Jeff Powell is an Olympian and World Champion born and raised in Winnipeg, where he has worked as the Executive Director of the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba since May 2014. Through his journey as a provincial, national and world champion as well as national team coach Jeff has experienced first-hand much of what competitive sport has to offer. As such, he is committed to promoting the cause of high performance athletes and the systems that support them.
Jeff began rowing in 1996, became a two-time world champion in 2002 and 2003 when he won the gold medal as part of Canada’s men’s eight team in Milan, Italy and Seville, Spain respectively. He also competed at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Jeff holds a BA (honours) in Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University. In addition to his time in sport, he has worked at the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and the Manitoba Department of Finance. In his free time, Jeff enjoys cooking and reading. Jeff and his wife Rebecca have two daughters and a Maltese named Apollo.
Jeff was inducted to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame on November 7, 2015 in recognition of an exceptional athletic career.