Board of Directors

The board of directors is involved in the planning and overall direction of the school. It is made up of leaders in the field of education and athletics.

Trina Budd

Trina is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with an Honours Degree in Psychology and Linguistics and a Masters of Health Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Trina began her career in Ottawa as a Speech-Language Pathologist consulting in all 4 publicly funded school boards. She was then hired as a consultant to the 2 Public English School Boards in the 5 Counties East of Ottawa. During her time with this employer, she continued to provide therapy, consultation, programming and training to students, staff and parents in the area of special education. She was asked to sit on the Advisory Committee for St.Lawrence College, Cornwall Campus, for the Communication Disorders Assistant Program, a position she continues to hold today. Trina is now a consultant for the Upper Canada District School Board whereby she continues to actively support the work of students, staff, and parents through assessment, programming, consultation, and training. Her strength is in helping teachers and other educational staff meet the needs of students through accommodations, modifications, and differentiated instruction strategies as needed. She is currently part of a team that is leading the nation in applying cutting-edge technology within the classroom as a tool for differentiated instruction and inclusion for all students. She is a strong believer in ‘active and ‘collaborative learning techniques because research indicates that this type of teaching lends itself well to differentiation and individualization of instruction. For Trina, differentiated instruction is well explained by the words of Tomlinson (1995) “Meeting the needs of each student’s learning style and intellectual level by ‘shaking up what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they learn.

Trina is excited to be part of such an elite team with The Peak Centre Academy in her role as consultant.

Brad Marsh

Brad Marsh brings over 15 years of NHL playing experience, along with 15 years of coaching experience, to his position of head coach of the Ottawa Senators Women’s Hockey Club. Brad played junior hockey with the OHL’s London Knights, where he was captain of the team. In 1978 he won the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded to the league’s Best Defenseman. He was chosen in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Flames. Brad went on to become captain of the Atlanta Flames (at that time the youngest captain in NHL history), then moved with the entire franchise to Calgary. Brad was then traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, where he spent eight seasons, twice going to the Stanley Cup finals. In 1987, Brad was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he spent three seasons, then to the Detroit Red Wings, and ended his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators in 1993. During his career, Brad was twice voted to the NHL All-Star team.

After his playing days were over, Brad was offered the position of Director of Team and Business Development by the Senators, in which he was responsible for scouting and developing young players within the Senators organization, as well as being involved in community development and fundraising. During this time, Brad became involved in coaching minor hockey, and in fact was the head coach of 15 different minor hockey teams over the years, both boys and girls, all ages from novice to midget, and ability levels ranging from initiation to competitive AA. He has also continually been involved in coaching clinics, on-ice seminars, and fundraising. Additionally, as President of the Ottawa Senators Alumni, Brad is involved in many different charitable organizations and events throughout the city.

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush

Natalie Durand-Bush, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her research aims to understand the self-regulatory processes and skills underlying the development of optimal performance and well-being in different contexts including sport, medicine, the performing arts, and academia. Professor Durand-Bush also investigates mental training interventions designed to help individuals not only achieve performance excellence but also manage stress and reduce burnout. Her 17 years of consulting work with high performance and developmental level athletes and coaches are an asset to her scholarly work and teaching. Dr. Durand-Bush is the co-author of the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool (OMSAT-3*©), an instrument developed to evaluate several mental skills necessary for consistent high-quality performance. She was the Chair for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology from 2005-2009. She has presented over 125 research and applied papers at national and international conferences. She has also published 24 peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, as well as her own life skills workbook. Aside from teaching and conducting research at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Durand-Bush has been working for the past 17 years as a mental performance consultant with hundreds of athletes aged between 8 and 60 years and competing at different levels in various sports (ex. hockey, gymnastics, alpine and cross country skiing, taekwondo, badminton, water polo, basketball, volleyball, tennis, figure skating, ringette, cycling, rowing, etc.), including athletes from five Canadian national teams, a men’s major junior hockey team, two University varsity teams, and professional / amateur athletes from the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Ottawa, Ontario and Physio Outaouais in Gatineau, Québec.

Dr. Al Reed

Dr. Reed is a national award winning career sports scientist whose work with Canadian and American sports teams has been well recognized for three decades. He has won recognition as an exceptional teacher in the programs of the University of Ottawa and the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program. As the developer of a dozen national team training programs and twice as many sport specific fitness tests, he has created many of the tools in use by today’s athletes and coaches. His original work continues with new contributions to the education, assessment, and vocational programs of the Centre.

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