Press release, March 7, 2022 – Whistler, BC – The Whistler Institute is proud to announce its first Global Perspectives Speaker Series event of 2022, a panel discussion followed by a reception and fireside chat on April 21 at the Whistler Conference Centre.
The Role of the Olympic Movement in an Ever-Changing World will discuss changes the Olympics and Paralympics will continue to undertake in order to adapt to shifting global priorities. As guardian of the Olympic Games and leader of the Olympic Movement, the International Olympic Committee has made seismic reforms over the past eight years. The Olympic Movement is steered by thoughtful navigation of cultural, geopolitical, and economic opportunities and challenges. Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi will share insights on the successes of Olympic Agenda 2020 and Olympic Agenda 2020+5, and their implications for the future of sport.
Following this introduction, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President Tricia Smith will join Christophe Dubi along with a panel of Olympic Athletes in an energizing conversation moderated by Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.
This exciting Global Perspectives Speaker Series event will be complemented by a ticketed post-event reception and fire-side chat, where attendees will hear anecdotes by Richard Pound, one of Canada’s most-recognized figures in international sport. This two-time vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and former Olympic Athlete will address attendees with stories from his breadth of experience with the Olympic Movement. Pound will be interviewed by Catriona Le May Doan who most recently served as Team Canada’s chef de mission at the Winter Games Beijing 2022.
Presented on the heels of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the event is sure to spark timely and pertinent conversation surrounding the future of the Olympic Movement. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to influence significantly all aspects of international sporting events, the world will keep looking to the Olympic Movement to lead the reimagining the role of sport on a global scale.
“The future of the Olympic movement is complicated and exciting. For me the focus has to be on how sport and the Olympic movement can operate to be a catalyst for positive change. Conversations like this are important in accomplishing that goal.” says Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) President, Tricia Smith.
Centred on the Whistler Institute’s efforts to foster international thought leadership, the event presents an opportunity to inform and engage audiences from Whistler, British Columbia and around the world through an impactful hybrid in-person and digital forum. As a registered Canadian Charity, the Whistler Institute is committed to exploring topics that are of both local and global importance.
Date & time: April 21, 2022. 6:30pm PST.
Location: Rainbow Theatre, Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Tickets: $30 In Person Theatre Ticket.
$80 In Person Theatre Ticket + Reception + Fireside Chat.
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Tricia Smith (President of the Canadian Olympic Committee): Tricia Smith is a lawyer and businesswoman based in Vancouver who has had a successful multifaceted career in sport. A four-time Olympian in rowing, Smith captured a silver medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, seven world championship medals as well as a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Tricia Smith has been the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) since 2015 and was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia and an Honorary Degree from the University of British Columbia. She is also a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Christophe Dubi (Olympic Games Executive Director, International Olympic Committee): Christophe Dubi has a long history with the International Olympic Committee that led up to his appointment as Olympic Games Executive Director in 2014. The Olympic Games Department is in charge of managing and coordinating the successful delivery of the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games and the operations of the Games, ensuring a positive experience for the athletes, spectators, local communities and the hosts, as well as all other Olympic stakeholders. All strategic developments involving the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, as well as the Coordination Commissions, which monitor and provide guidance to Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, and the Future Host Commissions, which monitor and promote interest in hosting, also fall under the responsibility of the Department.
The Global Perspectives Speaker Series is designed to stimulate discussion and inspire action around major issues facing the world today and into the future. The Series features accomplished international thought leaders who have made a global impact through evolutionary and even revolutionary advancements in their fields.
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The Whistler Institute partners with individuals and organizations to provide opportunities for learning and influencing change by encouraging innovation and creativity in learning; by thoughtful consideration of global issues; by connecting with leading subject matter experts; and by inspiring individuals and organizations to take initiative. The Whistler Institute is a registered charity that is funded through private donors, foundations, government grants and fees for service.
Sponsorship opportunities exist for this excusive event with an engaged audience, view the sponsorship package here.
Executive Director, Whistler Institute