I’d just like to offer my thanks to Gary Bernard, who has retired as CEO of the PGA of Canada for the great job he did during his tenure.
I’ve worked nationally and been on the boards of the Ontario and Alberta zones and I’ve witnessed the work he’s done over the years.
Fifteen years ago, we didn’t know what kind of situation the national body was in, but Gary, with his educational background and his experience working with the PGA of Canada before becoming CEO, steadied the ship and it’s now in good financial shape.
There will always be issues, whether it’s the PGA of Canada or IBM or whatever, but I think from when he took over to where we are now is a transformation we can all be proud of. I’m very proud of the solid and professional foundation of the PGA of Canada and it continues to get better.
The financial situation is one thing, but our reputation on the international stage is another. When there are meetings with the PGA of America or Australia or another of the other PGAs around the world, Canada has a well-respected position around the table,
We do a lot of sharing with the PGA of America and it’s great that we can share best practices with people and associations around the world.
Under Gary’s leadership, there were bumps along the way, but time will show that it was good leadership during Gary’s tenure.
I’m a proud member and maybe even a homer, but I see behind the scenes and there is now a great collection of young professionals at head office, be it in education or tournaments or business development.
Gary left the PGA of Canada in great shape, with a fine future ahead.