Diane Dunlop-Hébert Appointed 109th President of Golf Canada


Diane Dunlop-Hébert of Montreal was appointed as the 109th president of Golf Canada during the National Sport Organization’s (NSO) Annual General Meeting held this weekend in Montréal.

An accountant by trade, Dunlop-Hébert has spent the past 15 years as Director and Vice-President, Business Development for Groupe Park Avenue, a multi-franchise automobile mall in Montreal. Prior to joining Golf Canada in 2008, she served two terms as president of Golf Quebec.

“I am privileged and deeply honoured to be appointed the 109th president of this storied association,” said Dunlop-Hébert, who succeeds 2011 president Karen Rackel of Edmonton. “I want to thank the Board of Directors of Golf Canada for their confidence in my leadership and I look forward to representing our 1,500 member clubs and more than 340,000 members in working to carry out Golf Canada’s mandate to grow participation and excellence in Canadian golf. Together with our provincial and national partners as well as passionate volunteers across the country, I believe that Canadian golf can and will accomplish great things in 2012.”

Dunlop-Hébert is only the second female president in the 116-year history of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (now operating as Golf Canada). In 2005, the association amalgamated with the former Canadian Ladies Golf Association to form one united body, designated by Sport Canada as the National Sport Organization for golf.

In addition to Dunlop-Hébert’s appointment, Michael P. Carroll of Vancouver becomes first vice-president of Golf Canada while Douglas Alexander of London, Ont. assumes the role of second vice-president.

Liz Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont. and Roland Deveau of Clare, N.S. will join the 2012 Board of Directors that also includes Rackel, Charlie Beaulieu of Lorraine, Que., Leslie Dunning of Calgary, Barbara Allan of Kingston, Ont., Paul McLean of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Chris Rudge of Toronto.


During its Annual General Meeting, Golf Canada also awarded its 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award to Rhonda Richards of Saskatoon.

Click here to read more about Richard’s tremendous volunteer contributions the game of golf.


Québec residents Debbie Savoy-Morel, Réal Labbé and Roger H. Legault as co-recipients of Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award.  Created in 1993, the Distinguished Service award has been awarded annually to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf in Canada.

Click here to read more about Savoy-Morel, Labbé and Legault and their outstanding contributions to the game of golf.


Golf Canada – a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) – is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, Golf in Schools presented by Callaway, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating under the respected RCGA brand.

In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada’s top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.  
For more information contact:

Dan Pino
Director, Media and Public Relations
Golf Canada
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(e) dpino@golfcanada.ca