The Board of Directors of YMCA Canada – after a comprehensive search process – is excited to announce the appointment of Peter Dinsdale as their next President & CEO, succeeding Scott Haldane who earlier this year ended his 39 year career with the YMCA to become the first fulltime CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation.

Mr. Dinsdale is a strategic leader who has demonstrated his ability to generate results and manage complex change efforts in large mission-driven networks made up of strong, diverse, and autonomous member organizations.  He has done so most recently as Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and before that as Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres. 

 “Although he is relatively new to the YMCA – having joined YMCA Canada’s Board of Directors in May 2014 - Peter’s background and career show that his core values and ideals are closely aligned with the charitable purposes of the YMCA,” says Craig Rowe, national board chair.  “We know that Peter has the passion and requisite skills to lead the Y’s efforts in building healthy and inclusive communities, nurturing the untapped potential of individuals and families, and supporting grassroots efforts to achieve bold national and global outcomes.”    

Peter Dinsdale, who will commence his new responsibilities at YMCA Canada on June 6 added, “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead this national institution which has been advancing the health and well-being of Canadians - in spirit, mind and body – for over 160 years.   In our efforts to strengthen local member associations across Canada we continue to draw on the power of community and cultivate the sense of belonging that has been at the heart of the Y’s work since its inception.”