Richard Pound

Member, VANOC Board of Directors
Nominated by the Canadian Olympic Committee

A member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1978 and Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency since 1999, Richard (Dick) Pound has a lengthy and distinguished sports administration career.

Over the course of his Olympic involvement, Pound has been involved in virtually every aspect of the Olympic Games. He is a longtime Executive Board member and vice president of the IOC, where he was responsible for all Olympic television negotiations, marketing and sponsorships. He also has participated in numerous Olympic commissions as a chairman or member, including commissions for the coordination of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games; study of the Olympic Games; and eligibility.

On the national front, Pound has played an active role with the Canadian Olympic Committee, serving as Secretary General (1968-1976) and President (1977-1982) as well as deputy chef de mission of the Canadian Olympic delegation for the Munich 1972 Olympic Games. He also supported Vancouver’s bid for the 2010 Games as a director of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation.

Also an accomplished athlete, Pound has won numerous accolades for his swimming achievements. He was a double Olympic finalist at the 1960 Summer Games in Rome and won four medals (one gold, two silver, one bronze) at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia. In addition, he won several Canadian national swimming titles (1958 to 1962), supporting his membership to the Canadian Swimming Hall of Fame and the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was awarded the Gold Medallion Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Pound is a lawyer and chartered accountant by training, and was educated at McGill University and Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University). He holds honourary degrees from Laurentian University and the Universities of Western Ontario and Windsor, and in 2004 was appointed a Chubb Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University.

Born in St. Catharine’s Ontario and now based in Montreal, Pound is a senior partner of Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he specializes in tax law. He also serves as Chancellor of McGill University, previously serving as Chair of its Board of Governors.

Pound speaks fluent English and French, and is the author of six books on law and various Olympic Games-related subjects. He continues to enjoy many sports, including swimming, squash, tennis and golf. Pound is married, and has three children and two stepchildren.

 

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