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Staffing Change - High Performance Director

March 15, 2023

Canada Snowboard announces change to Canadian Snowboard Team Leadership


Vancouver BC, (March 20, 2023) – Canada Snowboard announced today that Jean-François (JF) Rapatel, the Sport & High-Performance Director for Canada Snowboard will be leaving the organization to pursue a new opportunity. JF joined Canada Snowboard in January 2016 and was a significant contributor to the Canadian Snowboard Teams’ successes during what has been 8 seasons of growth, challenge, and great success.

“On behalf of Canada Snowboard, I want to thank JF for his contributions and wish him the very best in his future endeavors. JF has lead our High Performance Program with tireless effort and poise and has grown our teams succession to be in a fantastic place for our future” said Dustin Heise, CEO.

JF worked day-in-and-day-out to support our coaches, support team and athletes to be in the best possible position to win on any given day and we are grateful for his leadership.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the High Performance Program over the last 8 seasons and for having contributed to the overall success of Canada Snowboard during this period.”

“Beyond all the amazing highlights and results during this period, I am mostly proud of the team of highly talented athletes, coaches and staff I leave behind. I know they will continue to deliver on all the ambitious goals we had set for ourselves.” said Rapatel.

Canada Snowboard is committed to our vision for Canada to be the World Leading Snowboard Nation and will continue to pursue podium performances while inspiring growth in participation and fan engagement across Canada and the world.

Canada Snowboard is uniquely positioned with excellent depth in our high performance leadership; and current High Performance Management staff will report directly to CEO Dustin Heise for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. As we continue to scale and update the structure of the organization in all of our departments we will be pleased to share with our partners, athletes, and our community the updated plans as they are established throughout the coming months.

For inquiries please contact Rich Hegarty. Evpu.urtnegl@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn 

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