While wrapping up the Canadian skating season in Newfoundland at the Ice Summit, another meeting is in preparation mode in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 5th to 10th for the International Skating Union’s Congress, held every two years. Some 70 member nations, including Canada, will be represented.

Every Congress has been important in the ISU’s 124-year history however this year’s meeting has special significance. Not only will a new President be elected after Ottavio Cinquanta’s reign of more than 20 years but a whole fresh slate of candidates, some old faces, some new, are also up for election, including Skate Canada’s popular Past President, Benoît Lavoie who is running for a seat on the ISU Figure Skating Council.

Many of you already know Benoît from his 30 years of volunteer experience in our sport. From competitor, to International Judge, Referee and Technical Controller, to his knowledgeable volunteer contributions and leadership domestically and internationally, Benoît has experienced skating around the world. To those of you who have never had the opportunity of meeting or working with Benoît, click here to view his resume.

In addition, prior to the start of Congress, Skate Canada will be posting three short videos on this website May 30th, May 31st and June 2nd to give you a chance to get to know Benoît even better.

Here at Skate Canada we’re proud of Benoît and his contributions to our sport. We’re confident he has the experience, skills and collaborative vision to help skating and the ISU grow around the world.

To Benoît and the entire Canadian team at Congress, best of luck in Croatia!