OTTAWA, ON: Over the weekend at the 2018 Ice Summit the Skate Canada Board of Directors named Benoît Lavoie as an honorary associate. This honorary associateship recognises his domestic and international contributions to figure skating and his dedication to volunteerism. The recommendation was made by Leanna Caron, Skate Canada President, supported by the Board of Directors, and approved by membership vote during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, May 26th in Calgary, Alberta.

“I am deeply touched to be awarded this honour. Skating has always been a passion of mine and I am thankful I have been able to contribute in a positive way. Over my years in the sport I have had many mentors and friends who have helped guide me and I’m grateful to be given the opportunity to give back once again,” said Lavoie.

Lavoie is a former President of Skate Canada and is a current member of the International Skating Union (ISU) Council. He has been a skating volunteer for over 30 years and has dedicated numerous hours to the improvement of skating in Canada and around the world.  Over the years he has held many roles including competitor, world judge, referee, and technical controller.

“Skate Canada is pleased to have Benoît as an honorary associate of the organization. His experience and passion for skating is seen at all levels, from the local clubs, to the national and international stage, and he is committed to taking the sport further and inspiring everyone to embrace the joy of skating,” said Leanna Caron, President, Skate Canada.

The AGM was followed by the Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet – an evening that also celebrated many other dedicated members of the Canadian skating community who have donated their time and expertise to the advancement of skating in Canada. Click here for a full list of award winners.