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Glen Grunwald speaks at a press conference during the New York Knicks' media day at a training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., on Dec. 12, 2011.

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Glen Grunwald will become the president and chief executive of Canada Basketball effective Oct. 1, the sport’s national governing body announced on Wednesday.

Grunwald was general manager of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors from 1997 to 2004, an eight-year stint during which the team acquired super-star Vince Carter. He moved on to the New York Knicks in 2006, where he became GM in 2011, a position he held until 2013.

“I’m honoured and proud to have this opportunity to work with Canada Basketball,” Grunwald said. “This is an exciting time for the sport in our country and I look forward to working with the entire basketball community to continue the tremendous progress the sport has made here at all levels.”

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Grunwald was most recently the director of athletics and recreation at McMaster University, a position he held for four years. He resigned last month in order to take on a consulting role with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

Grunwald succeeds Michele O’Keefe as president and CEO of Canada Basketball. She stepped down in June to return to her roots as associate director, athletics and recreation, at Niagara College in Ontario.

Canada’s men’s senior team plays host to Brazil on Thursday in World Cup qualifying in Laval, Que.

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