Quigley takes the reins of national basketball group


McMaster University’s Therese Quigley is Canada Basketball’s new president.

“We are extremely fortunate to have an individual of Therese’s calibre, character and depth of knowledge and experience in amateur sports to lead our board of directors,” said Wayne Parrish, executive director and CEO of Canada Basketball. “With the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the sport in this country, her counsel and guidance will be greatly appreciated.”

Quigley, who originally joined the Canada Basketball board in 2006 and athletic director at McMaster, becomes the 29th president in the organization’s 85-year history – and the first woman appointed to the post.

Quigley paid tribute to outgoing president Robert (Squee) Gordon, as well as directors Jack Low, Digby Leigh, David MacKinnon and Joanne MacLean. “Each has given a tremendous amount of energy and time to Canada Basketball,” said Quigley. “They’ve been here through thick and thin and it’s largely through their efforts that we’ve been able to develop some of the strong programs that are in place across the country today.”

Joining Quigley on the executive committee is Jacques Miqueu as vice president. Miqueu first joined the board in 2006 and has coached basketball and taught physical education for 25 years. He was president of the Quebec Basketball Federation prior to joining the CB board.

Newly elected to the board of directors are John Mills of Vancouver and Joe Ralko of Regina. Mills, former president of the Calgary Olympic Development Association and executive director of Sport B.C. and Basketball B.C., won two Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (now Canadian Interuniversity Sports)) championships with the University of B.C. Thunderbirds and was part of Canada’s University Games team in 1970 and national team that toured China in 1972. Ralko, president of Basketball Saskatchewan since 2002, played high school ball in Kenora, Ont., is a coach and former official and has more than 30 years experience working with grassroots athletes and organizations in four provinces.