Pierre Lafontaine Named Cycling Canada CEO as Greg Mathieu Retires
Pierre Lafontaine has been hired as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Cycling Canada, replacing Greg Mathieu, who retired after serving the organization for seven years. Lafontaine is widely acclaimed as an innovative leader with a wealth of international experience, most recently as CEO at Cross Country Canada since 2015. Previously, he was CEO and National coach of Swimming Natation Canada from 200513, followed by two years as CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. A medal-winning performer at Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships, and the Pan Am, Parapan Am and Commonwealth Games, he has built critical relationships with key stakeholders that include Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee to develop world-leading high-performance programs.
“Pierre is an energetic, passionate and experienced leader who is a known performer in the area of sport development,” said John Tolkamp, president of Cycling Canada, adding that Lafontaine was hired following an extensive national search. “He will be counted on to lead our exceptional staff towards realizing the vision of being a leading cycling nation by 2020.”
Mathieu's career spans some 35 years, and his legacy at Cycling Canada includes a long list of achievements, most notably the worldclass indoor velodrome at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ont. In addition, he oversaw a world-class BMX track build in Toronto at Centennial Park, along with upgrades to the mountain-bike course at Hardwood Ski and Bike near Barrie, Ont., both for the Pan Am 2015 Games; inaugurated the Cycling Canada Hall of Fame and the Hop On Campaign (encouraging people to get on their bikes and contribute to Canada's reputation as a leading cycling nation) and hired 10 more coaches.
During his tenure, Canada also won multiple medals at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Pan Am Games, with record-setting levels attained. He was recently honoured at a gala held in Ottawa, Ont. to recognize Canada's Olympians and Paralympians.
“We have enjoyed the stability of our senior-management team under Greg's leadership since 2009, and are appreciative of the efforts made to further the growth of the organization, while increasing our capacity in key areas of high performance, development and marketing,” noted Tolkamp. “His successor will be expected to build on this growth and ensure continued recognition of Cycling Canada as a leading national-sport organization.”
“It has been, and continues to be, an incredible experience working in a sport with such dedicated, passionate staff and volunteers,” said Mathieu. “Seeing Canadian riders succeed at the highest levels and becoming role models for the next generation has been quite rewarding, as has the development of more world-class cycling races and facilities in the country.”
(above) New Cycling CanadaCEO Pierre Lafontaine(left) Retiring CEO Greg Mathieu is honoured at a season-end gala in Ottawa.