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Milena M. Parent

Professor in Sport (Event) Governance, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Milena M. Parent, PhD, is a Full Professor in the governance of sport systems and events at the University of Ottawa. She is also the Director of the MEMOS (Executive Masters in Sport Organisation Management) Programme, English version. She received a Young Researcher Award from the University of Ottawa (2009) and an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario (2010). She was also named a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in 2009.

She co-authored Managing Major Sports Events: Theory and Practice (2nd edition with Aurélia Ruetsch, Routledge, 2021) and Strategic Management in Sport (with Danny O’Brien, Lesley Ferkins, and Lisa Gowthorp, Routledge, 2019). She co-edited The SAGE Handbook of Sport Management (with Russell Hoye, SAGE, 2017), Elite Youth Sport Policy and Management: A Comparative Analysis (with Elsa Kristiansen and Barrie Houlihan, Routledge, 2017), and The Routledge Handbook of Sports Event Management (with Jean-Loup Chappelet, Routledge, 2015).

Prof. Parent served as the 2001 Games of La Francophonie technical officials’ coordinator and a 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games protocol and language services coordinator.

Finally, she has consulted for several organizations, such as the Sport Information Resource Centre, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and Canadian Heritage/Sport Canada. She currently sits on the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 Policy Implementation and Monitoring Work Group, the Canadian Sport Policy Renewal Work Group, and the Surveillance and Monitoring Work Group.


  • 2005–present
    Professor in Sport (Event) Governance, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa


  • 2005 
    University of Alberta, Physical Education and Recreation (Sport Management)