Toronto—The Canadian Jewellers Association is on the lookout for a new executive director.

Brian Land has left the role after completing his 18-month contract. He will continue to work with the CJA as a freelance writer.

20171006 Brian LandBrian LandLand became executive director last year with more than 20 years of senior management experience with Canadian retailers under his belt.

Previously, he was vice president of sales and operations at Peoples Jewellers Corporation, divisional vice president-retail at Henry Birks & Sons and vice president retail for the Americas for Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton. 

He is past president and served for more than 20 years on the board of Jewellers Vigilance Canada.

“Brian Land was engaged primarily to assist in managing the amalgamation of the Canadian Jewellers Association with Jewellers Vigilance Canada,” CJA Board of Directors Chairman Marco Miserendino said in a news release.

“The knowledge and skill he brought ... was of great assistance. The successful completion of that assignment now enables both Brian and the association to determine and pursue their respective future directions.”

CJA and JVC merged last summer and this year, CJA celebrated its 100th anniversary.

While the association looks for a new executive director, one of its managers, Carla Adams, will take on the role temporarily.

The CJA said that it hopes to find Land’s permanent replacement by mid-January.

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