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CBC Sports' Scott Russell named keynote speaker for Gee-Gees athletic banquet

Scott Russell stands on set
Photo: CBC Sports.

The University of Ottawa and Sports Services are proud to announce that Scott Russell will be the keynote speaker at the annual varsity athletics banquet on Friday held at the Canadian War Museum.

A Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as sports host on CBC. Russell's unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.

Russell began at CBC Charlottetown in 1985 as a reporter and transitioned into sports in 1986, establishing himself as a talent. From 1988 to 1992, he worked as a sports reporter and anchor at CBMT in Montreal before moving to Toronto to become a network sports commentator. 

Since moving into sports at CBC, Russell has covered 14 Olympic Games, including serving as a primetime host during CBC's coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Russell has also served as a primetime and on-site host for Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, and the FIFA World Cup. As well, Russell has been a host and rink-side reporter for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for 14 years. Along with his hosting duties, Russell authors insightful blog posts at where he discusses the world of sport from all angles. He is also a member of the CBC Sports initiative on women in sports.

In addition to his roles at CBC, Russell has taught a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto's Centennial College. He is also a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee's Education Committee as well as the Ambassador's Council for the Amici camping charity. He serves on the Advisory Panel for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Public Policy Forum on Value-Based Sport. He has served on the Honoured Members Selection Committee for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and currently serves on the Selection Committees for the Lou Marsh Award/Canada's Athlete of the Year, and the Toronto Sports Hall of Honour.

Russell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an M.A. in Journalism. In 2014, he was honoured by Sports Media Canada with the George Gross Award for Outstanding Broadcasting. In 2013, he was presented with a CBC President's Award in the Brand Champion category in recognition of his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network. 

Russell has penned two books on hockey, Ice Time: A Canadian Hockey Journey and The Rink - Stories from Hockey's Home Towns, which he co-wrote with Chris Cuthbert. Russell's third book, Open House: Canada and the Magic of Curling, is a grassroots look at one of this country's favourite sports.

An active runner, Russell completed the Boston Marathon in 2005 and in 2012, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to sports in Canada. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.

Source: CBC Sports