February 9th, 2018 – OTTAWA--The Canadian Tulip Legacy (“CTL”) today announced a new board of directors and the retirement of Chairman David Luxton and director Laura Brown.
“I am very pleased to be handing over CTL and the Canadian Tulip Festival to such experienced hands after twelve years of service,” said David Luxton, outgoing Chairman. “It is gratifying to have seen the Festival, one of Canada’s iconic events, grow as it has over the years and win so many awards as one of the top event destinations in North America, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and creating tens of millions of dollars in local economic benefit.”
The incoming Chairman, Michel Gauthier, commented “Mr. Luxton steered the Festival through a critical period of rebuilding and expansion from 2006 and provided substantial financial support and countless volunteer executive hours over that period as Chairman. Laura Brown, also retiring as a director, devoted several years of volunteer service as artistic director. “On behalf of the Festival and the whole community we thank David and Laura for their extraordinary commitment, talent and support.”
Michel Gauthier led the Festival organization from 19912 to 2005, and in 2017 returned to operate a special Canada 150 edition of the Festival. Other new directors joining the board similarly have decades of experience with the Canadian Tulip Festival. Grant and Pam Hooker, owners of BeaverTailsTM Ottawa Incorporated, will return to the Festival as interim directors and will assist Michel in assembling a permanent Board of 8 – 10 individuals.
“We now start an important next chapter in the long history of one of Canada’s most loved festivals, said Michel Gauthier, “and we look forward to preserving and growing the proud heritage of the Festival.”
About the Canadian Tulip Legacy
The Canadian Tulip Legacy is a Canada Not-For-Profit Corporation and Registered Charitable Organization. CTL sponsors the annual Canadian Tulip Festival with its partners, who include the National Capital Commission, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada, and the City of Ottawa, with support from the Ontario government, the federal Government of Canada and many sponsors and supporters, including hundreds of volunteers who make the Festival possible.