Thursday, 7 July 2011

Events Wood Buffalo ED accepts new position in Vancouver

Fort McMurray, AB, July 7, 2011

Events Wood Buffalo (EWB) will begin the selection process for a new Executive Director after accepting the resignation of Claude Giroux, effective at the conclusion of the SummersEND Festival in September. Mr. Giroux has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver.

"This was an opportunity of a lifetime for me," said Giroux. "It has always been our goal to end up on the West Coast. It's where I grew up and it's closer to family. Opportunities like the one offered by the Kay Meek Centre don't come along very often and despite the affinity I feel for Wood Buffalo and the staff, board and volunteers of this organization, it was in the best interests of my family to make the difficult decision to accept this new challenge."

Giroux assumed the leadership of EWB shortly after its formation in 2009 and has successfully grown the organization in terms of its staff, operations and regional impact.

"It is incredibly hard to leave," said Giroux. "I have enormous love and respect for the people I get to work with each day and the unparalleled opportunities that come with being in the most dynamic region of the country. The staff and organization are well-positioned to embrace the excitement of what lies ahead."

The impact of Mr. Giroux on EWB has been substantive, according to President Greg Butters.

"Not only has Claude grown the organization beyond anything that we could have hoped, he has also successfully shepherded the move of our signature event, interPLAY, to its new location at King Street and Keyano College. He has developed collaborative partnerships with organizations like MacDonald Island Park, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Keyano College and many others that put us in a strong position moving forward. The unparalleled success of the recent KISS concert and CanadaROCKS activities are really only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Claude's passion and vision has done for our region."

The Board of Directors of EWB will be striking an executive search committee that will be charged with selecting a new Executive Director.

For more information:
Misty Oakes
Communications and Development Director
Events Wood Buffalo

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