Adam Klevinas, B.A., B.C.L, LL.B, started his career as a litigation lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault LLP after being called to the Quebec Bar. Before joining the Sport Law & Strategy Group, he worked as in-house legal counsel at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for nearly four years. In this role, Adam was involved in contractual matters, investigations, case management and review, and scientific and medical matters. He also provided legal advice to all of WADA’s internal departments as well as legal assistance to stakeholders, including International Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations.
For the past four years, Adam has been part of the Sport Law & Strategy Group’s list of approved sports adjudicators and has arbitrated national level cases involving team selection and carding disputes as well as disciplinary matters at the provincial level. He has also represented National Sport Organizations in team selection and carding matters before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
Adam graduated from Concordia University with a double-major in journalism and political science. He then went on to law school at McGill University where he obtained degrees in both common and civil law. When entering law school, Adam’s goal was always to work as a sport lawyer.
Adam was also a member of Canada’s junior and senior national sprint kayak teams and competed at the national and international level. He is a multiple national championship winner and medalist, as well as a medalist at the Pan American Championships. Prior to taking up kayaking, Adam played a number of other sports, including hockey, football and baseball.
After he finished his kayaking career, Adam stayed involved in the sport as a coach and later as the Chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Committee and a member of its Sprint Racing Council. He also took up road and mountain biking, cross-country and alpine touring skiing, as well as trail and marathon running. Adam does these activities as much as he can when he is not chasing around (or being chased by) his two sons and daughter.