Canadian Olympic Committee
Marcel Aubut has been deeply involved in high performance sport for more than three decades. In 2000, he became a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee in 2005. Mr. Aubut was voted president-elect of the COC in March 2009, becoming president in April 2010.
In March 2011, Mr. Aubut was appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s International Relations Commission. He is also Vice-president and member of the Executive Committee of the Association francophone de comités nationaux olympiques (“Association of francophone NOCs”), chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation and honorary chair of Olympians Canada. He previously served on the Board of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games where he was also member of Audit Committee and Governance and Ethics Committee. A board member of successful 2015 Toronto Pan American Games Bid Committee, he is now a board member of the Toronto 2015 organizing committee and member of its Finance committee.
Mr. Aubut has attended the last 12 Olympic Games, following the pursuits of Canadian athletes. He is personally involved with many prominent athletes, supporting them over the years in providing advice, a network of contacts and help seeking funding. In 1995, he created Fondation Nordiques, an organization he still chairs that has distributed over $4 million in scholarships and helped more than 400 athletes achieve top performances in international competition.
Renowned for its involvement in professional hockey, Mr. Aubut was president, CEO and co-owner of the Québec Nordiques from 1978 to 1995. He led the merger of the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1979, and was the architect behind the establishment of the Nordiquesin the NHL. A 16-year NHL governor, he contributed to an evolving league by spearheading projects including the use of overtime periods and video replays, the introduction of NHL players to the Olympic Winter Games, the staging of Rendez-vous ’87 event, and the coming of Statsny brothers from former Czechoslovakia. He didn’t hesitate to challenge the monopolized broadcasting industry of NHL games, helping pave the way for a competitive environment that now benefits the entire world of hockey.
For exceptional contribution to Canada and Québec, Mr. Aubut received the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec in 1981 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986. The same year, he became Member of the Order of Canada, and was elevated to the rank of Officer in 1993. And, in 2006, he was made Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec. In 2008, Mr. Aubut received the Québec Bar’s honorary title of Emeritus Lawyer and, in 2009, he received the official medal of the Barreau de Québec. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Québec Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded the title of “Grand Québécois” by the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce, as well as the “Médaille Gloire de l’Escolle” from the Université Laval.
Mr Aubut has been a corporate lawyer practicing around the country from its offices in Quebec City and Montreal for more than three decades. The 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada recognizes him as one of Canada’s leading attorneys in the area of sports law. Since 1998, he is partner with Heenan Blaikie, one of the most prestigious law firms in Canada. In addition to its practice as an expert in business and sports law, he is a member of both National Management Committee and Executive Committee of the firm.