Our Team

Sandi Swanigan - Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Sandi brings over 25 years of international senior and executive management experience in the private, public and international major event sectors to the CEO position. Her focus at the ASC is strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, program development, operational process improvement and capacity building with the goal of positioning the incoming CEO for success. Sandi has and currently serves on numerous boards and government planning teams, and at times in her career has worked on traditional Indigenous lands and with Indigenous communities in the Southwestern United States and Coastal British Columbia.

Kelsey Dayler - Programs and Events Manager

Kelsey graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. She brings valuable professional experience as Director of Recreation in Hamlet of Tulita (NWT) and event coordination to her role at the ASC. Kelsey has a sports background; she competed as a high-performance wrestler throughout university and is now a wrestling coach. She also has experience working in the Athletic Department of Lakehead University.

Vanessa McGregor - Administrative and Information Services Manager

Vanessa is Ojibway from Whitefish River First Nation in Ontario. She grew up in her home community where her mother and father instilled strong values, principles and traditions. Vanessa graduated from Algonquin College with an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration - Human Resources. She has worked progressively in administrative roles for the past 6 years and has held positions within her home First Nation, the Assembly of First Nations, and the First Nations Education Administrators Association.

Angelique (Ang) Arseneault - Indigenous Coach Education and Development Manager (Acting)

Ang comes from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan. Being Woodland Cree, she always appreciated Mother Nature and the adventures provided by the outdoors. Ang attended school in Saskatchewan, Yukon and Northwest Territories and participated in many levels of sports and recreation. Upon her return to Regina, she played Women's Tackle Football for years and retired to lead the Western Women's Canadian Football League as President of the Board for two years while sitting on the boards for Sask Team Handball and Athletes Against Bullying. Ang is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified coach.

Krista Hodder - Aboriginal Coaching Program Coordinator

Krista is Mi'kmaw and was born, raised and is raising her family in Membertou First Nation, Nova Scotia. She developed the first comprehensive physical activity strategy for a Mi'kmaw community in the province, has brought the strategy to life and supported its sustainability. Krista has built partnerships inside and outside of the community resulting in significant changes, including leadership development and policy changes. Krista was named to the 2016 CAAWS Most Influential Women List in the Builder category. Krista is also a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified coach and has her certification from the Aboriginal Coaching Module (ACM).

Derek Sagima - Financial Consultant

Derek is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager as well as a CPA, CA and CFE. With almost 30 years financial management and advisory experience and more than 20 years consulting and leading organizational initiatives, Derek brings perspective and established leadership, strategy, policy, and financial knowledge and experience to advisory engagements. Since 2006 Derek has focused his career on working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous not-for-profit organizations to achieve their planned outcomes, strengthen relationships and systems/capacities, and manage financial and human resources. Derek is a member of Wiikwemkoong First Nation.