Hamilton’s Nick Bontis elected President of Canada Soccer at the perfect time


Published November 23, 2020 at 10:24 am

Dr. Nick Bontis, a Hamilton-native and former coach of Hamilton Sparta, was elected President of Canada Soccer.

Members elected Bontis during the virtual Annual Meeting of the Members on Saturday. He’s the 35th President in the organization’s history.

“I am honoured and humbled to be elected President of Canada Soccer,” said Dr. Bontis. “I look forward to collaborating with our soccer community to grow our sport moving forward.”

Bontis takes over as the future of Canadian soccer has never looked brighter. Young talents like Alphonso Davies, Jonathon David, and Jordyn Huitema have been turning heads in Europe and the Canadian Premier League, only two-years-young, is already making a name for itself thanks to Hamilton’s Forge FC scoring historic wins overseas.

Looking ahead, Canada will jointly host the 2026 men’s World Cup with Mexico and the United States, which means Canada will be faced with the pressure of proving it belongs amongst the top soccer programs in the world.

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An international public speaker, Dr, Bontis is a tenured professor at McMaster University where he serves as the Chair, Strategic Management at the DeGroote School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Bontis was appointed as Canada Soccer Vice-President in 2017 when outgoing President Steven Reed was elected to serve the remaining three years of Concacaf President Victor Montagliani’s term.

Dr. Bontis’ soccer career spans over 45 years starting as a youth player in Scarborough. He went on to compete at five National Championships and earned provincial and national all-star recognition at the USports level. He is a nationally licensed coach and recent inductee into the Western Mustangs Sports Hall of Fame.

Bontis also served as Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater Hamilton.

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