A new chief executive officer to chair the WEG 2018 committee (COJEM 2018)

BROMONT, QC, Sept. 13, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of directors of the 2018 World Equestrian Games announces the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Mr. Luc Fournier, taking over from Paul Côté, who has accepted a new challenge.

"Three years before the Games, his talent and his large experience in major events will renew the energy of the team and he can count on our full support and confidence" said François Duffar, chairman of the Board.

Mr. Fournier was assistant deputy minister for the Ministère de l'éducation, du loisir et des sports since 2013 and was executive director for the Canada Games, held two years ago in Sherbrooke. A graduate of the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières and in Chicoutimi in leisure sciences and management, he spearheaded the Québec Games in 1997, the Québec Carnival  from 1997 to 2002, as well as the Major International Events Network (MIEN) from 2002 to 2010 and the Canadian Festivals Coalition (CFC) Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) from 2006 to 2010.

"It is a great honor for me to be able to work at an event of international scale", stated Mr. Fournier. "It is even more stimulating as we enter the completion phase of the project.

Fournier will take office on September 21st. Working with a competent and dynamic team, he will be responsible for the continuity of operations, as well as setting up the infrastructures and the marketing plan for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

About the World Equestrian Games

The 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG), held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, will be held in Bromont from August 11 to 26, 2018. They include eight disciplines, of which four are Fédération équestre internationale (FEI) Olympic disciplines. The very first FEI WEG took place in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990. Since then they have been presented in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1994, Rome, Italy in 1998, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain in 2002, Aachen, Germany in 2006, and finally in Kentucky, in the United-States in 2010. The 2014 WEG were held in Normandy, France.

It is the first time in the history of the World Equestrian Games that this prestigious event will be held in Canada, and the second time outside the European continent. The 2018 WEG represent the biggest sporting event ever presented in Canada. They will attract 1 000 riders from 65 countries and we estimate that 500 000 spectators will come to the different discipline events.  



For further information: Andrée Corriveau, Communications Director, COJEM 2018, 514.561.8227

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