Ottawa, ON, June 19, 2017 – Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to thank the equestrian community for the strong engagement during the 2017 EC Board of Directors nomination period.

A total of 33 qualified candidates provided a nomination package by the close of the nomination period on June 1, 2017.

In 2017, up to eight (8) Director positions will be filled as per Bylaw 4.2, b) Transition:

  • Four (4) positions for a three-year term ending in 2020
  • One (1) position for a one-year term ending in 2018

In addition, as a result of recent resignations, the Board has elected to fill the vacancies for the balance of the terms as follows:

  • Two (2) positions for a two-year term ending in 2019
  • One (1) position for a one-year term ending in 2018

The next step in the 2017 EC Board election will be for the EC Nominating Committee to complete a review of all candidates, make nominations for the ballot and publish a list of candidates by July 15, 2017. Members will cast their ballots on Aug. 3 and the results of the election will be announced on Aug. 24.

Following the vote, EC looks forward to welcoming dedicated individuals with the dynamic and relevant skills to take on a leadership role in the organization. Directors will have the opportunity to help EC effectively deliver on its mandate to represent, promote and advance equestrian sport and all related equine and equestrian interests in Canada.

With several major organizational improvements underway, Directors will also have the chance to contribute to the culture of positive change at EC and work collaboratively toward the continued growth and development of the organization, while strengthening partnerships within Canada and abroad.

About the EC Nominating Committee
The EC Nominating Committee is responsible for:

  • Presenting a slate of candidates for the position of EC Board Directors in accordance with EC’s Bylaws
  • Ensuring there is an election each year
  • Ensuring EC has a rigorous nomination system
  • Recruiting qualified individuals to stand for election as Directors

The 2017 Nominating Committee is as follows:

Dominique Chagnon (Chair) – Calixa-Lavallée, QC
Mark Samuel – Mississauga, ON
Karen Sparks – Kanata, ON
Diane Goyette – St. Lazare, QC
Susan Thompson – Delta, BC
Richard Mackenzie – Nestleton, ON
Haidee Landry – Langley, BC

Questions, Comments?
Director candidates are encouraged to learn more about EC at Governance information, including EC’s By-laws, audited financial statements and Governance Policy Manual can be found at

If you have any questions or comments concerning the 2017 Board election, please contact:

Eva Havaris
Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General
[email protected]
Toll free: 1-866-282-8395 x 135

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About Equestrian Canada
Equestrian Canada is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all related equine and equestrian interests in Canada. With over 18,000 sport licence holders, 90,000 registered participants, and 10+ national equine affiliate organizations, EC is a significant contributor to the social, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of the equine and equestrian industry across Canada.

EC Media Contact /
Personne-ressource de CE pour les médias :
Jessie Christie
[email protected]