Bill Clarke was a founding member of the Canada Games Council Board, and through his leadership, helped see the birth of the Canada Games property.
Since his youth, Bill Clarke has been involved in sports, particularly football. As a young man, he joined the Regina junior football team, the Regina Dales, which are now known as the Regina Rams. As he emerged into a better player, he was chosen to play professional football with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Clarke became one of the longest serving members of the Roughriders, playing 14 seasons as both an offensive and defensive tackle, including 8 seasons serving as the captain of the defence squad. He was awarded the Stack Tibbitts Trophy as the Roughriders most valuable Canadian in 1959 and 1961 and was named to the Western Football Conference's All-Star team as a defensive tackle in 1961 and 1963.
Clarke's long-time dedication to the club was honoured with a life membership and was inducted into the Roughriders' Plaza of Honour in the late 80s. He retired from play following the 1964 CFL season, and became a public servant.
From 1982 to 1987, he served as Deputy Minister of what is now known as the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation. In addition, he was a member of numerous boards and committees including the Saskatchewan Games Council, the Canada Games Council, and Hockey Canada.
He also acted as an advocate for the Special Olympics and the United Way, where he organized charity curling bonspiels and golf tournaments to raise money for Parkinson's disease research, a disease with which he was afflicted.
Clarke succumbed to the disease in 2000, at the age of 68, But his legacy and support of the Canada Games continues to live on to this day, and will live on still through today’s induction.