Canalta Cen­tre’s GM departs with­out de­tail

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - COLLIN GAL­LANT

The com­pany that op­er­ates the city-owned Canalta Cen­tre is with­out a gen­eral man­ager, as Peter Jelin­ski is no longer at the SMG-Canada-op­er­ated fa­cil­ity.

Re­ports Thurs­day stated the Ed­mon­ton-na­tive, who had man­aged the 6,100-seat hockey arena and con­cert venue for its first two years, was no longer with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He did not re­turn mes­sages left by the News on Fri­day and the com­pany didn’t re­lease any de­tails about the de­par­ture.

Les Crooks is a man­ager with the com­pany’s U.S. par­ent com­pany.

He said that he him­self didn’t know the cir­cum­stances of Jelinksi’s de­par­ture.

He ar­rived in Medicine Hat on Mon­day to be­come the in­terim gen­eral man­ager and will stay un­til a per­ma­nent gen­eral man­ager is hired.

Crooks said there is no time­line on that process.

“There’s no time frame on that but ob­vi­ously it’s about get­ting the right per­son for the job,” he said. “We’re ex­cited about the fu­ture here, we’ve got some ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ments com­ing up, and work­ing with the city of Medicine Hat to make it a great venue.” Jelin­ski joined SMG Canada in 2015 from North­lands in Ed­mon­ton, which op­er­ated NHL and ma­jor con­cert venue Rex­all Place, as the global fa­cil­ity man­age­ment firm ex­panded into West­ern Canada.

The com­pany has a five-year agree­ment to op­er­ate, book acts and over­see ten­ant re­la­tion­ships at the $75mil­lion rink.

Todd Sharpe is the gen­eral man­ager of the city parks and recre­ation de­part­ment, which over­sees the arena.

Sharpe said Jelin­ski had “made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the suc­cess­ful open­ing” of the cen­tre and “ac­com­plish­ments to date.”

“The City of Medicine Hat has com­plete con­fi­dence in SMGCanada as the op­er­a­tor,” he told the News.

Jelin­ski is a mem­ber of the Medicine Hat Pub­lic Li­brary Board and sat on a lo­cal com­mit­tee that is putting to­gether a bid to host the 2018 un­der-18 World Hockey Chal­lenge.

The Canalta Cen­tre is the pro­posed main venue for the in­ter­na­tional prospect tour­na­ment. SMG’s in­volve­ment is likely to con­tinue, sources say.

Peter Jelin­ski

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