Pickleball Canada Hires Executive Director

October 25, 2023

After an extensive search, Pickleball Canada is pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Petrachenko in the position of Executive Director. 

Barry Petrachenko joins the Pickleball Canada team with a considerable background in local, provincial and national sport sector administration management. Before joining Pickleball Canada, Barry was the Chief Executive Officer for BC Hockey where he oversaw the implementation of multiple programs and the hosting of several world championship events, and prior to that supported the creation of Alliance Hockey (Ontario) as their first Executive Director.  Most recently Barry served as the Executive Director of Softball BC, and has held positions on the Board of Directors of British Columbia Golf and the BC Hockey Hall of Fame.

“Pickleball Canada is very pleased to have someone with Barry’s experience join the Pickleball Canada team! We are looking forward to working with Barry on this game we all love!”, expressed Val Vollmin, President of Pickleball Canada.

After earning a baseball scholarship to LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA where he completed a degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting, Barry played for Baseball Canada’s Senior National team for three years. Barry was also a member of the 1991 Canadian baseball team at the Pan Am Games in Cuba. During this time, he was working as an assistant coach with the Academy of Baseball Canada in Montreal.

An avid mountain biker and recreational hockey and pickleball player, Barry looks forward to working toward the bright future of pickleball in Canada.  Barry resides in Victoria BC with his wife Lisa and their son Garrett.

Welcome to the team Barry!