Immediate Past President
Canadian Olympic Committee
Michael A. Chambers was elected president of the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2001. In 2005, he was re-elected to a four-year term that extended through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Chambers was a vice-chair of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee and sat on the board of directors of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee.
Chambers has held several senior executive positions with the COC. He was a vice-president and Executive Committee member from 1990-2001; ‘A’ Director, canoeing from 1984-2001; member of the Legal Affairs Committee from 1986-2001 and chair from 1991-2001; member of the Anti-Doping Committee from 1989-2001; member of the Team Selection Committee from 1994-1998 and chair from 1998-2001; chair of the 2010 Site Review Committee for competing bids of Vancouver/Whistler, Calgary, and Quebec City in 1998; and member of the NSF Liaison Committee from 1990-1995. Chambers was also the Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
Chambers also holds many important roles in international sport. An executive member of the Pan American Sport Organization (PASO) since 2004, he was in October 2008 elected as a vice-president of the organization, the first Canadian to attain such position. He recently relinquished that role in order to assume a new position in PASO as president of its Legislative Commission. Chambers is also president of the Sport Venues Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and is to be soon named president of a second ANOC commission, the ANOC Juridical Commission. In 2006, Chambers was appointed to be a member of the International Olympic Committee’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games Working Group that was charged with the responsibility of short-listing the applicant cities wishing to bid to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In 2010, he was named to the IOC working group that performs the same tasks in relation to the applicant cities seeking the right to bid to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Originally coming to the COC from the sport of canoe-kayak, Chambers spent many years engaged with the Canadian Canoe Association: CCA Board of Directors and Executive Committee (1983-1990); member of the CCA’s Olympic and International Committee (National Team Committee) (1983-1985); member of its Trophy & Awards and By-laws Committees (Chair) (1983-2001); CCA Vice-Commodore (1984-1986); and CCA Commodore (1986-1988). During his years with the CCA, Chambers was an active competition official at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels of canoe-kayak.
In the 1960s, Chambers began his involvement with high performance Olympic sport as a competitive canoe paddler for the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa. He served on the Rideau Canoe Club Board for 20 years from 1981 until he was elected COC President, holding at various times the positions of club commodore, treasurer, and competitive paddling director.
Chambers holds both a bachelor of commerce and bachelor of laws degree from the University of Ottawa. He is currently engaged in private practice with Maclaren Corlett LLP in Ottawa.