OTTAWA, ON: As Canadian figure skaters prepare for the upcoming season, there will be a new leadership structure taking the organization into the 2012-2013 season and beyond. CEO William Thompson has announced his retirement as he moves on from the organization.
Thompson took on the role as interim CEO in January of 2006, and then the full-time role in the fall of that year. He was at the helm as Canada won two Olympic medals at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Skate Canada President, Benoît Lavoie, appreciated the time that Thompson gave to the organization, “William stepped into this role and immediately brought positive change to Skate Canada. He recognized the need to bring in new talent to key roles in our organization and he helped us implement a completely new Board structure. We wish William all the best as he moves on to new challenges.”
“I’ve enjoyed the challenge of leading Skate Canada for the past six years, and I’m proud of what the organization has achieved in that time,” said Thompson. “I'm especially proud of the accomplishments of the athletes I’ve had the privilege to work with.”
The Board plans no immediate search for a CEO said Lavoie. “We have a very experienced, capable senior management team. We know that they will continue their fine work as a leadership group, while the Skate Canada Board focuses on its role of governance of the association.”