|Pre-Olympic Luncheon 2010 with Ken Read||Royal York Hotel, Concert Hall||100 Front Street West, Toronto|
"Will Canada Own the Podium at the 2010 Winter Olympics."
Perhaps best known as a charter member of Canada's "Crazy Canucks", Ken Read won 5 World Cup events including three of ski racing's majors: the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbuhel, Lauberhorn at Wengen and Arlberg-Kandahar at Chamonix (FRA).
Since retirement from competition, the career of this two-time Olympic athlete has covered broadcasting with CBC Sports, NBC and CBS; hosting the award-winning "MoneySense" series on The Family Network; fundraising for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; athlete advocacy as a member of the IOC Athletes Commission.
In 2002, Mr. Read joined Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) as President building a team that transformed the organization over six years where the Canadian Alpine and Para-Alpine Ski Teams have posted best-ever performances. New training venues were established at Camp Green @ Farnham Glacier and National Training Centres at Panorama (BC) and Nakiska (AB), research projects, athlete development streams including the newly released Aim-2-win; and ACA posted five successive years of positive financial results as well as a $500,000 reserve fund.
He stepped down from Alpine Canada Alpin in June 2008 and in September 2008 took over the leadership of Alberta Alpine. Today, in addition to his responsibilities as President & CEO of Alberta Alpine, he also serves as a member of the FIS Alpine Committee Executive Board and Chair both the FIS Alpine Youth & Children's Questions sub-committee and FIS Youth & Children's Coordinating Group. He also sits on a number of public and private boards including Score Media Inc., Banff Mount Norquay, WinSport Canada and the Advisory Committee Sport & Recreation Business Department of Mount Royal University.
Ken and his wife Lynda grew up in skiing families and their three sons are all keen ski racers and members of the Banff Alpine Racers Ski Club. They reside in Calgary and Canmore, where virtually every moment of the winter is spent on the snow somewhere.
Ken Read, Olympic Alpine Ski Racer
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