Gordon Peterson is a corporate lawyer, based in London, Ont., who has been a COC member for over 15 years. A member of the COC board of directors since 1998, he served as a member of the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2009 as well as on various COC Committees and Task Forces, including as a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, as chair of the Team Selection Committee and By-laws Committee and as a member of COC mission staff for both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
In March 2009, Peterson was elected as one of two COC vice-presidents.
Peterson has been deeply involved in the sport of diving for nearly 40 years. He was a national team diver and assumed a variety of leadership roles following his retirement as an athlete, including: as president of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association, Inc. (also known as Diving Plongeon Canada) from 1994 to 1996 and president of the Aquatic Federation of Canada from 1997 to 2001.
He continues his involvement in diving today as a top-level international official and has judged at, among other international events, World Cup competitions, Pan American Games, FISU Games, Commonwealth Games and multiple FINA Grand Prix events.
Peterson has actively promoted fairness in sport and contributed to the creation of an alternative dispute resolution program for sport directed to provide the sport community with a national service for the prevention and resolution of sport disputes as well as expertise and assistance regarding dispute resolution. He has been director of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada since its inception in 2004.
In addition to his roles in Canada, Peterson has served on a variety of international committees, including as a vice-president and director of FINA’s 2005 World Championship Organizing Committee, as a member of the FINA Doping Panel (2005-09) and as a member of the continental body governing diving (UANA Technical Diving Committee from 1987-present).
Peterson was also a board member of the Toronto 2015 Board of Directors, helping in its successful bid for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.