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President Marcel Aubut’s Address to COC Board and Session Members

Speech to be delivered by MARCEL AUBUT

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS
BOARD AND SESSION
(TORONTO, ON)

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Speech to begin at X
Sheraton Hotel, Toronto
INTRODUCTION

FRIENDS, CHERS AMIS, WELCOME, BIENVENUE.

IL NE RESTE QUE 76 JOURS D’ICI LA CÉRÉMONIE D’OUVERTURE DES JEUX DE SOTCHI, ET JE SAIS QUE CERTAINS D’ENTRE VOUS ONT ENCORE ÉNORMÉMENT DE TRAVAIL À FAIRE D’ICI LÀ.

WITH 76 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SOCHI GAMES, I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU HAVE A MOUNTAIN OF TASKS AHEAD.

FOR THAT, I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE TODAY.

THE PRESENCE OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS PARAMOUNT.

IT ENSURES OUR CONVERSATIONS THIS WEEKEND ARE FRUITFUL AND INCLUSIVE OF THE MANY PARTNERS WE HAVE IN THE ROOM.

IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE THE SUCCESSES WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER.

AND WHAT GREAT SUCCESSESS THEY ARE.

A NOD TO NSF SUCCESSES

A FUNNY THING ABOUT SUCCESS…

WHEN YOU DO THINGS RIGHT, IT HAS A WAY OF SPREADING.

SUCCESS BEGETS SUCCESS.

LES VICTOIRES SUR LE TERRAIN DE JEU ET EN DEHORS DE CELUI-CI FONT SOUVENT BOULE DE NEIGE… ET JE LE SAIS PARCE QUE JE LE VOIS DANS TOUT CE QUE VOUS ACCOMPLISSEZ.

WINNING ON AND OFF THE FIELD CAN BE CONTAGIOUS, AND I KNOW THIS BECAUSE WE SEE IT THROUGH THE WORK BEING DONE BY ALL OF YOU.

ALLOW ME TO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF YOUR OUTSTANDING RESULTS.

ROB AND GORDON: YOUR ATHLETICS PROGRAM HAS SEEN OUR ATHLETES WIN 5 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDALS RECENTLY – THIS IS A FIRST IN OUR HISTORY, I BELIEVE.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO MORE GREAT RESULTS.

JEAN PAUL ET RICHARD : VOTRE PROGRAMME DE GYMNASTIQUE A PRODUIT UNE MÉDAILLE D’OR POUR ROSIE AND A TEAM SILVER AT THE RECENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. BRAVO!

JOHN AND MICHAEL: AFTER 55 LONG YEARS, A CANADIAN TENNIS PLAYER WAS ABLE TO REACH THE FINAL OF OUR COUNTRY’S LARGEST TOURNAMENT.

NAMES LIKE POSPISIL AND BOUCHARD ARE BECOMING HOUSEHOLD NAMES IN CANADA AND WELL KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD.

MILOS RAONIC IS INCHING HIS WAY TO THE TOP 10 IN THE WORLD. CAN YOU IMAGINE? TOP 10!

THANK YOU TO MICHAEL DOWNEY FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND WE WISH YOU LUCK IN THE U.K. – BUT NOT TOO MUCH.

[PAUSE]

JOHN AND MICHELE AT CANADA BASKETBALL: ALLOW ME TO MENTION A FEW NAMES … ANDREW WIGGINS, TYLER ENNIS, DUANE NOTICE, ANTHONY BENNETT AND THE LIST GOES ON.

THESE PLAYERS ARE NOT ONLY THE FUTURE OF THE NBA, BUT THE FUTURE OF CANADA’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR TAKING A BOLD STEP BY INVESTING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLAYERS AND COACHING.

MORE GOOD NEWS…

DALE MCMANN, THE FORMER HEAD OF SOFTBALL CANADA IS NOW THE NEW ISF PRESIDENT.

MORE CANADIAN VOICES AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL! WE LOVE IT!

AND NSFS LIKE CROSS COUNTRY AND CURLING HAVE SUCCEEDED IN GROWING THEIR REVENUE.

LIKE OUR ‘SNOW SPORTS’ WHO HAVE DECIDED TO TEAM UP FOR THE COMMON GOAL – COMBINING THEIR EFFORTS IN THE AREAS OF MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP.

AND IN ADDITION TO THOSE REMARKABLE INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS, HOW ABOUT WHAT WE, COLLECTIVELY, WITNESSED YESTERDAY?

50 OUT OF 52 NSFS PARTICIPATED IN THE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AND MADE IT A HUGE SUCCESS.
FRIENDS, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SUCCESS INSPIRES MORE SUCCESS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS SOME INCREDIBLE WORK BEING DONE IN OUR COUNTRY’S SPORTS SYSTEM.

WHAT IS CLEAR TO ME IS THIS: OUR COMMUNITY IS STRONGER WHEN WE ARE FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS.

CE SONT NOS RÉUSSITES INDIVIDUELLES QUI NOUS PERMETTENT VÉRITABLEMENT DE NOUS DÉMARQUER COLLECTIVEMENT.

THE CHALLENGE AHEAD

WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT YOU ARE DOING SOME INCREDIBLE WORK, AND WE MUST FORGE AHEAD.

WE ARE IN BETTER SHAPE TODAY, THAN WE WERE 4 YEARS AGO.

BUT THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR COMPLACENCY BECAUSE THAT WILL KILL OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE SUCCESS.

WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER, BE BETTER AND PERSEVERE.

WE HAVE NO CHOICE BECAUSE OTHER NATIONS ARE GETTING FASTER, BIGGER AND SMARTER.

ET PLUS CONCURRENTIELLES, JOUR APRÈS JOUR.

THE ONLY WAY TO STAY AHEAD OF THE PARADE IS TO STRATEGIZE AND PLAN TOGETHER.

WE ARE PARTNERS NOT COMPETITORS.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE CHALLENGING TIMES SOME OF YOU ARE FACING.

LIKE DEALING WITH PRIVATE SECTOR FATIGUE AFTER A GAMES AT HOME.

AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT CAPACITY AND REVENUE BUILDING IS AN OBSTACLE FOR SOME OF YOU.
ADDRESSING THE GAPS

WE MUST CONTINUE TO IMPROVE HOW WE WORK TOGETHER – AND WE CAN.

THIS WILL MAKE US BETTER.

AND EFFORTS LIKE THOSE WE ACHIEVED YESTERDAY WILL RESULT IN A REWARDING FUTURE.

THE DELOITTE STUDY IDENTIFIED CLEARLY THE AREAS THAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE ON.

FOR EXAMPLE:

1. MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE ON ENSURING STRONG LEADERSHIP EXISTS AT THE BOARD AND STAFF LEVELS OF YOUR ORGANIZATIONS.

2. WE NEED TO CARVE OUT MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER ON SPECIALIZED RESOURCES AND TOOLS TO STRENGTHEN SPORT.

3. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP A STRENGTH AND EXPERTISE THE AREA OF REVENUE GENERATION.

ONLY TO NAME A FEW.

SO YES… WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO.

BUT NO ONE CAN IMPOSE THIS TASK ON ANY OF YOU.

THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE MUST COME FROM WITHIN.

DIVING CANADA, HOCKEY CANADA, ROWING CANADA, CURLING, VOLLEYBALL AND OTHERS ARE CONCRETE EXAMPLES.

YES, THE COC IS THERE FOR ALL OF YOU, BUT WE CANNOT DO THE WORK FOR YOU.

AND WHILE WE REMAIN RESOLUTE IN OUR EFFORTS TO HELP YOU, WE CAN ONLY – TRULY – BE PART OF THE SOLUTION – NOT THE SOLE SOLUTION.

VOUS AUSSI DEVEZ PRENDRE LES CHOSES EN MAINS ET FAÇONNER VOTRE PROPRE AVENIR… UN AVENIR BRILLANT.

YOU TOO NEED TO TAKE CHARGE AND BE THE AUTHOURS OF YOUR OWN BRIGHT FUTURES.

LIKE WE WITNESSED YESTERDAY FROM EVA, JOHN, DAVIN, MARK AND JEAN-CHRISTOPHE.

ULTIMATELY, IN ORDER FOR US TO CONTINUE TO EVOLVE AS A COLLECTIVE, WE MUST ALL STRIVE TO BE STRONG ON YOUR OWN.

NOTRE FORCE COLLECTIVE DÉPEND DE NOTRE FORCE INDIVIDUELLE.

FOR OUR PART, I HAVE CHALLENGED CHRIS AND HIS TEAM TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON OUR PROMISES.

AND LET ME REMIND ALL OF YOU OF WHAT WE COMMITTED ONE YEAR AGO:

1. WE WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST AND STRENGTHEN OUR ATHLETES, COACHES AND NATIONAL SPORT FEDERATIONS.

2. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO ALIGN THE SPORT SYSTEM WHERE POSSIBLE.

3. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW CANADIANS HOW SPORT AND OUR ATHLETES AND COACHES ARE AN ASSET TO SOCIETY.

THIS REMAINS AS IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO – AN AMBITIOUS GOAL.

AND WE ADD TO THAT, THE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO RAISE MONEY FROM EVERY SOURCE POSSIBLE, BEFORE SOTCHI, AND AFTER SOTCHI.
EX.: FOUNDATION

TOGETHER, WE NEED TO PUT SPORT AT THE CORE OF OUR BUSINESS.

CONCLUSION

FRIENDS, ABOVE ALL ELSE, WE HAVE ONE PARAMOUNT DUTY AS AN ORGANIZATION.

AND I HAVE ONE PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITY AS PRESIDENT…

TO ENSURE WE ALL SHARE IN THE MOMENTUM AND GROWTH OF SPORT IN OUR COUNTRY.

YES, AS A COMMUNITY WE ARE GOOD, BUT WE ARE NOT YET GREAT.

YES, WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO MUCH TOGETHER, BUT WE ARE NOT YET DONE.

OUI, EN TANT QUE COMMUNAUTÉ, NOUS SOMMES BONS, MAIS NOUS NE SOMMES PAS ENCORE LES MEILLEURS.

OUI, NOUS AVONS ACCOMPLI DE GRANDES CHOSES ENSEMBLE, MAIS IL NOUS RESTE ENCORE BEAUCOUP DE TRAVAIL À FAIRE.

POUR ÊTRE LES MEILLEURS, NOUS DEVONS ALLER DE L’AVANT ET CONTINUER D’UNIR NOS EFFORTS COMME UNE VÉRITABLE ÉQUIPE.

IL N’Y A PAS D’AUTRE FAÇON DE PARVENIR AU SOMMET.

IN ORDER TO BE THE BEST, WE MUST KEEP MOVING AND WORKING AS ONE TEAM.

THIS IS TRULY THE ONLY WAY TO THE TOP.

MERCI.

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