IIRC he is not Skate Canada's first CEO, so they have managed to function without one in the past. I can't imagine that the organization has changed that drastically that the position is no longer needed.
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Last edited by Blair; 08-09-2012 at 11:33 PM. Reason: double post
He's probably making room for David Dore to reincarnate himself as Director General or Grand Poombah or Chief Biatch or something
Skate Canada lists Cheryl McEvoy as the new CEO. Benoit Lavoie is not listed any more.
Could be wrong, but I think Lavoie is on a planned sabbatical.
So Thompson has "retired", and Lavoie is on sabbatical!
Who's running to show?
There has to be some executive direction, surely.
I find all this a little disturbing.
Under Thompson and Lavoie's direction SC really achieved a lot over the past several years. They brought a whole new energy to the organization. And now it all seems to be falling apart.
I agree that Thompson and Lavoie had a good energy and things seemed to be going well aside from the sponsorship thing. I am surprised by all this, especially the timing. I guess we can't know what goes on behind the scenes. So worlds are in Canada in 6 months and it will be McEvoy looking after things in London presumably.
Well who knows, maybe it will be better!
Lavoie is listed on the Skate Canada website as being the President of the Board of Directors for the term 2011-2015. So I presume he's still head of the Board, sabbatical or not.
I heard that the "big wigs" at Skate Canada virtually ignored their Corporate Sponsors, especially BMO, and didn't exactly treat them well. Not surprised to see Thompson out the door when they have had a lot of problems getting new sponsors.
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I was going to say in their defence that it's easy to get sponsors in the years leading up to a home country olympics, and not surprising that they'd pull out afterwards, but if it's really true that they were ignored by TPTB at SC that's completely indefensible.
I thought it was Debbie Wilkes job to look after the corporate sponsors - wasn't that why they hired her as Director of Development?
That was my understanding, too.
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