A decorated sports broadcaster for more than 40 years, Brian’s respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He anchored CTV and TSN prime-time Olympic coverage, playing a leading role in shaping and delivering the networks’ coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and the London 2012 Summer Games. He won a prestigious Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast for his coverage in Vancouver and the Canadian Screen Award for his work in London.
He has covered a total of 14 Olympics (12 for CBC, 2 for CTV) – his first in Montreal in 1976 – and every high-profile sporting event around the globe, including work with the NHL, MLB, PGA TOUR, Canadian and world figure skating championships, World Cup skiing, Formula One, Indy Racing League, Breeders’ Cup, Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games. Brian is also involved in the CFL on TSN, conducting weekly interviews with key newsmakers in the league.
Brian has won eight Gemini Awards, two Foster Hewitt Awards and a Canadian Screen Award. He formerly sat on the Governor’s Council at North York General Hospital in Toronto, is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and former member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
Born in Winnipeg, he began calling university basketball play-by-play in 1967 while attending Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started his professional career in radio with Toronto’s CHUM. After a year at CFRB Radio in Toronto, Brian joined CBLT in 1974 and remained with CBC until his move to CTV/TSN in June 2006.
He holds honourary doctorates from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and his alma mater, Aquinas College.