Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Patrick Chan at a ceremony at City Hall this morning, in recognition of Mr. Chan’s outstanding accomplishments in Canadian, Olympic and international figure skating.

Born in Ottawa, Mr. Chan was drawn to sports at a young age. Though he was interested in several sports, Mr. Chan eventually turned to skating, becoming the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history.

A 10-time Canadian men’s champion, Mr. Chan has won many international medals, including three straight gold medals at the World Figure Skating Championships from 2011 through 2013. He won an Olympic gold medal in PyeongChang in 2018 as part of the team event and was a double silver medalist at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Mr. Chan retired from competition in April 2018. He continues to skate as a performer with Stars on Ice and dedicates his free time to community organizations, including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Adopt-an-Athlete Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Right to Play Canada, ThinkFirst Canada and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

Quotes

“Patrick Chan has represented Canada with class at many national and international events. As his hometown, Ottawa is proud of his outstanding skating accomplishments, his continued dedication to community organizations and his work to make sports safer and more inclusive.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

Key Facts

The Key to the City

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
  • An ornamental key is presented to esteemed residents, visitors and others whom the City wishes to honour. This practice evokes medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night. The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of residents.
  • Previous recipients include:
    • Former politician Paul W. Dewar
    • Organ donor activist Hélène Campbell
    • President and CEO of the National Arts Centre Peter A. Herrndorf
    • The Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth (now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
    • Author Margaret Atwood
    • Photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh
    • The Community Foundation of Ottawa
    • Actress Sandra Oh
    • Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson
    • The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada
    • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek
    • Journalist Michel Picard

Biography – Patrick Chan

Ottawa-born Patrick Chan is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history. Mr. Chan wanted to play hockey from an early age, and first enrolled in figure skating classes just to learn how to skate. Since becoming a member of the Canadian National Team, Mr. Chan went on to win a record ten national championships and become a three-time world champion.

Mr. Chan won his first Olympic Gold medal in the team event at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, after winning two silver medals at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. In January 2018, Mr. Chan won his tenth Canadian national men’s figure skating title, breaking the record held by Montgomery Wilson since 1939. After winning world championship silvers in 2009 and 2010, Mr. Chan won gold in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the first Canadian to do so since Kurt Browning in 1991. Mr. Chan earned a world record for his short program performance in 2013, his free program in 2011 and a combined total in 2011.

Mr. Chan retired from competitive skating in April 2018, and continues to entertain audiences around the world as a figure skating performer with Stars on Ice.

Mr. Chan also enjoys surfing, tennis, golf, skiing and cars. He is involved with many community organizations, including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Adopt-an-Athlete Program, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Right to Play Canada, ThinkFirst Canada and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.