Gaétan Boucher Named President of Olympians Canada Quebec Chapter

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced today that Gaétan Boucher (long track speed skating, Charlesbourg, Que.) has been named the President of the Quebec Chapter of Olympians Canada. The inaugural Board of Directors elections also saw Pierre Harvey (cycling and cross-country skiing, St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.) elected as Vice-President and Philippe Laroche (freestyle skiing, Lac-Beauport, Que.), France St-Louis (ice hockey, St. Hubert, Que.) and Thalie Tremblay (fencing, Gatineau, Que.) voted in as elected members.

“It’s an honour to be elected as the inaugural President of the Quebec Chapter of Olympians Canada,” said Boucher. “I want to stay involved in sports and support the youth in Canada. High-performance sport has improved so much in our country over the last few years and as Olympians, we can help our athletes achieve even more.”

Voting for the five two-year term positions took place on March 20. All athletes who were members of an official Canadian delegation at the Olympic Games and who are permanent residents of Quebec were eligible to vote either online or in person at the COC’s Montreal office.

The newly elected Board of Directors will meet several times a year to plan various annual activities to promote the reconnection, networking and engagement of Quebec-based Olympians. The COC Montreal staff will provide logistic and administrative support to assist the Board of Directors in implementing their plan.

“The elections of Gaétan Boucher, Pierre Harvey, Philippe Laroche, France St-Louis and Thalie Tremblay to the Board of Directors is a great first step for the Quebec Chapter of Olympians Canada and I’m really excited about the contribution the newly elected members will make in our efforts to promote Olympians as role models and leaders within this province,” said COC Director of Athlete and Community Relations Marc Gélinas. “The province of Quebec has a long and rich Olympic history and the newly elected members will go a long way towards preserving and enhancing the Olympic movement in Quebec.”

Olympic athletes were encouraged to run as candidates for the Quebec Chapter of Olympians Canada. To be eligible, candidates must be permanent residents of Quebec. As per the chapter constitution, a minimum of two Olympians representing summer sports and two Olympians representing winter sports were elected to the Board of Directors.

Olympians Canada is a non-profit organization created to enable Olympians in Canada to establish contact or reunite with fellow Olympians to remember and celebrate their past achievements and to promote the Olympic movement for the benefit of future Olympians. The burgeoning Olympians Canada program is committed to promoting the concept of Olympism as a way of life for all, an aim it shares with the COC and the World Olympians Association.

The Canadian Olympic Committee is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada’s participation in the Olympic and Pan American Games and a wide variety of programs that promote the Olympic Movement in Canada through cultural and educational means.