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Awards and Honours


2011 Awards
Canada’s Bestselling Author – Patriot Hearts (Feb)
Top 25 Most Transformational Living Canadian
Canadian of the Year – Canadian Club

2010 Awards

Globe & Mail’s Nation Builder of The Year
Officer of Order of Canada July 1 st (Canada Day) 2010
Order of British Columbia October  21, 2010
Canada’s Sport Executive of the Year (Media)
Sports Media Canada’s Sports Executive of the Year
BC’s Sportsman of the Decade – Sport BC (2000 – 2010)
Olympic Order (IOC)
Canadian Olympic Order (COC)
IPC Paralympic Order
BC Export Leadership Award
Spirit of Vancouver Leadership Award (Board of Trade)
Named Fellow BC Chamber of Commerce
BILL Merilee’s Award for extraordinary contribution to Vancouver Tourism
Wakeup Vancouver Tourism Award winner
Lifetime Services Award from Northern BC Winter Games

Previous to 2010
Globe and Mail – Canada’s most influential sports figure (2009)
Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame – WAC Bennett Award Winner (2004)
Canada’s Sport Leadership Award Winner (CBC) 2004
Vancouver Executive of the Year 2003 – 2004
Canada’s Sport Executive of the Year (Media) 2003
KAIZAN Award Winner - Sport Administration (1994)
Jack Larsen Trophy for Outstanding Lifetime Service to the Sport of Squash
1994 Named Honorary Lifetime President of the Northern BC Games
2 nd time Presidents Award Winner for Services to Canadian Club Industry.
Sport BC Darrell Thompson Award for Lifetime Services to Sport in BC (1993)

Sport
Sports Media Canada's Sports Executive of the Year - (2003 - co-recipient with Jack Poole)
   That was the first year that Sports Media Canada introduced this awards category, making John and Jack the first to be honoured.
Played for Ireland in Basketball, European Handball, and for Dublin in Gaelic Football.
Played for Canada in Squash (1987)
Canadian 35+ Squash Champion - 1986
BC 35+ Squash Champion 1986 to 1988
Former Coach, Ireland’s National Women’s Basketball Team

Academic
Honorary Doctorate of Laws UBC – 2010
Honorary Doctorate of Laws BC Justice Institute – 2010
Honorary Doctorate Technology BCIT – 2010
Honorary Doctorate Tourism & Hospitality, Niagara University, New York, USA

Contributions to Government, Sport and Community
Member, Canadian Olympic Association (1988 – Present)
Chef de Mission, BC - Canada Summer Games, Thunder Bay, ON 1981,
Assistant Chef de Mission 1987,1989 and 1991     
Mission Staff Canada Summer or Winter Games, 1983/85
Mission Staff 1987 and 1990 Western Canada Games                                 
Former Chair, BC Summer and Winter Games
Former Chair, Sport BC
Former Chair, World Women’s Squash Championships, Vancouver, BC
Chair, World Women’s Squash Grand Prix, Nanaimo, BC
1976 Founding President, Northern BC Winter Games Society
Two times Canadian Squash Team Member, Lapham Grant matches v USA