Canada's Walk of Fame

Canadian impresario JEFFREY LATIMER to lead
Canada’s Walk of Fame 

 (Toronto, Ontario) March 15, 2017 – The Board of Directors for Canada’s Walk of Fame has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Latimer as Chief Executive Officer effective April 3, 2017. Canada’s Walk of Fame will join the roster of entertainment properties managed by Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment (JLE).

Drawing on his expertise producing and managing live entertainment across North America for over two decades, and leveraging his vast network of influencers, Latimer will be responsible for moving the organization forward, taking the brand to the next step in its growth.

“I am excited to expand the national vision of this prestigious organization and look forward to helping reinforce the brand with all Canadians. We have the opportunity to build on the amazing 19 year history of Canada’s Walk of Fame, open new doors and build strong partnerships for the future. With so much pride in Canada this year with the 150th celebrations – and so many extraordinary Canadians making a difference in the world – this is the perfect time for me and my team to take the helm,” said Latimer.

Latimer will continue to build on the successes of Melanie Hurley, who led Canada’s Walk of Fame since 2014 with a mandate to make a complete organizational assessment that included various programing changes, implementation of new policies and procedures, and the vision of a new “Golden Globe style” format for the Canada’s Walk of Fame Broadcast Gala. Latimer and Hurley will work closely together over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition period.

“We appreciate all of the vision, dedication and enthusiasm that Melanie brought to the brand over the last three years. Canada’s Walk of Fame has benefited significantly from Melanie’s leadership. We wish her well in her future endeavours,” said Lewis Rusen, Chair, Canada’s Walk of Fame Board of Directors, and Vice Chairman, North America - Korn Ferry | Hay Group.

“It’s been an honour working at Canada’s Walk of Fame and I wish the organization and Jeffrey all the success in the future,” said Melanie Hurley.

“Jeffrey is a seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for creativity and vision. He is the right individual to elevate this brand and spearhead the organization moving forward,” continued Rusen. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Jeffrey to Canada’s Walk of Fame. We have a bright future ahead of us celebrating and recognizing Canadian excellence.”

The 2017-2018 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Lewis Rusen Vice Chairman, North America - Korn Ferry | Hay Group, include: Tom Anselmi, President & CEO, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club; Duncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales, Air CanadaNick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment GroupCathy Honor, Senior Vice President, RBC Royal BankRandy Lennox, President, Bell MediaGordon Love, Director, Scotia Wealth ManagementDan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex EntertainmentWalter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX Integra/RE/MAX EuropeRon Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada; and Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment Inc.

About Canada’s Walk of Fame

Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields, fuelling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps. The foremost honour for cultural excellence in Canada, Canada’s Walk of Fame presents year-round events and programs to educate and foster pride among Canadians, support Canadian culture and provide a platform for emerging talent in Canada. Programs include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country, the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour recognizing Canadians making a difference in their community, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. To date, 167 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit: www.canadaswalkoffame.com.