People

We have people all around the world — each with a unique function, a​ll with the same mission. Meet the Right To Play team.

 

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Kevin Frey is the CEO of Right To Play International. He oversees the global operations of the organization, while also guiding Right To Play's long term strategic direction.

Kevin joined Right To Play from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management where he served as Managing Director of its flagship MBA program. Kevin has also held roles including Chief Business Development Officer and Director, Business Development and International Programs at the University of Toronto.

In addition to his work at the University, Kevin is Founder and Chairman of Teach Away Inc., one of the world's largest international teaching recruitment firms. Teach Away Inc. has governmental and private sector clients in more than 40 countries and has been recognized in multiple rankings by Profit magazine as one of Canada's fastest growing companies. Kevin is also co-founder of two e-learning companies, Skooli and LearnKit.com.

Kevin has an undergraduate degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Kellogg Scho​ol of Management and Schulich School of Business, and is in the final stages of completing his Doctorate in Business Administration at IE Business School in Madrid. Kevin played on the University of Toronto's varsity basketball team and is a nationally-certified "Train to Train" basketball coach. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and three children. 

  
 
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Johann Olav Koss, C.M., Founder

Johann Koss is the Founder of Right To Play International. He is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur who has been widely acknowledged for his work in promoting the use of sport and play as a tool for positive childhood development. Johann founded Right To Play in 2000, dedicating himself to growing it into an influential international no​n-government organization and a leader in the Sport for Development and Peace movement. The organization operates in more than 20 countries reaching over one million children each week​ and is supported by more than 620 staff worldwide and over 14,900 volunteer Coaches.


Johann has received a number of awards for his philanthropic service and leadership. Most recently, he has received the 2013 LEGO Prize from the LEGO Foundation and the 2013 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. In 2012 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation award for social entrepreneurship, and in 2011 he received the Newman's Own Award. Johann has been named by TIME Magazine as "One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow" as well as been declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is also an Ashoka Global Fellow.

Before founding Right To Play, Johann was an Olympic speed skater and is considered to be one of the greatest winter Olympians of all time.  At the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, in his home country of Norway, he won three gold medals making world headlines. The 1994 Games proved to be the visionary launch point for the start of a movement that would bring the power of sport and play to children living in disadvantaged communities around the world and ultimately the organization that would become Right To Play.

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Over the course of Johann's athletic career, he won a total of four gold medals, broke 10 world records, won three World All-round Championships, and numerous World Cups and National Championships. As the result of his athletic accomplishments and simultaneous humanitarian efforts, Johann was named the 1994 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and was given the Jesse Owens Award, the International Athletic Foundation Award, and the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award. Johann was presented the Child Survival Award by the Carter Center in Atlanta, and during the celebration of UNICEF's 50th anniversary, was given UNICEF's Honorary Award.

Johann has an undergraduate medical degree from the University of Queensland, and an Executive MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. He has received honorary degrees from Brock University, the University of Calgary, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and the University of Aust Agder in Norway.

In addition to his work with Right To Play, Johann is a Board member of Gates Ltd, Dundee Industrial REIT and Secunda Inc. He lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Jennifer and their children, Aksel, Annabelle and Andreas.

 
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