Howard Kelsey


Howard has a long and auspicious basketball career both on and off the court. A member of Canada’s National Basketball Team for 11 years, during which time the team were F.I.S.U. World Champions (1983) and placed 4th in Los Angeles Olympic Games. Howard is one of only two B.C. male basketball players to become a two-time Olympian (Moscow-boycott and Los Angeles in 1984).As a college basketball player, Howard was a 2 year letterman at Oklahoma State, and was the nation’s third leading scorer (29.2 ppg) in the NCAA Small College, Conference MVP and two time All-Conference at Principa College.

Howard’s M.SC in Athletic Administration from the University of Oregon helped to prepare him for a diverse and exciting administrative career including accomplishments such as The Athletic Coordinator at the University of Victoria. During his seven year tenure under Athletic Director, Ken Shields, the University of Victoria won seven (7) consecutive mens’ and six (6) consecutive women’s CIAU National Basketball Championships, and produced sixteen (16) Olympic medals and sixty four (64) Olympians.

Howard is also the founder of the Puerto Vallarta International Sports Classic with more than 2,000 participants (approx.) in seven sports annually, and Co-Chairman of the Puerto Vallarta Convention Centre project. He is also the Chair of The Canada One Athletic Foundation (Founders of TELUS Basketball Classic, Kitsfest, co-donor / steward of the Kits Beach Basketball Courts, Kits Beach Tennis Courts and Kits Beach palm upgrades).

Howard is a Vancouver native having graduated from Point Grey High School (Vancouver City Champions at that time) and still has the distinction of being the BC High Schools’ all-time leading scorer (career average). He is a BC Basketball Male Player of the Year and member of The Province newspaper’s 50 year “Dream Team”. In 2005, he became the inaugural inductee into the Point Grey High School Hall of Fame, in 2007 Howard was inducted into the BC Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Howard now divides his time between Mexico, where he played professionally and was named to the franchises’ all-time team, and Vancouver.

In November, 2010, Howard was appointed Executive Vice President, Canada Basketball.

Howard was recently named as a ‘Distinguished Citizen / Visitor’ by The Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) City Council (Read Article).

‘On December 01, 2012 at The Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, His Excellency, David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented Howard with The Governor General of Canada’s Medallion in recognition of Howard’s contributions to Mexico-Canada relations over the past several decades’. (Read Embassy Media Release)