Sail Canada Appoints New CEO

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Don Adams

Kingston, ON (November 24, 2016) – Sail Canada’s Board of Directors has announced Don Adams will be the organization’s new CEO.

After an extensive search over four months, Adams will now step in to execute the Board’s strategic plan, together with the staff team based in Kingston, ON, to increase participation, improve national development along all pathways and increase high performance results.

“I recognize the challenges that Sail Canada has moving forward to achieve our strategic priorities as outlined in the Strategic Plan,” said Adams. “I look forward to collaborating with the many stakeholders to increase participation in the sport of sailing, and developing a system that will allow our athletes to reach their potential and be amongst the best in the world. I also believe that sailing is a great sport for youth to gain life skills that will help them achieve their potential in whatever life endeavours they pursue”.

Possessing a Masters of Sport Administration from the University of Ottawa, Adams has been involved with many facets of sport management during his career. As former Executive Director of the Diving Canada and Equine Canada, he worked with the many stakeholders to develop the sport, particularly developing a system for high-performance athletes to achieve their potential. Most recently at Motivate Canada, he has been utilizing ‘Sport for Development’ to increase youth participation in sport. Adams is very passionate about youth-driven development and the role that youth can play as community leaders.

“Don’s leadership skills and extensive background in sport will undoubtedly benefit the sport of sailing,” adds Sail Canada President Todd Irving. “The wealth of experience combined with Don’s solid acumen for sport governance and team building gives him the required credentials to lead Sail Canada through 2020 and beyond. We are thrilled to welcome Don onboard and look forward to working collaboratively on our strategic objectives.”

Adams will begin his new role with Sail Canada on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017.