5 April 2012

WADA recognizes 20-year anniversary of CCES

WADA has paid recognition to the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport (CCES) for reaching its 20-year milestone as an international leader in the fight against doping in sport.

CCES marked the occasion at a celebration in Ottawa on Monday evening that was attended by WADA Director of Education and Program Development, Rob Koehler.

“WADA congratulates the CCES of reaching the milestone of 20 years of existence,” WADA President John Fahey said in a message to the CCES.

“The CCES has tracked a significant path since its inception and plays a major international role in the fight against doping in sport.

“Canada and the CCES have been notable supporters of WADA since our foundation and we trust that relationship and bond continues as we all go forward.”

The anniversary celebrations also recognized the contributions of three individuals in the fight against doping in sport: Dr. Christiane Ayotte, director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal; Mr. Victor Lachance, the first chief executive officer of the CCES; and Dr. Andrew Pipe, who was chair of the CCES Board for 12 years and is a leading sports medicine physician.

“It’s a testament to the value of our work that each of our three honorees have been with us through our entire existence,” said Dr. Louise Walker, current chair of the CCES Board.

“Our vision of Canadian sport that is fair, safe and open inspires our partners and employees, and helps to mobilize all Canadians in support of this important outcome.”