Rob Guy named President of Athletics Canada Foundation, will step down as Athletics Canada CEO in 2019


Ottawa– Athletics Canada’s (AC) Chief Executive Officer, Rob Guy, has been named President of the Athletics Canada Foundation (ACF) as part of a succession plan that will see him step down from his role as AC CEO May 31, 2019.

Over the next year Guy will work with the AC Board of Directors and senior staff to prepare the leadership transition, while taking on additional responsibilities with the ACF.

“I have enjoyed my time leading the organization over the last eight years, but it’s time to move on to new challenges,” said Guy. “I am excited and look forward to contributing to this wonderful sport in a new capacity as ACF President.”

“The AC Board of Directors is very grateful for Rob’s hard work over the last eight years where he oversaw many new ventures and was instrumental in steering AC to expand both its reach and revenues,” said Board Chair Bill MacMackin. “This managed transition will give us time to find a successor. Keeping Rob involved with the ACF will allow us to draw on his experience after the transition.”

Over the past year the ACF has been raising money in three key priority areas: Getting Canadians active; keeping Canadians active and supporting excellence.

ACF plans to connect with alumni, the business community and various partners with like-minded objectives. In late May, ACF announced the Future Champions Fund, a joint venture with the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation.

“The ACF is both honoured and excited to have someone of Rob’s experience and knowledge working with us,” said John Piccininni, ACF Board Chair. “There is probably no one in Canada who is better suited to fill this role and we look forward to working with Rob in ensuring the Foundation can deliver on our long-term mandate to assist with existing programs and support of development programs offered by AC and its membership.” 

“Our first activities include an ACF event on Saturday, Aug. 11, as part of Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix, as well as our annual fundraising campaign kicking off in October,” said Guy. “I will be dusting off my running shoes and leading our team as we Run for ACFat the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 21.”

A process will begin in the fall to find a new CEO for AC with the intention to have the successor in place in the spring of 2019.

NewsJustyn Warner