Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Games | Humanitarian
Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism. A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world. He is a charismatic storyteller whose presentations impart energy, insight, and valuable lessons.
Mark first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics. He is an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals, numerous awards, and a cover appearance on Time magazine. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, and International Swimming Halls of Fame. And in 2012, Mark was the Chef de mission for the Canadian Olympic team competing in London.
While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mark’s remarkable life post-Olympics have truly defined him. A celebrated communicator and educator, Mark has touched millions of people as a speaker, author and television host.
He has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances, and was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City.
Mark came out as Canada’s first openly gay sports star almost twenty years ago, and has been a leader and mentor in the global LGBT human rights movement ever since.
He is currently the Chair of Special Olympics Canada and is a director for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He is also the co-founder of Great Traits, a training and development company that helps people succeed in competitive, performance-driven environments.
Mark has received honorary degrees from Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary and University of Western Ontario.
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