Equine Canada has named Eva Havaris as its new chief executive. She takes up the reins on June 9.
Equine Canada’s board of directors, in announcing the appointment, said it considered Harvaris to be a strong fit with Equine Canada’s strategic plan, One Vision.
“She comes to us highly respected by her peers among her fellow national sport organizations and the Canadian Olympic Committee,” Equine Canada president Al Patterson said.
“The executive recruitment committee and I knew immediately, upon completion of Eva’s interview, that she was the next CEO for the future of Equine Canada.”
Havaris has been chief executive of Taekwondo Canada for the past four years, during which time she built the sport’s reputation nationally and internationally.
Before working with Taekwondo Canada, Havaris was an associate director of high performance women’s rugby and rugby development manager for Rugby Canada.
Havaris has a Master of Arts in Sport Management from the University of Western Ontario. In addition to her national sport organisation leadership accomplishments, Havaris was also the head coach of the University of Toronto Women’s Varsity Soccer from 2008-11.
Havaris said: “The goal in the years ahead is to solidify Equine Canada’s place as a prominent leader within the Canadian sport system and international equestrian community.”
The board is grateful to Michael Arbour, Equine Canada’s chief financial officer, for adding extensively to his duties by also serving as the acting chief executive for the past six months.
Arbour was in the acting role following the departure of Jean-Christophe Gandubert, who held the top spot for just under 10 months.