Karen O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Paralympic Committee

Karen O’Neill is a highly respected senior executive in Canada’s sports community with extensive experience in multiple leadership roles. She joined the Canadian Paralympic Committee as Chief Executive Officer in June 2013.

Most recently she served as CEO of Field Hockey Canada from 2009-2013. Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation from 2004 to 2009, where she oversaw a period of rapid growth and innovation.

As CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada from 1997 to 2004, O’Neill led Games strategy and sport technical for the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 2002 Games in Manchester, along with the International Development through Sport program.

O’Neill also worked as Director General of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association from 1989 to 1992, was Chef de Mission for the Atlanta 1996 Canadian Paralympic Team and is a founding member of the Sport Matters Group.

Originally from Halifax, N.S., she holds a master’s degree in education from McGill University and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Concordia University.