TORONTO, Ontario – Canada Basketball today announced the appointment of Therese Quigley as President of the organization.  “We are extremely fortunate to have an individual of Therese’s calibre,
character and depth of knowledge and experience in amateur sports to
lead our Board of Directors,” said Wayne Parrish, Executive Director
and CEO of Canada Basketball. “With the challenges and opportunities
that lie ahead for the sport in this country, her counsel and guidance
will be greatly appreciated.”

Quigley, who originally joined the Canada Basketball board in 2006 and who in her day job is Athletic Director at McMaster University in Hamilton, becomes the 29th president in the organization’s 85-year history – and the first woman appointed to the post.

Joining Quigley on the Executive Committee is Jacques Miqueu as Vice President. Miqueu, who first joined the board in 2006, has coached basketball and taught physical education for 25 years and was President of the Quebec Basketball Federation prior to joining the CB board.

Newly elected to the Board of Directors are John Mills of Vancouver and Joe Ralko of Regina. Mills, former president of the Calgary Olympic Development Association and Executive Director of Sport B.C. and Basketball B.C., won two CIAU (now CIS) championships with the University of B.C. Thunderbirds and was part of Canada’s University Games team in 1970 and national team that toured China in 1972. Ralko, President of Basketball Saskatchewan since 2002, played high school ball in Kenora, Ontario, is a coach and former official and has more than 30 years experience working with grassroots athletes and organizations in four provinces.

Therese Quigley

Quigley paid tribute to outgoing president Robert (Squee) Gordon, as well as directors Jack Low, Digby Leigh, David MacKinnon and Joanne MacLean. “Each has given a tremendous amount of energy and time to Canada Basketball,” said Quigley. “They’ve been here through thick and thin and it’s largely through their efforts that we’ve been able to develop some of the strong programs that are in place across the country today.”


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