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Tracy Little
Synchronized Swimming
Tracy Little competed in her second consecutive Olympic Games in 2012 and was a member of the Synchronized Swimming team that finished in fourth place in London. She announced her retirement after the London Games.

In 2011, Little was a member of the gold-medal winning team at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara that would qualify a spot for London in the team event. Little and the team would also finish fourth that year in the team events at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

At the 2010 FINA World Cup she would go on to capture a bronze in the team event.

In 2009, Little and the team would finish sixth in the Technical Duet event at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Little made her Olympic Games debut in 2008 and finished fourth in the team event.

At the 2007 FINA World Aquatic Championships, the synchro team would finish sixth. Little and the team would bounce back at the Pan American Games by placing second in the team event.

Little has been a senior national team member since the fall of 2004.

Nicolas Gill
Coach, Judo
Nicholas Gill is Canada’s most decorated judoka having competed in four consecutive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004. At the age of 20, Gill competed in his first Games and captured a bronze medal in the middleweight division in Barcelona. Eight years later, Gill would better that performance by capturing silver in Sydney in the men’s half-heavyweight division. In Athens, during his fourth and final Summer Games, Gill was named Canada’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer.

Gill holds two bronze medals (1995, 1999) and a silver medal (1993) from the World Judo Championships and two gold medals (1995, 1999) and a silver medal (2003) from the Pan American Games to go along with the 2002 gold medal he captured at the Commonwealth Games.

Retired in 2004, Gill has been the National Head Coach since 2005 and also added the title of High Performance Director in 2009. In 2012, he coached judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier to a bronze medal in the men’s -81 kg division at the London Olympic Games.

Aaron Dziver
Coach, Diving
Aaron is a certified level III coach with Diving Plongeon Canada’s National Senior and Junior teams. Aaron has represented Canada as a coach at the World University Games (FISU), FINA World Aquatic Championships, Pan American Junior Championships, World Junior Championships, and numerous FINA Grand Prix events. He is also a member of the Diving Plongeon Canada rules committee and was the Head Coach for Team Quebec at the Canada Games.

Aaron has been named both Age Group Coach of the Year three times, and Senior Coach of the Year twice by Diving Plongeon Canada.

Marcel Aubut
President
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.

Peter Lawless
President, Coaches of Canada
Chair, Canadian Olympic Committee coaches task force
Peter has been involved in High Performance sport for over 20 years in the sports of sailing, athletics and cycling. A two time winner of a Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award most recently Peter has been a staff coach with Team Canada at the UCI Paracycling World Championships and several World Cups. He has also been a staff coach with Athletics Canada at various events including IPC Athletics World Championships.

Lawless’ athletes have had remarkable success including breaking 17 World Records in athletics and winning over a dozen Paralympic or World Championships medals in both cycling and athletics. While predominately a coach of Paralympic athletes Lawless also coaches high performance able-bodied athletes including the highest placed Canadian finisher at the 2011 World Junior Championships (cycling).

Lawless is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute and a Chartered Professional Coach holding NCCP Level 4 certification. In his “day job” Lawless is a lawyer who focuses much of his practice on sports law. Peter has represented coaches, athletes and sports organizations in selection disputes, harassment claims and in numerous other disputes.

John Bales
President, Coaching Association of Canada
John Bales is CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada. He has held this position since 1996, and was previously founding director of the National Coaching Institute Calgary and was a former Olympic coach in sprint canoeing. John has been volunteer President of the International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) since 2005.

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