Golf Canada appoints Diversity Director

Laura Wilson, Golf Canada's new Director of Diversity

Golf Canada has announced the appointment of Laura Wilson as its new Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Safe Sport.

Arriving from the Ontario Para Network, where she was Executive Director, Wilson will chair Golf Canada’s Diversity and Inclusion Alliance to execute a multi-point strategy to help foster an environment where all feel responsible for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the game.

The appointment reflects Golf Canada’s elevated commitment to driving diversity and inclusion in all areas of golf.

It follows the recently-launched Equity, Diversity and Inclusion online resource and Safe Sport online resource, designed to protect the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of athletes, staff, volunteers and other enthusiasts involved in its activities.

“I am committed to building diverse, fully inclusive, and equitable sport pathways for future generations of all abilities, and I can’t wait to get started at Golf Canada,” said Wilson, who immigrated from India with her parents as a child.

“As a sport leader, I am also committed to increasing opportunities for all. I believe we all have a responsibility to champion safe sport and inclusion while fostering the change we want to see in our organization and across our communities."

Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum said: “We are extremely proud to add someone like Laura, with the depth of her experience and skill-set, to our team.

“Golf Canada launched an extensive search for committed leader such as Laura who could advance our efforts across equity, diversity and inclusion as well as our critical safe sport activities.

“As an organization and industry, we are looking forward to open dialogue, engagement and action with our stakeholders and partners to help develop and execute an important diversity, inclusion, and safe sport strategy for the betterment of the organization and our sport overall.”