Alpine Canada taps business community, appoints new board of directors

CALGARY — Canada’s most decorated downhiller is among business heavyweights appointed to Alpine Canada’s new board of directors.

Retired two-time world champion Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., joins TPG Capital Asia managing partner Tim Dattels, Teck Resources chief executive officer Don Lindsay, Bank of Montreal CEO Darryl White and MacKenzie Investments president and CEO Barry McInerney among a dozen business people named to the board Wednesday by Alpine Canada.

Alpine Canada’s 11 provincial and territorial organizations elected the directors at the annual general meeting Tuesday.

Canada’s governing body of downhill, slalom and ski cross racing has committed to making the country a top-three skiing nation by 2026.

“We are thrilled to have assembled a talented group of leaders with diversified skills and global reach who are committed to creating a plan, in collaboration with our provincial organizations, for accelerating the development of our ski racers,” Dattels said in a statement.

“Our plan will build on Alpine Canada’s brand of excellence and enhance the organization’s financial health through strong governance and increased sponsorships.”

The 2019-20 World Cup downhill season opens in Lake Louise, Alta., with men’s downhill and super-G races Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 respectively.

A pair of women’s downhills Dec. 6-7 and a Dec. 8 super-G follow the men’s races at the Alberta resort.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2019.

The Canadian Press