The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) president and chief executive Jim Lightbody has temporarily stepped down from his role after being diagnosed with cancer.
While Lightbody takes medical leave to undergo treatment, BCLC board member Greg Moore will assume the role of acting president and chief executive from mid-September.
“Jim Lightbody’s number one priority must be his treatment and recovery,” BCLC chairman Peter Kappel said.
“BCLC’s board of directors, executive team and staff express their gratitude and support to Jim for his contributions and leadership of the organization and we extend our concern during this challenging time.”
Lightbody first joined BCLC in 2001, and was appointed president and CEO in January 2014. He may be on leave until early next year. In the meantime he will be replaced by Moore, who has stepped down from the board to take on Lightbody’s duties.
“The board of directors consulted [the] government on its recommendation to appoint Greg Moore to the position on an acting basis during this timeframe,” Kappel said.
“We have confidence that with the support of BCLC’s experienced executive team, Greg is well positioned to lead the organization over the coming months.”
Moore has sat on the BCLC board since November last year and has a long career in public service. He was Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam from 2008 to 2018, and chaired the Metro Vancouver board of directors between 2011 and 2018.
“BCLC is an important economic contributor to the province and its communities,” he said. “I am committed to working collaboratively with BCLC’s executive team, staff and government so that we can continue to execute and deliver on BCLC’s strategy during this time.”