OTTAWA, ON: After playing host to the world’s figure skating community, Skate Canada President, Benoît Lavoie, has decided to move on to new challenges. He has served as the President of the association since 2006.
“We have just finished hosting what many people have said is the best ever ISU World Figure Skating Championships,” said Lavoie, a native of Baie St-Paul, Québec. “And the performances of our Canadian athletes were simply outstanding, qualifying the largest figure skating team for next year’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”
Lavoie chose to make his plans public in order to allow the nomination process for a new president to be in place for the upcoming Skate Canada Annual General Meeting and Convention in June. “After such a wonderful week in London, I feel I have accomplished everything possible in my role as President, and now it is time for someone else to bring their energy, enthusiasm and passion to this position.”
First elected to the national board in 1995, Lavoie will remain on the Skate Canada Board as Past-President. He also plans to become more active at the international level of skating. “I believe there is an opportunity to engage with the International Skating Union (ISU) in new and different ways, and to bring a fresh perspective to developing the sport internationally level. It is my intention to devote time and energy to working with the ISU to work towards that goal.”
Elections for the President and other vacant positions on the Skate Canada Board of Directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the association in Ottawa, Ontario on June 8, 2013.