Sport Matters Group Announces New Senior Leader

Ottawa, Ontario (April 10, 2017)

The Sport Matters Group is happy to announce that Lindsay Hugenholtz will join the organization as its new Senior Leader effective May 1st following the retirement of Bob Elliott who has held the position for the past four (4) years.    

Lindsay comes to Sport Matters with a wide array of experience within the sport sector as well as in the private sector.  She was most recently the General Manager of Ottawa’s bid for the 2021 Canada Summer Games and her previous experience includes having held the position of Director of Sport & Games with Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection and as Deputy CEO of the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games. Lindsay also spent time as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (Sport and Physical Activity) and as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada).

In the private sector Lindsay held the position of Vice President with MD Financial Management, which specializes in wealth management services for members of the Canadian Medical Association.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Social Sciences and has an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University. She has earned the Partners, Directors and Officers (PDO) designation, the Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) designation, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).     

“We are excited to welcome Lindsay to this very important role”, commented Paul Melia, a member of SMG’s Administration Group, which oversees the activities of the organization.  “Her unique skill set, her knowledge of the sector and her engaging personality will help us to continue the work that SMG has done over the seventeen years of its existence.”

“Lindsay is a talented, bilingual executive who will be an effective leader as Sport Matters continues to connect the sector and advance public policy issues that concern us all”, said Sue Hylland, also a member of the SMG Administration Group.

"I am thrilled to return to the sport sector and work with leaders across Canada to advance priorities around sport, physical activity and recreation. I look forward to reconnecting with the issues and continuing the great work that comes from the collaborative support of the community”, said Lindsay upon her appointment to the role.

About Sport Matters Group

The Sport Matters Group (SMG) is a voluntary group of leaders from the sport, physical activity and recreation sector who have come together to talk about the important contribution that sport makes to society and to collaborate in advancing sport, physical activity, recreation and public policy. The SMG community includes some 85 National, Provincial, and Multisport Organizations, as well as physical activity, recreation and sport tourism organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Elliott, Senior Leader

Sport Matters Group

O (613) 521-9862 ext 3301

C (613) 299-5542