OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Benoît Lavoie has been elected as Vice President – Figure Skating of the International Skating Union (ISU). Since 2016, Lavoie has served as an ISU Council member. The elections took place at the ISU Congress in Phuket, Thailand.
“Skate Canada is extremely proud of the contributions Benoît has given to the sport and wish him success in his new role as ISU Vice President – Figure Skating,” said Karen Butcher, President, Skate Canada. “Over his career he has been an advocate for excellence, teamwork, diversity, and fair play in sport. The ISU and Member Federations have chosen a passionate individual in a key leadership role and we look forward to working with Benoît during his term to advance the sport.”
Native of Baie St-Paul, Que., Lavoie is a former President of Skate Canada. He was first elected to the Skate Canada Board in 1995 and served as President from 2006-2013 and as Vice President from 2001-2006. Lavoie is a long-time skating volunteer with over 40 years of experience and has dedicated numerous hours to the improvement of skating in Canada and around the world including playing a major part in the ISU judging system.
In addition, fellow Canadian Eric Radford has been selected as Chair of the Athletes Commission and elected to the ISU Council as the Athletes Commission Representative. Skate Canada would also like to congratulate Jae-Youl Kim, the new ISU President and Tron Espeli, who continues as ISU Vice President – Speed Skating.