Milena Parent is a full professor in sport (event) governance in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She teaches sport management courses in both official languages at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prof. Parent also lectures in the Project & Event Management Module in the French and English Executive Masters in Sport Organisations Management (MEMOS) programs.
She received a Young Researcher Award from the University of Ottawa (2009) and an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario (2010). She was also named a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in 2009.
Prof. Parent focuses on organization theory and strategic management, primarily in the context of major sports events (e.g., Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games). She is interested in the governance and management of the relationships between organizing committees and their various stakeholders.
She co-authored Managing Major Sports Events: Theory and Practice (2nd edition with Aurélia Ruetsch, Routledge, 2021) and Strategic Management in Sport (with Danny O’Brien, Lesley Ferkins, and Lisa Gowthorp, Routledge, 2019). She co-edited The SAGE Handbook of Sport Management (with Russell Hoye, SAGE, 2017), Elite Youth Sport Policy and Management: A Comparative Analysis (with Elsa Kristiansen and Barrie Houlihan, Routledge, 2017), and The Routledge Handbook of Sports Event Management (with Jean-Loup Chappelet, Routledge, 2015).
Prof. Parent served as the 2001 Games of La Francophonie technical officials’ coordinator and a 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games protocol and language services manager.
Finally, she is a trained copywriter and has consulted for several organizations, such as the Sport Information Resource Centre, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and Canadian Heritage/Sport Canada. She currently sits on the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 Policy Implementation and Monitoring Work Group, the Canadian Sport Policy Renewal Work Group, and the Surveillance and Monitoring Work Group.