Since the formation of the first national sport organization (NSO) for lifesaving sport, Lifesaving Society Canada has had three sport commissioners. The sport commissioner is appointed by and reports to the board of directors of Lifesaving Society Canada. The commissioner leads the sport commission in implementing the terms of reference as approved by the board.

Steve Box is Canada’s Lifesaving Sport Commissioner for the 2012-16 term. Mr. Box has been involved in competitive lifesaving nationally and internationally as an athlete, coach, team manager and volunteer. He was one of the national team’s first coaches when the national team program was first established and Canadian lifesavers first started competing internationally. Most recently, he held responsibility for the support services portfolio on the sport commission.

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Patricia Kitchen is past commissioner. Ms. Kitchen has been an active volunteer in the sport of lifesaving and has previously served as Canada’s National Team manager and has also served as president of the Ontario / Nunavut Branch of the Lifesaving Society. She is currently Lifesaving Society Canada’s international relations commissioner.

Doug Ferguson was appointed as Canada’s first sport commissioner and served in this role up to 2006. Under Mr. Fergusons’s stewardship, the Lifesaving Society achieved several accomplishments in lifesaving sport including the composition of a national team program, the organization of a national surf lifesaving championship for junior, senior and masters competitors, modification of the Canadian Lifeguard Championships to include international standardized events, the creation of a national officials certification program and the formation of an incorporated national sport organization for lifesaving. He is the executive director of the Ontario / Nunavut Branch and also of the New Brunswick branch of the Lifesaving Society.

The Sport Commissioners’ annual reports are posted below as they are filed.