John-Paul Cody-Cox Becomes Speed Skating Canada Chief Executive Officer

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) was thrilled to announce today the appointment of John-Paul Cody-Cox as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cody-Cox has been the Executive Director of Volleyball Canada for the past three and one-half years, prior to which he served as the association’s Marketing Director, beginning in 2004.

During his tenure with Volleyball Canada, John-Paul led a significant turn-around in the association, eliminating two-thirds of the association’s $1.7 million debt in just over three years. At the same time he was able to create program growth by forging strong partnerships with provincial members, provincial and municipal governments, sport system partners and the corporate sector. As Director of Marketing, Cody-Cox managed international events like World League and the Montreal stop of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and grew corporate sponsorship for Volleyball Canada from $50,000 to $500,000. John-Paul has been one of the chairs of the Canadian Team Sport Coalition that, in the last federal budget, successfully secured $6 million in funding to strengthen the development of Canadian team sports.

“John-Paul’s vision of the importance of sport in Canadian society and its role in developing individuals from grass roots through to high performance is a strong fit with the values and culture of Speed Skating Canada,” explained Marie-Claire Rouleau, President of SSC. “I am confident he’s the right person for us at this time. His energy and enthusiasm for the challenges of ensuring speed skating remains a leading Canadian sport will help us grow.”

Cody-Cox also brings a strong business acumen developed over ten years in sales, marketing and management, including positions as the Global Marketing Programs and Sponsorship Manager for Corel Corporation, Marketing Account Manager for Business Development Information and Marketing Research Analyst for COMPAS Inc. John-Paul holds a Honours Bachelors degree in Political Science, as well as a Master degrees in Political Science and an MBA.

“John-Paul brings the blend of sport and business experience that we need in a CEO,” continued Marie-Claire Rouleau. “Our organization has an excellent foundation for continuing success – talented and accomplished skaters, experienced coaches, quality volunteers, excellent government, sport and corporate partnerships. We were searching for a strong leader with solid management experience.”

Rouleau went on to say, “Although John-Paul has extensive experience and success in marketing, the role of CEO is to provide leadership across all areas of our business. Certainly his marketing acumen will reassure our corporate partners of their continuing importance in our success; however, he will not concentrate exclusively on marketing. As CEO he will oversee the full range of organizational activity and staff specialists in high performance, skater development, leadership development, marketing and communications and finance.”

In commenting on his appointment, Cody-Cox affirmed, “This is the right time, organization and challenge for me at this point in my career. I’m honoured Speed Skating Canada has entrusted me with the task of taking the sport to the next level.”

“I’m a big believer in the power of cultivating partnerships to grow organizations, it’s been a fundamental skill set I’ve developed in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and I’ve had great success with that approach.” Cody-Cox concluded his remarks by saying, “The achievements of Speed Skating Canada are well documented; it is my intention to build on those successes by collaborating closely with the speed skating community and its partners at all levels, from grassroots to podium.”

John-Paul Cody-Cox is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He came to Ottawa 10 years ago to do his MBA and has remained here since, living with his wife Debbie Ling and his two children, aged 5 and 20 months. He will be based in Ottawa at Speed Skating Canada’s national office and his first day is October 4th.