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.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.