Team Physician - Dr. Jim Bovard
Birthplace - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hometown - West Vancouver, British Columbia
Citizenship - Canadian
Years with Whitecaps FC - 2009-present
Acquired - 2009
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jim Bovard attended the University of British Columbia and received his doctorate in medicine in 1984. Following graduation, Dr. Bovard began a family practice in North Vancouver, BC. In 1985, he worked as a team physician for the Canadian Alpine Ski team. After becoming a member of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine and the Head of the Division of Sports Medicine at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, Dr. Bovard became a Sport Medicine Consultant to the National Hockey League Players Association in 2003.
A sports enthusiast, Dr. Bovard has worked as a Sport Medicine consultant to the Canadian Sailing Team, the Canadian Snowboard Team, and was the Chief Medical Officer for Skate Canada at the 2008 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship in Goyang, South Korea. Additionally, he was appointed as the Venue Medical Officer for figure skating at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He is the Medical Lead for High Performance for the Canadian Snowboard Team and is a member of SportMed BC's Board of Directors.
Dr. Bovard also has a wealth of experience doing volunteer work at local sporting events including badminton, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, rugby, tennis and wrestling.