Hall of Famer

Edouard Champagne

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Hometown: Ste. Anne, MB / Montreal, QC / Ottawa, ON
Active Career Period: 1945 - 1990
Induction CSHF: 1995
Induction Category: Alpine: Builder
Ed Champagne at 1995 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Ed Champagne was actively involved in alpine skiing for over 40-years. He was with the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team for 21-years, from 1969 – 1987, as the Teams’ Business Manager and Administrative Director, and from 1987 – 1990, as Director of Public Relations and Athlete Relations for Alpine Canada. He is also a former President and Life Member of the Manitoba Ski Division.

As President of the Manitoba Ski Division, he served on a committee convened by Parks Canada to search for and recommend a site within the Riding Mountain National Park suitable for skiing development which came to be known as Mount Agassiz. Similarly, he served on a Manitoba provincial government committee to select a site for skiing in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. The site selected became known as the Falcon Lake Ski Area located near the border with Ontario.

Ed Champagne moved to Ontario and continued to donate a great deal of time to acting as a contact for Canada’s Alpine ski team alumni. He was approachable and had time to listen to the athletes, in-fact they became his ‘family’.

 

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Ed Champagne
Ed Champagne 1969-70. Alpine Canada Alpin.
Bud Francis, Ed Champagne
Bud Francis, Ed Champagne, Ross ? c. 1948. CSHFM Collection / Taylor Made Service.
Ed Champagne
Ed Champagne c. 1948.
CSHFM Collection / Taylor Made Service.
National Alpine Ski Team 1969-70
National Alpine Ski Team 1969-70 [1st row]: Sue Graves, Judy Crawford, Betsy Clifford, Laurie Kreiner, Diane Culver [2nd row]: Peter Duncan, Rod Hebron [3rd row]: Bert Irwin, Robert Fugere (coach), Gilbert Mollard (coach), Al Raine (head coach), Peter Franzen (coach), Ed Champagne (manager), Michael Culver [4th row]: Keith Shepherd, Dan Irwin, Graham Ness, Dave Bruneau, Gerry Rinaldi. Canadian Ski Association / Alpine Office / Lolly Moss.
National Alpine Ski Team 1970-71
National Alpine Ski Team 1970-71 [1st row]: Diane Culver, Judy Crawford, Betsy Clifford, Laurie Kreiner, Diane Pratte [2nd row]: Aidan Ballantyne, Mike Cluver, Dan Irwin, Jim Hunter, Reto Barrington [3rd row]: L. Nelles (coach), Don Lyon (coach), Gilbert Mollard (coach), Al Raine (alpine program director), Peter Franzen (coach), C. Dumontier (coach), Ed Champagne (manager) [4th row]: Bert Irwin, Doug Woodcock, Paul Carson, Doug Temple, Russell Goodman, Derek Robbins. Canadian Ski Association / Alpine Office / Lolly Moss.
Ed Champagne
Ed Champagne (center) accepting the induction award for the late Dave Murray, from Canadian Ski Museum Chair Erle Bergh, with Master of Ceremonies, Peter Duncan (left) during 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Ed Champagne at 2002 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection / W.P. McElligott 6302-18.

Ed Champagne and Peter Duncan (Master of Ceremonies) at 2002 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. W.P.McElligott 6302-17.

Ed Champagne at 1995 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Ed Champagne (right) with Canadian Ski Museum Chair, Grant Boyd, at 1995 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.

Ed Champagne and Patrick Morris at 2007 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Valberg Imaging / Andréa Cardin.

Ed Champagne, John Fripp, Keith Nesbitt during “Ski with the Legends Race” at Mt. Cascade in 2000. CSHFM Collection.

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