The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has announced that Jim Lightbody has officially stepped down from his role as the organization’s President and CEO amid his battle with cancer.
Lightbody had been on medical leave since September 6, 2019, after receiving a cancer diagnosis. He will remain on medical leave despite resigning his positions as President and CEO.
He had joined BCLC in 2001 and served as Vice President of Lottery Gaming and Vice President of Casino and Community Gaming before becoming President and CEO in 2014.
“Known for his strong leadership that focuses on people and an entrepreneurship approach to business, Jim has made countless contributions to BCLC – and its employees – through the course of his career with the organization,” said BCLC Board Chairman Greg Moore. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at BCLC, we wish him the very best as he continues his road to recovery.”
Lightbody thanked the organization for its support during his illness, calling the response “truly humbling”.
“It was an honour to be BCLC’s CEO; however, it’s time for someone else to lead the company as I look forward to my next chapter,” he added.
In a statement, the Canadian Gaming Association thanked Lightbody for his leadership and tremendous contributions to gaming in British Columbia and across Canada during his time at the lottery corporation.
Beginning in January 2022, BCLC will now initiate a global recruitment search for a new President and CEO. In the meantime, Interim President and CEO Lynda Cavanaugh will continue in her role.