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John Flynn – President         

Dawson City, Yukon

Appointed 2014



John Flynn was born and raised in Dawson City, Yukon.  He has participated in seven Arctic Winter Games as an athlete and coach beginning with the 1974 Games held in Anchorage, Alaska.  John will be a great resource to the Committee because of his experience as a participant and the volunteer roles he has played in rural Yukon.  Mr. Flynn has been active in Dawson City and the Yukon as a sport volunteer for over thirty years.  He manages a successful mining business and is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation.

John Rodda – Vice President         

Anchorage, Alaska

Appointed 1998


John's career includes both public and private sector recreation management in Anchorage and Eagle River. From 1974 to 1997, he was involved in the development, construction and management of four indoor ice arenas, and served on numerous youth and adult sports advisory commissions.

A lifelong Alaskan, John has been an active participant, coach, and volunteer in the sports community since the early 60's. He has extended his volunteer and leadership commitments with various organizations including AWG Team Alaska, the Chugiak-Eagle River chamber of Commerce, Ice Skating Institute of America, and Rotary International. John has been involved with Arctic Winter Games since 1974, and was the Host Society President for the Eagle River Games in 1996.

John's business experience and strong commitment to healthy youth and adult activities will be beneficial to the future successes of the Arctic Winter Games.


Meika McDonald - Treasurer

  Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

 Appointed 2007


Meika has been blessed over the years to be influenced and motivated by past and present coaches as well as competitors in the various sports she competes in.  As a mother of 6 children, Meika is not only an accomplished athlete in Arctic Sports, but a successful business person.  Over the years, she has been a mentor in Arctic Sports by providing leadership in training and development of Traditional Inuit Games.  Through demonstrations and workshops in Western Canada, the McKenzie region, Northern Alberta and the circumpolar regions she has shared her skills as well as contributed to people’s knowledge and exposure to the sport. Her career in Arctic Sports and the local sports she actively participates in inspires others to remain committed to the essence of sport.  

A significant contribution that Meika has made to Arctic Sports is her assistance in creating a technical training and coaching package which she hopes truly represents the spirit of Traditional Inuit Games –cooperation and friendship, as well as the historical significance of the games. This manual and training video opens the eyes of the global community in the long standing importance of sport in every day life of Northerners.


Meika celebrates her strong connection to her family as being the key ingredient to successes and challenges faced in all facets of life. She attributes her success to the experiences and opportunities given through sport, the foundation and values from her family and community support.

Ian Legaree - Technical Director 

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Appointed 1990

Ian's involvement with the Arctic Winter Games began with NWT team selection trials in the Eastern Arctic in 1986. He served on mission staff in 1986 and 1988 and was on the 1990 Host Society Board of Directors in Yellowknife.  He was first appointed to the International Committee in 1990 and has served as Technical Director since 1992.


Ian is the Director of Sport, Recreation and Youth for the Government of the Northwest Territories.  He has worked in the NWT and Nunavut for nearly 30 years in recreation, sport, community and leadership development and municipal affairs.  During his tenure he has also played important roles in a wide range of other projects including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Northwest Territories Program, the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.


He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Confederation College and is a certified Level 3 coach in swimming.  His volunteer experience includes over twenty years of coaching and officiating in swimming including assignments at the Canada and North American Indigenous Games, Défi sportif, World Cup (Edmonton) and various national championships.  He also works with the Yellowknife Community Foundation to assist with their charitable works in the north and in 2010 was the Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the NWT/Nunavut Registered Nurses Association.


Ian and his wife Shawna Lampi-Legaree, artist and business owner, have three adult sons. 

Lloyd Bentz- Secretary

Edmonton, Alberta

Appointed 2000



Lloyd has been involved in sports all is life as either an athlete, coach, volunteer or administrator. He completed both a bachelor degree in physical education and a masters degree in sport management at the University of Alberta. He held the position as  Executive Director with the Recreation and Sport Division of the provincial government and General Manager of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Sport Connection, the successor of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.


Lloyd has been involved with many multi-sport games at the provincial, national and international levels including the Alberta Games, Western Canada Summer Games, Canada Summer and Winter Games, Universiade Games and many Arctic Winter Games. He has also led a number of internationals sport delegations in Hockey, Curling and Fencing to Gangwon,  Korea and Hokkaido Japan. His work over the years includes the coordination of the development of the Alberta Sport Plan, which resulted in the redevelopment of Winter Olympic facilities in Alberta to International standards, the introduction of new programs to support athletes, coaches and administrators.  He has been honoured for his involvement in recreation and sport with a Premiers Award of Excellence, an Alberta Centennial Medal for achievement and appreciation awards from the sports of Athletics, Baseball and Curling. Lloyd is currently a Director with Win Sport Canada and a member of the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council. 

Jens Brinch - Director of International Affairs

Appointed 1998

Appointed  2011 Director of International Affairs

Jens has been involved with sports all of his life in a variety of roles, including player, coach and teacher. He has a degree in Sport Science from the University of Copenhagen. He taught and trained coaches in both secondary and high schools. He has lectured at many institutions about Human Sport Science. He is also an author with a number of sport psychology and sport science works to his credit.  Over the last 25 years, Jens has been working in various areas within international sports policy; working with sports development in Eastern Europe and Africa, and for 4 years he was chairman for "Play the Game", an organization working towards more democracy and transparency in international sports organizations.  Jens worked 12 years for the Sports Confederation of Greenland as International Director and Secretary General. He has served on the AWGIC since 1998 and before his election was the Director responsible for International Affairs. 

Jens brings to the International Committee a thorough knowledge of the interaction of sport and culture and his experience with Games, knowledge and dedication to sport provides positive direction to the International Committee in communications with our International partners and guests.

Karen Thomson - Director 

Whitehorse, Yukon

Appointed 2001.



Karen arrived in Yukon in 1980 and has called it home ever since.


Her involvement with the Arctic Winter Games began in 1984 as the Chef-de-Mission for Team Yukon. She has been involved with every set of Games since then except for three.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the 2000 and 2012 Host Societies, on Mission Staff several times and as a staff member as the Sport Manager for the 1992 Games in Whitehorse. Her Games experience also includes serving as Mission staff and on the Board of Directors for Canada Games. In 2007 and for 5 years leading up to the 2007 CWG, Karen served as the VP of Sport and as a member of the Executive Committee.


She was appointed to the AWGIC in 2001 which coincided with her position with Yukon Government as the Director of Sport & Recreation. Karen has a degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta, is married and has four children. Her husband, Bruce, is a Vice Principal at F.H.Collins High School in Whitehorse. When she is not at work she finds time to cycle, cross country ski, walk, cook, practice her Cello and enjoy family!


Karen's experience with Games, knowledge and dedication to sport, recreation and active living brings a unique perspective to the International Committee. Karen believes in the power of sport and the unique opportunities that the Arctic Winter Games offers youth throughout the circumpolar North


Karl Davidsen - Director       

Nuuk Greenland

Appointed 2018

Karl is a Head of Department at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and the Church in Greenland. He was born and raised in Ilulissat Greenland and has lived most of his adult life in Nuuk Greenland. He has had various jobs in the public sector and began his association with the Arctic Winter Games during the preparations for the 2016 games in Nuuk. Karl's passions in sports include snowboarding and mountain biking, he also has some experience in cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.

Kyle Seeley - Director  

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Appointed 2013

Kyle is the Director of Sport and Recreation for the Government of Nunavut, in this role his responsibilities include management of the territory’s sport, physical activity and recreation program and services. Kyle resides in Baker Lake, Nunavut and was appointed to the International Committee in 2013 

Prior to taking on the role of Director of Sport and Recreation, Kyle was Sport Nunavut’s- Manager of Sport Development. As Manager he was responsible for the coordination of Team Nunavut’s participation in all major games including the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Games, North American Indigenous Games, and Western Canada Summer Games.


Kyle’s involvement with the Arctic Winter Games began with planning Team  Nunavut’s  team selection events in 2001. He has been involved in every set of Games since, performing either the role of Chef de Mission or Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Nunavut.

Leigh Goldie - Director
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Appointed 2017

Leigh has been involved in sports all his life. He has played, coached, officiated and organized several sports from the local to the national level. Recently retired after a forty year teaching career at Grande Prairie Regional College in the Physical Education, Athletics and Kinesiology department, he is still active in many sport organizations. He currently serves as President of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association as well as President of Volleyball Alberta. Leigh is also a Master Coach Developer with the National Coaching Certification Program multi-sport modules.

He began his association with the Arctic Winter Games as a mission staff member for Northern Alberta in the 1988 Games in Fairbanks and in subsequent Games served as a volleyball coach and again as a mission staff member. For the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, he served on the Host Committee as co-director of the Care and Comfort committee. In addition to the Arctic Winter Games, he has been involved in various capacities with the Alberta Summer and Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games.

John Estle - Director

Fairbanks, Alaska

Appointed 2019


 John grew up and lived in New England for 30 years before moving to Fairbanks in 1982 to assume the position of Head Coach for Cross Country Skiing and Cross Country Running at UA Fairbanks.  He held that position from 1982 through 1990 before taking the position of Head Coach of the US Cross Country Ski Team, which he held from 1990-1993.  He served as Program Director for the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan in 1993-94.  Returning to Fairbanks in 1994, he has built a business providing sport and business services, including organizing events, timing running races, coaching and bookkeeping.  He is an International Ski Federation-certified Technical Delegate and Homologation Inspector for cross country skiing.

He has attended the 1984, 1992 and 2002 Olympic Games as a coach or official but considers the Arctic Winter Games to be a more meaningful event because of the effect the AWG can have on the people and communities of the north – without all the hype involved in the Olympics.

John’s association with the Games extends more than 30 years: he was a sport coordinator for Team Alaska for the 1988 Games, was Team Alaska Chef de Mission in 1996 and from 2000-2010, and served on the Host Society Board of Directors for the 2014 Games in Fairbanks.

John and his wife Norma live 500m from the Birch Hill cross country ski trails and spend as much time as possible at their cabin in the Alaska Range.


Doris Landry- Operations Coordinator   

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Doris was raised in Falher, Alberta, attended College both in Fairview, Alberta and Grande Prairie, Alberta.    She has a keen interest in education and youth oriented activities and has been involved as a volunteer in a variety of community organizations since her teen years.  Doris worked as a legal secretary in the City of Grande Prairie for 18 years and as a school secretary for 10 years.  She is a past recipient of the Swan City Rotary Club Excellence in Education – Service above Self Award


Doris served as volunteer, as well as Assistant to the General Manager and President for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games Host Society.  She also served as a Director representing Alberta North from 2012 to 2016.  She believes strongly in the philosophy and values of the Arctic Winter Games, specifically that it provides opportunities for Northern Youth to travel and interact with their peers culturally and athletically in a safe fair arena.  She brings to the Committee her knowledge and hands on experience with the 2010 Host Organization and the her work with the volunteers required to Host an Arctic Winter Games.

Arctic Winter Games International Committee Group Photos below

2018 Arctic Winter Games South Slave, Northwest Territories

2016 Arctic Winter Games Nuuk, Greenland



2014 Arctic Winter Games Fairbanks, Alaska



2012 Arctic Winter Games Whitehorse, Yukon



2010 Arctic Winter Games Grande Prairie Alberta



2008 Arctic Winter Games Yellowknife Northwest Territories


2006 Arctic Winter Games Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska

2000 Arctic Winter Games Whitehorse, Yukon

1998 Arctic Winter Games Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

1994 Arctic Winter Games Slave Lake, Alberta

1992 Arctic Winter Games  Whitehorse, Yukon


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