Meet the Team

Amanda Neale-Robinson Communications Officer

Amplifying impact

Amanda Neale-Robinson
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Amanda is eager to foster even more opportunities to help support the development of healthy, vibrant young people. In her role, Amanda works in partnership with governing bodies, rugby clubs and the education, private, and public sectors to build stronger communities. Amanda brings 18 years of integrated marketing communications experience in addition to nearly a decade of experience focused on building capacity for youth-serving organizations. Prior to joining TIRF, Amanda worked in broadcasting, sponsorship, event planning, and non-profit consulting. She currently serves on the board of directors at Netball Ontario and continues to support grassroots projects through her work with The ReDesign Group.

Amanda is selfless with her time, but is not very good sharing her chocolates.

Bridging needs and opportunity

Cassie Collins
Manager, Programs

As the Program Manager, Cassie is responsible for developing and delivering the rugby and professional development programs targeted towards youth and caring adults. With an Honours BSc Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Fitness Science from York University, Cassie initially started her career as an exercise physiologist. Cassie has since run an after-school multi-sport program in a Cree Community in Northern Quebec, managed the Adventure Running Kids program and an Adventure Running Race Series, and has coordinated girls physical activity offers across the GTA, and developed training programs for program leaders across Canada.

Cassie, had the patience and drive to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, but has no patience or drive to wait for the TTC.

Paul Myers Rugby Development

Coaching champions

Paul Myers
Consultant, Rugby Development

As the Rugby Development Consultant, Paul is responsible for consulting and delivering training development. Notorious on-and-off the pitch, Paul truly is everyone’s coach. When he’s not out in the community facilitating trainings with coaches or community partners, you can find Paul on the pitch. Paul discovered his love of the sport later in life. He coaches TIRF’s Under-16s; Ontario Central Hubs Under-18s, is a member of Rugby Ontario’s Under-18 Men’s Sevens coaching staff and has been coaching the Malvern Collegiate rugby team for nearly 20 years.

Paul’s kind-of-a-big deal! He was the first recipient of the Doncaster Mentorship Award and in 2019 was inducted into the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame for his tireless work in supporting young athletes and growing the game.