Through chess, students are encouraged to develop and model all the characteristic traits that build success from respect to empathy to cooperation to perseverance.
~ KEN KROEKER, Acting Principal, Pauline Junior Public School

Who We Are

Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) was founded in 2005 with Ted Winick as its first CEO. CIC is now a Canadian Registered Charity with a growing staff of passionate and dedicated group leaders who continue its original mission of using chess as a way to teach life skills such as goal setting, resilience and self realization.

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Our Story

Ted Winick started teaching chess in Toronto in 1998 as a volunteer at his children’s elementary school. His initial motivation was simply to provide a fun, intellectually stimulating activity. Later that year, when he started working with the new club to prepare a school team for the city championship, he was in for a surprise: the best under-15 chess player in Canada had been attending the school all along! What happened next was the watershed event that led to the philosophical foundation of Chess Institute.
“We need five players on the tournament team,” Ted said to this boy.

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Our Mission

Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) is a charitable organization that instills positive approaches to life’s challenges by using chess as a vehicle to cultivate the development of essential insights and skills.
Bringing chess to life happens through:

  • In-school chess curriculum classes and extra-curricular chess clubs
  • One-day tournaments and week-long day camps for elementary school children
  • Innovative community programs for at-risk youth
  • And more …

Meet our Management Team

Katya Rudzik, Director of Outreach

Daniel Wiebe, Director of Programs

Marcus Wilker, Director of Operations

George Supol, Chief Financial Officer

Meet our Board

Peter Boross-Harmer, Chair

Ted Winick, Director

Shabnam Abbarin, Director
David M. Fletcher, Director

Hans Jung, Director

Marlena McCarthy, Director

Andrew Pastor, Director

Michael Sutton, Director