Montreal, March 28, 2023 – Montreal Alouettes owner Pierre Karl Peladeau is happy to announce that Mark Weightman has been hired as president and CEO of the team. He will step into his new role as of April 11.
Mr. Weightman will continue to bring stability to the organization while ensuring its long-term future, development, and outreach. He will strengthen the relationship with season ticket holders and fans across Quebec. He will also continue to develop the customer experience and he will grow the presence of the team and players in the community.
Mark Weightman has over 28 years of experience in professional sports. The Saint-André-d’Argenteuil native, who graduated from UQAM and Concordia, has led and collaborated with several major professional sports organizations, such as the Montreal Alouettes, where he held various positions from 1996 to 2016, including President and CEO from 2013 to 2016 and President of the Alouettes Foundation from 2015 to 2016. He was also a key figure in the launch of a new ECHL professional hockey team in Trois-Rivières, which he has been running since 2020. He has helped create a new professional basketball team in the CEBL, The Montreal Alliance. He worked with the Laval Rocket organization and restructured a first division professional hockey team in Switzerland (National League) and a professional hockey team in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in Sweden.
“We want to welcome Mark Weightman back to the organization. We are very pleased to be able to count on him and on his vast experience in professional sports, including football. We are convinced that he will be able to meet the challenges facing us, with the collaboration of all the Montreal Alouettes’ employees. Mark and I share the same vision for the long-term future of the team both in terms of its day-to-day management, its return to financial health and our desire to grow our group of core supporters at the stadium and in Quebec. These are conditions that will allow us to put Montreal back at the top of Canadian football. I would like to thank the other strong candidates we met during the process leading up to today’s announcement. I would also like to thank Mario Cecchini for his work as president of the club over the past three years. He did his job under difficult circumstances. Let’s have a great 2023 season!” – Pierre Karl Péladeau, owner of the Montreal Alouettes
“It is with a sense of accomplishment that I close this chapter with the Montreal Alouettes. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past three years, especially the relationship we have established with our fans. We have been juggling unique circumstances such as the pandemic and a change of ownership, but we have gone through this together. I want to thank everyone I had the pleasure of working with here and across the CFL. Our organization is solid, motivated, and ready to begin a new season with renewed stability. I salute and thank Pierre Karl Péladeau for giving this team new life. I also wish Mark Weightman the best in his new role. And rest assured, even though I will begin working in the hockey world, I will remain a loyal supporter of the Montreal Alouettes.” – outgoing President and CEO Mario Cecchini.
“It is a real privilege for me to be reunited with the Montreal Alouettes, a team I love, know and have always followed. I would like to thank Mr. Péladeau for the trust he has placed in me. Our team has a rich history to develop and promote. I will work on this enthusiastically with all the colleagues who are already at work, whether they are in our offices or dedicated to football operations under the guidance of our general manager, Danny Maciocia. There’s a lot of work to do before the regular season kicks off, like the draft and training camp, but we all look forward to introducing you to your 2023 Alouettes.” – Mark Weightman, the new President and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes.