April 19, 2016 11:06 ET

YMCA Canada Announces Peter Dinsdale as New President & CEO

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - The Board of Directors of YMCA Canada -- after a comprehensive search process -- is excited to announce the appointment of Peter Dinsdale as their next President & CEO, succeeding Scott Haldane who earlier this year ended his 39 year career with the YMCA to become the first fulltime CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Mr. Dinsdale is a strategic leader who has demonstrated his ability to generate results and manage complex change efforts in large mission-driven networks made up of strong, diverse, and autonomous member organizations. He has done so most recently as Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and before that as Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres. 

"Although he is relatively new to the YMCA -- having joined YMCA Canada's Board of Directors in May 2014 -- Peter's background and career show that his core values and ideals are closely aligned with the charitable purposes of the YMCA," says Craig Rowe, national board chair. "We know that Peter has the passion and requisite skills to lead the Y's efforts in building healthy and inclusive communities, nurturing the untapped potential of individuals and families, and supporting grassroots efforts to achieve bold national and global outcomes." 

Peter Dinsdale, who will commence his new responsibilities at YMCA Canada on June 6 added, "I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead this national institution which has been advancing the health and well-being of Canadians -- in spirit, mind and body -- for over 160 years. In our efforts to strengthen local member associations across Canada we continue to draw on the power of community and cultivate the sense of belonging that has been at the heart of the Y's work since its inception." 

Rowe continued, "The Board of Directors also takes this opportunity to thank Laura Palmer-Korn -- a 40 year veteran of the YMCA -- for providing strong interim leadership to our national team as Acting CEO since January."

The recruitment process for this position was supported by Boyden Global Executive Search with the staff support of Medhat Mahdy, CEO of YMCA of Greater Toronto. Volunteer leadership and guidance was provided by the national board's search committee made up of Craig Rowe (Chair), Bahadur Madhani (Past Chair), Brenda Flaherty, Jim MacGowan, Marcel Lauziere and Wynne Young.

About YMCA Canada

YMCA Canada is the national office providing support to a federation of 48 independent associations that collectively represent one of Canada's longest standing and largest charitable networks serving more than 2.1 million people annually, with a special focus on children, teens and young adults. The YMCA's mandate is to advance the health and well-being of Canadians in spirit, mind and body. Across the country, YMCA Member Associations are providing vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of Canada's most pressing issues including chronic disease, unemployment, early childhood education, social isolation, poverty, inequality and more.

We offer wrap around programs that help Canadians become physically active, better connected to their communities, and equipped with the skills needed to achieve success in work and life. By addressing the social determinants of health, we are playing an essential role in the building of a healthier Canada today and for generations to come. For more information, please visit

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