Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics as 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. In 2012, Mr. Tewksbury served as the Chef de mission for the Canadian Olympic team competing in London.
While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mr. Tewksbury’s remarkable life post-Olympics have truly defined him. A celebrated communicator and educator, he has touched millions of people as a speaker, author and television host. He was 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. Mr. Tewksbury came out as Canada’s first openly gay sports star almost twenty years ago, and has been a leader and mentor in the global LGBTQ human rights movement ever since. He has received honorary degrees from four universities for his ethical leadership and humanitarianism.
Mark Tewksbury is currently the Chair of Special Olympics Canada and a director for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He is co-founder of Great Traits, a training and development company that helps people succeed in competitive, performance-driven environments.