Canadian Olympic Committee spent $2.9-million on new boardroom

February 26, 2016 0

Marcel Aubut, former president and CEO of the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League and former president of the Canadian Olympic Committee is an apparent sexual predator who is currently under investigation for sexual harassment. Although nothing has been proven yet.

He is also implicated in a gaudy spending scandal of the money that could be used to support the Olympic movement in Canada and to support athletes, who often take a vow of poverty to be able to compete at the highest level.

From the Globe and Mail

The Canadian Olympic Committee spent $2.9-million on a new boardroom, hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside lighting, and more than $1-million on a launch party for its new headquarters in Montreal.

The spending is highlighted in an audit of the COC’s $10-million plan for a headquarters in Montreal that would include an interactive museum and a high-tech office. The audit done by Deloitte, and reviewed by The Globe and Mail, has found that the project, which is still under construction, is over budget and behind schedule.

Some officials within the Canadian Olympic community argue that the money for the move would have been better spent on funding for athletes heading to the Summer Games in Rio. The project received $3.5-million from the government of Quebec, $3-million from the Canadian government and $2-million from the City of Montreal, in addition to private sponsorships and other revenues.

When Marcel Aubut was elected as the first francophone president of the COC in 2009, he promised to shake up and modernize the organization and to give the Olympic movement a bigger presence in Quebec. Under Mr. Aubut’s direction, the COC consolidated all of its sporting staff in Ottawa and Montreal into an office building in downtown Montreal. He drew on his network of business and political connections to create the highly visible office space.

The COC held a lavish opening ceremony for the new headquarters, called the Canada Olympic House, on July 9, 2015.

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