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Born in Edmonton, Pat was raised in the NWT (Aklavik) and in Ontario (Elliot Lake).  Pat boxed as a youth and wrestled in high school in Elliot Lake.  Pat has a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, a Masters degree (Physical Education/exercise physiology) from the University of Western Ontario and an incomplete PhD, interrupted when he was head hunted to join the federal government  Ministry of Sport (Sport Canada).

Pat was a member of the University of Waterloo varsity track and field /athletics team.  The team won the OUAA collegiate championship four years in a row.  Although a javelin thrower with the varsity team, Pat also took up marathon running and ran the Boston Marathon twice.  Pat's best marathon time was 2:53.00.  While at University, Pat was the student representative on the University Senate.  Pat played junior varsity basketball and played Junior A hockey for the Waterloo Siskins. With the collapse of the jv basketball program at the university, Pat took up basketball refereeing and obtained his I.A.A.B.O. referee certification and went on to referee at the local, provincial and national level for seven years.  Pat was named Outstanding Student of the Kinesiology graduating class of '73, receiving the Tait MacKenzie Medal.

Pat spent 17 years working for Sport Canada, as a sport consultant to various Sports Ministers.  One of his portfolios was the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) and a number of other Olympic caliber sports, both combative and non-combative.  

Pat was a member of the federal government "Game Plan '76" summer Olympic preparation program leading up to the summer Olympics held in Montreal in 1976.  As the Manager of the International Sport portfolio at Sport Canada, Pat was a senior director of the Canadian technical team that traveled to the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia (1983) and the pre-Olympic technical team in Moscow (1979) before Canada joined the boycott of those Olympic Games.  Pat was the Manager of the $25 million "Best Ever '88" winter Olympic preparation program leading up to the 1988 winter Olympics held in Calgary, where Canada in fact produced its "best ever" winter Olympic team results. 

While at Sport Canada, Pat was involved with the formation of the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the creation of the first National Sport and Recreation Centre.

An avid athletics coach specializing in the high jump, Pat has attended eight summer Olympic Games in various coaching and technical capacities, including being the head coach for field events for Athletics Canada at the 1984 summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  Pat has personally coached athletes who have made four Canadian Olympic teams and three foreign Olympic teams. 

Pat created and directed the Ottawa Citizen Indoor Games international track and field event for its 14 years of operation.  During that time 14 indoor world records were set, including the women's indoor high jump with Coleen Reinstra-Sommers (USA) the first woman to jump 2.00m. indoors, which is still the indoor USA collegiate record over 25 years later.

Pat taught at the University of Ottawa, at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the Faculty of Physical Education and Human Kinetics.  He taught courses in The Economics of Sport, Sport Admininstration, Advanced Coaching, Sport Marketing and Sport Sponsorship.  Pat also was a professor at Algonquin College teaching a number of courses in the Sport Business Management Program.

Pat was the first North American athletics coach to give the keynote address at the annual European Athletics Coaches Congress.  Pat has successfully coached high jumpers for more than thirty-five years and besides his head coach position with the LA Olympics, Pat was also Canada's jumps coach at the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 World Junior Championships and a number of European and North American athletics events and tours. Athletes that Pat has coached have won more than 25 national titles.  Pat is one of a handful of Canadian athletics coaches who has attained the highest level of coaching certification available, level V coaching certification in athletics both from the I.A.A.F. (2008) and also achieved recently through the National Coaching Institute in Toronto (2011).  Pat has published more than 30 technical articles on various aspects of coaching and exercise physiology including publications in a number of refereed journals.

Pat spent two years as the Director General of the Sport Medicine Council of Canada and during that time created and marketed the “Mobile Athletic Sport Hospital” (M.A.S.H.) unit that accompanies Canadian athletes to major Games.

Pat also spent two years as Vice-President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada). During that time Pat was the General Manager/Director of Operations of Team Canada that won the first ever back-to-back gold medals at the I.I.H.F. World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.  Pat received a third gold medal (and third commemorative gold ring) as General Manager/Director of Operations of Canada’s women’s national team that won the gold medal at the first I.I.H.F. Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships (1990).

Pat has attended more than ten World Ice Hockey Championships and six winter Olympic Games in various capacities.

As Director of Special Events for the Corel Corporation for two years, Pat managed the Corel sponsorship of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) professional tour (60 tennis events in 23 countries, including the 4 Grand Slams.)

In terms of organizing major events, Pat organized the Indoor Women's Tennis World Championship in Madison Square Gardens (NY) in 1996, was the lead director and organizer of the first I.I.H.F. Women's World Ice Hockey Championship in Ottawa (1990), organized the Canadian Olympic Team Track and Field Trials (1983), the Canadian Commonwealth Games Team Track and Field Trials (1985), the Ontario Summer Games twice (2006 and 2008) and he created the “Peacekeeper of the Year” Award recognized by the Canadian Forces in the mid 1990’s.  

Pat was inducted into the City of Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame (2008).

In 2008 Pat was invited to return to Edmonton to be the senior strategist on the Edmonton Bid Committee for the 2015 World University Games.  At the same time, Pat was the varsity high jump coach at the University of Alberta and one of his jumpers won the silver medal at the national university championship at the end of the year.

Pat was hired by the City of Edmonton in 2009 as the Executive Director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission.  Pat took John McCarthy’s COMMAND MMA referee certification course in Valencia, California in 2009 and took John McCarthy's COMMAND MMA judges certification course in Edmonton (2010).  Pat is currently conducting research on mixed martial arts competitors in terms of body weight fluctuations and the potential risk to competitors health as a result.   

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