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Submitted by ryan.ohashi on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:23pm

CALGARY, AB – U of C Olympic Oval Director Yves Hamelin announced today that effective immediately the University of Calgary Olympic Oval will be restructuring its current operating model. These structural changes will primarily affect the marketing, events, competitions and programs departments.

Marketing sectors, communication, corporate events and competitions will now be housed in one department.  By placing all of the events and marketing under the same leadership the Oval hopes to create optimal synergies for planning and execution of all events. Sponsorship will be totally integrated in order to support the Oval’s mission at a higher level.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Robertson as Associate Director, Sponsorship and Events, effective January 12th.” said Hamelin “Lisa's leadership and experience in university high level sports as well as her extensive expertise and knowledge in fund development and sponsorship will be an outstanding asset for our next steps.”

Robertson has had tremendous success in her fund development with the Athletics Department as part of the central fund development team.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and sport passion to the Oval.  Very recently, Lisa was one of 20 specially selected inter-disciplinary campus leaders chosen to take part in the University’s ULead Senior Leadership Program.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for me to merge my skills and knowledge into a different arena of high performance sport.  I look forward to working with and learning from this internationally recognized team and contributing to the Oval’s mission.” said Robertson. 

The management of Oval programs will now be shared between two leaders to allow greater emphasis on each of the two skating disciplines (long track and short track). This addition will help in enhancing performance processes, allowing optimal focus on key development components and LTAD. 

“I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Éric Bédard as Manager High Performance Short Track, effective January 12th.” said Hamelin adding “Marcel Lacroix will now mainly focus on long track and continue to ensure strong cohesion between programs as a whole. The newly defined Athlete Pathway context and training structure will benefit from Marcel and Éric’s exceptional expertise and leadership.”

Bédard, a former Short Track Olympian in Nagano, Salt Lake City and Torino is well known for his passion for short track and his incredible success over the years. Éric is an NCI level 5 coach with experience from club level to Olympic level. Eric recently led the Italian Team to three Olympic podium finishes. Éric’s in-depth knowledge of the short track international system will help the Olympic Oval, coaches and athletes to enhance processes that the program believes will lead them to great progression and success.

 “I am very excited to return to Canada and join the Olympic Oval team with this great opportunity to contribute to the long term growth and development of short track speed skating in the west, bringing my past national and international experiences, gathered in various environments, to contribute to the Olympic Oval’s high performance mission.” said Bédard.

“I am very happy to see these two outstanding leaders join the Olympic Oval team.  Their respective backgrounds will assist in creating a sustainable high performance environment that will strongly benefit Canadian athletes.” said Hamelin.

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