Since 1954 Livius has been involved in the sport, not only as a sailor but also as a president, founder, chairman and member of the Canadian Yachting Association, ISAF and Olympic Committees. Livius entered the ISAF Structure in 1974, commencing on the Racing Rules Committee, where he served as a member until 1998. He was instrumental in the development of the new rules, having served as a member of the Working Party. Livius was a member of the Council (then Permanent Committee), the final decision making body of ISAF, from 1990 through to 1994. He was also the first Chairman of the ISAF Review Board.
However, Livius has not limited his activities to serving on Committees. He has been an International Judge since 1980, serving on the International Jury for at least 26 World Championships and 3 Olympic Regattas, being Chief Race Officer at the 1976 Olympic Regatta, Montreal. He has also served as judge and/or Umpire in 7 America's Cups.
On the sailing front, Livius was a leading light in the International 14 Class, the blue riband Class at that time.
Livius's services to the sport are outstanding and have significantly contributed to improve the sport to the benefit of sailors worldwide.
On announcing the Executive Committee's unanimous decision on awarding Livius the Beppe Croce Trophy, ISAF President, Paul Henderson, commented: 'Livius's only failure has been trying to keep me under control since I was 10 years old without success. He is one of my closest friends and mentors. It is a great honour for ISAF to be able to honour this outstanding sailor with the Beppe Croce Award.'
ISAF President of Honour, HM King Constantine, had the pleasure of telephoning Livius to tell him of the Executive Committees decision, to which Livius's response was: 'For the first time in my life I am speechless!'
Livius retired from ISAF Committees in November 1998, but continues as an International Judge.