Former Alouettes assistant GM Catherine Raiche to join Argos

Catherine Raiche has found a new team.

Raiche is set to join the Toronto Argonauts front office after she resigned from the Alouettes in December. She had been granted permission to pursue other opportunities in advance of leaving Montreal.

The University of Sherbrooke graduate was hired by Jim Popp, then-Als GM and current Argos general manager, as an unpaid intern in 2015. Following the season, Popp offered her a paid job as coordinator of football administration. She has a law degree and was admitted to the Quebec Bar Association in 2012. She practised corporate and tax law for three years at the law firm Gascon & Associates but quit the firm to join the Alouettes.

When Kavis Reed replaced Popp as Alouettes general manager before last season, he promoted Raiche to assistant general manager responsible for daily operations, managing the salary cap, determining the value of players and handling contractual duties.

Raiche was the first female assistant general manager in the CFL since 1988 when Jo-Anne Polak held that position with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Polak it’s believed was the first woman to hold that job title in any pro sports franchise across North America. Raiche has gone on the record stating that her goal is to be a general manager one day.

Raiche made waves in the football world by rising to the assistant GM position in Montreal and now her pro football management career continues in double blue.

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30 Comments on Former Alouettes assistant GM Catherine Raiche to join Argos

  1. Congrats to her. She got out of a train wreck and will do great with the Argos.

    • BleedsGreen // January 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm //

      Who cares…more 3DN clickbate.

      • Habs4Life // January 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm //

        Seriously, who does care? If she is that good wouldn’t she be hired as an AGM? She wasn’t, contract ended in Montreal.

        • richinbanff (Rich Wilson) // January 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm //

          She left…to avoid being stained by the horrible train wreck the Alouettes have become.

    • Billinburlington // January 20, 2018 at 11:03 am //

      A good move by Toronto in many ways. She will do well.

      Thinking back a year, Toronto has moved from the bottom of the league to what I might argue is one of the top organization in the league – perhaps THE top one. Tough to admit this as a Ticat fan but true.

  2. Scottsask // January 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm //

    Why don’t they just move the entire Montreal franchise to Toronto?

  3. If I were Montreal I’d be wanting a draft pick from Toronto.

  4. Kavis Reed does it again..
    Wow, what a debacle in Montreal..

  5. Habsnriders // January 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm //

    It’s going to be very interesting to see the crowds in Montreal this year . It will be very hard to get their fan base back once they lose it . It’s a shame because they have fans that love the team

    • All teams have fans that love their team!!
      The Als will continue their downward attendance spiral.
      I don’t think the Lions or the Argos will fair much better.
      The CFL is losing interest in the big cities.

  6. So the Argos hire someone that has been part of a losing organization for the past 3 seasons??

    oh wait………’s a woman, that’s okay, the CFL needs women.

    • WoW. Nice comments in here dude. You shouldn’t bother other people in here with your junk

    • Of course, anyone working for a losing franchise must just be a horrible employee. Where do you come up with this nonsense Jim?

  7. no way money women beating manziel comes here now. Catherine will put a stop to that. It is either Hamilton with whatever Austin offered plus a personal services contract with caretaker Bob for a percentage of US address only Jersey sales. Flutie came out recently and said his first CFL contract was the standard rate plus a personal services contract.

  8. Funny that Als fans want to blame kavis for Montreals club! Almost seems racist because Popp ran it into ground with the help of andrew whetnall. She is not qualified to be asst gm! Period! She has no value…yet on the personnel side!

  9. They just signed Zimmerman as assistant GM, now they sign Raiche for a similar position?
    Definitely it’s about signing a woman just to show that the CFL hires women, just in time for this “woman in football conference” that is coming up next week.
    WHY does the CFL insist on so many front office people and coaches????

    • Habs4Life // January 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm //

      It’s not a “similar” position to Zimmerman. It is a similar position to Ian Sanderson who has been there for 20 years. Frankly, I have been told by many that Sanderson is very good at his job. Maybe Popp doesn’t like him.

  10. So she can’t be worthy of the position because she’s a female?

    When you read that out loud just now did it strike you as incredibly stupid?

  11. Women,…….. don’t……….get sports!
    Just kidding. A SNL skit. Good for her. Smart woman

  12. Her vast extensive experience in football operations will be of great benefit to the Argos organization.

    • Or as others have pointed out she got the job because she’s a woman. Let’s think about this, hmmmm, hmmmm, I gotta go with the woman thing.

      • Is there a list somewhere of what jobs are for men and what jobs are for women? Should a man have gotten this job because he’s a man? Popp has gone out of his way to hire her twice. Popp has won more cups than you.

  13. For the record Jo-Anne Polak was GM from 1988-1992, not assistant GM.

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