Nick Bontis elected new president of Canada Soccer

There is a new man in charge at Canada Soccer.

Canadian soccer’s governing body announced on Saturday that Nick Bontis has been elected as its new president, taking over from Steven Reed.

Bontis, a 51-year-old native of Scarborough, Ont., has been a Canada Soccer director since 2012, leading the organization’s Strategic Planning process, serving on the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Bontis becomes the 35th president of Canada Soccer, and follows in the footsteps of Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer Frederick Stambrook and Victor Montagliani, who is the current president of Concacaf. Bontis became a vice president of Canada Soccer when Reed was elected president in 2017.

A former youth player and university star, Bontis’ is also a nationally licensed coach and was recently inductee into the Western Mustangs Sports Hall of Fame.

“I am honoured and humbled to be elected president of Canada Soccer. I look forward to collaborating with our soccer community to grow our sport moving forward,” Bontis posted on his Twitter account.