Patrick Chan

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

In 2011, Patrick Chan became the reigning World Champion (Moscow) establishing world records in all three categories (short programme, long programme and combined score).

Mr. Chan is the 2012 and now six-time Canadian Men’s Skating Champion. He capped an unbeaten season by successfully defending his world figure skating championship in March 2012 in Nice with a solid free skate. He is the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2008 Four Continents Champion, the 2009 & 2010 World silver medalist, the 2007 World Junior silver medalist and a four-time (2008-2011) Canadian Men's Champion – the youngest in history, at age 17. In 2010, Patrick was fifth in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

In his early years, Mr. Chan showed talent in downhill skiing, but later focused on other activities. He has an enduring interest in many sports, including taekwondo, tennis, golf and rock climbing.

Mr. Chan is fluent in English, French, and Cantonese, and is learning Mandarin. He graduated from École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York. After he became national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honour. Mr. Chan was most proficient in physics in high school and considered taking mechanical engineering at university. He plans to enroll in university and is considering a business degree.

Mr. Chan has won numerous off-ice awards for his accomplishments. In 2011, he was honoured with the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top male athlete. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (Youth Chapter) conferred him with the 2007 Chinese Canadian Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, he was named Asian of the Year in arts and sports by Asia Network magazine. He was recognized as the 2009 Ontario Male Athlete of the Year. In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named him as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual Power List in Canadian sports.

Known for his vibrant and infectious personality, Mr. Chan is an inspiring, down-to-earth young man, with a determination and commitment to produce world-class results.