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 as a federally incorporated non-profit organization in 2005 by Ted Winick and David Cohen, with Ted becoming our first CEO.

Ten years later, we reached another milestone as CIC received registered charity status under the Income Tax Act of Canada, effective January 1, 2016. Our Registered Charity number is 818840274RR0001.

With a growing staff of passionate and dedicated chess instructors, we continue to build on Ted’s original vision of using chess as a way to teach life skills such as goal setting, resilience and self realization.

In 2019, we delivered chess clubs and in-class programs at over 80 public and private schools around the GTA, as well as running chess tournaments, camps and special events.

Of course 2020 has been a very different year – as a consequence, we now have exciting New Live Online options.

What We Do >

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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“Chess is awesome” video >

Our Mission

Chess Institute of Canada is a registered charity 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:

Bringing Chess to Life >

Meet our Management Team

Michael Sutton*, Acting Executive Director

Marcus Wilker*, Director of Operations

George Supol*, Financial Manager

Meet our Board

Michael Sutton*, Chair

Colton Creber, Director

Marlena McCarthy, Director

Evelyn Saungikar, Director

Evgeniya Sedletskaya, Director

Esther Selvaratnam, Director

Advisor to the Board

Mary Lynne Stewart, Board Advisor

* Note: Michael Sutton, George Supol, and Marcus Wilker are also Officers of the organization. Click on pictures to read biographies.