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Horse Racing Alberta - Chief Executive Officer


Posted 18 Days Ago17-1846-1562274

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About Horse Racing Alberta

Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), is a private not-for-profit corporation that was established with the Alberta Governments proclamation of the Racing Corporation Act in 1996. The HRA was established to lead a racing industry renewal and to manage industry self-regulation.

Since 2002, HRA has stimulated significant investment throughout all areas of the horse racing industry and the corresponding areas it touches upon: agriculture, recreation, tourism and transportation. HRA is the forum for industry stakeholders to meet, strategize, and refine plans that will grow the industry. HRA is committed to continued identification of strategies that will advocate and champion issues of relevance and importance on behalf of the industry. It is critical that HRA continues to act as one voice for the industry to ensure ongoing government support.

Most recently, HRA has chosen Century Casinos to build, own and operate a new horse-racing track in the Edmonton area. HRA will continue racing at Northlands until the new $50-million Century Mile facility opens near the Edmonton International Airport. Century Mile is expected to open in July 2018.

Their Mandate

In accordance with the Horse Racing Alberta Act, the mandated objectives of the HRA are as follows


  1. To govern, direct, control, regulate, manage and promote horse racing in any or all of its forms.
  2. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of racehorses and, with respect to horse racing, the safety and welfare of racing participants and racing officials.
  3. To safeguard the interests of the general public in horse racing.


Their Vision

“Alberta will be recognized internationally for premier horse racing, breeding and quality entertainment.”

Their Mission

“Horse Racing Alberta will lead and enable a healthy, vibrant and progressive racing industry to function in the province of Alberta with high integrity and self-regulated responsibility.”

Job Description

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Board of Directors (Board) and is responsible for managing and leading Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) consistent with its legislative mandate, its vision and mission. In close consultation with the Chair and through the board, the CEO will lead the development, evaluation of policies, plans, budgets, programs, and implementation of HRA’s strategic performance goals, short and long-term objectives.

This role will be responsible for providing outstanding leadership in achieving HRA’s short and long-term goals and in providing effective management of overall activities, operations and financial resources. The CEO will monitor the operating results and respond to challenges to ensure that organization’s objectives are being targeted and achieved. The CEO will guide and provide leadership to management and staff while ensuring the Board is kept informed about the organization's operations and challenges. The CEO will provide strategic advice and direction on HRA policy, complex issues, stakeholder management, and programs on behalf of the Board.

HRA is governed by a Chairman, eight Directors representing the various breed organizations and racetracks, three directors representing the public and two government observers (non-voting). The CEO will be responsible for four direct reports and ~$3M administration budget; ~$40M overall budget.


  • A University degree in business or in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and executive leadership experience is required.
  • Extensive experience in a business leadership role with proven success in developing relationships with elected officials.
  • Established network; ability to establish credibility and support from stakeholder groups.
  • Experience working with business, industry and broader public stakeholders. Such as government officials, public agencies, boards or commissions.
  • An understanding of the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act and working with government officials on policy development and implementation would be an asset.
  • Prior experience reporting to and working closely with a Board of Directors, various committees and stakeholder groups would be preferred.
  • Knowledge of the horse racing track operations and breeding industry would be an asset.
  • Working knowledge of the Horse Racing Alberta Act is considered an asset. Regulatory experience is a preference.
  • Possesses excellent judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, sound business acumen, and the ability to deal with competing demands.

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