Born and raised in Quebec, Jacques Thibault wore the maple leaf for Canada in long track speed skating at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics and was a World Championships silver medalist in 1984. After obtaining a Master’s degree in science (physical activity – motor learning) at Laval University, Jacques worked with some of the top athletes in the world in his role as Program and General Manager of the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta from 1990 to 2013.Jacques is recognized as a world-class sports expert, and was an original contributor of Canada’s ‘Own the Podium’ program for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and ‘Own the Podium’ Russia at the 2014 Games in Sochi. He is a Canadian level five coach and has been directly involved with more than 50 Olympic medalists in winter sports.More recently, Jacques collaborated on the development of Special Olympics BC Performance Program, and has been the driving force behind the implementation of this program. Jacques is also spearheading the Special Olympics BC Sport Development Program, travelling extensively to assist in the development of new sport programs and innovative methods of training for coaches and working with SO athletes to develop and optimize their skills. Jacques is the author of two technical books on training design and skill acquisition in speed skating, Training Designs for Long Track and Short Track Speed Skating and The Secrets of Short Track Speed Skating, as well as Big Red’s Ice Machine, a children’s book about an ice resurfacing machine.