WATERLOO, Ont. (November 17, 2015) - After 16 years serving in a variety of roles within Department of Athletics and Recreation, Ari Grossman, Associate Director: Business Operations, will be leaving Wilfrid Laurier University in early December to take on a new opportunity at the University of Waterloo.
“Ari has made a tremendous mark at Laurier,” said PETER BAXTER, director of athletics and recreation on Grossman's departure. “We thank him for his loyal service and celebrate his career which started within our student-leadership model as a first year undergraduate and lead to his role as Associate Director: Business Operations. His legacy highlights the success of Laurier Athletics’ integrated learning model where individuals develop their career and are leaders in sport in Canada.”
Grossman was a student involved in the launch of the Golden Hawks’ first website which has become a vehicle of communication and efficiency for the department. Since then he has been involved in many areas of the departments operations including the launch of a ticketing strategy and platform improving attendance, as well as the alignment of the department with adidas as the school’s uniform and apparel provider. In addition to the department contributions he has sat on various campus committees and most recently acted as the elected staff representative of the school’s Board of Governors.
“Laurier has been a significant part of my life with many opportunities taking place both inside and outside of the classroom. From my degrees, to the experiences I’ve had in our facilities and events, as well as being a part of the many championships, I’m quite grateful for the opportunities the University has provided me,” commented Grossman. “I appreciate the support of the team of staff around me and the people who have worked with me throughout my time to advance the department, the University and student experiences forward.”
In addition to his work at Laurier, Grossman had represented the school at the national and international level. He has sat on numerous OUA and CIS committees including as the Chair of the Communication and Sport Information Directors group from 2007-2010. On four occasions he represented Canada at the Universiade (World University Games) as a member of the national teams’ communications staff.
“Once at the University of Waterloo, he will do much of the same work he did at Laurier moving their athletic department forward," Baxter added. "We wish Ari much success in his new position.”