TORONTO—Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada since 2001, is planning to retire at year-end.
Maidment, who's spent more than half a century in the rubber industry in various roles, said he plans to assist the board in searching for his successor to help ensure a "smooth and seamless transition" for the association.
"Celebrating TRAC's first centennial feels like an appropriate time for me to pass on the reins to the next generation of leaders in the Canadian tire and rubber industry," Maidment said during TRAC's recent general meeting in Cambridge.
"I have had the distinct privilege of serving as president of TRAC for the past 19 years and believe we have accomplished much together, though there is always more to do. On a personal note, working for TRAC and our industry has been the most rewarding experience I could ever have imagined for myself and I thank our board and members for the opportunity to serve this wonderful industry."
Maidment joined the Rubber Association of Canada (as TRAC was known until 2014) in 1991 as director of operations, after working in the tire industry in sales and marketing for over 20 years before that.
TRAC was supposed to celebrate its centennial this year with a membership meeting/gala in Toronto, but the association decided to postpone that event and its annual rubber recycling symposium until 2021 because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates for the rescheduled events, originally set for June and September 2020, have not yet been selected, TRAC said. The events will take place next year in the same venues in Toronto and Halifax, Nova Scotia, respectively.
"When people speak of the tire industry in Canada, they generally speak of Glenn Maidment," said Paul Christou, TRAC's chair and controller at Goodyear Canada Inc.
Incoming Board Chair Tony Mougios, Michelin North America's Canadian zone director for the consumer products division, also praised Maidment's contrubutions.
"Glenn has been a fixture in the industry and an instrumental figure on all the key files the industry has been working on for the past 30 years," Mougios said. "On behalf of all TRAC's members: 'Thank you, Glenn, for the decades of faithful service and your contribution.' "
The TRAC board of directors has set up a search committee to find Maidment's successor. Interested candidates can find the position requirements at the association's website, and should forward inquiries to [email protected].