John Latter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bishop's University (1966); Doctor of Medicine, Queen's University (1971); F.R.C.P.(C), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, McMaster University (1978) and a Masters in Public Administration (Health Policy), Queen's University (1996).
He is involved in undergraduate and resident education at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine. He is very involved in working with others in enhancing service delivery models for rehabilitation of Adults and Children in the Calgary Health Region including Southern Alberta. He is a member of the Executive of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.
Director, Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury
Dorothy Irwin grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, at Loch Lomond Ski Area, surrounded by a competitive ski family. Though she enjoys skiing recreationally, horses are her real passion.
With an Animal Science degree from the University of Alberta, most of Dorothy's career has been in the animal and agriculture industry. She is also a writer - she has been produced by CBC radio, and written several screenplays.
Dorothy lives with Dwayne Schuller, their horses, dogs and cat on their acreage in Millarville, southwest of Calgary.