Therese Brisson was one eight non-officer members voted to the COC’s board of directors in March 2009. She is one of Canada’s best-ever women’s hockey players. She helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and a silver medal four years earlier in Nagano. A member of Canada’s national women’s hockey team from 1993 to 2005 – team captain for three seasons – Brisson has won the World Championships six times.
Brisson was a member of the COC’s Athletes’ Council from 1998 to 2004 – including three years as the Council’s vice-chair. Since 2004, she has been a member of the COC’s Finance & Administration Committee. As consultant for the COC in 2002-2003, she reviewed both summer and winter Olympic sport programming and reported on best practices and future challenges in high performance sport. As a consultant for Sport Canada from 2002 to 2004, she developed research and infrastructure strategy to support Canadian sport policy as well as a strategic plan to set targets for athlete performance and sport system development.
Brisson has had many other roles in sport. She was a director (ex-officio) for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee. For Hockey Canada, she is a two-time director and founding chair of the Women’s High Performance Advisory Committee. Brisson was an interim executive director for AthletesCAN, where she delivered athlete programs, advocacy and recommendations on national sport policy. In 1999, Brisson was an advisory board member for the Open Ice Hockey Summit that investigated player and skill development nationwide.
Brisson trained as a scientist, completing a M.Sc. and Ph.D. before going on to a successful first career as professor and researcher in Kinesiology. She left academia to train and compete at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Brisson completed an MBA at the Schulich School of Business in 2004. She lives in Mississauga and is a marketing manager with Procter & Gamble Canada.