GeneralNewsCross-Country Canada Names New Executive Director

FasterSkier FasterSkierSeptember 2, 2009

CANMORE, Alta.-Davin MacIntosh will play a key role in ensuring the continued growth of Canada’s cross-country skiing sport system well beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. MacIntosh was hired as Cross Country Canada’s Executive Director, the national body announced Monday.

MacIntosh has practised law with the major Calgary-based firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain for the past five years, developing an extensive network of contacts with leaders in the business and financial services industries. He has also provided leadership and legal advice to the boards of several not-for-profit entities, and worked cooperatively with leaders in municipal and provincial governments. He earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2009.

No stranger to competitive cross-country skiing, Macintosh was a national development team skier for Canada from 1995 to 1998, and has represented Canada at the World Junior Championships.

“Davin is a highly-motivated individual who brings a wealth of knowledge and acumen to the business of Canadian sport,” said Jim McCarthy, president, Cross Country Canada. “He stands out on the basis of his unique mix of experiences, his leadership qualities and his profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our sport.”

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead and help develop a sport system that will capitalize on the exceptional potential of cross-country skiing for Canadians at large, and to enhance the success of elite athletes and coaches in their quest for international podiums,” said MacIntosh. “I believe the combination of my not-so-distant experience with life as an athlete in the system and my current familiarity with the business world will help deliver the resources Canadian athletes require to be the best.”

Working with a team of highly-dedicated individuals at Cross Country Canada, MacIntosh will develop a long-term strategic plan that will focus on facilitating the development of the sport from the grassroots to elite levels.

“During my days as an athlete, I experienced the nexus between athlete and sport organization first-hand,” said MacIntosh. “I realize how imperative a strong governing body is for both the development of the sport and individual athlete performance.”

MacIntosh will assume his role as Executive Director, working out of the Bill Warren Training Centre in Canmore, Alta., on September 14th.

Source: Cross-Country Canada

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