Biography

Adam van Koeverden is a dedicated community leader, one of Canada’s most accomplished athletes, and our federal Liberal candidate in Milton. He has represented Canada at four Summer Olympic Games, winning a Gold medal, two Silvers, and a Bronze. He served as Canada’s flag bearer in Athens and Beijing, and won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete in 2004.

A first generation Canadian, Adam grew up at Chautauqua Co-op in North Oakville with his younger brother and single mom. Growing up in community housing taught Adam the values of teamwork, compassion, and the importance of making sure your neighbours have everything they need.

Adam joined the Burloak Canoe Club as a teenager and rapidly became one of Canada's premier athletes. In addition to being a World, Olympic and Canadian Champion, Adam is a champion for his community, for a strong middle class, and for those in need. He has volunteered extensively for organizations like Right To Play, WaterAID, Special Olympics, Parkinson’s Canada, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

He has also served as Chair of the Canadian Olympic Athletes’ Commission, and was a member of the Federal Government’s working group for Gender Inclusion and Gender Based Violence in Sport. He is a leading public speaker and has spoken to tens of thousands of students at schools in Halton region and across Canada.

Prior to entering politics, Adam has also worked as a managing consultant with Deloitte, and as a broadcaster, writer and producer with CBC Sports. He graduated as valedictorian from McMaster University in 2007, and lives in Milton with his Egyptian street dog, Cairo.