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Art Reitmayer joins the Rick Hansen Foundation as Chief Executive Officer

Published: July 12 2011

Rick Hansen to continue focus on strategic leadership and innovation

Vancouver, BC, July 12, 2011 – The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) today announced the hiring of Art Reitmayer as the new CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, beginning July 15th, 2011. Rick Hansen, former President and CEO, will extend his leadership to assume the role of CEO of the newly established Rick Hansen Leadership Group (RHLG), and Co-Chair the Rick Hansen Foundation Board of Directors with existing Chair, Lyall Knott.

We are very pleased to welcome Art to the Foundation,” said Hansen. “His experience in building and leading high-functioning teams comes at a critical time in the evolution of the Foundation, and his proven track-record in contributing to the success of non-profit and profit organizations will no doubt help the Foundation and the RHLG achieve our shared vision of a healthier and more inclusive world.”

The appointment of Reitmayer will allow Hansen, now CEO of RHLG, to continue to play an integral role in the RHF, as well as provide him with the opportunity for increased focus on setting long-term strategy, fostering key relationships and securing strategic partnerships for future innovations.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Rick Hansen Foundation as the team enters into the final phase of the 25th Anniversary of Rick’s Man In Motion World Tour,” said Reitmayer. “I look forward to working with Rick and his dynamic and capable team, who all demonstrate on a daily basis their passion and commitment to making a difference by taking action for positive change. Together, RHF and RHLG will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Foundation and create a platform for new and exciting innovations.”

Providing leadership in the Foundation’s day-to-day operations, Reitmayer will work closely with Hansen and key stakeholders to implement policy and strategy to raise funds in order to carry out RHF’s mission. Core to his responsibilities, Reitmayer will also be tasked with building partnerships and a high-performance team, growing awareness and identifying national and international opportunities to advance the Foundation’s fundraising objectives.

Reitmayer comes to RHF with invaluable experience and knowledge. Most recently, he has worked as Principal for Cherin Holdings, a personal holding company engaged in assisting a variety of businesses working through the challenges they face in today’s marketplace.

As former President and CEO of channel m, Reitmayer was instrumental in developing the station’s operations plan and in sourcing the executing team, making channel m one of the most technically advanced television stations in Canada.

In addition to his significant professional accomplishments, Reitmayer is greatly committed to effecting social change through community works. Serving as Board Chair for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, in 2004, he initiated with United Way’s President a strategic planning process, which to this day guides the organization. As Treasurer from 2001 to 2003, he engaged in a process with the Board and the Finance Director to provide timely and clear financial reports to the Board. As Board Chair for Arts Umbrella, Reitmayer was a key player in developing the organization’s governance model and policy, and in spearheading the long-term evolution of Arts Umbrella. Reitmayer also serves as Co-Chair of the Vancouver fundraising committee for the Aga Khan University Foundation, as Advisor to the Coast Mental Health Foundation and as Board member of the Laurier Institution.

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About the Rick Hansen Foundation: The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible. Please visit www.rickhansen.com for more information.

About the Rick Hansen Foundation’s 25th Anniversary: The Rick Hansen Foundation is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, and the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of accessibility and spinal cord injury advancement since. Over the two year anniversary period (March 21, 2010 – May 22, 2012) a number of programs and events will be unveiled to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers, create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good turn at a time.

About the Rick Hansen Institute: The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. It does this by leading the collaboration of researchers, health care professionals and service providers across Canada and internationally. For more information, visit: www.rickhanseninstitute.org.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Hansen Foundation Communications

Erin McMillan, Manager Media Relations & Communications