CANMORE, Canada — With the ski racing season right around the corner, Alberta Alpine has announced that respected sport leader Ken Read will join newly-named President Nigel Loring and Athletics Director Cam Stephen to transition the organization into the new winter.
“Our entire senior management team has changed this summer,” said Alberta Alpine Chair Bob Leitch. “Some of our leadership are familiar faces in new positions, others are new to Alberta. We felt it would be a world-class solution to reach out to a leader like Ken to work with our staff to ensure we maintain the corporate memory and strong performance culture that has been built over the past decade.”
Read will join the Alberta Alpine management team for a two-month period, working with staff to transition key areas including the upcoming Quest for Gold Golf Tournament at Silvertip on Sept. 8, corporate sponsorship, high performance program planning and introducing the new management team to the Alberta ski racing and sport community.
“I’m excited to be working with this new leadership team,” said Read. “Alberta Alpine is in a great position thanks to the hard work of outgoing President Adam Hull (who is leaving to pursue an MBA at Simon Fraser) and Brett Zagozewski (now Head Coach of the Ladies Alberta Ski Team). My role is to share my experience as a sport leader with Own the Podium and the current international sport world, but perhaps most important and so often overlooked – sharing the corporate memory of the sport and Alberta Alpine with the incoming management team.”
With the focus on good governance and high performance planning in Canadian sport, Alberta Alpine is positioned to be one of the leading provincial sport organizations that work with the Alberta Sport Connection and Alpine Canada.
“Sport excellence has always been at the forefront of our planning, to ensure we are providing a great athlete progression. But our pathway should build great lifelong skiers and also athletes that can move to the Canadian Team with podium potential for 2018 and 2022,” said Leitch. “We’re confident this innovative approach to planning this important transition will allow our leadership team a chance to hit the snow at full speed, focused on excellence and ready to deliver a world-class program for our athletes and our system.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Ken throughout my first couple of months and beyond,” said incoming President Loring. Having his wealth of experience readily available will mean Alberta Alpine won’t miss a beat as we enter into the race season.”
The early winter will see a very busy program in Alberta, leading with the 46th Annual Petroleum Club fundraiser (the longest running ski racing fundraising event in Canada), the return of NorAm Cup racing at Lake Louise (Dec. 8-12) and Panorama (Dec. 13-20) and the new Keurig CanAm FIS Race Series (Dec. 20-23).
Release courtesy of Alberta Alpine