A three-time winner of a Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award, Peter Lawless has been involved in High-Performance sport for 25 years in the sports of sailing, athletics, and cycling.
A respected litigator and dedicated coach with a passion for coaching and developing high-performance athletes, Peter Lawless has devoted his life to the Olympic Movement in Canada, helping athletes realize their potential and achieve their dreams. As Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Peter is responsible for helping to shape the strategy and direction for the Olympic Movement in Canada, ensuring continued podium success and the advancement of Olympic values in the Canadian sporting community.
As an athlete, a Chartered Professional Coach and an administrator, Peter believes in the power of sport to change lives. A recipient of B.C.’s Medal of Good Citizenship (2017) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Peter is a four-time winner of the National Coaching Excellence Award and was B.C.’s Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2012. Having worked with athletes and coaches at every level in sport from grassroots to high performance, Peter is one of the most respected coaches in Canadian sport. Peter’s athletes have broken 28 world records and won 15 Paralympic and World Championships medals.
Beyond the Canadian Olympic Committee, Peter is a well-respected litigator in the Health and Social Services Group of the Ministry of Justice and has broad experience with a wide range of litigation matters having spent more than a decade in a large Victoria, BC law firm where he was a partner. He has published articles on harassment and morality in sport and taught post-secondary courses in dispute resolution, civil procedure and drafting and ethics in sport. He is also a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars.
Peter has also provided legal representation to sports organizations, athletes and coaches involved in doping, selection and other sports-related disputes and presently serves as an arbitrator for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Peter has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Arbitration for Sport centered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Peter has also served as Ombudsperson for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, providing guidance and counsel for team members to quickly and effectively resolve disputes.
Peter lives in Victoria, BC.