DR. LAWRENCE SPRIET, is one of the country’s foremost experts in the subjects of skeletal muscle metabolism and effects of ergogenic aids on exercise performance. He is Chair of the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. He has worked with hundreds of elite athletes and is a frequent contributor to Hockey Canada.
PROFESSOR RICHARD MOCCIA, has been a faculty member in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph for over 30 years, and is a leading expert in the science and education of aquatic animal food production. Rich has a long history in sports as an athlete, coach and sports administrator. He was a varsity wrestler at the UG in his earlier years, and was also an expert-ranked motorcycle racer in three competition categories. Rich went on to coach varsity baseball, as well as a provincial championship AAA team, for which he was inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Professor Moccia has also served for nearly 2 decades as a sports administrator, and has extensive Board experience with corporate, institutional and NGO organizations in such areas as capital development, contract negotiation, governance, finance, human resources and strategic planning. Rich is committed to a philosophy of building good global citizens through the pursuit of high performance athletics.
DR. JOHN KISSICK, is the past Director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. John competed in intercollegiate track and field at Queen’s University as a jumper and was varsity captain. He is a trained painter and writer and is represented by Gallery House in Toronto and Karl Oskar Gallery in Berlin . John has held numerous teaching and administrative appointments, including Head of Critical Studies at Penn State University’s School of Visual Arts and Dean of the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design. His exhibition record include several solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. His work has also been featured in several important national public collections and survey texts. In 2005, Kissick was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts.
JOHN MARSDEN, began his involvement in Guelph athletics in 2004 when he became a local meet organizer. Since then he has been an important fixture on the Guelph scene. He is a lifelong entrepreneur who ran his own manufacturing and retail business for 16 years in downtown Guelph. John now owns Speed River timing which has timed well over 500 races including the Speed River Inferno, Canadian National cross country Championship and the CIS cross country Championships. John has also been the head coach of the Guelph Victors since 2004. The Victors are an informal running aimed at all ability levels based out of Guelph.
ROBERT ZILLES, has a long background in local athletics. He was a stand-out high school runner (1:51 for 800m), later competed for Wilfrid Laurier University, and then worked for 5 years as manager for Runner’s Choice, Guelph’s first run-specialty store. He is now the owner and manager of Printessential, a one-stop print and promotional company. He has continued involvement in the sport as coordinator of a number of events, including several major cross country and road races and the Speed River Annual Golf Tournament.