Golf’s premier buying group Launches search for new leader

OTTAWA –-Golf’s premier buying group is conducting a national search for a seasoned business professional to manage its multi-million dollar business, the group’s President Board of Directors announced Monday September 18.

“We are seeking a leader with a demonstrated track record in senior management in the Canadian golf industry; one who knows golf, understands the unique management dynamics of co-operative buying groups, association management and golf management and who is undaunted by the size and depth of this critically important business,” Ian Crebbin, President of BPG Board of Directors said.

“This is a large and stable organization owned and managed by the golf professionals we serve. Our role is to ease the day-to-day management burden for golf professionals, reduce their overheads and provide access to the best products in golf at very competitive prices,” Crebbin, who is also the Director of Golf at Oakdale Golf and Country Club, added. “Our ability to negotiate and manage the superior partnership agreements with leading suppliers to Canada’s golf industry is critical to the successful operations of our members.”

BPG is committed to an extensive and open search process to find the most qualified candidates. “Thanks to a very competent head office team, we were able to delay this search until after the peak of golf season in order to allow us time to find the best people to fill this challenge.”

“We owe it to our members, our staff, our business partners and our stakeholders to ensure this search is conducted with integrity, professionalism, thoroughness and openness,” he said.

BPG has retained the services of a strategic human resource team that for 20-years has specialized in golf, clubs, modern sports leadership, and the non-profit sector. McKinley Solutions will conduct the search and screen potential applicants for consideration by the Board of Directors. “They will provide us a list of candidates who best meet professionally defined and demanding credentials,” the President said.

The Executive Director will execute and maintain a strategic plan and work closely with the Board of Directors, members, business partners and staff to build upon its phenomenal success over the last 43 years. They possess at least one university level business degree and is a consummate executive who understands business and the unique interpersonal dynamics of golf management and association environments.

Proven communication and interpersonal skills along with demonstrated knowledge of finance, human resources, technology, governance and PGA partnerships, are critical success assets for this role.

Founded in 1980 to provide PGA Canada golf professionals with increased purchasing influence, the BPG Co-operative now represents over 200 of the most exclusive and successful golf clubs and resorts across the country. With unparalleled buying power, BPG develops and maintains relationships with the leading manufacturers in golf. Designed by and working for golf professionals, BPG enables golf professionals to build and protect their brands and offer exclusive products to their members while enhancing profits and reducing overheads.

Interested candidates should submit their application (resume & cover letter) to McKinley Solutions ( by October11th @ 5pm. We thank you for your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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