—Pereira to lead Board of Directors committed to shaping new era for triathlon in Canada—
VICTORIA—Les Pereira was elected President of Triathlon Canada’s Board of Directors at the organization’s recent quarterly meeting.
The President of Triathlon B.C. from 2008-2013, and a member of Triathlon Canada’s Board as a Director at Large since 2013, Pereira has played a key role in growing one of Canada’s fastest growing sports. The Richmond, B.C. resident brings all key leadership skills to his new position with the national body having touched all facets of the sport from the grassroots to elite level through a variety of volunteer positions.
“Les Pereira is committed to excellence at the elite level, but also understands the importance of forging relationships with the provinces, clubs and members in all race categories across the country,” said Tim Wilson, chief executive officer, Triathlon Canada. “Les is a triathlete himself. He understands what our athletes need to achieve excellence, but also has a keen understanding on what it will take to grow our participation numbers, and ultimately develop the nation’s next Olympic and Paralympic champion.”
Pereira has also served various roles on the Triathlon B.C. Board, and was the President of the Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club in Vancouver where he has helped shaped the development pathway for many young triathletes.
“Triathlon has a strong history and deep-rooted community across Canada, and I’m proud to carry the torch in our organization’s continued quest to create opportunities for Canadian athletes to excel on the world stage,” said Pereira. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the staff and a Board of experienced professionals that is national in scope and representation. Their experience, strength and diversity of our Board will ensure a continued focus on athlete excellence and renewed growth and development of our sport nationally. We have a challenging time ahead of us, but with a talented and dedicated staff we have the people to do the job.”
In his new role with Triathlon Canada, Pereira will lead a group of five committed Board members. Steve Harrigan (Ontario) will take over the role of treasurer. Directors include Sheila O’Kelly (Alberta), Paul Huyer (Ontario), Janice Turner (Newfoundland), along with athlete representative Brent McMahon (British Columbia). Triathlon Canada will also elect one more member to a vacant position on its Board in February.