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John Flynn – President         

Dawson City, Yukon

Appointed 2014



John Flynn was born and raised in Dawson City, Yukon.  He has participated in seven Arctic Winter Games as an athlete and coach beginning with the 1974 Games held in Anchorage, Alaska.  John will be a great resource to the Committee because of his experience as a participant and the volunteer roles he has played in rural Yukon.  Mr. Flynn has been active in Dawson City and the Yukon as a sport volunteer for over thirty years.  He manages a successful mining business and is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation.

John Rodda – Vice President         

Anchorage, Alaska

Appointed 1998


John's career includes both public and private sector recreation management in Anchorage and Eagle River. From 1974 to 1997, he was involved in the development, construction and management of four indoor ice arenas, and served on numerous youth and adult sports advisory commissions.

A lifelong Alaskan, John has been an active participant, coach, and volunteer in the sports community since the early 60's. He has extended his volunteer and leadership commitments with various organizations including AWG Team Alaska, the Chugiak-Eagle River chamber of Commerce, Ice Skating Institute of America, and Rotary International. John has been involved with Arctic Winter Games since 1974, and was the Host Society President for the Eagle River Games in 1996.

John's business experience and strong commitment to healthy youth and adult activities will be beneficial to the future successes of the Arctic Winter Games.


Les Skinner - Director 

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Appointed 2021

Gary Schauerte - Director 

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Appointed 2021

Karl Davidsen - Director       

Nuuk Greenland

Appointed 2018

Karl is a Head of Department at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and the Church in Greenland. He was born and raised in Ilulissat Greenland and has lived most of his adult life in Nuuk Greenland. He has had various jobs in the public sector and began his association with the Arctic Winter Games during the preparations for the 2016 games in Nuuk. Karl's passions in sports include snowboarding and mountain biking, he also has some experience in cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.

Kyle Seeley - Director  

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Appointed 2013

Kyle is the Director of Sport and Recreation for the Government of Nunavut, in this role his responsibilities include management of the territory’s sport, physical activity and recreation program and services. Kyle resides in Baker Lake, Nunavut and was appointed to the International Committee in 2013 

Prior to taking on the role of Director of Sport and Recreation, Kyle was Sport Nunavut’s- Manager of Sport Development. As Manager he was responsible for the coordination of Team Nunavut’s participation in all major games including the Arctic Winter Games, Canada Games, North American Indigenous Games, and Western Canada Summer Games.


Kyle’s involvement with the Arctic Winter Games began with planning Team  Nunavut’s  team selection events in 2001. He has been involved in every set of Games since, performing either the role of Chef de Mission or Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Nunavut.

Leigh Goldie - Director
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Appointed 2017
Leigh has been involved in sports all his life. He has played, coached, officiated and organized several sports from the local to the national level. Recently retired after a forty year teaching career at Grande Prairie Regional College in the Physical Education, Athletics and Kinesiology department, he is still active in many sport organizations. He currently serves as President of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association as well as President of Volleyball Alberta. Leigh is also a Master Coach Developer with the National Coaching Certification Program multi-sport modules.

He began his association with the Arctic Winter Games as a mission staff member for Northern Alberta in the 1988 Games in Fairbanks and in subsequent Games served as a volleyball coach and again as a mission staff member. For the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, he served on the Host Committee as co-director of the Care and Comfort committee. In addition to the Arctic Winter Games, he has been involved in various capacities with the Alberta Summer and Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games.

John Estle - Director

Fairbanks, Alaska

Appointed 2019


John grew up and lived in New England for 30 years before moving to Fairbanks in 1982 to assume the position of Head Coach for Cross Country Skiing and Cross Country Running at UA Fairbanks.  He held that position from 1982 through 1990 before taking the position of Head Coach of the US Cross Country Ski Team, which he held from 1990-1993.  He served as Program Director for the US Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan in 1993-94.  Returning to Fairbanks in 1994, he has built a business providing sport and business services, including organizing events, timing running races, coaching and bookkeeping.  He is an International Ski Federation-certified Technical Delegate and Homologation Inspector for cross country skiing.

He has attended the 1984, 1992 and 2002 Olympic Games as a coach or official but considers the Arctic Winter Games to be a more meaningful event because of the effect the AWG can have on the people and communities of the north – without all the hype involved in the Olympics.

John’s association with the Games extends more than 30 years: he was a sport coordinator for Team Alaska for the 1988 Games, was Team Alaska Chef de Mission in 1996 and from 2000-2010, and served on the Host Society Board of Directors for the 2014 Games in Fairbanks.

John and his wife Norma live 500m from the Birch Hill cross country ski trails and spend as much time as possible at their cabin in the Alaska Range.

Marie Cairns
Whitehorse, Yukon
Appointed 2020

Marie was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. Marie grew up playing a variety of sports but found her passion was basketball.  Her first experience with the Arctic Winter Games was at the 1988 Games in Fairbanks, AK.   She went on to graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in Physical Education.  Marie’s experience with the Arctic Winter Games is extensive.  It began as an athlete, but quickly evolved to other roles, including mission staff and key positions on the host societies for the 2000, 2012 and 2020 Arctic Winter Games held in Yukon. 


Don Wilson - Director  

Calgary, Alberta

Appointed March 26, 2020

Don is presently Director, Multisport Games for Alberta Culture, Multicultural and Status of Women. Previous roles included: Chief Executive Officer Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Director of Athletics University of Calgary, General Manager Swim Alberta, Director of Sport, Recreation and Culture City of Fort McMurray and a professional swim coach. Over the past 40 years he has been involved in sport at all levels, participating at the provincial level, coaching at the national level and an administrator at  three Olympic Games. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Masters of Human Kinetics (Biomechanics). Don is married to Kim and has two children, Sarah and Connor




Moira Lassen - Operations Coordinator





Lindsay Smith - Technical Coordinator


Arctic Winter Games International Committee Group Photos below

2018 Arctic Winter Games South Slave, Northwest Territories

2016 Arctic Winter Games Nuuk, Greenland



2014 Arctic Winter Games Fairbanks, Alaska



2012 Arctic Winter Games Whitehorse, Yukon



2010 Arctic Winter Games Grande Prairie Alberta



2008 Arctic Winter Games Yellowknife Northwest Territories


2006 Arctic Winter Games Kenai Peninsula Borough Alaska

2000 Arctic Winter Games Whitehorse, Yukon

1998 Arctic Winter Games Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

1994 Arctic Winter Games Slave Lake, Alberta

1992 Arctic Winter Games  Whitehorse, Yukon


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