CBC Sports exec Greg Stremlaw departing to run pro sports team
Played key role in network winning rights to 2022, ’24 Olympics, Hockey Night deal with Rogers
Greg Stremlaw is leaving his post as CBC Sports executive director to become CEO and president of an unnamed professional sports franchise.
"It has been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the CBC Sports legacy," Stremlaw said Tuesday. "For the last four years I have had the privilege of leading CBC Sports and solidifying our new sport and Olympic strategies, including the acquisition of long-term rights.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed entrenching CBC/Radio-Canada as both Canada's Olympic and Paralympic Network, but also managing CBC's Hockey Night in Canada operations to ensure NHL hockey continue on this network until at least 2026. I am so grateful to the CBC team for their collaboration and passion they bring with them every day. Their support has been incredibly valuable to my role."
The former Curling Canada CEO also oversaw the launch of Road to the Olympic Games — the weekly television show spotlighting Canada's top athletes — which helped to strengthen the network's position as the official home of high performance sport.
"I have come to know Greg through the shared approach CBC and Radio-Canada have for our Olympic Games coverage," Michel Bissonette, CBC English Services interim executive vice-president, said Tuesday in a memo to staff.
In three-plus years at the CBC, Stremlaw served as general manager, Olympics and chef de mission for CBC and Radio-Canada at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio and two years later at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"As a champion for athletes with a disability," said Bissonette, "Greg has helped to solidify CBC as Canada's Paralympic Network and over the last couple of years he took great pride in developing a strategic plan for CBC's Women in Sport initiative."
Bissonette added an interim CBC Sports executive director would be appointed "in the coming days."