AlterGo’s board of directors announces the appointment of assistant executive director Maxime Gagnon as chief executive director.
The news was made public on November 22nd, at AlterGo’s members’ annual meeting at Hôtel Universel in Montreal. Mr. Gagnon will take over from executive director Monique Lefebvre, who will enjoy a well-deserved retirement starting February 2019.
AlterGo’s board chairwoman, Élise Blais, acknowledges Mrs. Lefebvre’s extraordinary legacy. The incumbent executive director has been leading AlterGo since 1981 when it was known as the Association régionale pour le loisir des personnes handicapées de l’île de Montréal. She is also the founder of the Défi sportif AlterGo – now Canada’s largest annual multi-sport event – and of Formation AlterGo. “The board is very mindful of the void Monique’s departure creates. However, we are convinced that we found the person to not only carry out AlterGo’s efforts, but also ensure Défi sportif AlterGo’s stability,” says Mrs. Blais.
Maxime Gagnon has been involved with AlterGo for 24 years and has been director of Défi sportif AlterGo for 8 of those years. As a devoted sports fan, he has always been active in the sports’ sector event realm. For 9 years now, he has dedicated himself to the development of para hockey in Quebec. In this respect, he is the director of Parahockey Montreal, coach of Quebec’s para hockey team and a board member of Quebec Sports. In 2016, the Canadian Paralympic Committee gave him the Development Coach of the Year Award. “I would like to thank the board for their trust in me. It is with a great sense of pride that I will take on my mandate as chief executive officer. I am counting on the precious collaboration of volunteers, partners, and AlterGo’s team so that together, we ensure that universal accessibility comes true and continue to make Défi sportif AlterGo the largest annual multi-sports event in Canada”, says Mr. Gagnon.
Mr. Gagnon will officially take office on February 4th, 2019. Although Mrs. Lefebvre will assist her successor until summer 2019, her mandate will end on February 1st, 2019.
Pictured: Maxime Gagnon, (left), Élise Blais (center), and Monique Lefebvre (right) posing together.