CIS announces departure of CEO Pierre Lafontaine


Jan 19, 2015

OTTAWA (CIS) – Thérèse Quigley, president of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, announced Monday that chief executive officer Pierre Lafontaine will be leaving CIS, effective immediately.

After joining CIS in the spring of 2013, Lafontaine spearheaded an inclusive and comprehensive process culminating in a new strategic plan. He also oversaw the development of the new governance structure for the organization.

“Pierre has set a new course for CIS,” said Quigley, the athletic director at Western University. “His positive relationships with the sport community and government officials have assisted the organization in strengthening our partnerships within the sport system. CIS is in a better position to move forward as a result of these accomplishments, and we are grateful to Pierre for his meaningful contributions.”

“I feel the time is right for me to explore new challenges and opportunities,” stated Lafontaine. “I am proud of the work our team has accomplished. The organization is in a strong position to move ahead, with a bold strategic plan, a new governance structure, and a strong long-term broadcast partnership with Sportsnet. The TELUS Vanier Cup played on Nov. 29 was a fantastic exhibition of the talent and passion of CIS’ student athletes. This was an exciting celebration of the 50th Vanier Cup and I know that the next 50 years will bring even greater opportunities for our student athletes. I leave very confident that CIS is poised to achieve its vision of being a world leader in university sport.”

CIS will begin the search for a new CEO immediately.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, over 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 56 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit or follow us on:



For more information:

Thérèse Quigley
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (519) 661-2111 ext. 88448
Cell: (519) 495-5943

Michel Bélanger
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334

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