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Release: New Executive Director of Sport

January 29, 2014

ERIC MYLES NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SPORT AT CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
Eric to enhance COC Sport Team

MONTREAL – The Canadian Olympic Committee announced today, the addition of their newest member of their executive team, Eric Myles, who joins the organization as Executive Director of Sport.

In his new position, Eric will report to the Chief Sport Officer, Caroline Assalian and will dive straight into his new role by joining the Canadian Olympic Team in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games that begin on February 7th.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is proud and excited to welcome Eric in this newly created role as we focus on better aligning the Canadian Sport System,” said Caroline Assalian, Chief Sport Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee. “His extensive experience and rich background in provincial sport and building partnerships will be a great addition to the COC team and the sport system as a whole.”

“I am very happy to be joining the Canadian Olympic Committee as Executive Director of Sport at such an exciting time,” said Eric Myles. “I look forward to this new challenge in my career, and to the unique opportunity to work with both our national sport federations and national partners to help support Canada’s high performance athletes as they compete against the world.”

With him, Eric brings a wealth of invaluable experience in the sport and education industry, including 12 years as Executive Director at Québec en Forme, an organization that mobilizes people from all of Québec’s society to favour and maintain active living and healthy eating, essential to the full development of Québec’s youths.

In addition, Eric spent 18 years in various roles, including Director of the Sport-Études Programms at l’Académie Les Estacades, and also founder of the Complexe sportif Alphonse-Desjardins in Trois-Rivieres, QC.

Eric also has an extensive background in canoe-kayak sprint racing, seeing him compete as an athlete at the Pan American Games and World Championships as well as help lead the Alberta Sprint Racing Canoe Association as a technical director and provincial coach.

RSR Partners conducted the search.  They are a top Executive and Board search firm founded by Russell S. Reynolds. With a team of highly experienced consultants with an industry-respected approach, they have been providing recruitment services to their clientele since 1993.

RSR Partners has offices in Greenwich, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

About the Canadian Olympic Committee:
The Canadian Olympic Committee leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team’s podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the Canadian Olympic Committee delivers resources that Canada’s elite athletes need to perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the Canadian Olympic Committee works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes’ stories, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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