Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada announces first CEO

I am honoured and excited for the opportunity to become a part of Water Ski Wakeboard Canada and the dynamic, growing towed water sports community, said Patterson. Towed water sports have been a vital part of the Canadian summer experience for decades, and we are going to work to ensure that more Canadians get out on the water, whether they are out a few times a year with friends or if they are striving to join the world champions on Team Canada, he added.

In 2009, we adopted a new strategic plan to become one of the fastest growing sports in Canada, said Paul D. Melnuk, Chair of Water Ski Wakeboard Canada. Our strategic plan envisioned the need for talented and experienced leadership in the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer, he added.

Melnuk continued, After an extensive retained search process that considered candidates internal and external to our organization and sport as well as inside and outside the sporting world in general, we are pleased to have attracted David as our first CEO. He added, David has distinguished himself as an accomplished leader with tremendous passion for sport, people and growth and we are confident that he will effectively lead the thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers and grow our sport from the local lakes right up to the 2015 Pan American Games and beyond.

Every summer, thousands of Canadians and their families are on the water enjoying water skiing, wakeboarding and other towed water sports. Water Ski Wakeboard Canada is positioning its organization to attract more of these Canadians to become part of its community at the local, provincial and national level. Growing participation in the community will ensure the development of future champions to continue the outstanding track record of success the sport has enjoyed in international competition including a record nine medals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.

Patterson joins Water Ski Wakeboard Canada after a successful eight years with Ringette Canada as its Executive Director. During this time, Ringette Canadas revenues more than doubled, membership registrations increased by 15%, national championship structure was revamped, organization developed and hosted two major international events, Long Term Athlete Development Model was implemented and new governance system was established.

Previous to his Ringette Canada experience, David was Manager, IT, Volunteers and Protocol for the 2004 Arctic Winter Games and held positions of increasing sport management responsibility with the Canadian Armed Forces, Washington State University and Sacramento State University. He holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Science with a major in Recreation and Leisure Administration from Sacramento State University and has completed course work towards a Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Human Kinetics and a specialty in Sport Management from the University of Ottawa.

Patterson will officially join Water Ski Wakeboard Canada on April 30, 2012. Dan Wolfenden, who has been Executive Director since late 2001, has announced his intention to resign his position effective April 30, 2012 to pursue other opportunities. Dan has contributed a great deal to the organization over the past decade and we wish him well in his new endeavors, said Melnuk.

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