There are up to 125 Olympic Supporters positions within the COC. It is anticipated that the Nominating Committee will select up to 100 Olympic Supporters in 2017 to be approved by the Board of Directors prior to the 2017 Annual Session.

As defined in the General By-Law No 1, Olympic Supporters ‘means the group of up to 125 individuals who have a strong and active interest in the Olympic movement, are prominent in their learned professions in business, sport or community activity and have been approved by the Board to have their names placed on the register maintained by the COC for the Olympic Supporters, each such individual comprising the Olympic Supporters having the exclusive right to put his name forward for election as a Class B Member.’

Olympic Supporters shall take office immediately prior to such Annual Session. These positions are in addition to the six Class B Member positions and the seven Board of Director positions to be elected at the 2017 Annual Session.

The Nominating Committee encourages Olympic Supporters to consider whether they wish to stand for election for the upcoming term commencing April 2017 as one of the six Class B Member (General Member) elected from the Olympic Supporters. Only those Olympic Supporters who are on the list as at April 22, 2017 will be considered for Class B membership from the Olympic Supporters.

It is the intention of the COC to draw upon its Members and Olympic Supporters for members of committees, task forces or working groups but selection as an Olympic Supporter does not guarantee other appointments.


Nominations for Olympic Supporters must be made by completing the form attached as appendix 1. The COC Board of Directors will approve the list of Olympic Supporters following recommendation made by the Nominating Committee at the Board meeting to be held Feb. 3-5, 2017. The four-year term for all Olympic Supporters approved by the Board shall commence at the opening of the Annual Session held April 22, 2017.

It is desirable that the Olympic Supporter composition is reflective of Canadian society and of our high performance sport community. As a result, candidates are encouraged to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a francophone, an Aboriginal person, or a member of a visible minority group. Consideration will also be made with respect to summer/winter sports and geographical location.

Please attach a brief curriculum vitae to the nomination. For all positions, a brief statement is required as to why you wish to be an Olympic Supporter, your prospective areas of contribution for the upcoming quadrennial, along with your personal objectives should you be selected.


The Nominating Committee will screen all nominations received to ensure that they meet the minimum qualifications outlined in the General By-Law No. 1. The Nominating Committee will select candidates the Nominating Committee believe best represent a cross-section of skills and attributes comprising those outlined in the General By-Law.

The deadline for nominations is 5 pm eastern, Friday, December 9, 2016.

Nominations shall be delivered to:

Christopher R Overholt, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Olympic Committee
900-21 St-Clair Avenue East
Toronto ON M4T 1L9
Fax: 416 967 4902
e-mail   overholtcr@olympic.ca

Any nomination not confirmed by the COC as having been received will be deemed not to have been received. Accordingly, please ensure you have received confirmation of receipt for the nomination you submit.


GBL 7.4 sets out that ‘any individual who (i) has been convicted of a serious criminal offence and has not received a Pardon for the offence; or (ii) is currently under a sanction of two years or greater pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code or CAPD Rules, may not serve as a Member, director, or officer of the COC, on a COC Board Committee, or otherwise serve in an official capacity for the COC.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure and confirm that these criteria are met and that a clear police record will be obtained by the applicant upon request. 


To ensure a transparent process, a calendar of key dates will be posted to the COC Members site http://members.olympic.ca. Please contact Christina Huang (chuang@olympic.ca) if you have questions about access to the site.

Please contact Robin Brudner (rbrudner@olympic.ca) if you have questions.


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