The Board of directors of the 2018 World Equestrian Games announces the appointment of its new chief executive officer, Mr. Luc Fournier, taking over from Paul Côté, who has accepted a new challenge.

“Three years before the Games, his talent and his large experience in major events will renew the energy of the team and he can count on our full support and confidence” said François Duffar, chairman of the Board.

Mr. Fournier was assistant deputy minister for the Minister of Education, Recreation, and Sport since 2013 and was executive director for the Canada Games, held two years ago in Sherbrooke. A graduate of the University du Québec in Trois-Rivières and in Chicoutimi in leisure sciences and management, he spearheaded the Québec Games in 1997, the Québec Carnival from 1997 to 2002, as well as the Major International Events Network (MIEN) from 2002 to 2010 and the Canadian Festivals Coalition (CFC) Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) from 2006 to 2010.

“It is a great honor for me to be able to work at an event of international scale”, stated Mr. Fournier. “It is even more stimulating as we enter the completion phase of the project.

Fournier will take office on September 21st. Working with a competent and dynamic team, he will be responsible for the continuity of operations, as well as setting up the infrastructures and the marketing plan for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.