President & CEO, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)
Topic: A Global Shake-Up in Anti-Doping
What it means for Canadian sport and the international playing field
2017 is a pivotal year for the global anti-doping movement. In the wake of Professor Richard McLaren’s shocking revelations about an unprecedented doping conspiracy in Russian sport, the international sport community has been seized with trying to figure out how to fix the glaring gaps.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has been a vocal advocate for major changes that will help restore faith in a suspect system: from supporting proposed measures to strengthen the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) ability to monitor compliance and punish countries that flaunt the rules, to criticism of proposed International Olympic Committee (IOC) reforms being advanced without any meaningful input from the anti-doping community.
The 2017 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference will provide a valuable opportunity to update senior sport administrators on the latest developments. It could also serve as a timely forum to discuss a Canadian position on Russian participation at the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
This crisis demands a thoughtful, coordinated and principled response by the international sport community. As a leading voice on the global anti-doping issue, there is a vital role for Canadian sport leaders to play in influencing the right decisions to protect the interests of clean athletes here and around the world.
The topic will be co-presented by Paul Melia, President and CEO of CCES, and Derek Johnston, President of Face Value Communications Inc.
He originally joined the CCES in 1991 as Director of Education and Communications, and was with the Centre for eight years prior to leaving to pursue an opportunity in the high-tech industry as Regional Vice-President with In-Touch Survey Systems Inc. Paul’s passion for promoting sport in Canada that is positive, values-based and principle-driven resulted in his return to the CCES.
Paul plays a leadership role in managing the CCES’ operations, which includes the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, leading the growth of the True Sport Movement in Canada and working with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and other sport.
Paul is currently Chairperson of the True Sport Foundation and he also works extensively in the international arena promoting ethical and doping-free sport. He served as the first President of the internationally based Association of National Anti-Doping Organizations from 2002-2006.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Health Administration. Prior to joining the CCES, Paul was Chief of the Tobacco Programs Unit at Health Canada where he was responsible for the direction and management of the Department’s tobacco use reduction strategies.
Over the course of his career, working on a variety of health and social issues, Paul has developed extensive knowledge and expertise in the development and implementation of public awareness, education and social change campaigns. His leadership skills have been characterized by a clear vision, results-oriented approach to the management of a wide range of public issues.