Since 2013, the BC Athletic Commissioner has been the regulatory body for professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) and amateur kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA and pankration in the Province of British Columbia.
As such the Office of the BC Athletic Commissioner is responsible for licensing promoters, contestants, matchmakers, seconds, and officials to participate in or plan professional and/or amateur events in the afore mentioned disciplines; issuing event permits; upholding rules; protecting athlete safety and maintaining the integrity of the sport.
Kelly Gilday has spent the past 29 years dedicated to public safety with an expansive career working in the Federal, Provincial, Regional and Municipal governments. Much of his experience focused on regulation enforcement and code compliance which led him to serve as the Deputy Fire Commissioner and Acting Fire Commissioner for the Province of BC.
Kelly has received the Federal Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal and the Provincial Long Service Medal for his dedication and service to the communities and province. He holds the Executive Chief Fire Officer designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and has completed post-secondary programs in Business Management, Local Government Administration, Emergency Management and Fire Service Leadership.
Prior to these career successes, Kelly started training and competed in several martial arts competitions. He then shifted into fitness training to meet the physical demands of his work and went on to win a bronze medal in Bench Press at the 1997 Word Police/Fire Games. Kelly continues to be active and spends his leisure time in the outdoors, on the water or on the ski hill.
Kelly’s skill, experience and dedication will be beneficial in improving fighter safety while maintaining the growth and integrity of the sport.