(ISN) – OTTAWA, ON, – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of
Joanne Thomson as the CLA Executive Director. Joanne will join Jane, Britany and Ashley in Ottawa at the CLA national
For the past eleven years Joanne has served as Executive Director of Biathlon Canada where she has contributed
significantly to Biathlon Canada’s successes both domestically and internationally. She was a key contributor to the
development and growth of biathlon in Canada and worked closely with the many partners and participants of the biathlon
“We are very happy to welcome Joanne to the CLA,” said Joey Harris, President of the CLA Board of Directors. “She brings a
wealth of experience from her various roles within the Canadian sport system that will enable us to create a genuine
culture of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork in the Canadian lacrosse community as we work to
grow the sport nationally and remain an international leader of lacrosse.”
During her time with Biathlon Canada she was responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization
at the national level. Her responsibilities included strategic planning and implementation, finance management, funding
partner grant applications and reporting, marketing and fundraising, as well as sponsor servicing.
Joanne contributed to the development of biathlon’s ‘Long Term Athlete Development Model’ and sport participation
programs. She is experienced in policy writing, insurance management, national sport operations and membership. As
Executive Director she was responsible for all staff management and human resources for the association.
Joanne has extensive experience working on and for volunteer boards in the sport community as she currently sits as a
member of the International Biathlon Union Development Committee, is a director for the Canada Games Council (CGC)
Board of Directors, as well as a member of the CGC’s Finance and Audit committee. She also sits on the Canadian Olympic
Committee’s (COC) Sport Strategies and Relations committee.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to help lead the CLA over the coming years and to work with the staff and volunteers
who have diligently made the CLA what it is today” said Thomson. “Knowing that Canada is a leading nation in the sport of
lacrosse at the international level is a huge accomplishment, but it also means we need to continue to improve on the
development and participation programs while keeping the high performance program focused on being the best in the
world. This is something I am confident we can achieve if we all work together towards that vision.”
As Executive Director, Joanne will be responsible for the overall national office management, financial planning and
budgeting, policy development and implementation, as well as working closely with the national team management on the
national team strategy.