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(ISN) – OTTAWA—One of the nation’s most accomplished and respected sport leaders, Lane MacAdam, will join Own the Podium as the organization’s new Director of Partnerships and Operations.

A strategic leader with more than 30 years of experience at the national level of sport in the public and non-profit sectors, MacAdam has spent the last 13 years in senior positions with Sport Canada where he has been heavily involved in sport system development and working with Canada’s most elite athletes. MacAdam has played a key role in many formative initiatives in Canadian sport including the Mills Commission report, Canadian Sport Policy and the Legacy Plan for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

“Lane is a proven performer who understands the high performance environment, and working in a multi-sport arena,” said Anne Merklinger, chief executive officer, Own the Podium. “Lane has an extensive skillset in program and organizational management, financial accountability and brings an unwavering passion for sport and the pursuit of excellence. His extensive relationships in the Canadian sport system, along with his knowledge of Own the Podium, will make Lane a key asset on our team.”

In his most recent position as Executive Director, Sport Excellence for Sport Canada since 2006, MacAdam has provided leadership to the Government of Canada’s role in high performance sport: managed key relationships with Olympic and Paralympic partners; managed the Athlete Assistance Program; directed the Government’s role in major games missions; coordinated the Government of Canada’s commitments to domestic and international anti-doping efforts; managed financial and human resources and led several strategic planning processes. MacAdam has also been involved with Own the Podium since its inception prior to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Prior to his senior roles with Sport Canada, MacAdam was the first CEO of the Canada Games Council from 1991-2001.

“Own the Podium has helped transform sport in our country, but I believe we have only just begun to shape Canada’s high performance sport system,” said MacAdam, who has also been an aide to several of Canada’s Ministers of sport. “I’m anxious to join this exceptional team and contribute to the next phase of the organization’s development, with the goal of creating an even brighter and more successful future for Canada’s athletes, coaches and national sport organizations.”

In his new role, MacAdam will plan and direct the corporate operations of Own the Podium, which includes formulating corporate policies, preparing annual budgets, overseeing the corporation’s human resources, developing communications strategies and tactics designed to increase the organization’s international profile and developing and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders.

MacAdam will begin his new role with OTP on March 25, 2015.