OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Stepping in to lead the charge for Canada’s most successful Olympic sport, Joe Morissette has been named Speed Skating Canada’s new Chief Executive Officer beginning on July 10. He will play an important role in rallying the speed skating community to build on the sport’s storied history and continue its legacy of success.
Morissette was selected among a strong slate of candidates presented by Farber Group and Octave Maecenas following an extensive search process. The Speed Skating Canada Board of Directors ultimately found the national organization’s new leader within the Canadian sport system, as Morissette’s experience spans two decades of leadership roles within summer sport organizations, Canada Games and USports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sports).
“I am incredibly excited to join Speed Skating Canada as its CEO. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work collaboratively alongside the sport’s talented athletes, passionate members, and dedicated board and staff. Together, we will strive to create an environment within our speed skating community that fosters growth, nurtures talent, promotes our values, and propels everyone toward their full potential.”Joe Morissette, CEO, Speed Skating Canada
Prior to his most recent role as CEO of Triathlon Canada, Morissette stood at the helm of Badminton Canada for eight years. In both organizations, his focus on community-building played a pivotal role in strengthening trust and bringing stakeholders together to increase alignment and drive growth for the sport. Morissette also oversaw the implementation of a transformational revenue generation strategy at Badminton Canada, where annual revenue increased three-fold during his time as Executive Director.
“Joe’s experience, passion and energy will be valuable assets to our organization as he leads Speed Skating Canada towards our vision of inspiring excellence on and off the ice. His skillset and track record of delivering results, his commitment to embedding a culture of safe sport within organizations, and his keen understanding of the realities of the Canadian sport system, will all be instrumental in guiding the speed skating community through our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.”Blair Carbert, President, Speed Skating Canada
Morissette is fluently bilingual and will be based primarily in Ottawa, with regular travel to Speed Skating Canada’s National Training Centres in Calgary, Montreal and Quebec City.