Dr. Andrew Peters
Founding Partner, President & Chair
McMaster University, B.A., M.A
University of Western Ontario – Ph.D
*Leadership & Empowerment
*Youth & Community Development
As the original Founding Partner of what would eventually become the Rising Stars Group of companies, Dr Peters has been instrumental in the continued expansion and reach of positive sport, youth, and community development programs and special projects.
He continues to serve as the conglomerate’s most senior executive, with 25 years of success in youth and community development through athletics and education. He continues to leverage his passion and extensive experience to engage youth and community in a positive and healthy development.
Dr. Peters devotes his time and energy to creating and partnering with stakeholders in the facilitation of innovative student and athlete development programs. Through strategic partnerships with national, professional, and elite athletes, coaches, sport science professionals, and educators, Dr Peters continues to collaborate with local organizations and expand through offering a variety of programs designed specifically for the benefit of athletes, students, schools, and communities.
Senior Vice President, Director of Programs
Spring Arbor University, BSc Concurrent Education
Specialist Sport Science
* Female Empowerment
* Sport Development
As the Senior Vice President at Rising Stars Athletics & Education, Erin serves as the General Manager of the Education Division. Erin facilitates Advanced Programs and Instruction for administrators, coaches, and teachers. Erin develops and designs programs and curriculum for student engagement and athlete development.
Erin continues to use sport as a vehicle to empower others in the work she does in coaching, and also in her professional endeavours. As a founding partner and Director of Softball Development at Rising Stars, Erin has become one of the most highly sought teachers and coaches of the game. Erin is on the cutting edge of instructional techniques, tools, and theories for optimal development. She has worked with countless local and regional athletes, supporting aspiring student-athletes as they continue in their positive development and successfully pursue opportunities to play college or university ball in Canada, and/or secure U.S. softball scholarships, with many advancing to become provincial and national calibre softball players.
Cree First Nation of Waswanipi
RS Associate Director
Laurier University, B.A.
Queensland University of Technology – Australia, B.Ed,
As an Associate Director at Rising Stars, Dee coordinates programs both in the athletics and education divisions in support of youth, students, and athletes, both on and off reserves.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln – B.Sc
Chelsea is a Senior Coordinator and Project Manager at Rising Stars. Chelsea represented Canada for over 12 years in international competition, and competed in the London Olympics in 2012.
Mississauga of the Credit First Nation
Lakehead University, B.A.
University of Newcastle – Australia, B.Ed
Specialist PE & Health
*Youth & Sport Development
As a Regional Director with Rising Stars, Matt coordinates and facilitates various programs across both our athletics and education divisions. He currently serves as the Director of Rising Stars Basketball Academy Six Nations.
Windsor University, B.A.
Dalhousie University – CEBS – GBA
*Basketball/Track & Field
*Youth & Sport Development
As a Regional Coordinator (Simcoe Muskoka) with Rising Stars, Geoff coordinates and facilitates various programs across both our athletics and education divisions. He currently serves as the Director of Rising Stars Basketball Academy – Bracebridge.
Special Projects Manager
Brown University BA
McMaster University, MBA
Team Canada – ’09
McMaster University -’09-‘10
1st Team All-Canadian – ’09-’10
OUA Player of the Year – ’09-’10
NCAA D1 Scholarship – Brown Univ.
2nd Team All-Ivy – ’06-07
RS Technical Advisor
University of Waterloo, BSc
CFL – ’98-06
Grey Cup Champion – ‘99
All Canadian (CIS) Athlete – University of Waterloo ‘92 -97
Omega Trophy – 2 time recipient – most valuable player in the Ontario University Association.
Technical Director – Pitching
California University of Pennsylvania, BSc
Freshman of the Year – ’16
Team Ontario – ’17 Summer Games
All PSAC West First Team- 16, ’19
NFCA All-American – ’19
D2CAA All-American – ’19
NFCA Scholar Athlete – ’16-’19
Lead Instructor – Softball
Coastal Carolina University, MSc, BA
Great Britain National Softball Team 2015-2018
NCAA Division I Scholarship Athlete
NFCA All American Scholar Athlete 2015-2019
Ontario Provincial Champion
Technical Director – Mixed Martial Arts
LEAD Instructor – Mixed Martial Arts
Former UFC #1 Competitor
9 Time Canadian MMA Champ
North America Kickboxing Champ
Founder – Adrenaline MMA Clubs
Technical Advisor – Volleyball
University of North Dakota State, BSc
USA National Team – 89-94
Olympic Bronze Medalist
North Dakota State – Hall of Fame
Cayuga Wolf Clan – Six Nations
University of Syracuse, BSc
Women’s Varsity Softball
McMaster University, BSc
University of Toronto – MT
RS Program Manager
Mohawk College, Diploma
RS Technical Director
Brock University, NCCP Level III
RS Technical Director – Play & Recess
NCCP: Coaches Physical Literacy Training
Play & Recreation
High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy Instructor Program
Sport for Life: Physical Literacy for Early Childhood
Member of the US Play Coalition (Since 2011)
Founder of the Canadian Play Network
Creator of the PlanetPlay Stencil line