Chris H. Rudge
Executive Chairman & CEO
Chris Rudge is currently the Executive Chairman and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and Chairman of the 100th Grey Cup Festival to be held in Toronto in November of 2012. He is also currently the Chairman of the Canadian Sport Center, Ontario.
Mr. Rudge was Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) from January 10, 2003 until his retirement on April 15, 2010. He also Chaired the Own The Podium (OTP) program through 2009 and 2010.
He serves as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University and sits as Executive in Residence at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management Director Education and Certification Program.
Rudge is a former senior executive and member of the Office of the CEO of Quebecor World Inc., which was at the time of his retirement in January 2002, the world’s largest commercial printer, employing 43,000 people at 160 plants in 16 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Over his 12 years with Quebecor World Inc., Rudge held several executive positions including: Executive Vice President, Marketing, Communications and International Development; and Chairman, CEO and President, Que-Net Media. He has also been President of Quebecor Printing Canada, and President, International Operations (Europe, Latin America and India) and Special Assistant to the CEO at Quebecor Printing Inc.
Prior to joining Quebecor World Inc. in 1991, Rudge was President and Part Owner of Pickering, Ontario-based Web Offset Publications. He has also been General Manager, Sales & Marketing at Maclean Hunter Printing and has held various senior advertising sales positions at The Financial Post, including National Advertising Manager.
Rudge began his professional career as a Physical Education Teacher with the Toronto Board of Education, teaching both junior and senior high school students.
His sport background includes competing as a player with the Syracuse Stingers of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), holding the position of Directeur du Personnel with the NLL’s Les Caribou de Quebec and coaching the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team in 1976. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
Rudge is and has been active on a number of boards, including The Paxen Group Inc. (Melbourne, Florida), Merrill Lynch Canada, the Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan American Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the National Ballet of Canada, the White Ribbon Campaign, the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University where he co-chaired the New Building Campaign, the University of Toronto Department of Athletics Restricted Funds Committee and the Country Day School (Vice Chairman). Mr. Rudge will chair the RBC Canadian Open to be held at Glen Abbey Golf Club in July 2013.
Rudge holds a teaching certificate from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto.