Morissette named new CEO of Victoria-based Triathlon Canada

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Joe Morissette is moving from hardwood to water and road as the general manager of Badminton Canada will become the new CEO of Victoria-based Triathlon Canada.

Joe Morissette is moving from hardwood to water and road as the general manager of Badminton Canada will become the new CEO of Victoria-based Triathlon Canada.

The 47-year-old joked that he wasn’t hired for his athletic prowess but for other attributes: “I wasn’t hired for my skills on the court in badminton. The same applies here. I have never been on a bike saddle or a race. But I feel that I bring administrative skills. To succeed, we must…grow the sport in Canada while investing in developing the athlete pipeline and ensuring it is strong for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028… [so] that it will ultimately provide more Olympic and Paralympic podiums for Canada.

Morissette will split her time between Victoria and Ottawa beginning May 18. He succeeds interim CEO Lucy Smith of Victoria, a former running and triathlon international. Smith has stabilized the ship after a turbulent period following the departure of former national team head coach Jono Hall, who resigned last summer and returned to Australia after six years in Victoria.

Veteran mentor Patrick Kelly of Victoria, a former head coach at the National Training Center, was rehired this year as Triathlon Canada’s new high performance director after building Japan’s men’s national team.

Morissette will coordinate the various moving parts of the Canadian program as it prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympics with stops this summer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, next year at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile and the regular World Cup and World Series Circuits. The 2022 World Championships will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in the fall.

“It’s about building strong relationships,” Morissette said.

“Our athletes are from coast to coast. This is the reality of the second largest country in the world. It makes time together [centralized in Victoria] all the more important. It’s a complicated system, but I feel I bring a lot of experience to help align 10 provincial organizations that fit together in a complementary way.

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