04/20/2012 4:19PM

Woodbine promotes Jim Lawson


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Jim Lawson, who has served as a Woodbine Entertainment Group director since June 2008, has been appointed a vice chairman of the company.

WEG announced Lawson’s appointment following a board of directors meeting here Friday.

Lawson also sits on several committees at Woodbine, including the Thoroughbred racing committee, and is the chief steward of the Jockey Club of Canada.

Active in the racing industry, Lawson is an owner and manages Jim Dandy Stable.

Jim Dandy, a racing and breeding operation, was founded by Lawson’s father, the late Mel Lawson, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2010.

Lawson also is the chief executive officer of Westerkirk Capital, a Toronto-based private investment company with
substantial holdings in the manufacturing, real estate and hospitality industries.

"I am pleased to take on the additional role of vice chairman", said Lawson, in a press release.

"I have a long-held passion for this industry and I look forward to working more closely with the company's management team and board of directors as we work to ensure that WEG is able to meet the challenges and, importantly, seize the many opportunities".