Brian Williams, O.C.
Host, CTV’s Olympic Prime Time
With more than 25 years of broadcast experience, Brian Williams is considered the “dean of Canadian sports commentators.” He has covered virtually every national and international professional-sports event, as well as major amateur tournaments. Along the way, he has won numerous awards, including being named to the Order of Canada, and earned endless praise. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, Williams’ strong suit is in sharing the lessons he’s learned from the world’s greatest athletes.
Williams, the host of CTV’s Olympic Prime Time, has won eight Gemini Awards and two Foster Hewitt Awards for his work. He anchored CTV’s primetime Olympic coverage of both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the network’s award-winning coverage. He was awarded the first-ever Canadian Screen Award for “Best Sports Host or Analyst in a Sports Program or Sportscast” for his work on London 2012. In addition to his work on the Olympic Games, Williams is heavily involved in the CFL on TSN broadcasts. He also hosts CTV and TSN’s figure skating coverage, sharing with fans his vast figure skating knowledge from some of the sport’s biggest events.
Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, men’s and women’s Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games, and Commonwealth Games.
Williams was the recipient of Sports Media Canada’s “Outstanding Sports Broadcasting Award,” and he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the CFL. Most notably, he was named to the Order of Canada in 2011, for both his distinguished broadcasting career and his extensive community and volunteer work.
Williams was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Football Reporters Wing in honour of his contributions to the CFL over the years. Additionally, at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto in 2012, Williams was recognized with the Commissioner’s Award for his contributions to the game for the past 40+ years.
Williams is currently on the Governors Council at North York General Hospital in Toronto and is a former member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Williams works with Special Olympics Canada and is a former member of the selection committee for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame located in Calgary. In 2006, Williams received an honourary Doctor of Humane Letters when he delivered the commencement address at his alma matter, Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2011, he also received an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and delivered the commencement address to its graduating class.
Born in Winnipeg, Williams began calling university basketball play-by-play in 1967. He started his professional career in radio with Toronto’s CHUM. After a year at CFRB Radio in Toronto, Williams joined CBLT and remained with CBC until his move to CTV and TSN in June, 2006.