Arthur Griffiths, who has led the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic bid for the past two years, announced Feb. 4 he was stepping down as chair of the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation.
Marion Lay, vice chair of the board, will act as interim chair until a new appointment is made by the board of directors.
Griffiths, who remains on the board, said he was stepping down to concentrate on business opportunities.
"The time commitment required as chair of the bid corporation has made it difficult for me to pursue other business interests and be more involved in other community based activities," he said. "I feel I can be an effective member of the 2010 Bid Corporation as a director while freeing up much needed time to pursue new business ventures."
In media interviews, Griffiths said chairing the bid for the past two years had already cost him some business opportunities.
Griffiths is also involved in the Lower Mainland’s transportation plan. "My vision of bringing the Olympics to our province is on solid ground and it is time that I now step aside to provide more time for other pursuits," Griffiths said in a release.
Don Calder, former president and CEO of B.C. Telcom, was appointed CEO of the bid corporation in November, at the same time 24 additional members were added to the board. Calder was the first paid employee of the bid corporation.
Lay is a member of the Canadian Olympic Association and president of the board of the National Sport Centre of Greater Vancouver