KEN READ

Olympian; National Sport Leader; health advocate; Order of Canada recipient

Ken has devoted his life to the advancement of sport and recreation. As a member of Canada’s Alpine Ski Team, he was the first Canadian male to win a World Cup and represented Canada in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. He was recognized as Canada’s athlete of the year in 1979 (Lou Marsh Award) and amateur athlete of the year in 1980 (Norton Crowe Award). He was one of the early leaders of athlete representation, as the first Chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes Council and also a member of the IOC Athletes Commission. He has served as CEO of Alpine Canada and the Director of Winter Sport for Own the Podium. Currently, he is Chair of the International Ski Federation Alpine Youth Committee and Vice Chair of the Alpine Executive Board and Chairs the annual Youth Seminar to encourage youth participation in winter sports. Through his life-long involvement in sport and health advocacy, he was honoured with the Order of Canada and the Bruce Kidd Sport Leadership Award.