Equestrian Canada has confirmed that Director of Sport, Jon Garner, is no longer with the organization.
Garner, a former competitions manager and colour commentator at Spruce Meadows, had held the position at EC since August of 2016. EC’s former CEO, Eva Havaris, created the new position as part of the national federations mandate to “redefine EC’s role and reshape the delivery of equestrian sports in Canada in partnership with key stakeholders.”
No official statement was released as per EC’s policy of only announcing upper management staff changes (CEO and Board) while all other staff changes are dealt with as internal communications to stakeholders. There was also no information currently available regarding a replacement.
The news follows the high-profile departures of board member Dominique Chagnon and CEO Richard Mongeau. Chagnon’s departure was announced after the ballot nomination for confirmed leaving a board seat vacant. Mongeau’s sudden departure was announced last week after just a year and a half on the job.
Olympic short track speed skater Yves Hamelin, who had originally been hired by EC at the beginning of the year to do an “in-depth organizational review”, will take on the role of interim CEO effective October 1st. Hamelin is highly regarded and credited with leading the Short Track High Performance Program to over 290 international podiums, including 8 Olympic medals and 40 World Championship podiums.