This past weekend saw the completion of the Golf Canada Annual General Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which concluded with the induction of their new President.
Roland Deveau, of nearby Bedford, was welcomed as the 113th president of the association
As Deveau is passed the baton from Paul McLean, further movement in the association’s board will see Leslie Dunning of Calgary become the first vice-president while the second vice-present position is now in the hands of Charlie Beaulieu of Quebec.
“I’m humbled and privileged to assume the presidency of Golf Canada,” said Deveau in a release from Golf Canada. “I’d like to thank and salute Mr. McLean as well as all our previous leaders who have worked tirelessly to grow the game and promote excellence in our sport with grace, dignity and commitment. Our organization has a tremendously rich history. I thank my fellow Board members for enabling me this opportunity to work with our members and industry stakeholders as we write our next chapter.
“We live in an astonishing country who loves golf. We are Canada’s most played sport with nearly 5.7 million Canadians teeing-it-up each year. But, we have and will always face challenges. It’s the responsibility of golf’s leaders to adapt to the modern reality that our society is changing. It’s time for all of us, as an industry, to be positive about golf and work collaboratively. We must target juniors, women and minority groups who haven’t traditionally been involved with our sport. That is how we will continue to be Canada’s most popular sport and I invite all those passionate about golf to join us.”
The trio at the top will indeed face challenge as Golf Canada once again recorded an annual loss. In 2015 they report a deficit of over $900,000. It’s a reduction from the loss of approximately $1.4 million in the year prior, but a loss nonetheless. As asset base built from investments and the past sale of Glen Abbey Golf Club continues to support their finances.
To help guide the association into 2016 the top cadre will be joined on the Board of Directors by a team from across the country. They include Liz Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., Dale Jackson of Victoria, Rob MacDonald of Winnipeg, Don MacKay of Bracebridge, Ont., Nick Marrone of Toronto, Pat Thompson of Kelowna, B.C., and Allison Chisholm of Rothesay, N.B., as well as immediate past president Paul McLean.
To learn more about the financial state of Golf Canada their Annual Report for 2015 is available here, it also includes a recap of activities, programs, and championships for the past season.