TORONTO, Ontario. Jan 10 (CPL) – The Canadian Premier League Board of Governors confirmed today the appointment of David Clanachan as the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League (CPL).
Canada’s highly anticipated professional men’s soccer league is set to debut in spring 2019.
Clanachan will oversee all aspects of the CPL. Clanachan’s first order of business will be to award official CPL clubs in key Canadian communities from coast to coast.
“It’s an absolute honour to have been selected as Commissioner of the CPL and to lead the ground-breaking team that ushers in this exciting new era of Canadian professional soccer across the country. Soccer is a lifelong passion of mine – as I know it is for countless Canadians – and the CPL will not only fuel Canada’s love for soccer, but it will also cultivate a new generation of players, coaches, officials and business leaders.” said the brand new commissioner.
Clanachan was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tim Hortons Canada in 2014, and has more than 35 years with the brand. In addition, Clanachan was a key member of the leadership team that grew Tim Hortons into the iconic Canadian brand that it is today.
Canada Soccer confirmed membership of the CPL, along with founding cities Hamilton and Winnipeg, at its Annual Meeting of Members in May 2017. Additional CPL communities will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Clanachan will manage the day-to-day operations of the CPL out of the league’s new head office in downtown Toronto.
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