Trevino Betty and David Bedford have joined the CSC Board as directors ©CSC

Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) has announced the appointments of Board directors and members following a virtual Annual General Meeting.

CSC confirmed Keith Gillam has been re-elected as treasurer, while Karen Hacker also secured a second four-year term as a Board director.

Trevino Betty and David Bedford were elected as new directors.

CSC say Betty is an active business leader and is well known in the Canadian sport community as a retired national level sprinter and long jumper.

Bedford currently serves as the chief executive of Athletics Canada and previously served as the executive director of Team Canada at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The CSC added that Bedford will bring significant marketing experience to the organisation, having worked many years with the Canadian Olympic Committee and IMG.

Betty and Bedford join current CSC directors, including the organisation’s President Richard Powers, Athletes’ Council chair Riley McCormack, Claire Carver Dias, Graham Smith, Hacker and Gilliam.

Eight individual members were also elected to the CSC Board, with Holly Abraham and René Leblanc earning their second four-year term.

Monique Allain, Marc Durand, Andrew Haley, Meaghan Howat, David Legg and Thomas Volk join the CSC Board.

CSC President Richard Powers welcomed the elected directors and members, with the organisation looking ahead to Birmingham 2022 and Hamilton’s proposed bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Hamilton is seeking to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images
Hamilton is seeking to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

"On behalf of Commonwealth Sport Canada, I welcome the returning and newly elected Directors and Members to our organisation,” said Richard Powers, CSC President.

“We are privileged to have such dedicated and experienced individuals working on our behalf.

“With the Birmingham 2022 Games less than two years away as well as Hamilton considering a bid for the 2026 Games, we have a busy year ahead of us.

“I look forward to working with our entire Board and membership to support Canada’s high performance athletes as well as continuing to work to enrich the lives of youth across the Commonwealth.”

The CSC listed several priorities for the next two years, which includes winning the right to host a Commonwealth Games.

Hamilton is the clear frontrunner to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, but the bid does not yet have Government support.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had said Hamilton 2026 would need a commitment from municipal, provincial and federal partners before the end of September in order to maintain the "exclusive" backing it has given to the bid corporation and CSC.

The deadline will not be met, but CGF chief executive David Grevemberg last month told insidethegames that the dedicated support for Hamilton 2026 could carry on beyond September, however.

The CSC has also targeted doubling its annual revenues to $2 million (£1.5 million/€1.7 million), increasing the number of SportWORKS projects abroad and in Canada, and building the alumni programme membership to over 1,000.

A further target is for Commonwealth athletes to win 80 per cent or more of Canada's medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as achieving a gender balanced and inclusive team that finishes in the top three at Birmingham 2022.