Board of Directors

Executive DirectorMaia Rathwell
President: Andrew Rusheleau
Vice President: Richard Bezemer
Director: Orlin Bojanov
Director: Amy Chen
Director: David Cymbaluk
Director: Katie Du
Director: Colin Longhurst
Director: Svetoslav Marinov
Director: Michelle Ostrikoff
Director: William Sacuta
Director: Mark Samuel

Policies & Bylaws

Our Committees


Oversees the stock levels, maintenance and distribution of the AFA’s equipment. This committee is also responsible for the development of armourers province-wide.

Committee Members: Orlin Bojanov (Chair), Douglas Carstead, James Seigel, Elya Perritt, Trevor Plitt

Athlete Development

Advocates for the best interests of fencers who wish to participate in development opportunities provided through training camps, work shops, tournaments and other such events. Also, responsible for the integration of the LTAD program within the community.

Committee Members: Richard Bezemer (Chair), Elya Perritt, Zac Morris, Mark Samuel, Alanna Goldie


Considers financial issues affecting the AFA and strives to position the organization for sustainable growth while maintaining a favourable financial standing.

Committee Members: Amy Chen (Chair)


Oversees any marketing initiatives taken by the AFA.

Committee Members: Andrew Rusheleau (Chair), Elya Perritt, Richard Bezemer, Will Sacuta

Policy & Bylaw

Reviews existing policies, researches similar policies from other sources and, if beneficial, recommends and implements changes. As policies affect all stakeholder groups, internal and external, appropriate policies are essential for the efficiency of all operations and communications.

Committee Members: Andrew Rusheleau (Chair), Elya Perritt, David Cymbaluk, Richard Bezemer


Responsible for developing Tournament Operations Manual and guidelines for individuals interested in progressing as event organizers.

Committee Members: Andrew Rusheleau (Chair), Richard Bezemer, Elya Perritt, Colin Longhurst

Technical and Coaching

Responsible for recruitment, development, certification, and retention of coaches and officials province-wide.

Committee Members: Elya Perritt (Chair), Richard Bezemer, Zac Morris, Alanna Goldie, Mark Samuel


Represents the collective interests and voice of Alberta’s veteran fencing community while also promoting fun, life-long participation and celebration of the achievements of veteran athletes in training and competition.

Committee Members: Svetoslav Marinov (Chair), Michelle Ostrikoff,