Brickner makes some history

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Diane Brickner has made history with the CFL's flagship franchise.

The president and CEO of Peace Hills Insurance has become the first female member of the Edmonton Eskimos' board of directors.

"It's an honour and a privilege," said Brickner at the annual general meeting last night.

"I'm a big fan. I have had season tickets on and off for 36 years."

It's not a surprising move, as there have been rumblings for a couple of years of a potential female addition.

"I have just taken the view," said Eskimos president Rick LeLacheur, "that the women in our business - as customers - have been growing.

"And there are some good women around in the business community to represent the community on the board."

Harold Roozen is the other new board member.

Jeff Polovick becomes the new chairman of the board, replacing Bob MacLean.

FIELD OF DREAMS?: There has been no decision on the future of the grass field at Commonwealth Stadium, but the Esks are interested in the new field technology at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

"The city and us are going to send somebody down to look at it," said LeLacheur.

"It is a mixture of real grass and dirt.

"And then they put heaters below it - it is like a heated driveway."

FINISH LINES: The Eskimos will not change the seats in Commonwealth Stadium this year, but are looking at the idea down the road.


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