Robertson named Director of Sport, Community Engagement & Athlete Development

University of Regina Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies dean Harold Riemer announced Wednesday morning that Lisa Robertson has accepted the role of Director of Sport, Community Engagement & Athlete Development.

Robertson, who will start in the role effective Sept. 1, most recently worked as an Associate Director at the Olympic Oval in Calgary and was responsible for leading marketing, communications, events and competition teams.

During her two years at the Oval, Robertson worked to align with the five-year strategic plan and led an organizing committee that managed the 2016 ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating competition. Robertson also led the Oval through a brand refresh and assisted in developing a new governance model for the teams she oversees.

Robertson will be in charge of directing and developing Athletics at the University of Regina and will be responsible to consider the recommendations outlined in the recently completed Athletic review.

“I am pleased to be able to welcome Lisa to the University of Regina community and look forward to the leadership she will provide to the range of sport and athletics programming offered at the University,” Dr. Riemer said on Wednesday. “She will be a strong addition to the Faculty’s leadership team and is a dynamic individual who will work very collaboratively to build on positive work that has been done over the last number of years.”

Prior to working at the Olympic Oval, Robertson spent 18 years in the Athletic Department at the University of Calgary. Much of Robertson’s career with the Dinos was focused on fund development, including time as the Director of Development from 2012 through 2015.

Robertson’s experience at the University of Calgary included selling sponsorships, serving as a member of organizing committees for national championships, high-level strategic planning and program execution.

“My family and I are very excited for this new opportunity - I’ve dedicated my career to sport and this is a great opportunity for me to use my talents in an area that I’m passionate,” said Robertson. “After working in varsity sport for 18 years with the Calgary Dinos and being away from it for two years, I can’t wait to be back, especially in Canada West.”

Robertson played five years with the University of Calgary women’s basketball program from 1990 to 1995 while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Robertson was a part of a Canada West champion Dinos squad in 1991, was a Canada West first-team all-star in 1994 and was named a second-team Canada West all-star on three other occasions. Following her time at the University of Calgary, Lisa received a Diploma in Radio, Television and Broadcast News from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Lisa and her husband Chris have a daughter (Sophia) and a son (Jack).

Robertson will be formally introduced at a press conference in early August.