MARIE-HÉLÈNE THIBEAULT JOINS AS DIRECTOR, PHILANTHROPY AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
Calgary, Alta. (May 28, 2018) – Alpine Canada is pleased to announce that Marie-Hélène Thibeault is joining the organization as Director of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement effective immediately.
Thibeault, also known as M&H, was a member of Canada’s Alpine Development Ski Team from 1997 to 1998 and also worked at Alpine Canada as Manager, Media and Communications from 2004 to 2006.
A bilingual marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience, Thibeault has worked for Domtar, Alcan (now Rio Tinto), the University of Calgary, cycling sports-tech startup 4iiii, as well as at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. For seven years, she was Executive Director for Fast and Female, a North American-wide not-for-profit program working with female Olympians to inspire girls to stay in sport. More recently, she managed ACTIV8 Strategic Consulting, her private agency with clients in Alberta, Quebec, and Vermont.
Having grown up in St-Sauveur, Quebec, Thibeault completed high school at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. She earned her BA at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she was a member of the varsity tennis team and competed on the alpine skiing NCAA circuit, reaching All-American status. She obtained an MBA at the University of Sherbrooke in Québec.
Thibeault will report to Alpine Canada CEO, Vania Grandi, and have strategic focus on increasing philanthropic efforts and alumni relations. Her key goals will include expanding Alpine Canada’s Podium Club by developing and hosting fundraising events, and fostering an engaged community of ski team alumni.
“I am thrilled that Marie-Hélène has joined our team,” said Grandi. “As a former ski racer and expert in the area of philanthropy, marketing and communication, she will be instrumental in engaging our alumni and donor community to grow the support Alpine Canada provides to our exceptional pool of athletes. I encourage all our stakeholders to work together with M&H to funnel the energy and passion of our ski racing community to create opportunities for Canadian skiers and help them be the best in the world!”
Thibeault, who called Alberta home from 2004 to 2016, will be based in Bromont, Quebec where she recently relocated. She will be traveling across Canada to engage with the organization’s donors and alumni.
“I’m honoured to rejoin Alpine Canada in this capacity to expand friend-raising and fund-raising in support of Canada’s promising, talented, and inspiring alpine, ski-cross and para-alpine athletes,” said Thibeault. “The successes of our programs are a direct representation of the strength of our community of engaged stakeholders from coast-to-coast. As Alpine Canada nears its 100th anniversary, I look forward to acting as a catalyst to further strengthen those bonds and help deliver the resources our current and future generations of athletes need to reach their full potential on the world stage.”
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Alpine Canada is the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada, as well as for Canadian ski coaches, providing education, certification, insurance and compliance with the coaching code of conduct. With the support of valued corporate partners, along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship and World Cup athletes to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community.