About the Foundation

Opening Ceremony 2018

Changing the world through the power of sport. It’s what we do.


As the official charitable organization of the Canadian Olympic Committee, we support our athletes who inspire every Canadian to strive for greatness through embodying Olympic values. Through the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Canadians can be an integral part of the Canadian Olympic Movement by directly supporting our current and future Olympic athletes and coaches with the resources they need to reach their potential and to pursue the podium.

One of our key initiatives is the support of the Next Generation (Next Gen) of Team Canada. Investing in Next Gen helps in the development of a pipeline of talented, high-performance athletes, and has enabled Canada to be a top sporting nation, now and into the future. Next Gen funding is directed to 4 key pillars: Specialized Sport Science and Sport Medicine, Coaching, Competition and Daily Training Environment. We currently raise approximately $8M a year for the Canadian sport system and have proudly granted more than $76M to the Canadian Sport System since 2007.

Why give?

Through the generous support of donors, the Canadian Olympic Foundation provides funding to three key areas:

  1. The Canadian Olympic Team – The athletes and coaches that represent our country at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and World Championships.
  2. The Next Generation – Aspiring Olympians and the organizations and programs that support their development, through our 5to8 campaign
  3. The Canadian Sport System – The growth and enhancement of the Canadian sport system.

Board of Directors

Perry Dellelce is a founder and managing partner of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance and transactional law firms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992. Mr. Dellelce has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Laurentian University. He has significant expertise in securities, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Dellelce lends his diverse leadership experience to numerous organizations. He is Chairman of NEO Exchange Inc. and sits on the Board of Directors of Lendifield Inc. and Mount Logan Capital Inc. Along with his corporate experience, Mr. Dellelce sits on the Board of Directors of multiple charitable organizations including Chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Co-Chair of Toronto Celebrates Sudbury Organization Committee and the past Chair of Sunnybrook Foundation. His passion for health care, education and sport philanthropy has been recognized most recently by the Rotary Club of Sudbury with the Paul Harris Award and Sunnybrook Foundation with the Rose Award, highlighting his leadership and contribution to humanitarian efforts.

Ruth Asper


Ruth Asper is a business-woman, philanthropist and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service.  She holds a Bachelor of Recreation Management and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management as well as a Master’s of Science from Indiana University. Her and her husband David Asper have three children – Daniel, Rebecca and Max. In 2003, she established a fund at the University of Manitoba to provide a bursary for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science program pursuing studies in the physical education stream with a focus on fitness. She has also established major endowments at the University of Manitoba to support the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, the United Way Tomorrow Fund and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba where she actively supports the Jewish Child and Family Services Helping Hand Initiative. Ruth has played key support, funding and/or fundraising roles related to Winnipeg Grey Cup Festivals, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Gimli Film Festival, Pan Am Clinic Foundation, St. John’s Ravenscourt School and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

John I. Bitove


John I. Bitove is distinguished in the world of  corporate and sports endeavors along with community service in Canada. He is the Chairman of Obelysk a diversified holding company of investing in and operating companies. In 1993, he founded the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. He led the NBA franchise-bid process, launched the team and created the Scotiabank Arena, Toronto’s major sports and entertainment venue.  A passionate Canadian, he was the volunteer President and CEO of Toronto’s Bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, head of the organizing committees that brought the 1993 World Indoor Athletics (Track & Field) Championships and World Championships of Basketball to Canada in 1994. A strong believer of giving back to the community, Bitove founded S’Cool Life Fund, to support elementary schools across Canada in the areas of DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music, and Sports. Since the launch in 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has raised over $2 million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of elementary school kids.

Since it was founded in 1996, Ms. Hélène Desmarais has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive of Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montreal, in Canada. She holds directorships in a number of companies and organizations in both the public and private sectors and has led initiatives in the areas of economics, education and healthcare. Desmarais has been Independent Director of Christian Dior SA since April 5, 2012 and is also President of the Company’s Nominating and Compensation Committee. Desmarais is Director of Garda World Security Corporation, since 2006. She is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and is also a Member of the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committee. Desmarais is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Economic Forum of the Americas and is also President of the Company’s Steering Committee, since 1995. She also serves as Chairwoman of the Board and Founder of Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM), since 1998. She is Chairwoman of the Board of HEC Montreal, since 2003. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from HEC Montreal.

Brian Gallant


Brian Gallant is a highly respected and dynamic Canadian leader who served as the 33rd Premier of New Brunswick from 2014 to 2018.  At the age of 32, Brian became the youngest First Minister to be elected in Canada in a century. Brian is the CEO of the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation, a ground-breaking initiative to help Canadian businesses and organizations as they work to redefine and strengthen both the scope of their purpose and the contributions they make more broadly to society. As a Senior Advisor at Navigator, Brian understands the challenges that organizations are facing in this age of innovation and disruption. Brian helps leaders navigate complex issues at the intersection of government, politics, business, law, social justice, media, and sustainability. Brian is also a Special Advisor on Innovation, Cybersecurity, and Law to the President of Ryerson University and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the DMZ incubator. In addition to his time as Premier, Brian has served New Brunswick as the Attorney General, the Minister responsible for Innovation, and the Minister responsible for Women’s Equality. He has also served as the Chair of the Council of the Federation. Prior to entering politics, Brian worked as a corporate commercial lawyer. He has university degrees in business and law as well as a Master of Laws from McGill University. In 2015, Brian was the only Canadian named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Brian is currently on the Board of Directors of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst in Brampton, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Board of Directors of the Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre in Shediac.

Anthony Giuffre


Anthony Giuffre is Founder and CEO of Avenue Living Asset Management, one of the largest private real estate owner/operators in Western Canada. Under Anthony’s leadership, the real estate platform grew from $3 Million to $1.3 Billion assets under management in the last 12 years. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Anthony’s passion is mentoring talent. He invests time, experience and seed capital to emerging entrepreneurs in technology, food and beverage, retail, infrastructure and alternative energy industries. He is also a Co-Founder of Circuit Stream, a tech company offering virtual and augmented reality education and training services. Anthony serves as a board member of the Calgary Public Library Foundation and sits on the Patrons Council for UNICEF Alberta. He has completed 16 Ironman Triathlons, including the Hawaii World Championship in 2014. Anthony graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Jeff Glass


Jeff Glass is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP where he advises leading investment dealers and senior issuers on capital markets transactions and public company advisory matters. He also founded the firm’s Investment Products & Asset Management Practice. In 1980 Glass was a member of the Junior National Volleyball Team that represented Canada at the NORCECA Volleyball Championships and the Junior National Track & Field team that represented Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games. From 1981 to 1989 Glass was a member of the Canadian Track & Field Team, representing Canada on 22 occasions including the Commonwealth Games, Pan-American Games, World Indoor Games, World Student Games, Pacific Conference Games and the Olympic Games. He has been inducted into the Western University Sports Hall of Fame and the London Sports Hall of Fame. Glass is also a member of the Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee of the Western University Board of Governors and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Richard Ivey School of Business Alumni Association.

Ted Goldthorpe


Ted Goldthorpe is a Partner and head of Credit for BC Partners. He joined in 2017. He is also a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. Mr. Goldthorpe was most recently the President of Apollo Investment Corporation, Chief Investment Officer of Apollo Investment Management, and Senior Portfolio Manager, U.S. Opportunistic Credit. Mr. Goldthorpe joined Apollo in April 2012 and oversaw the Opportunistic Credit platform and was a member of the Senior Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Goldthorpe was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. since 1999. He most recently ran the Bank Loan and Distressed Investing Desk and prior to that was a Managing Director in the Special Situations Group. Mr. Goldthorpe received a B.A. in Commerce from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a frequent guest lecturer at leading Universities including Columbia, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), University of Virginia, New York University, Queen's University, and Stanford University. Mr. Goldthorpe currently serves on the Global Advisory Board for the Queen's School of Business. He is the Chairman of the Young Fellowship of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and serves on the board of Directors for Her Justice and Capitalize for Kids.

Moez Kassam


With over two decades of experience as a successful entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and board member, Moez brings a wealth of experience and creative energy to all he does. As co-founder of Anson Funds, he manages a $750M hedge fund group that was ranked by Bloomberg Magazine as a top ten global performer and was named a top manager ‘bucking the trend’ by Barron’s Magazine for successful performance over five years. In 2018, Moez was an honoured recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Moez applies his innate business acumen to the benefit of numerous charities through his personal foundation including Doctors Without Borders, Toronto Public Library Foundation and Ryerson University. He's a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO), moonlights as an executive producer for production house Moringa Media, where he provides the critical link between business and art. Moez has an MBA from London Business School (LBS) and a BA from Western University and is proud to call Toronto home.

Bruce Linton


Bruce has a passion for entrepreneurship and making a positive difference in the world. He brings a wealth of experience in building strong technology-driven companies, developing world-class teams, and positioning his companies in sectors driven by waves of public policy change. Bruce currently holds the positions of Founder and Chairman and CEO of Collective Growth Corporation; a special acquisition purpose company which went public on the NASDAQ exchange on May 1, 2020. Bruce is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee for Mind Medicine Inc., Executive Chairman for Gage Cannabis Co., Chairman of the Advisory Board for Red Light Holland Corp., is co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Óskare Capital, on the Board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Co-Chairman and past CEO of Martello Technologies and is Co‐founder and Chairman of Ruckify. Is an active investor with Slang Worldwide Inc and with OG DNA Genetics Inc. He is the Founder and Former Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC/WEED).

Tony Loria


Tony Loria is co-founder of Eight Capital with over 20 years of experience in building and managing investment banking franchises and advising a global client base focusing on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy and business innovation. Tony was previously Managing Director at Dundee Securities and Partner, Managing Director at Genuity Capital Markets prior to being acquired by Canaccord Capital. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, Tony played for the 1988 University of Calgary Vanier Cup championship team, served as captain of the team in 1992 and was an Academic All Canadian in 1991/1992.  Tony coached at University of Calgary football program for the following eight years, committed to mentoring on and off the field.  Loria currently sits on the University of Calgary Football Alumni Board, a leading Canadian university alumni organization managing an endowment program providing significant financial assistance to the UofC Football team and its athletes. He lives in Calgary with his wife and three children.

Doug Mitchell graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Colorado College before obtaining his LL.B. from the University of British Columbia Law School. He is National Co-Chairman of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and serves on several Board of Directors, including Calgary Airport Authority (Past Chairman), Alberta Economic Development Authority, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Past President). Mitchell is on the Board of Governors of UBC, the McLaren Foundation and Participaction Canada. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws and an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree from the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology respectively. Mitchell played football for UBC and the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was a member of the NHL Board of Governors and Commissioner of the CFL, and now is on their Board of Governors. He created and serves as Chairman of the Canadian Athletic Foundation, is Chair of the Calgary Sports Tourism Authority, and is a co-owner of the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. One of the Canadian University Football semi-final championships was named the Mitchell Bowl in recognition of his commitment and dedication to university athletics. In 2010 and 2011 he was named one of the Power 50 of Canadian sports by the Globe and Mail. In 2009, UBC named the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, which hosted hockey and sledge hockey for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Mitchell has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and received the Alberta Order of Excellence. For his professional and community-based achievements, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2004. In 2019 He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Cailey Stollery


Cailey Stollery is the President of Angus Glen Golf Club. Opened in 1995, Angus Glen Golf Club is a 36-hole course that has twice hosted the Canadian Open Championships, a PPGA Canadian Women’s Open and hundreds of charity events, as well as the first-ever PanAm Games golf contest during the a Toronto 2015 PanAm Games. Prior to Angus Glen Golf Club, Stollery displayed her entrepreneurial spirit by launching Nine Plus Nine golf clothing for women, where she was a designer, operator and owner. Earlier in her career, she held the position of Sales and Marketing Director for Kylemore Communities. Stollery holds degrees from both the University of King’s College and the Rotman School of Management. Stollery joined the board of the Golf Canada Foundation, and is also a Director of Kylemore Communities, the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, the Angus Glen Foundation and is a Board Member Governor of the Character Community Foundation of York Region. She lives in Markham with her husband and three children.

Chris Clark


Chris Clark is a Corporate Director, serving on the Boards of Air Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited, and Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Prior to becoming a Director, Chris was the Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Canada from 2005-2011. Chris is a Fellow Professional Chartered Accountant. Through his role as Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committees at Loblaw and Air Canada, as well as his accounting and finance background, Chris brings a deep knowledge of accounting standards and practices as well as a clear understanding of the Board’s responsibilities. Chris also brings tremendous experience with not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, he serves on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium. He previously served as the chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Charmaine Crooks, C.M is a five-time Olympian and silver medalist who represented Canada in athletics for almost two decades. She was the first Canadian woman to run 800m in under two minutes and has won gold at World Cups, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. She was named Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games. That year, Crooks was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes’ Commission and played an important role in developing the IOC Code of Ethics. Crooks was also the first Pan American Sports Organization Athletes Chair and was President of Olympian's Canada.  In 2006, she was presented with the IOC Women and Sport Trophy for the Americas for supporting gender equity in sport. In 2009, she was the first woman to receive BC’s Sports Personality of the Year. Crooks was the vice-president of the World Olympians Association and has served the VANOC Board from bid to the end of the Games. She was also on the founding Executive Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency.  Crooks is a director on several charitable and private Boards, and is president of NGU Consultants, a global consultancy providing corporate development and strategic advisory services to a variety of sectors, including sport and technology.  In 2019, she was selected as one of the Women Executive Network's (WXN) Top 100 Women of Power. 

Steve Podborski is a two time Olympian (1980 – 1984) and the first North American male to win an Olympic Medal (Bronze) in downhill skiing at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. A two time winner of the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel, in 1982 Steve became the first, and still only, non-European male to win the World Cup Downhill Title. Steve is deeply involved in the Olympic movement, as Executive Director for the successful Olympic Bid for the Vancouver 2010 Games, Assistant Chef de Mission for the Vancouver Games and as the Chef de Mission for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Business highlights include senior leadership roles within TELUS (Strategic Initiatives, Community Affairs, Wellness) for 15 years until 2016. At that time Steve was recruited to the role of President and CEO of Parachute, Canada’s national injury prevention charity from 2016 to 2019. Presently, as a volunteer, Steve sits on the Board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Parachute Canada, the Canadian Snowsports Association, the Canadian Ski Foundation, and Winterstart (Lake Louise World Cup Alpine ski races). Steve and his spouse Cassandra reside on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics; an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals.  Tewksbury was a seven-time world record holder, has been inducted into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, and International Swimming Halls of Fame and had a cover appearance on TIME magazine. Mark has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama, was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations and was the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team competing in London.  Mark is currently a director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Chair of Special Olympics Canada. For his ongoing fight for justice, fair play and equal rights, Tewksbury has received five honorary degrees, the Queen’s Jubilee Silver Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada.

Staff Directory

Cindy Yelle

Chief Executive Officer

Selga Apse

Director, Business Operations

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Amanda Grydziuszko

Philanthropic Manager, Impact Giving

Phone: 416-324-4292

Email: agrydziuszko@olympic.ca

Jillian Philipp

Philanthropic Manager, Community Giving

Phone: 416-578-8747

Email: jphilipp@olympic.ca

Sean Reczulski

Philanthropic Manager, Major Gifts

Phone: 647-354-1891

Email: sreczulski@olympic.ca

Emmalee Nother

Philanthropic Strategist, Communications

Phone: 416-346-5141

Email: enother@olympic.ca

Sami Sherry

Financial Analyst & Philanthropic Specialist

Phone: 647-327-1059

Email: ssherry@olympic.ca

Elisa Iannarelli

Philanthropic Coordinator

Phone: 416-324-4285

Email: eiannarelli@olympic.ca

Olivia Oldfield

Philanthropic and Communications Coordinator

Phone: 416-324-4125

Email: ooldfield@olympic.ca

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