Boles previously held the position of Swim Ontario Provincial Mentor Coach for 6 years from 2009 to 2015 before taking the position of National Coach of the Danish Swimming Federation.
In early 2018, the Swim Ontario Board of Directors undertook a comprehensive organizational review of the Performance Leadership, Organizational Capacity and Governance of Swim Ontario called the Move Us Forward Project. The review was completed in September 2018 and the Project Report has been accepted by the Board of Directors. As part of implementing the Report’s recommendations, the Board has changed Swim Ontario’s leadership positions from a single Executive Director to a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“We are thrilled to have one of our most recent Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame inductees and a passionate advocate of Swim Ontario back in Canada to Move Swim Ontario Forward. Dean has been an invaluable contributor to Canadian and Ontario Swimming over the past thirty-five years and is one of Canada’s leading technical swimming experts. We are thankful for the time Dean has had over the past three years honing his global expertise as the National Coach of Denmark. We feel very fortunate to have Dean back at this critical time to lead Swim Ontario as it develops its new 2020 to 2024 Strategic Plan,” said Dan Thompson, President of the Swim Ontario Board of Directors.
Dean, who will assume his new responsibilities as of January 1, 2019, is looking forward to his return to Canada and Ontario in particular.
“I very much look forward to returning to work with the leadership team of Swim Ontario and all the coaches and club programs in Ontario. The swimming member growth of the organization is just awesome, as well as the performance momentum over the past few years, the legacy of the Pan Am Games, the impact of the performance partners and the contribution of Ontario swimmers and coaches to the national team and the international arena. I am excited to build on this momentum and further develop the potential of Ontario swimming,” said Dean Boles, incoming Swim Ontario Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technical Officer.
As the new CEO/CTO Dean is tasked with creating a new vision for Swim Ontario based in part on the Move Us Forward Report. Under his leadership, 2019 will be a year of fine tuning the organization, as Dean works with the Board to create a plan that will enhance technical leadership, develop the right balance of High Performance and age group pathway development and ensure Swim Ontario has strong governance systems that minimize risk to the organization.