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April 8/09 15:48 pm - Greg Mathieu named Canadian Cycling Associationís CEO and Secretary General

Posted by Editoress on 04/8/09

The Canadian Cycling Association announced Wednesday that veteran sport administrator Greg Mathieu of Ottawa has been named the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General.

Mathieu brings 28 years experience in sport administration to the CCA.  Since 1993 he was Executive Director for the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association.  Under his leadership, CAWA earned unprecedented success hosting several key international events while its athletes stepped on the podium at every Olympics between 1996 and 2008.

"This opportunity to be part of the CCA as it embarks on its strategic directions for the next four years and beyond is very exciting,” said Mathieu.  “In every sport and association there are unique cultures and challenges that need to be understood and appreciated in addition to learning about the passionate personalities that drive the sport.  I look forward to becoming familiar with all of these in the near future in order that I may contribute to the association meeting its vision and mandate over the long term."

From 1980 to 1992,  Mathieu worked for the Canadian Olympic Association (now the Canadian Olympic Committee).  He was the Director of Operations from 1982 to 1992 and Manager, Games Missions from 1980-82.

“Greg's experience and expertise will allow the CCA to progress in developing and strengthening relationships with our key partners, the provincial cycling organizations, Sport Canada and Podium Canada,” said John Tolkamp, the CCA’s President.  “Greg will also be instrumental in providing leadership in the CCA's restructuring of the high performance program so we can reach our high performance objectives.”

Mathieu replaces Lorraine Lafrenière who leaves after two years with the CCA and oversaw the return to financial viability and the administrative restructuring of the Association.

"Under Lorraine's leadership the key components of our organization  thrived," said Tolkamp.  "This includes benefiting from the Podium Canada program to reach our performance targets, implementing the National Team Ethics and Code of Conduct, and building support for our stakeholders."


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