Kevin Cougler is the founder of Kinisi Sports, where he uses his coaching expertise to source a range of innovative sports equipment.
Kevin has extensive experience as a badminton player and coach and presently serves as the High Performance Director of Badminton Ontario. The national team represents Canada at international events, including the Pan-Am and Olympic Games. Kevin is responsible for the strategic plan for the High Performance program and sits as a member of the Strategic Plan Committee for the organization.
Kevin is also the founder of the Oxford Youth Badminton League, a grassroots initiative that provides free instruction in badminton skills and technique to gym teachers, school badminton club teachers, school coaches and their students to solve the decades long issue of improper technique being taught in most elementary schools. With a dedication and passion for youth sports, Kevin is a badminton coach at various elementary schools around Ontario.
Outside of coaching badminton, Kevin is CEO and Founder of Sports Discovery Camp, a program which he launched in 2019 to solve the social problem of children quitting sports by the time they are 12 years old due to a variety of factors. Prior to founding the camp, in 2013, Kevin started and is CEO of STEM Camp, a summer program that is designed to inspire young people to consider career choices in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As of 2020, Kevin and his team have expanded STEM Camp to include 70 sites (some of which offer bilingual), which has directly impacted the lives of over 40,000 Canadian youth and has inspired young females to become interested in technology.
Previously, as the Executive Director of Partners In Research, Kevin expanded the Virtual Researcher On Call (VROC) program by developing and implementing the first videoconferencing network in Canada that connected K-12 schools to post-secondary institutions. He was also a founding partner of an initiative called Connected North which connected northern Inuit schools through videoconferencing. In 2008-2009, Kevin was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award from Contact North for the VROC program.
Kevin Cougler is a 1993 graduate of McMaster University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, and attended Western University in 2017, where he studied marketing and earned a Professional Certificate in Leadership.
As a proud father and husband, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family.