2014 Speakers


Olivier Bauer has spent his professional life in Practical Theology on three continents, in Protestant churches and Faculties of Theology. He studied theology in Neuchâtel, Montpellier, and Lausanne where he got his PhD with a thesis entitled “Quand faire c’est dire”, les processus de ritualization dans l’Église évangélique de Polynésie française”. He worked as a chaplain for Reformed Churches in France and Switzerland, in a Protestant high school and college in Tahiti, and as a pastor of the French-speaking Protestant Church of Washington, D.C. He taught theology at the Universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel and, since 2005, has been a professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Montreal. His main academic interests include the transmission of faith to the six senses (especially through rites and education); the cultural dimension of Christianity not only abroad but also in Western countries; sport and religion; and food and religion. On hockey as a religion, he has published three books: “Hockey as a Religion: The Montreal Canadiens”, “Une théologie du Canadien de Montréal. Montréal”, and “La religion du Canadien de Montréal”.

Phyllis Berck is the director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships. A native of Winnipeg and a graduate of the University of Manitoba, she has held numerous leadership positions with the City of Toronto, including manager of Partnership Development, manager of Strategic Issues Coordination, and manager of Physical Activity and Sport Development. She was the director of Special Projects for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Corporation, a consultant on Public Participation for the Olympic Task Force, and manager of Recognition Ceremonies and of Community Relations for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

Phyllis has served on numerous boards, including as chair of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, which presented her with its Herstorical Award for “distinguished contribution to gender equity in sport” in 1996. In 2001, Chatelaine Magazine chose Phyllis as a “Top 5 Role Models in Canada”. She has also been a YWCA Woman Distinction. She is an author and presenter on equity issues, recreation and social development, partnership development in municipal government, and the community and the Olympics. Phyllis is on the board and is a long-standing member of the First Narayever Congregation, a traditional egalitarian synagogue. She is also a serious marathoner, cyclist, and hiker.

Orlando Bowen is the executive director of One Voice One Team, a youth leadership organization that uses cognitive and physical activities to introduce the principles of self-respect, hard work, and leading by example. Many graduates of the program actively engage through community-focused partner organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Covenant House. As a former CFL player, Orlando has seen the significant impact that sport and community involvement has had on many lives. He has been active in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) for many years and is an active spokesperson for the Toronto Argonauts Stop the Violence Campaign and the Boys to Men initiative. He was a Toronto 2012 DiverseCity Fellow, a one-year action-oriented leadership development program for rising city-builders, was awarded a 2012 African Canadian Achievement Award for contribution to community through sport, and was a 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

Michael Chambers has been a member of the executive committee of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) since 2004 and recently served as a Vice President, the first Canadian ever to do so. Currently, he is President of the PASO Legislative Commission, and a member of the PASO Coordination Commission for the 2011 Pan American and Parapan Games. In April 2010, Michael Chambers completed his second and final term as President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), having served in the position since 2001.

He is President of the Sports Venues Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and has been appointed President of the ANOC Juridical Commission (effective October 2010). He was a member of the IOC 2014 Olympic Winter Games Working Group and is currently a member of the IOC 2018 Olympic Winter Games Working Group, whose responsibility it is to review the applications of Cities proposing to bid for these Games and to provide recommendations to the IOC Executive Board regarding the Applicant Cities.

Previously, Michael served as a board member of the 1999 Winnipeg Pan American Games Organizing Committee and as a member of the PASO Evaluation Commission for the 2007 Pan American Games. He was Vice-Chairman of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee. Until the completion of his COC Presidency, he was a member of the VANOC Board of Directors, a member of the VANOC Audit Committee, and Chair of the VANOC Governance and Ethics Committee.

John Cawley works at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where he is the Director of Programs and Operations. He has graduate degrees in a range of disciplines – history, agricultural economics, and management - but believes that most of the mysteries of the universe can be understood by the practice of curling. John has 30 years of work experience in the community sector in Canada and in developing countries as a front-line practitioner, program evaluator, senior leader, and board member.

Dr. Guylaine Demers, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physical Education of Laval University, is the director of the undergraduate competency-based coach education program, entitled the Baccalaureate in Sport Intervention. She has a particular interest in issues of women in sport, coach education, and homophobia in sport. She is the chair of the Coaching Association of Canada’s Coaching Research Committee and sits on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. Guylaine was a key contributor to the development and implementation of Canada’s competency-based National Coaching Certification Program. She is actively involved in promoting gender equity and coach education in sport within Quebec and serves as chair of Égale-Action, Quebec’s Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She is also a member of the Institute national du sport du Québec. Her work and achievements have been recognized provincially and nationally, and include being named to the 2010 Globe and Mail Power50 in sport. She was a recipient of the 2009 YWCA’s Women in Sport Award for her accomplishments in Quebec for the advancement of women in leadership positions and in 2007 and 2010, she was named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. Her latest achievement is the book “Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women in Sport in Canada” (2013, Feminist history society Eds.) which she edited with Dr. Sandra Kirby, Marion Lay, and Lorraine Greaves.

Bruce Dowbiggin is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author who moves the needle. He has performed at the highest level in print, TV, radio, and books for over three decades. He knows the people who matter and how to get them to talk. He is recognized across the country for his expertise and appears on a variety of TV and radio outlets as an industry expert. He has a Twitter following of 5,000-plus and is a frequent voice in social media. Bruce is noted for his groundbreaking reporting on Alan Eagleson and Don Cherry, and is unafraid to go where others fear to tread.

As a sports columnist for The Globe and Mail, Bruce was the featured author of the “Usual Suspects” and “Daily Grind” columns, the highest-rated online columns in the newspaper’s sports section. Specializing in sports media and the business of sport, he broke numerous stories in his columns.

Bruce is the best-selling author of six titles, including “Money Players”, nominated for Canadian Business Book of 2003. He has two new titles upcoming in 2014: “Grant Fuhr: Portrait of a Champion” (Random House) and “Best Practices: The Vancouver Canucks Controversial Search For Excellence” (McLelland & Stewart). The other titles are “Defence Never Rests” (1993), “Of Ice And Men” (1998), The Stick (2001) and “The Meaning Of Puck” (2008).

Dr. Allan Downey was born and raised in Waterloo, Ont. He is a member of the Nak'azdli (pronounced: na-cause-lee) First Nation and is a recent graduate of the PhD History program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Playing lacrosse since he was ten years old, Allan has played at several of the highest levels and took his passion for the sport and turned it into a PhD project. His dissertation, “The Creator’s Game”, focused on the history of lacrosse in Aboriginal communities from 1867 to 1990 to better understand Native-Newcomer relations and Aboriginal identity formation. Beyond teaching at Laurier in the North American Studies Program and Department of History, he is currently an Academic Associate in Indigenous Studies at McGill University. His forthcoming book, The Creator’s Game, focuses on the history of lacrosse in Aboriginal communities from 1867-1990 to better understand Native-Newcomer relations and Aboriginal identity formation.

John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's Television Critic, international soccer expert, and one of Canada’s most popular and provocative columnists. He has been the paper’s Critic since 2000. Born in Ireland, Doyle holds degrees from University College, Dublin and he came to Canada in 1980 to pursue a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Eventually he abandoned writing for academic reward to concentrate on writing for money. After working briefly in radio and in television, he began writing for The Globe and Mail in 1990. Always argumentative, Doyle has the distinction of winning a gold medal, at the age of ten, for his debating skills in the Gaelic language. He has been widely published in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Ireland and lectured on aspects of popular culture. In a profile of Doyle published in Toronto Life magazine in July 2000, Robert Fulford wrote, "A critic as intelligent, industrious and ambitious as John Doyle should be cherished." Doyle has been called less charitable names by some in what he calls “the TV racket” in the U.S. and Canada. His Columns mocking the Fox News Channel were the subject of international coverage, including a feature story in The New York Times. His Globe columns have been reprinted in the U.S., the U.K. and in Australia. His first book, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday Canada) was published to acclaim in Canada in 2005 and has now been published in five countries. Doyle also writes about soccer for The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and The Guardian. For the Globe he has covered three World Cup tournaments, three Euro Championships and for the Globe and others he has written about soccer from 17 countries on four continents. His book, The World Is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada), which was an international bestseller and has also been published in six other countries since publication in Canada in 2010.

Bob Elliott, CAE, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and raised in Ottawa. He is a lifelong sports participant and fan. A bilingual graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Kinesiology program, Bob’s first job was at the Ottawa Athletic Club as an evening manager. This experience led him to his first foray on the national sports scene as executive director of Judo Canada, a position he held for four years. This was a stepping stone to becoming executive director of what is now called Kin Canada, the national association for Kinsmen and Kinette clubs, based in Cambridge, Ontario. Bob spent 11 years at the helm of this community service group, one that had over 1,000 clubs and 17,000 members.

Having earned a Certified Association Executive designation, Bob became the president of the Canadian Retail Hardware Association where he spent seven years leading an association of over 1,500 retail hardware stores.

In 2005, he decided to return to his roots in Ottawa to become president of the Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) where he led a membership of some 600 printing companies for seven years.

During his time at the CPIA, Bob was instrumental in launching the Drive for the Podium golf tournament, which raises money for aspiring Olympic athletes. This reconnected Bob to the national sport scene and led to his return to sport as the Senior Leader of The Sport Matters Group (SMG) in January 2013. SMG brings together key players in the sport, physical activity, and recreation sectors to discuss the major issues that concern the sector, including providing advocacy expertise.

TJ Flood is the Senior Vice-President of Marketing at Canadian Tire and is responsible for overseeing the business’ iconic brand, as well as managing a broad portfolio that includes strategic marketing functions, and the Canadian Tire flyer. His team has successfully reinvigorated the Canadian Tire brand with the introduction of "Canada's Store" and the "We All Play for Canada" marketing campaigns.

Before becoming Senior Vice-President of Marketing, TJ held various positions at Canadian Tire, including Vice-President of Merchandising, where he ran the successful Living division. Prior to joining Canadian Tire, TJ acquired significant packaged goods experience by holding senior positions at Cadbury Adams USA.

TJ holds an Honours degree in business from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business. In his spare time, he coaches rep hockey and baseball.

Thomas Hall is an Olympic bronze medallist who retired from sprint canoeing in 2012 after 15 years on the national team. He won a medal at every major Games, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at Carleton University and researching Canada’s high performance sport system. Thomas sits on the board of directors of Canoe Kayak Canada and AthletesCAN. He studied physical education at McGill University, but graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University. He works as an editor at Canadian Geographic Education. Every chance he gets, he’s outside, preferably on the water.

Dr. Colin Higgs is Professor Emeritus at Memorial University where he worked on developing physical education and sport for more than 30 years and served as Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Working initially in the field of sport for persons with a disability, he designed sporting equipment for elite athletes, and researched ways in which to improve their performance. Bothered by the way his contributions were giving already privileged athletes even greater advantage over athletes from under-developed countries, he turned his attention to improving sport opportunities in developing countries, spending time living and working in the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean. Combining sport development and sport for persons with a disability eventually led to using sport as a tool to advance the physical, social, and political lives of disabled individuals in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and in Southern Africa, and to youth development through sport programs around the world.

Colin has served as president of the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (now Physical and Health Education Canada) and as vice-president for Scientific Services for the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education. He has served on the board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and was an advisor to the International Paralympic Committee. He has worked and lived in more than 40 countries, has recently completed work with Right to Play on sport for post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda, and is currently working to re-invent the sport system in Canada with Canadian Sport for Life, and with UNICEF on stigma reduction against children with a disability in Azerbaijan.

Glen Hodgson is the senior vice-president and chief economist of the Conference Board of Canada, a non-profit organization that conducts research on economic trends, public policy, and organizational performance. He has published two books and over 225 articles and briefings. He has written extensively on Canadian tax reform and has co-authored with economist Mario Lefebvre a series on the economics of pro sports in Canada. The series is now available in book form and is entitled “Power Play: The Business Economics of Pro Sports”. In particular, the book looks at the economics of the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the Canadian Football League, and the National Basketball Association. Glen is leading a new Conference Board research initiative, the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), just as he led the creation of the Board’s Global Commerce Centre. He is a regular contributor to the Conference Board's economics blogs and The Globe and Mail's Economy Lab.

Paul Jurbala has made a lifelong commitment to Canadian sport as a coach, educator, volunteer and professional sport administrator. Prior to launching his own consulting business, communityactive, in 2005, he held senior management positions with several sport organizations including the Sport Alliance of Ontario. Since then he has worked with nearly 30 national, provincial, and community sport and recreation organizations to create strategic plans, evaluation processes, coach education programs, and athlete development plans. In his capacity as Senior Associate with the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Leadership Team, Paul writes and presents extensively on aspects of CS4L in community and athlete development, and in 2012 launched the CS4L Leaders School program to develop a new generation of Canadian sport and physical activity leaders. He has also served on a number of boards and is currently volunteer Chair of Community Sport Councils Ontario.

Paul holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Sport Management program at Brock University, where his research focuses on change and decision-making in sport organizations. An avid cyclist, he has taught in Sport Management programs at York University and Humber College in Toronto.

Bruce Kidd was a member of the University of Toronto track and field team. He won 18 national senior championships in Canada, the United States, and Britain. He won a gold and bronze medal at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and was a member of the Canadian 1964 Summer Olympics team (competing in the Men's 5000 metres, Men's 10000 metres and scheduled to start in the Men's marathon). A documentary film about him, entitled Runner, was produced and directed by Don Owen and narrated by the great poet W. H. Auden.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy in 1965 from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Adult Education in 1968 from the University of Chicago. He also received a Master of Arts in History in 1980 and a Ph.D. in History in 1990 from York University. In 1970, he joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer, and became Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto. On February 27, 2014, Kidd was named to become the interim vice president and principal for University of Toronto Scarborough.

Throughout his career, Bruce has served on numerous international and Canadian advisory boards and commissions, including the National Advisory Council of Fitness and Amateur Sport, the Stadium Corporation of Ontario, the Toronto bid committees for the 1996 and 2008 Olympics, and the Advisory Committee on Canadian Sport Policy, Secretary of State (Amateur Sport).

Pierre Lafontaine is the CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), a position he assumed in March 2013 after eight years as CEO and national coach of Swimming Canada (SC). While with SC, he led its swimmers to consistent podium finishes at major international games, where they won three Olympic medals and 30 Paralympic medals and posted several world record performances. He also nearly doubled SC’s membership and budget and built a strong corporate brand through innovative media strategies. From 2001 to 2005, he was head swim coach at the Australian Institute of Sport. A graduate of Concordia University, Pierre has held numerous coaching positions in Canada and the United States, including as head coach of the Phoenix Swim Club (PSC) from 1988 to 1992. At the 2000 Olympic Games, PSC swimmers earned eight medals, including three golds. A sought-after public speaker, he is the head of the summer sport caucus of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s High Performance Committee and serves on the FINA (Féderation international de natation) Coaches Commission.

Lynne LeBlanc is Manager of Program Development at Sport Sans Frontières, a non-governmental organization based in France with satellite programs in the United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, and Canada. Its mission focuses on re(construction), education, and prevention through sport to address today’s societal challenges. A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Lynne’s passion for and belief in the power of sport and education has led her to develop and manage a number of sport and educational programs in Canada, East Africa, and the Middle East over the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in dealing with development issues including gender equality, health, youth and women’s empowerment, people with a disability, refugees and displaced populations, and peace and conflict resolution. Organizations she has been involved with include Inuksuit International, World University Service of Canada, Generations for Peace, Right to Play, the Coaching Association of Canada, and Volleyball Canada.

Nancy Lee has held leadership roles in Canadian broadcasting and international sport for over 20 years. She was executive director of CBC Sports, chief operating officer for Olympic Broadcasting Services Vancouver, and was a member of the OBS Host Broadcasting team in Sochi. Nancy serves as a vice-president on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Games Canada, as a director on the board of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity, as a member of Canadian Advisory Board for Right To Play, as chair of Toronto Emerging Athlete Mentorship Fund, and as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. She is currently a consultant to national sports organizations and major event organizing committees.

The Honourable Kellie Leitch is the Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey. Elected to the House of Commons in May 2011, she was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women in July 2013. Previously, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour in May 2011.

Dr. Leitch is a paediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. She is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre of Health Innovation and Leadership and has served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living.

As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch served as council member on the National Research Council of Canada, was a board member of Genome Canada, a director of the YMCA of Greater Toronto board of directors, Vice-President of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, and founder of The Sandbox Project, whose vision is “to help make Canada the healthiest place on earth for children to grow up.”

Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. She has been recognized with the Order of Ontario for her advocacy work on behalf of Canadian children and, in 2005, she was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” for her work in both medicine and business.

Margaret MacNeill, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, where she is also teaches in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health. Public Health Ontario has recently appointed her to the Scientific Reference Committee for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Her media and motion research projects span sport media studies, physical cultural studies, the framing of gender and race in action, health communication and biopedagogy. Current investigations include media coverage of public policy and risk, healthism and physical literacy, critical approaches to wellness in interprofessional education, photovoice depictions of barriers to physical activity, and athletes’ rights and social media engagement.

Previous studies are published in Kinesiology Review, Journal of International Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Olympika, International Journal of Sport History, Journal of Urban Health, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism, Sociology of Sport Journal, Brazilian Journal of Sport Sciences, and Media and Culture Reviews.

A former Editor-At-Large for Shape Magazine, gymnastics coach, and fitness leader, Margaret now translates youth concerns about media and/or engaging in sport and fitness into workshops for many sectors, and into media advocacy to spark active health policy and program development. When she’s not shuttling kids between lacrosse fields, her favourite activities include hiking, biking, and downhill skiing.

Akaash Maharaj is Executive Director of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), and leads the international alliance of democratically-elected parliamentarians in its work combatting corruption, strengthening good government, and upholding the rule of law. GOPAC has 50 national chapters, and is present in every region of the world. In addition to his overall responsibilities, Akaash directs GOAPC’s project on international prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity, its efforts on institution building in fragile states, and its work on reconciliation in conflict states.

A frequent contributor to international debate, his articles have been published by newspapers in every populated continent. He appeared as a broadcast essayist with TVOntario’s “The Agenda”, and Maclean’s magazine named him as one of Canada’s 50 “most well known and respected personalities”.

From 1998 to 2003, Akaash was the elected National Policy Chair of the Liberal Party of Canada and a member of the party’s governing National Executive. In 2000, the then Prime Minister named him as one of seven people responsible for drafting the party platform.

Outside of his professional life, he is an international athlete, and was a triple gold medallist at the International Championships of Equestrian Skill-at-Arms. He also led the Canadian Equestrian Team and federation as CEO during the team’s most successful Olympics, Paralympics, and World Equestrian Games of all time.

Akaash earned his Master of Arts from Oxford University, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in the history of the 900 year-old University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has been decorated twice in Canada’s national honours, for his work on peace in the Middle East and for his service to the integrity of Canadian and international sport. An active volunteer, Akaash has taught adult literacy, has served as a director on a range of international development and local community boards, and has been particularly involved with UNICEF’s efforts on childhood and maternal welfare. He is fluent in English and French.

Akaash’s personal web site is www.Maharaj.org

The Honourable David Peterson served as the Premier of Ontario between 1985 and 1990, overseeing an active period of reform and playing a major role in Canada’s constitutional discussions. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1975.

He is currently chairman of Cassels Brock LLP, where he practices corporate/commercial law.
In 2009, Peterson was the chairman of the successful TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games Bid Committee, following on his work as a member on the 2008 Toronto Olympic Bid Committee.

In his four decades of public service, he has served on a number of private and public boards, as well as not-for-profit sport organizations, including St. Michael’s Hospital, the Shaw Festival and the Toronto Community Foundation. He is the founding chairman of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club Inc. and the chancellor emeritus of the University of Toronto.

Peterson was also chairman of the Commonwealth Team observing the 1992 elections in Guyana and the chief federal negotiator for the devolution of the Northwest Territories.

He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an LL.B from the University of Toronto, and studied at the University of Caen, France. Peterson also has honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, the University of Tel Aviv, and the American University of the Caribbean.

He is a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France and was summoned by Her Majesty to the Privy Council in 1992. In 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario in recognition of his public and community service contributions.

Richard Pound is one of Canada’s most-recognized figures in international sport. In his distinguished career, the native of St. Catharines, Ontario was a two-time vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was responsible for all Olympic television negotiations, marketing and sponsorships, up to and including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Pound has been a Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) executive member since 1968 and its secretary general for eight years before becoming COC president in 1977 (to 1982). He was founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), created in 1999 to coordinate the fight against doping in sport. His involvement continues post-2007 as IOC representative on the WADA Foundation Board.

As an athlete, Pound won numerous awards and was a double Olympic swimming finalist at the 1960 Olympic Games, and captured four medals (one gold, two silver, one bronze) at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. Pound is the author of nine books including Rocke Robertson Surgeon and Shepherd of Change, Unlucky to the End, and Inside Dope, Inside the Olympics. A senior partner of Stikeman Elliott’s tax section in Montreal, he is editor or author of several other tax-related publications. Pound was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order (Gold) in 1996 and is a member of the Canadian Olympic, Canadian Amateur Athletic and the Quebec Sports Halls of Fame. He is currently Chancellor of McGill University and was chair of its Board of Governors from 1994 to 1999. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and of l’Ordre national du Québec.

Parissa Safai is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University. Her research interests focus on the critical study of sport at the intersection of risk, health, and healthcare. This includes research on sports’ “culture of risk”, the development and social organization of sport and exercise medicine, as well as the social determinants of athletes’ health. Her research and teaching interests also centre on sport and social inequality with focused attention paid to the impact of gender, socio-economic, and ethnocultural inequities on accessible physical activity for all. Parissa’s work has been published in such journals as the Sociology of Sport Journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sport History Review and the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien 
d'histoire de la médecine.

Dr. Anne Snowdon is the Chair of the International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University’s Ivey Business School, Dr. Snowdon leads the Centre’s work to drive health system sustainability and productivity. She is a professor at Western University’s Ivey Business School and Faculty of Health Sciences, and is cross-appointed to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Engineering. She is also an Associate Professor to the adjunct academic staff of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University and faculty of Science at University of Windsor.

Elisabeth Walker-Young was Canada's Assistant Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and was recently named Chef de Mission for the Canadian Team for the Toronto 2015 ParaPanAm Games. Bringing an athlete-centred perspective to this core leadership role, Elisabeth contributes to the planning and delivery of operations in Toronto, proudly supporting all members of Team Canada both on and off the field of play.

Her contribution to promoting the Paralympic Movement was enormous. In London, Walker-Young did hundreds of media interviews and also served as CTV's English language commentator for the broadcasts of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, an opportunity she used to share her passion and expertise for parasport with Canadian audiences. In addition, Elisabeth acted as a liaison with the Canadian Paralympic Committee's (CPC) corporate and government partners during the Games. She is very active on social media, influencing and building connections with Canadians and the sport community.

As a result of her role for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Elisabeth was named to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (CAAWS) Most Influential Women List and was also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, recognized as an athlete and builder.

Elisabeth retired in 2005 as a 13-year member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team, having represented Canada at four Summer Paralympic Games from Barcelona 1992 through to Athens 2004. Throughout her swimming career, she broke numerous Canadian and world records, brining home six Paralympic medals (three gold, one silver, and two bronze) and was team captain for more than half of her career.

Following her athletics career, Elisabeth chose a career path in sport management. From the development, management, and evaluation of program and events, she continually challenges herself and others in raising the bar.

Personally, Elisabeth, a new mom, enjoys teaching spin classes and sharing her love and knowledge of an active healthy lifestyle with her class participants. She loves to cook, read, and be creative. A resident of Deep Cove in North Vancouver, she enjoys hiking, walking, running, and snowshoeing in the trails with her husband, Ian, her daughter Isla, and her dog, Joey.


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