Bruce Hood is an accomplished professional sports official, successful businessman, and a community-oriented person. He has established recognition for his ability to speak out on issues.
The first to referee 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, Mr. Hood officiated in more than 1,500 games, including three NHL All Star games, 157 Stanley Cup playoffs, three Canada Cup Series. He also officiated championship events in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, and Finland, and operated referee instruction schools during his 21 year career. Following his retirement from the NHL in 1984 Mr. Hood authored two best-selling books on the game, and was nominated to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
An owner/operator of several travel agencies during his 15-year travel industry career, Mr. Hood was Vice-Chair of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), and President of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA). He sat on advisory boards of travel associations, airline and auto rental firms.
He has participated in a number of organizations including Canada’s "Fair Play in Sport" Commission, the Sheridan College Tourism Group, and the Special Olympics.
Mr. Hood became Canada’s first Air Travel Complaints Commissioner in 2000 and earned considerable praise from consumers for his success in mediating their complaints with the airlines.
He, his wife Daphne, and their two dogs, live in the rural area of the Town of Erin where he operates his mediation and marketing business, and plays tennis and old-timer hockey.