Photo from BC Alpine website: www.bcalpine.comOn behalf of BC Alpine’s board of directors I am pleased to announce that Anders Hestdalen has been appointed General Manager of the BC Alpine Ski Association.

Anders comes to our organization with a strong knowledge of sports and management. He possesses experience as an elite athlete and has worked at the National Sports Organization level in two different sports. Most recently he served as Director of Sports for the Norwegian Wrestling Federation and led the team in achieving a number of significant goals. In the six years prior he was employed by the Norwegian Alpine Ski Federation as a strength and conditioning coach with a special focus on high performance athletes.

In addition to Anders’ sport and coaching experience he holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oslo, an Elite Coaching Degree from NTNU University, and recently completed the Executive Master of Management degree at BI Business University. He is now looking forward to applying his years of education, working knowledge of athlete development, and experience in the ski industry to the continued growth and success of BC Alpine.

The board of directors' search committee has worked diligently since March to ensure that an extensive and professional search process was employed to identify suitable candidates for the role of General Manager. We believe that we have found the right person to provide the executive leadership to build on our strong track record of success. Anders has a clear understanding of the challenges and complexities of modern sports organizations and is familiar with current governance practices.

Anders succeeds CEO Bruce Goldsmid, who stepped down August 31st after 37 years of service to BC Alpine. We congratulate Bruce on a long and successful career during which he actively supported the development of thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers in British Columbia.

Anders formally starts his new role as General Manager this week. He is joining us at a critical time in the season as we prepare for our Member Summit and Annual General Meeting in late September, meetings with Alpine Canada Alpin, and preparations for the Peak to Peak fundraiser in November. Anders and his wife reside in Vancouver and he will work out of the BC Alpine office. We look forward to working with him. Please join me in welcoming Anders to the team.

Hugh MacNaught
Chair of BC Alpine