CFF Staffing Changes

By Caroline Sharp April 25, 2018

The following is an update on staffing changes at the Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF).

We are sad to report that Monica Peterson will be leaving her position as High Performance Manager as of May 15, 2018. Monica tendered her resignation to take on other work challenges outside of fencing. After almost six years in the role, Monica will be sorely missed and we greatly appreciate the time, commitment and energy that she put into helping CFF manage its expanding High Performance Program.

With Monica’s departure, the CFF reviewed its program staffing needs and has decided to make the following changes. The CFF will hire a High Performance Director (HPD) who will be responsible for the leadership of high performance fencing in Canada as guided by CFF’s High Performance Plan. This includes the development, implementation and monitoring of all technical aspects of the CFF’s high performance and associated high performance development (NextGen) programs, grounded on Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles. Working closely with National team coaches, sport science & medicine staff and high performance staff, the HPD will develop the system, plans and accountabilities necessary for Canada’s success at Olympic Games and World Championships.   The HPD will have the opportunity to develop the high performance program to support fencing’s goals of podium success, and help create the supporting structure and system to foster and sustain a culture of performance excellence.


To void any disruptions with the end of the Senior Program season, the CFF has appointed Benjamin Manano as Interim High Performance Director. Benjamin will start May 1st in this new role.


The CFF is also pleased to announce that Sasha Pellerin-Gardner will be made a full-time employee as Member Services and Administration Coordinator. Sasha’s role will include managing and expanding the CFF’s on-line registration systems for memberships, licenses and events; providing general website and communications support, and providing general administrative support, particularly to the high performance program. Sasha will be assuming her full-time role as of June 1st, 2018.


Sasha will be in contact with the PSO’s in early June regarding expanding the license/membership system to include events and other tools for PSO’s and clubs, as well as registration preparations for the new fencing season.


If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Caroline Sharp, Executive Director, at