Canada Snowboard Announces New Executive Director

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Vancouver, BC – Canada Snowboard is pleased to announce Patrick Jarvis as its new Executive Director.


Patrick brings a unique combination of private sector business experience, and hands-on national sports organization experience to the role, thanks to his diverse professional resume. He presently serves as a director on the Own The Podium board of directors, and has been managing his own consulting business since 1992.

“Patrick has a significant skill set from directing multiple businesses, and has a deep understanding of the Canadian sport system thanks to his board-level experience and participation with groups like the International Paralympic Committee,” says Guy Poupart, Chairperson of the Canada Snowboard board of directors. “We’re thrilled to have found a candidate of his caliber to take on the leadership of Canada Snowboard.”

Patrick was the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Team at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, and the official CPC representative at three Paralympic Games — Sydney, 2000; Salt Lake City, 2002; and Athens in 2004. At the 2010 Winter Games, he served in a dual capacity, representing both VANOC (Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). And through his private business endeavors, Patrick has gained extensive leadership experience, along with personnel training and development experience.

“I am truly excited to join the Canada Snowboard family, and wish to extend my profound gratitude to the Board of Directors for their support made through this offer. I wish all of us involved with the organization — athletes, coaches, staff, directors and volunteers — overwhelming success, from the grass roots to High Performance level,” says Jarvis.

The Canada Snowboard Board of Directors began their international search in March, engaging key stakeholders and consultants to ensure the ideal executive director candidate could be found.

“We have great confidence in Canada Snowboard, knowing that our passionate and dedicated staff, coaches and athletes will have Patrick’s leadership to support and guide them, ultimately setting the pace for our organization to succeed as a team going forward,” says Matt Houghton, Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Snowboard board of directors.

Patrick’s primary focus will be on enabling Canada Snowboard and its athletes to progress and excel as we set our sights on the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Peyongchang, South Korea.

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