Ottawa, Ontario—Equine Canada President Al Patterson is pleased to announce that Akaash Maharaj has been hired as Equine Canada’s Chief Executive Officer.  


With a Master of Arts from Oxford University, Maharaj has a very impressive and diverse background in government relations and e-commerce. These skills, combined with Maharaj’s avid interest in equestrian sport, make him the obvious choice as the new CEO for Equine Canada.


“After a number of communications and conversations with Akaash, I believe that in his new position as CEO of Equine Canada he will now have found the challenges to satisfy his career and his love of equestrian sport,” commented Patterson. “With Akaash’s experience, equine knowledge and personality, he will make an excellent member of the leadership team at Equine Canada, I am looking forward to working with him.”


In his role as CEO, Maharaj will be responsible for all operational and administrative requirements, infrastructures and programs of the organization, with support from Director of Finance, Mike Arbour, and the Director of Sport, Craig Andreas, in addition to the qualified staff at the national office in Ottawa.


“As someone with an abiding belief in the nobility of public service and with a passion for equestrianism, I can not imagine a happier vocation than serving at once the cause of our country, our sport and our shared ideals,” noted Maharaj. “I am tremendously honoured to join Equine Canada, especially as I am conscious that all of us at EC follow in the shadow of Canada’s giants of equestrian sport and husbandry. I very much look forward to working with and for our community’s volunteers, riders, breeders and professionals, to enhance equestrianism domestically and to augment our standing internationally.”


Maharaj will assume the role of CEO of Equine Canada effective June 23, 2008. Please join Equine Canada in welcoming Maharaj to the federation, and wishing him much success in this important role. Visit his website to learn more.