Brian Williams

Strive for your own, personal gold.

The Dean of Canadian Sports Broadcasting

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Brian Williams | The Dean of Canadian Sports Broadcasting

Brian Williams has been dubbed “the face of the Olympics for Canadians” and it is not difficult to see why. With thirty years of sport broadcasting experience, Williams is an ideal speaker not just for sports related events, but any event that seeks to address issues of leadership, ambition, and harnessing the drive for success.

Brian Williams, the host of CTV’s Olympic Prime Time, has won eight Gemini Awards and two Foster Hewitt Awards for his work. He anchored CTV’s primetime Olympic coverage of both the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the network’s award-winning coverage. He was awarded the first-ever Canadian Screen Award for “Best Sports Host or Analyst in a Sports Program or Sportscast” for his work on London 2012. In addition to his work on the Olympic Games, Williams is heavily involved in the CFL on TSN broadcasts. He also hosts CTV and TSN’s figure skating coverage, sharing with fans his vast figure skating knowledge from some of the sport’s biggest events.


Williams reported on his first Olympic Games at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 14 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile sporting event around the globe. His resume includes work with the NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA TOUR, Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships, World Cup Skiing, men’s and women’s Rogers Cup events in Toronto and Montreal, Formula One, IRL, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games, and Commonwealth Games. 


Williams was the recipient of Sports Media Canada’s “Outstanding Sports Broadcasting Award,” and he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to the CFL. Most notably, he was named to the Order of Canada in 2011, for both his distinguished broadcasting career and his extensive community and volunteer work.


Williams is currently on the Governors Council at North York General Hospital in Toronto and is a former member of the hospital’s Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Williams works with Special Olympics Canada and is a former member of the selection committee for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, located in Calgary. In 2006, Williams received an honourary Doctor of Humane Letters when he delivered the commencement address at his alma matter, Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2011, he also received an honourary doctorate from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and delivered the commencement address to its graduating class.

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Going for Gold Lessons In Greatness From The Olympic Games

In this talk, Brian Williams tells compelling stories of struggle and success form Winter and Summer Olympics around the world. As someone who has met and interviewed Canadian athletes in all sports at the top of the game, he shares the qualities they have that account for their success. Whatever it is you do, there is a “gold” you can strive for. So as he entertains with his anecdotes he also provides a powerful message about what it takes to be the top in your chosen field. While it’s unlikely you’ll ever compete in the Olympics, having Brian Williams present to your organization is the next best thing to being there.