For Immediate Release
TORONTO (September 22nd, 2020) - It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Dr. Doug Richards has made the decision to step down and retire from his role as CSIO’s Chief Medical Officer. Doug has been an integral part of the CSIO family since its inception as the Multi-Sport Centre Toronto in the 1990s, first as the Chair of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, later serving as a Board Director from 2006-2013, and finally as our CMO and staff physician since November 2013. Doug has also been leading our Sport Medicine Clinic project since 2014, and more recently has been serving as Chair of Own the Podium’s Sport Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). Most recently, Doug provided us all with a holistic education on COVID-19 and steps we can all take to mitigate risk, and we are truly indebted to his contributions.
Doug has worked with high performance athletes for over 30 years and countless Olympic teams including Canada Basketball Women’s teams from 1987-present, and Volleyball Canada’s Beach Teams from 1997-2014. He has also worked with athletes from intercollegiate to professional levels. He has been the team physician for a number of organizations including the U of T Varsity Blues 1984-present and the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club 1995-2004, and has organized and/or provided coverage at many international competitions including major games and world championships.
Dr. Richards will continue to be available to CSIO in a consulting role and will also fulfill his role as Medical Director at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor, Sport Medicine.
Next, I am very excited and proud to announce that Dr. Steven Dilkas will step into the role as CSIO’s new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Dilkas was first hired at CSIO in November 2014 as a sports medicine physician. He is also a physician at Westpark Health Care Centre in the Amputee and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program and is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Dilkas serves multiple sports and athletes at CSIO including Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre. He is the national team physician for the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Team and the Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams. He is also an international classifier for Wheelchair Rugby and was the co-Chief Medical Officer for the 2017 Invictus Games. He has supported Canadian athletes at the 2018 Paralympic Games, 2019 Parapan Am Games, and will be part of the medical team for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
During the last year, Steve has taken on progressively greater responsibility supporting CSIO and Doug with CMO duties, including as acting CMO since July, 2020.
Please join us in wishing a fond farewell to Dr. Doug Richards and to welcoming Dr. Steven Dilkas as CSIO’s new Chief Medical Officer!
“I will truly miss having Doug here as part of the CSIO Team. Doug was on the CSIO Board when I was hired, and we have enjoyed an excellent working relationship. He has always been there when I have needed him for advice, or his expertise and I truly appreciate his support over the many years that we have worked together. Doug embodies CSIO’s values and purpose and has been a strong leader for the organization. I wish him all the best and am happy that he will find some time to spend with his grandkids”.
Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
“It is with heavy heart that I have decided to retire from CSIO a year earlier than planned; but necessary to carry my workload at U of T. I will miss working regularly with our outstanding team of PS providers as well as everyone else here. It has been an honour and a privilege to work at CSIO, helping such incredible athletes and their coaches strive for excellence. It has been especially gratifying to see it grow from its roots to a true institute with enormous potential, and to know that the sport medicine team is in great hands with Steve and the rest of the SM staff. I may have repeatedly lost the pool on when the clinic will open; but I look forward to seeing that happen.”
Dr. Doug Richards
“Over the past 6 years, I have been fortunate to work alongside Doug and have benefitted greatly from his guidance, knowledge and leadership. I wish him the very best in the future and am humbled and honoured to follow in his footsteps as CMO. I am very excited to work with my amazing colleagues at CSIO in this new role, and will strive to continually achieve our organizational purpose of elevating people and performances.”
Dr. Steve Dilkas, CMO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
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. www.csiontario.ca
Annie Goncin, Coordinator, Communications & Events
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario