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HomeBusinessExclusive: B.C. Place GM opts to stay in Ontario

Exclusive: B.C. Place GM opts to stay in Ontario

Bob Mackin

B.C. Place Stadium is looking for a new general manager, after Patricia Jelinski resigned to care for an ill family member.

theBreaker.news has confirmed Jelinski moved in July 2020 to Kingston, Ont. to be with her family. She also joined Queen’s University’s faculty of arts and science as executive director of communications and marketing.

Outgoing BC Place GM Patricia Jelinski (PavCo)

Neither Jelinski nor B.C. Pavilion Corp. CEO Ken Cretney responded to an interview request.

According to a statement provided to theBreaker.news, PavCo and Jelinski agreed to a remote work arrangement in July 2020 with reduced hours and compensation, while the stadium was closed to spectator events due to the pandemic.

“During that time there was important business that required attention, including preparation for the reopening of the stadium and its first post-pandemic events,” said the PavCo statement. “In July 2021, PavCo began a number of steps to prepare for transition, including filling a newly created interim assistant general manager position at the stadium.”

The stadium reopened for limited capacity B.C. Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps games in August. 

PavCo said Jelinski has “completed her relationship” with the stadium and is now working through the succession process.

“PavCo wishes Patricia and her family the very best,” the statement ended.

Inside B.C. Place Stadium (Mackin)

Jelinski joined B.C. Place in May 2018 after four years as head of the United Way Greater Victoria. She is a former senior executive with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and the DDB Canada advertising agency.

PavCo’s compensation report showed Jelinski was paid $196,600 in 2018-2019, $243,022 in 2019-2020 and $180,321 for the year ended March 31, 2021.

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