Director General Jean R. Dupré Leaves Speed Skating Canada

Speed Skating Canada’s (SSC) Director General, Jean R. Dupré, has announced that he will be stepping down next month from the position he has been holding since 1995. Mr. Dupré has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee. This position represents a unique and challenging opportunity in amateur sport in this country.

Mr Dupré has been with Speed Skating Canada for 15 years and felt it was time to step aside and let someone else bring new ideas and a new energy to the organization .

Mr Dupré contributed to make this organization a role model in Canada’s amateur sport community. Jean has been a tremendous asset to our organization for many years, and we are sad to see him go,” explained SSC President Marie-Claire Rouleau. “We sincerely thank him for his great leadership and unique contribution to speed skating for the past 15 years. Under his leadership, SSC became a very successful amateur sport organization in Canada and received the International Olympic Committee Sporting Excellence Award in April 2004.”

During his tenure at the head of SSC, Mr. Dupré also secured substantial sponsorship dollars, enabling an important growth in the programs delivered by the organization. Forty percent of SSC’s revenue now comes from corporate sponsorship. Last but not least, Dupré has helped Speed Skating Canada develop its Olympic Family and Friends Program, that went from small initiatives in Nagano in 1998 to a full-blown program envied by many other sport organizations in Vancouver earlier this year.

“While we are very sad that Jean is leaving, we wish him the best of luck in his future role with the Canadian Olympic Committee,” finished Marie-Claire Rouleau. “We know he will be a tremendous asset for them as they endeavour to capitalize on the excitement created by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games among Canadians for amateur sport.”

Mr. Dupré will remain in place with Speed Skating Canada until early May, and will take on his new role at the Canadian Olympic Committee on May 10th.