Submitted by: Rebecca Menard, MNO citizen

Rio Olympics_Dr. Darrell Menard
MNO citizen and veteran Dr. Darrell Menard, OMM, CD,
MD, in his 2016 Paralympic Games uniform. Click here to
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Dr. Darrell Menard, OMM, CD, MD, is a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and MNO-verified veteran who is about to embark on a very exciting adventure. Dr. Menard is one of the core Team Canada physicians for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The application process to join the team was very competitive and involved a lengthy selection process against other qualified medical personnel.

At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Dr. Menard is one of four Team Canada volunteer physicians. He has been assigned the track and field team, but will likely work with other teams prior to arriving in Rio. Team physicians complete medical and medication reviews for all of their assigned athletes prior to the Games. While at the Games, they are responsible for providing sideline coverage during practices and games. They are also responsible for running a Canadian Team medical clinic at the Paralympic village.

Dr. Menard has worked at over 20 major games including the 2015 Parapan Am Games, the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, the 2013 Military World Football Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Dr. Menard graduated from the University of Alberta in 1976 with an Honours Degree in Physical Education and then began a 40-year career in the Canadian Forces. In 1981, he completed a Master of Arts Degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alberta. He graduated from the medical program at Queen’s University in 1988. Dr. Menard completed his flight surgeon training in 1991 and in 1992 he opened a family/sport medicine practice in Russell, Ontario. In 1994, he completed his Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Diploma.

Dr. Menard is currently a family physician with a specialty in sport medicine. He retired from the Canadian Forces after 40 years of service in both the regular and reserve forces and continues to work as the Surgeon General’s Specialist Advisor in Sport Medicine. Dr. Menard also teaches Musculoskeletal Examination Skills at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and the Northern Ontario University programs.

Dr. Menard is a great Métis success story and role model. Good luck in Rio Dr. Menard!

Updated on: August 9, 2016