Brandon, Manitoba – The chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, Jeff Cristall, is pleased to announce the naming of Lois MacDonald  to the position of Event Manager of the Championship, scheduled to be held from May 14th – 23rd, 2010 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre.

Already active within the Brandon nomination committee that worked hard last fall to secure the 2010 Memorial Cup, Ms. MacDonald is well acquainted with the workings of the Host Committee, in addition to her wide experience in communications, tourism and event planning.

Lois is currently the Manager of Riverbank Development and Tourism Services, where she oversees programming and capital developments for Brandon Riverbank Inc., as well as managing the delivery of tourism services to the city. She is a founding Board Member of Brandon First, Past-President of Tourism Westman ad is currently the Chair of Travel Manitoba’s Leisure Industry Advisory Committee. Lois will retain her current position and act as a Loaned Representative to the Memorial Cup until the conclusion of the event.

Her passion for event management was cultivated in a previous position as the Exhibits and Communications Coordinator for the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg.

As Event Manager of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, Ms. MacDonald will assist Mr. Cristall in overseeing the extensive planning process involved in hosting this prestigious event and ensuring that it is a community success.

Like Ms. MacDonald, Cristall has been heavily involved in community activities in recent years. In addition to chairing the Brandon & District United Way, he has served as Chairman of the Brandon University Alumni Association, the Keystone Kinsmen Club, Treasurer of the Brandon Festival of the Arts and Chairman of the Brandon Airport Development Group.

Jeff is currently the Regional Managing Partner of the Westman Region of Meyers Norris Penny LLP.

In order to make this one of the most successful tournaments ever, it is essential to have well-qualified team in place. Ms. MacDonald and Mr. Cristall will be joined by the following on the Local Memorial Cup Executive Committee:

            Kelly McCrimmon, Hockey Operations Director
            Dan Robertson, Facilities Manager
            Bernie Chrisp, Support Services Manager
            Rick Dillabough, Marketing and Promotions Director

Kelly McCrimmon currently serves as Owner, General Manager and head coach of the Wheat Kings. He joined the Western Hockey League club in 1989 as their General Manager and is in his twentieth year with the organization. A former WHL and Canadian Hockey League Executive of the Year, McCrimmon has been involved in the ownership of the Wheat Kings since 1992. He has been the sole owner of Manitoba’s only Major Junior franchise since 2000.

In addition to his duties with the Wheat Kings, McCrimmon has spent seven years on the WHL’s Executive Committee and is currently the Chairman of the League’s Competitions Committee.

Under the direction of McCrimmon, the Wheat Kings have become one of the premiere franchises in the CHL, having won more games in the past fifteen years than any other team in WHL. During that time, the club has won seven Eastern Division pennants, four Conference Championships, two appearances at the Memorial Cup and one League title.

The name Bernie Chrisp has long been synonymous to Brandon events. A former Chairman of the 2006 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, he has also served as Co-Chair of the 2007 Safeway Select Manitoba Curling Championship, Vice President of Athlete Services at the ’97 Canada Summer Games as well as a number of other events such as the ’99 World Junior Hockey Championship, the ’99 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, the Scott Tournament of Hearts, the World Curling Championships as well as the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Dan Robertson is the General Manager of the Keystone Centre and is a lifetime resident of Brandon. A graduate from the Certified General Accountant’s Association program, Dan has spent his entire working life in the fields of telecommunications and recreation. He joined the Keystone Centre in 2002in the capacity of Controller and assumed his current role as General Manager in 2007.

Rick Dillabough is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Wheat Kings and is currently in his eighteenth season with the club. A former Chairman of the WHL’s Eastern Division Marketing Committee, Dillabough has served as President of the Brandon Humane Society, the Sport Chair for Baseball at the ’97 Canada Summer Games as well as Communications for both World Youth Baseball Tournaments held in Brandon since moving to the city in 1983.

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