Rideau Hall Foundation Announces New President and CEO

OTTAWA, Oct. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Rideau Hall Foundation announced the appointment of Scott Haldane as its new president and chief executive officer. Mr. Haldane will assume his new responsibilities in January 2016, and will succeed Ian Bird, the interim executive director of the Foundation.

Mr. Haldane brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Rideau Hall Foundation. He worked for 39 years with the YMCA movement, most recently as president and CEO of YMCA Canada. The YMCA provides vital community services that are advancing the health and well-being of over 2.4 million Canadians per year. In addition to his visionary leadership at the YMCA, Mr. Haldane's accomplishments are far-reaching. He chaired the National Panel on First Nation Education for Elementary and Secondary Students Living on Reserve. He also founded and led the 4Rs Youth Movement which brings together indigenous and non-indigenous young adults in a spirit of reconciliation. He also served on a number of national boards and advisory groups.

"We are excited and honoured that Mr. Haldane has accepted to join the Rideau Hall Foundation following a successful and prominent career with the YMCA. His vision, dedication and ability to bring people together will enable him to capture the legacy of governors general in compelling and exciting ways, which will contribute to building a smart and caring Canada," said the chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. 

"At this time of transition, we owe Ian Bird and the Community Foundations of Canada a great debt of thanks for their commitment, generosity and expertise, which enabled the successful launch and subsequent momentum of the Foundation. When Ian arrived, this Foundation was just an idea. But now, it plays an active role in connecting people around ideas for the greater good," said Bob Harding, chair of the Foundation's Governance Committee and board member.

About the Rideau Hall Foundation
The Rideau Hall Foundation is an independent, non-political charitable organization that brings together ideas, people and resources to promote the advancement of a smart and caring nation through learning, leadership, innovation and giving initiatives. The Foundation works closely with the Governor General and many external partners on programs such as The My Giving Moment movement, the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and the Governor General's Innovation Awards. To learn more about its initiatives, visit www.rhf-frh.ca.


SOURCE Rideau Hall Foundation

For further information: Media Contact: Annabelle Cloutier, 613-993-8158, Annabelle.cloutier@gg.ca

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