Bruce Kidd

Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto

Presentation For gender self-declaration - Play the Game 2011 (PP Pdf.) CV Bruce Kidd is Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto, and a former dean of the Faculty.
He has earned degrees from the University of Toronto (B.A., Political Economy), the University of Chicago (A.M., Education), and York University (M.A. and Ph.D., History), and an honorary doctor of laws from Dalhousie University.

Bruce teaches and has written extensively about the history and political economy of Canadian and international sport and physical activity. He has authored or edited ten books and hundreds of articles, papers, lectures, plays and film and radio scripts.  The Struggle for Canadian Sport (University of Toronto Press 1996), which recaptures the efforts of sport leaders in Canada in the period between the First and Second World War, won the Book Prize of the North American Society for Sport History in 1997. His most recent book, co-edited with Russell Field, is Forty Years of Sport and Social Change, 1968-2008: ‘To Remember is To Resist’(Routledge 2010). 

Bruce has worked with numerous local, national and international bodies to advance opportunities for physical education and sport. He is currently Chair of the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport; Chair, Maple Leaf Sport and Entertainment Team Up Foundation; and a member of the Selection Committee, Postgraduate Grant Research Program, Olympic Studies Centre, International Olympic Committee. 

In recent years, he has turned his attention to international development through sport. He was one of the founders of Commonwealth Games Canada’s International Development through Sport Program, which conducts programs of broadly based development in some 22 African and Caribbean Commonwealth countries, and served as the program’s volunteer chair for many years. He initiated the University of Toronto’s partnership with the University of Zambia on strengthening teacher preparation in physical education to enhance preventive education about HIV/AIDS. In 2007, he was commissioned by the International Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace to prepare literature reviews on sport for development and peace,  coordinating a team of U of T faculty and graduate students, and that project has shaped the policies of the United Nations. 

Bruce has been involved in the Olympic Movement throughout his life. He has participated in the Games as an athlete (track and field, 1964), journalist (1976), contributor to the arts and culture programs (1976 and 1988) and accredited social scientist (1988 and 2000). He was founding chair of the Olympic Academy of Canada (1983-1993). He is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

As an athlete, Bruce was Commonwealth champion in the 6 miles at the 1962 Games in Perth, Australia. Twice elected Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year by Canadian Press (1961 and 1962), he still holds the Canadian junior record for 5,000 metres after 48 years.  He is a member of the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (as both an athlete and a builder) and the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was awarded the Canadian Olympic Order. In 2006, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Commonwealth Sports Awards Foundation.

In 2004, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

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