Dr. Nick Bontis
He was born on May 27th, 1969 in Toronto, Canada to parents of Greek descent. He was a varsity soccer player at Western University, receiving multiple provincial all-star accolades, leading goal scorer awards, and team MVP. Bontis also received the Bronze W and the Purple Blanket Award as an outstanding dual athlete at Western University. In addition to soccer, he was a Canadian all-star and national silver medalist in the running long jump as a member of the Western University varsity track & field team. Eventually, he went on to be inducted into the Western Sports Hall of Fame. After his university career, Nick Bontis played soccer semi-professionally for London City of the Canadian National Soccer League and is a former winner of the Ontario Cup (five times) with Scarborough Azzurri. He has several years of experience as a licensed soccer coach (USSF National B, USSF National C, CSA Provincial B, OSA Pre B, OSA Level 3, OSA Respect in Sport, NCCP Making Ethical Decisions; NCCP Concussion: Making Head Way). Dr. Bontis is currently President of Canada Soccer having been elected to the position in November 2020. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the national soccer federation since 2012. In June 2018, Dr. Bontis successfully supported Canada Soccer’s bid in Moscow, Russia to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup in collaboration with the USA and Mexico. He is a tenured, award-winning business professor at McMaster University and currently resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Stacy and their three children.