Basketball Canada “steels” up its board of directors

Canada Basketball has added more Hamilton flavour to its makeup. Steeltown’s Ron Foxcroft is one of four new new members added to the organization’s board of directors.

“This is a very exciting day for the organization,” said recently appointed Canada Basketball president Therese Quigley, who is director of athletics at Hamilton’s McMaster University. “We are extremely proud to be able to attract directors with the combination of business and basketball acumen that Tom Anselmi, Bryan Colangelo, Ron Foxcroft and Jim Hunter all bring to the table.”

Foxcroft is chairman and chief executive officer of Hamilton-based Fluke Transportation Group and founder and CEO of Fox 40 International, the globe’s largest maker of whistles. Invented by Foxcroft, the Fox 40 “pea-less” whistle is sanctioned for referees and officials in the National Basketball Association, the National Football League. the National Hockey League, international and collegiate play, and is also used by police, fire and rescue professionals in 130 countries.

A long-time referee in international and National Collegiate Athletic Association competitions, Foxcroft refereed the gold medal game at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and was a Sweet 16 fixture – he is also an Evaluator of Officials for the NBA. Foxcroft was recently named by Referee Magazine as one of the 52 most influential persons in North American Officiating History. He was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Colangelo, the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA since February 2006, is a two-time recipient of the league’s Executive of the Year award, once with the Raptors and on an earlier occasion with the Phoenix Suns, where he served 11 years as GM and seven as president.

Anselmi is executive VP and chief operating officer of the Raptors’ owner, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. An accomplished sports and entertainment business leader, he has been with MLSE since 1996 and is responsible for the business operations of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies. The Toronto native formerly headed up Arena Operations for Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver.

Hunter is chief executive officer of NexGen Financial Limited Partnership, one of Canada’s fastest-growing fund companies. Formerly CEO of Mackenzie Financial Corporation, he played four years of intercollegiate basketball at the University of Victoria, captaining the Vikings in 1974. In addition to his director position, Hunter will assume the role of director of finance for Canada Basketball and will join Quigley and director and Vice President Jacques Miqueu on the Executive Committee.

The four new directors will join existing board members Quigley, Miqueu, John Mills of Vancouver, David Pecaut and Brian Cooper of Toronto, Joe Ralko of Regina and Caroline Bouchard of San Francisco.