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Minister's Advisory Panel on Ontario's Sport Plan

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

As part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan, the province has named prominent sport sector leaders and experts to its new Minister's Advisory Panel. The members have expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of sport in Ontario and will provide advice to the government as it implements Game ON.

 

Dr. Bruce Kidd (Co-chair), Professor, Athlete 

Dr. Kidd is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. He has won 18 national senior championships in Canada, the United States and Britain in Athletics. 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.  

In 1970, he joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer. Dr. Kidd was appointed an Assistant Professor in 1973, an Associate Professor in 1979 and Professor in 1991. He was Director of the School of Physical and Health Education and Acting Director of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Dr. Kidd is a Professor in he Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Warden of Hart House at the University of Toronto. In December 2014, he was appointed as the tenth principal of University of Toronto Scarborough. 

Mary Spencer (Co-chair), Athlete

Mary Spencer is one of Canada's premier boxing champions, holding eight national titles, five Pan-American titles and three world titles. 

An Ojibway of the Cape Croker First Nation, Spencer is involved in Motivate Canada's GEN7 Aboriginal role model initiative, developing sport, physical activity and empowerment programming with Aboriginal youth in First Nations communities in Ontario. In 2013, she became a mentor with the CIBC Team Next program, which provides funding and mentorship to young athletes who hope to represent Canada on the world stage. 

Dwayne De Rosario, Athlete

Dwayne De Rosario is a retired Canadian professional soccer player, originally from Scarborough, Ontario.  

He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the top scorer in Toronto FC  history, and with 104 goals is the sixth-leading scorer in MLS history.  Internationally, De Rosario represented the Canadian national team from 1998 to 2015 and is its all-time leading scorer, with 22 goals in 81 games. De Rosario is a 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and four-time Canadian Player of the Year. As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 2012 centennial celebration, he was honoured on the all-time Canada XI men's team.   De Rosario is currently in an ambassador role with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Susan Kitchen, Executive Director, Coaches Association of Ontario

Susan Kitchen has been the executive director of the Coaches Association of Ontario since its formation in 2002. Before kick-starting the CAO, Susan held various roles with the Ontario Government, the City of Toronto and Volunteer Boards. 

As a Ministry of Tourism and Recreation consultant, she handled the coaching program portfolio and represented Ontario on the National Coaching Certification Council. She has served on the boards of Coaches of Canada, the Sport Alliance of Ontario, the Argonaut Rowing Club and has been involved in the sport of rowing as a competitive athlete, coach, official and volunteer. A former Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Coaching Association of Canada, Kitchen has stayed close to the sport experience whether seated in an aluminum "Coach boat" following a crew, or training on the water most mornings from April to November in her own Masters' competitions.

Debbie Low, President and CEO, Canadian Sport Institute OntarioVice President, Board of Directors, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Debbie Low has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario since November 2005.   

Low was a Canadian Paralympic Committee Board member and served on the Games and High Performance Committees from 2007 to 2010, including serving as CPC's Board representative on the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Bid Committee. Before joining the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Low worked for ParaSport Ontario, Toronto's 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Bid and spent 10 years with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport's Multi-Sport Games Program. As a volunteer, Low has served on the Sport Alliance of Ontario Board of Directors, Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors, Canada Games Council's Sport Committee and is a member of the Ontario Sport Awards Selection Committee and the Selection Committee for the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. Low was selected to take part in Rick Hansen's 25th Anniversary of Difference Makers, was the winner of the King Clancy Award in 2010 and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Chris Markham, Executive Director and CEO, Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA)  

Chris Markham is the Executive Director and CEO of OPHEA. Through partnerships, advocacy and its products and services, OPHEA works with schools and communities to enable kids to lead healthy, active lives. OPHEA's products and services include curricular lesson plans, activity ideas, visual supports, reference materials and the Ontario Safety Guidelines. Over the past 17 years, Markham has worked with a dedicated staff to build the capacity and reputation of the organization. 

Blair McIntosh, Director, Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

Blair McIntosh has 30 years of amateur sport and multi-sport Games experience.  From 2005 to 2011, McIntosh acted as Director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario. He served as Chef de Mission for Team Ontario at six Canada Games and was Chef de Mission for Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. He has participated in dozens of mission teams at various levels and has been lead consultant to more than 75 sets of multi-sport Games at the provincial, national and international levels. He also is a Board member of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

Kelly Murumets, President and CEO Tennis Canada, former President and CEO of ParticipACTION

Kelly Murumets assumed the role of President and CEO of Tennis Canada in March 2014. She joined Tennis Canada after serving for seven years as President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. Among her many recognitions, Murumets was named as one of Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activit. Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012), CBC's 10 Most Influential Figures in Sport (2012), and Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 (2009) and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).

Karen O'Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Karen O'Neill is a highly respected senior executive in Canada's sports community with extensive experience in multiple leadership roles. She joined the Canadian Paralympic Committee as Chief Executive Officer in June 2013.  

O'Neill served as CEO of Field Hockey Canada from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation from 2004 to 2009, where she oversaw a period of rapid growth and innovation. She also served as CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada from 1997 to 2004. O'Neill worked as Director General of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association from 1989 to 1992, was Chef de Mission for the Atlanta 1996 Canadian Paralympic Team and is a founding member of the Sport Matters Group.  

Karl Subban, Retired Teacher, Coach

Jamaican-born Karl Subban is a retired school teacher and administrator of 30 years with the Toronto District School Board. His family immigrated to Canada in 1970 when he was just 12 years old and settled in Sudbury, Ontario. 

Subban studied at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and then moved to Toronto where he worked as an elementary school teacher. His career as an educator spanned three decades, culminating in 2013 with his retirement from Claireville Junior School. He and his wife Maria have five children. Karl's two daughters are educators and his three sons were drafted by NHL teams. Subban is co-writing a book with Scott Colby from the Toronto Star on how to encourage children to develop their potential, working with Canadian Tire on a project that teaches Canadian families about the important benefits of their children participating in hockey and serving as an ambassador for Hyundai Hockey Helpers Program. 

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