Through chess, students are encouraged to develop and model all the characteristic traits that build success from respect to empathy to cooperation to perseverance.
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.
This year, 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.
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.
Chess Institute of Canada 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
* Note: Michael Sutton, Peter Boross-Harmer, George Supol, and Marcus Wilker are also Officers of the organization. Click on pictures to read biographies.