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CSIO Announces the Appointment of Marnie McBean OC OLY to the Board of Directors


CSIO Announces the Appointment of Marnie McBean OC OLY to the Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

TORONTO (November 30th, 2020) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is pleased to announce the newest member appointed to the Board of Directors – Marnie McBean, one of Canada’s most decorated athletes.

Marnie McBean is a three-time Olympic champion and four-time Olympic medalist; and has been inducted to Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame (1994) and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1997). She is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (1995) and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (2013). With a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, and given three honourary doctorate degrees, Marnie was presented the Bonham Centre Award from the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies for her contributions to the advancement of education on issues surrounding sexual identification. Most recently, Marnie was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Marnie join CSIO’s Board of Directors! The expertise and experience that Marnie brings as a former high performance athlete from Ontario, and as a leader in the Canadian sport system will only strengthen our board, and our relationships and leadership provided to our staff and stakeholders”, says Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. “This appointment comes at a great time as we close out a year that has forced us all to adapt to a new normal, and made us focus on how we can continue to exemplify our mission and vision for athletes and staff. With this, we continue to enhance the world-class Sport Science and Sport Medicine services, and Research and Innovation we provide for the high performance community at our main facility at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre, and our satellite location at Mattamy National Cycling Centre, and across the province.”

Effective immediately, Marnie will serve as a Director on CSIO’s Board of Directors.

“On behalf of Canadian Sport Institute’s Board of Directors, I am so happy to welcome Marnie to the team”, said Kathryn Giffen, Chair, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. “Marnie brings a unique skill set with experience as a high performance athlete, and mentor that will compliment, strengthen, and align with the current talent and expertise of our existing Directors. We look forward to working with Marnie to continue to guide our staff and high performance athletes in being the world-leading sport institute.”

Marnie joins a group of distinguished experts in high performance sport and business excellence on the CSIO Board of Directors, including:

  • Kathryn Giffen, Chair
  • Phil Sanders, Treasurer
  • Ian Gordon, Secretary
  • Spencer Orr, Director
  • Nancy J. Spotton, Director
  • Dr. Ira Jacobs, Director

“It is an absolute honor to be joining the Board of Directors at the CSIO, and I look forward to doing everything I can to continue to support Ontario’s high performance athletes, and Team Canada”, said McBean. “Sports have played such an instrumental part in my life, and is what builds our communities and shapes us as Canadians. In the coming years, as we come through this pandemic, sport will be an essential tool for rebuilding our physical and mental health. Working alongside the great team at CSIO, I hope to help support and carry the mission here and across Ontario and the rest of the COPSI Network.”


About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert practitioners deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada.






Media Contact:

Annie Goncin, Coordinator, Communications & Events

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Tel: 647-395-7536

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