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Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Professor Bruce Kidd is a renowned scholar, community activist and seasoned and respected academic leader.

Professor Kidd is the Ombudsperson at the University of Toronto. He is the former principal of University of Toronto Scarborough, a former Warden of Hart House, founding dean of what is now the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Director of Canadian Studies at University College. He began teaching political science at U of T in 1970.

Professor Kidd has earned degrees from the University of Toronto (B.A., Political Economy), the University of Chicago (A.M., Education), and York University (M.A. and Ph.D., History), and an honorary doctor of laws from Dalhousie University.

Professor Kidd has authored or edited 12 books and hundreds of articles, reports, plays and scripts. As a volunteer, he has chaired the Selection Committee of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the MLSE Foundation, the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport and the Olympic Academy of Canada.

Involved in the Olympic Movement throughout his life, Professor Kidd has participated in the Games as an athlete (track and field, 1964), journalist (1976), contributor to the arts and culture programs (1976 and 1988) and accredited social scientist (1988 and 2000). He served on the board of Toronto’s 1996 and 2008 Olympic bids.

His memoir, A runner’s journey, will be published by University of Toronto Press in September.


  • 2014–present
    Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough


Order of Canada