Ottawa, October 14, 2022. After serving as the dedicated and passionate leader of our organization for more than nine years, Martin Goulet will be leaving his position as Executive Director of Water Polo Canada (WPC) at the end of March 2023.
"Martin's unparalleled commitment to WPC has hugely benefited our sport. With a strong sense of ethics, diligence and consistency, he has guided the organization for almost a decade and leaves behind an impressive legacy," stated Kathleen Dawson, President of Water Polo Canada.
Martin has accomplished much in his time with WPC. Shortly after joining the organization in late 2013, Martin commissioned a high-performance review that led to the “One Team” philosophy that the organization is built around today. Starting in 2014, Martin also established a “Safe Sport” and “Duty of Care” agenda for WPC and played an important role in the creation of WPC’s Athletes’ Council. During Martin’s tenure, the National Championship League (NCL) was also launched and grew to a maximum pre-pandemic participation level of more than 90 teams from across the country, generating more than $600,000 of revenues from outside the sport during its first five years. In addition, Martin oversaw the creation of the Club Assistance Program (CAP), a mechanism for funding WPC’s clubs and Member PSOs to run programs focused on coach and referee education, grassroots development, safe sport, and gender equity.
“It has been a blessing and a privilege for me as a sport sector professional to work with best-in-class Board of Directors throughout my tenure at WPC. Good governance is so critical. Same vis-à-vis the members of our Athletes Council who have always displayed true commitment, outstanding maturity, and sound judgment. Athletes representation is pinnacle within an NSO. And I have so much admiration for our wonderful athletes, they are nothing short of amazing. My trademark always has been to build and maintain strong partnerships within the Canadian sport system (and beyond) for the benefit of my organization of course, but also for the greater good of sport in our country. It has been a wonderful journey and I am so grateful to water polo and its people!” said Martin Goulet.
At this time, Water Polo Canada would like to thank Martin for his many years of tireless service to the organization and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.Martin will be working with the Board to help ensure a smooth transition leading up to his departure. WPC is engaging a professional search firm to assist with the recruitment and hiring process and will post the position in the coming weeks.
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