Westerner Park welcomes new CEO

Mike Olesen is Westerner Park’s new CEO.

It was announced Thursday that Bradley Williams, who stepped out of retirement to accept the role of CEO about one year ago, will leave the position.

His decision to return to retirement has led Westerner Park’s board of directors to name Olesen the new CEO.

Olesen has served as Westerner’s chief operating officer and was the senior director of administration and workforce for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

“I am thrilled to take on a leadership position with an organization that plays such an important role to the community that I call home,” said Olesen.

“Westerner Park has a responsibility to our customers, guests, shareholders and volunteers that I am driven to deliver on. I look forward to leading our very dedicated team toward maximizing the use of our premier facilities with a priority focus on service.”

Olesen will assume his new role Nov. 15.

Janice Wing, Westerner Park’s president and board chair, said the group is “excited” to work with Olesen.

“Mike brings extensive background in major event production, business, financial management, human resource management, volunteer engagement and leadership,” Wing said.

Wing also expressed gratitude to Williams for his time as CEO.

“Bradley’s commitment to the organization and community, as both a volunteer and as CEO, has provided stability and vision to the staff and board – which, in a time filled with major events and activities, is no small feat.”

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