TORONTO, May 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Excitement and optimism were in the air
this afternoon as the Canadian Paralympic Committee earlier elected a
new Board of Directors including a President, a Vice President and
seven Directors at the 2013 CPC Annual General Meeting in Toronto. All
will serve four-year terms, from 2013 to 2017.
Dr. Gaétan Tardif (Toronto, Ont.) is the new President of the Canadian
Paralympic Committee. He takes over from David Legg, who held the
President position for three years.
Fluently bilingual, Tardif has participated in seven consecutive
Paralympic Games, most recently as Team Canada's Chef de Mission at the
London 2012 Paralympic Games. Tardif is an academic physician and
health care executive with leadership experience in several
professional and not-for-profit organizations. He is Medical Program
Director - Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Care at the University Health
Network and a Professor in the Department of Medicine and director,
Division of Physiatry (PM&R) at the University of Toronto.
Tardif also served as Director of Administration and Chair of the HR
Committee on the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors from
2008 to 2013 and was a member of the Games Committee from 2006 to 2013.
"Thank you very much for your vote of confidence," Tardif said to the
voting delegates. "The hard work starts right away. I'm really looking
forward to working with the sport community to help Canada become the
world's leading Paralympic nation. I truly believe I have the best
volunteer job in the world!"
CPC's new Vice-President is Debbie Low (Richmond Hill, Ont.).
Low is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport
Institute Ontario. She was the Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario
from 2002 to 2005, Assistant Chef de Mission for the 2004 Athens
Paralympic Games, Chef de Mission for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
and a member of the International Paralympic Committee's Games
Committee. She has also been involved in nine sets of Canada Games,
including Chef de Mission in 1999 and 1997.
Low was a Canadian Paralympic Committee Board member and served on the
Games and High Performance Committee from 2007 to 2011, including
serving as CPC's Board representative on the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan
American Games Bid Committee.
Also elected today were seven Directors of the Board. They are: Ellen
Waxman (Toronto, Ont.), Rick Baker (Ottawa, Ont.), Gail Hamamoto
(Vancouver, B.C.), Andrea Carey (Victoria, B.C.), Blair McIntosh
(Toronto, Ont.) and Rem Langan (Toronto, Ont.) and Jim Westlake
Waxman and Baker are new members of the Board, while Hamamoto, Carey,
McIntosh, Westlake and Langan are returning to the Board.
Biographies of all incoming CPC Board members - President,
Vice-President, and Directors - are available here: https://www.paralympic.ca/en/About-Us/Board-of-Directors.html
Canadian Paralympic Committee photos available for download: http://tinyurl.com/d88bbmm
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to
be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success,
the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a
disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its
member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
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