Field Hockey Canada > Karen O'Neill departs Field Hockey Canada to join the Canadian Paralympic Committee

On April 24, 2013 it was announced, Karen O’Neill will step down as CEO of Field Hockey Canada (FHC) to become the newly appointed CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) based in Ottawa, effective June 3, 2013.  Karen has been involved with Field Hockey Canada since 2009, and during her tenure she has been part of enormous growth and restructuring of the organization.


She leaves Field Hockey Canada to join the CPC having been involved in numerous national sports organizations at a variety of levels, including her role as CEO of the Commonwealth Games from 1997 to 2004. Karen has also been a part of the Canadian Paralympic sports movement as a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors for 8 years; she was former Executive Director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and the Chef de Mission for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.  She also worked from 2004 to 2009 with Paralympian Rick Hansen as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation in Vancouver.


“Karen has made a tremendous contribution to field hockey in Canada over the last three and a half years,” said Ian Baggot, Chair of Field Hockey Canada.  “She has been instrumental in helping us shape our high performance, long term athlete development and organizational strategy.  This foundation will position the organization well as we move into the latter part of this cycle towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014; Pan/ Parapan Am Games in Toronto, 2015; and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016”.


On behalf of Field Hockey Canada and the community we wish Karen well in her upcoming role and thank her for her enormous contribution and leadership.  


For more information, please contact:
Ian Baggott, Chair, Field Hockey Canada
Mobile:  604.341.5180