Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Sport and Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners.

Robert K. Barney Richard Pound
Barbara Evans Patricia Vertinsky
Mark Moore

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

Panel Session

We are pleased to announce that there will be a keynote panel presentation hosted and moderated by Barbara Emener Karasek, a 15+ year sports industry veteran and currently the Director of Corporate Marketing for the PGA TOUR.

The topic of this panel will be: “Purpose Driven Sport: The Art of Giving Back and Building Legacies” - an engaging panel discussion on the purpose of sport and its long term impact on the constituents and communitites served.

Panel Members Include:

- Ray Bednar, Global Sponsorship Executive, Bank of America

- Milos Vranesevic, Director, Brand Marketing, MasterCard Canada

- Bruce Dewar, CEO, 2010 Legacies Now (VANOC’s Legacy Program)

- Debbie Butt, Director of Community Partnerships and Executive Director of

Canucks for Kids Fund, NHL/Vancouver Canucks

- Danielle Silverstein, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation/Toronto Blue Jays

- Michelle Delancy, Executive Director, Boeing Classic/Champions Tour

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The Speakers

Robert K. Barney
Robert K. Barney is the Founding/Emeritus Director (1989-1999) of the International Center for Olympic Studies, and Emeritus Professor in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (1997) and collaborates with the Recipient of the Olympic Order, the North American Society for Sport History, the International Society for History of Physical Activity and Sport, and the International Society of Olympic Historians. His research themes/projects include history of Olympic commercialism, history of Olympic symbols and copyright, and history of Olympic victory and ceremonies.

Barbara Evans
Professor Barbara Evans is Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia. As Dean she is responsible for oversight of policy, management and quality assurance for masters and doctoral programs, generic skills training and research supervision. The Faculty also provides a range of academic support and professional development programs for graduate students, supervising faculty and staff. Prior to this appointment Barbara was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at The University of Melbourne.

Recognized for her international leadership in graduate education, Barbara has been a keynote speaker at many conferences focused on graduate education in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. She has been the Convener of the Universitas 21 Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies and of the Australian Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies. Each group is committed to improving graduate education in a global context, quality assurance, and national and international benchmarking of research higher degree practices. Barbara is also a key member of two important global networks focused on graduate and doctoral education. One group focuses on the ‘Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education’ and is organized through the ‘Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education’ at the University of Washington. The other is the ‘Strategic Leaders’ Global Summits on Graduate Education’, which are hosted through the US Council of Graduate Schools.

Originally a zoologist, Barbara’s research resulted in over 100 publications and she is author and editor of three award-winning Biology textbooks for tertiary and senior secondary students, each now in their fourth edition. She is also an Olympian, representing Australia in Gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympic Games 1964 and the World Gymnastics Championships in Germany 1966.


Mark Moore
Mark Moore is a former professional hockey player, Harvard graduate and author. Drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was forced to retire from hockey as a result of a severe concussion. After hanging up his skates, Moore wrote the critically acclaimed book, Saving the Game: Pro Hockey’s Quest to Raise its Game from Crisis to New Heights. Moore has also written articles for the Toronto Star, Globe & Mail and National Post on issues in hockey and their solutions. Moore has given guest lectures at Harvard Law School, McGill, and other institutions, and presentations for youth sports clubs, school audiences, corporate groups, and professional conferences. Mark is the brother of Steve Moore, the NHL player whose career was ended after suffering a broken neck and other injuries in the Bertuzzi incident, as well as of 2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs Associate Captain and current Montreal Canadians NHL player Dominic Moore. Mark oversees Ivy Hockey, a hockey school for youth players. He recently authored a new just-released book offering comprehensive guidance to young athletes, parents, coaches, and sports officials, entitled “Making It In Hockey: What you Should Know, from the Experts & Pros.”

Richard Pound

Richard Pound is a director of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and, since 2007, has been a member of the International Council Arbitration for Sport. He is a partner in the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott and member of the firm’s Tax Group. His main areas of practice include tax litigation and negotiations with tax authorities on behalf of clients, in addition to general tax advisory work and commercial arbitration.

He has a BCL and a B.Comm. from McGill University and a BA from Sir George Williams University - now Concordia University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Beijing Sport University in 2006, a Doctor of Sports Administration (honoris causa) from the Laurentian University in 2005, a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Western Ontario in June 2004, a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Windsor in 1997 and an Honorary Ph.D. by the United States Sports Academy in 1989. In September 2004, he was appointed a Chubb Fellow of Timothy Dwight College: Yale University.

Mr. Pound was Chancellor of McGill University (1999-2009) and Chancellor Emeritus effective July 1, 2009, and Chair of the Board of Governors (1994-1999). He is member of the International Olympic Committee and was previously Chairman of the Olympic Games Study Commission. In addition, he was Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and, from 1984 to 2001, directed, inter alia, all Olympic television negotiations, marketing and sponsorships.

Mr. Pound is the founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (1999-2007) and remains a member of its Foundation board. In February 2008, he was awarded the Laureus “Spirit of Sport” Prize for his work as head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. In addition, Mr. Pound has been named to Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for his relentless efforts to rid sport of performance- enhancing drugs. His numerous publications include Five Rings Over Korea; High Impact Quotations; Inside The Olympics, a Behind-The-Scenes look at the Politics; The Scandals, and The Glory of The Game; Inside Dope; Unlucky to the End, The Story of Janise Marie Gamble; Canadian Facts and Dates; and Rocke Robertson: Surgeon and Shepherd of Change.


Patricia Vertinsky

Dr Patricia Vertinsky is a Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women’s history, sport history and sociology, popular culture and the history of health and medicine as well as the historical gendered legacy of the Olympic games.

During her distinguished academic career Dr Vertinsky has won national and international awards for her research around gender and the body. She sits on the editorial boards of a number of North American and International Journals and Academic presses and has published well over a hundred books and research articles in the leading journals of her field. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Past-President of the North American Society of Sport History, Vice-President of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History and Fellow of the European Committee for Sport History. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree at the University of Copenhagen in 2007 for her exceptional contributions to research on gender and body culture.