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Steve Podborski

Downhill Skiing "Crazy Canuck", CEO and President of Parachute

Steve Podborski skied his way into the record books in a sport dominated by European teams. Pobdborski led the team dubbed the “Crazy Canucks” for their high-flying performances on the world’s most dangerous ski hills. He is the President and CEO of Parachute, a national charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

Toronto, Ontatio, Canada

Presentations

The Olympic Experience
A bronze medal Olympian, Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Assistant Chef de Mission for 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014, Steve Podborski knows what it means to win at the Games and in business. It takes leadership, teamwork and innovation to be the best in the world. He takes you behind the scenes with stories that will entertain and inspire your organization to reach their peak performance.

Summary Profile

Steve Podborski skied his way into the record books in a sport dominated by European teams. Steve Podborski was born in Don Mills, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto). He grew up skiing on the slopes of Southern Ontario and racing in the local programs. In 1973 at the age of 16 he was named to the National Alpine Ski Team to race in the Can-Am Ski Series, the North American tour.

In his first race on that tour in Whistler, B.C. he brought home a Silver Medal. In 1982, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Pobdborski led the team dubbed the “Crazy Canucks” for their high-flying performances on the world’s most dangerous ski hills. He was the first non-European man to win an Olympic medal, and the first to capture a World Cup Downhill title. To this day, no other North American man has won the World Cup title, a feat that Podborski accomplished no less than eight times.

Since May 2017, Steve has been the President and CEO of Parachute, Canada’s national injury prevention charity. This followed a career as a sports announcer for NBC and CBS and more than a decade with TELUS where, as Director of Sports and Wellness, he helped manage a $40-million annual portfolio of giving to charities across Canada while driving results for Canadian kids in two major sports and health education programs: HEROS and 60 Minute Kids Club. 

In sport, Steve is a dedicated volunteer: his most recent, and high-profile, post was serving as the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team in Sochi, Russia. He continues to serve the Canadian Olympic movement as a Board Member of the COC and a member of its Governance and Ethics Committee.

Among his many honours, Steve is in four sports Halls of Fame and is an Officer of the Order of Canada 

Steve now lives in Toronto with his wife, Cassandra, and his grown children Ben and Maddi live in B.C. and Alberta, respectively. He has a passion for cycling, golf, snowboarding and, yes, skiing. 

He tackles life with the same fearlessness and enthusiasm as he attacked the world’s most challenging slopes. Audiences are inspired and entertained by this energetic and inspirational speaker.