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Up for Bid: Play On! Canada 2018 National Street Hockey Championships

Play On! Canada is extending the opportunity for Canadian municipalities to bid on the rights to host the Play On! 2018 National Street Hockey Championships, known as the Redwood Cup. Celebrating its 15th anniversary season since the inception of the program, this is a premier destination event expected to attract tourism from across our nation and generating national exposure for the host community.

RFP package can be found here, or by visiting the Up for Bid section of our website.

Deadline for potential bidding communities to send their Letter of Interest to Play On! Canada is October 20, 2017.

Did you know?
Play On! is Canada’s largest annual participatory sports festival. It holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest street hockey tournament. In its largest season (2014), it operated events in twenty-two communities, attracting over 6,000 teams, 42,000 participants and an estimated 300,000 spectators. It has an active database of nearly 100,000 participants.

For more information, please contact:
Matthew Boyle
Director, National Operations
Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On!
m.boyle@playon.ca

 


 

Whistler/Vancouver selected to host the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships

October 3, 2017: Bergen, Norway, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Management Committee awarded the 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships to Vancouver/Whistler.

In partnership with Gran Fondo Canada, Toit Events, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Tourism Whistler, Sport Hosting Vancouver submitted a bid to transform the highly successful annual Gran Fondo Whistler into a World Championships event in 2020. This will be the first time the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be hosted in North America.

“The Whistler community will be pleased to welcome international athletes, along with their coaches, families, and support teams for both training and competition. The Gran Fondo World Championships fit with our sport culture and build on our reputation as a world class destination for events” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

The very popular Gran Fondo Whistler takes place annually on the second weekend of September. This existing closed course race offers beautiful landscapes, a clear passage over the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge and a challenging climb to Whistler. The 2020 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place on September 12, 2020 along the established course from Vancouver to Whistler.

The timing of the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships is consistent with the FE&A program strategy to invest in events during periods where there is the greatest potential to generate incremental economic benefit. Further, RMOW council and staff are working hard to introduce measures that spread our economic success from dominant peak seasons, smoothing out the spikes in visitation to ease local employment, housing, and transportation pressures, ensuring that Whistler remains a place where residents can continue to thrive.

“Tourism Whistler is pleased to partner with the Resort Municipality in welcoming the UCI GranFondo World Championships to Whistler,” said Barrett Fisher, Tourism Whistler’s President & CEO. “The RBC GranFondo Whistler has a long-established reputation in Whistler and has become an important anchor to the resort’s robust year-round events calendar. Hosting the 2020 UCI GranFondo World Championships is a natural evolution for the event, as well as for Whistler as a premiere destination for high-calibre sport events.”

The 2017 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships took place in Albi, France on August 24 and saw over 2,900 riders register for the event. The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships event has seen a steady increase in participants since 2011.
About the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale)

Founded in 1900, in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling. It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun. (www.uci.ch)

About Sport Hosting Vancouver
Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destinationc Association, Tourism Vancouver, the BC Pavilion Corporation (operating BC Place Stadium and the Convention Centre) and the University of British Columbia. We attract, develop, and support world-class sport events in Vancouver through great partnerships, enthusiastic guidance and an innovative approach.
Keep up to date with the world of sport hosting in Vancouver – connect with us on Twitter and Facebook (@SportHostingVan) and visit our website at www.sporthostingvancouver.ca

About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability. How we’re doing: whistler.ca/monitoring

About Tourism Whistler
Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Media Contacts
Resort Municipality of Whistler Communications | 604-967-3030 | communications@whistler.ca
Tourism Whistler Communications | 604.938.2726 | myoung@tourismwhistler.com

 


 

Sport Events Congress 2020 Will be Taking to the Ice (District) in Edmonton!

September 28, 2017 (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canada’s largest gathering of its vibrant sport tourism industry will be heading to Edmonton, Alberta for the 2020 event. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) will hold Sport Events Congress 2020 (SEC20) at the Shaw Conference Centre with the Westin Edmonton and the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown as the host hotels.

The 2020 edition of Sport Events Congress will be an opportunity for the more than 400 sport event rights holders, tourism professionals, event management firms and suppliers from the sport tourism industry to experience Edmonton’s Ice District first-hand. Plans are also in place to take in an activity at Rogers Place during the conference, scheduled for March 24-26, 2020.

One of the important elements in choosing a location for this event is the opportunity to create a memorable sport tourism experience for our delegates,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “Edmonton and the Ice District will be a wonderful showcase of the rejuvenation of a downtown area with a sports facility as the anchor, but with so much more to offer. It adds a very desirable feature for our delegates to learn first-hand how the different partners worked together to bring the vision to life.”

“As an active member of the CSTA for 15 years, Edmonton Events is pleased to further demonstrate our support for the organization. We are thrilled to welcome Congress delegates back to our city in 2020,” said Lindsay Harrison, Senior Manager, Edmonton Events. “Edmonton is experiencing a remarkable revitalization that has not only physically impacted the landscape here since we last hosted in 2014, but is also transforming the way we approach sport tourism. We look forward to showcasing all that our city has to offer.”

Edmonton Events is a partnership between Edmonton Tourism and the City of Edmonton. This will mark the second time that Edmonton has hosted the congress. The first was in 2014 where Edmonton saw total economic activity valued at $1.35 million as a result of hosting the event. Sport Events Congress 2018 will be held in Halifax, while Ottawa is hosting in 2019.

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.5 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

For more information contact:
Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
Tel: 613-688-5843
Email: rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com
Web: www.canadiansporttourism.com
@Cdnsporttourism
@sporteventscong
#SEC20

 


 

Volleyball Canada Now Accepting Bids

Volleyball Canada is now in the process of accepting bids for the following events:

2019 14U Volleyball Canada National Championships
2019 15U to 18U Volleyball Canada National Championships

The following timelines have been established by Volleyball Canada for the bid process:

Friday, September 1st, 2017 Letter of intent must be received by Volleyball Canada (17:00 EST)
Friday, October 6th, 2017 All bid packages must be received by Volleyball Canada (17:00 EST)
Monday, November 6th 2017 The Bid Evaluation Committee will review and evaluate all bids
Friday, November 17th 2017 The Bid Selection Committee will select the host(s)
Friday, December 1st, 2017 Volleyball Canada will announce the successful host(s)

 


 

Volleyball Canada Now Accepting Bids

In 2018 the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will be launching a new top-level international volleyball league to succeed the previous FIVB World League.

This “New Volleyball League (NVL)” will involve the top 16 teams in the world and will run from early June to mid-July in 2018 and will be the premier event for teams preparing for the 2018 World Championships and the 2020 Olympics. Canada will participate and will host one weekend of matches in Canada on June 8-10, 2018. During this weekend Canada will host six matches amongst 4 teams – Canada, USA, Australia and Germany.

Volleyball Canada is looking to solicit a potential Host Organization for this event to be hosted in Canada.

The following timelines have been established by Volleyball Canada for the bid process:
• July 31, 2017 Request for Proposal released
• August 30, 2017 Deadline for Proposal submission
• September 22, 2017 Selection of Host City for 2018 NVL

For Volleyball Canada’s bid guidelines, please click here or check out the Up for Bid section on our website

 


 

New sports facility to expand recreational and event-hosting opportunities in Greater Saint John

SAINT JOHN, NB, July 5, 2017 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are investing in sports and recreation infrastructure to provide more ways for communities to come together and stay active while supporting economic development and middle-class job creation.

Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, today announced $12 million in joint federal-provincial funding for the construction of the Greater Saint John Field House.

The new Fieldhouse will be the only facility of its kind in Southern New Brunswick, featuring two indoor turfs, a 200-metre indoor track, fitness rooms, multi-purpose areas, community spaces and outdoor trails.

Once complete, it will provide residents of all ages with year-round access to diverse sporting activities and drive economic activity by allowing the region to welcome larger-scale sporting events.

Quotes
“I’m very pleased to see our federal dollars going to this important regional project. The Greater Saint John Field House will promote general health and fitness while supporting local athletes. The new event-hosting capacity will help create economic growth in the area and contribute to long-term prosperity and middle-class job creation.”

Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our Government’s $6 million investment in this strategic recreational infrastructure project will yield a significant return on investment by spurring economic activity and creating jobs in Greater Saint John. Plus, once the field house is complete, it will enhance the quality of life for families in the region.”

The Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

“Thank you to our government partners for helping us to build a healthier Saint John. We are pleased to add the field house to the wonderful recreational infrastructure our residents enjoy. A facility like this will surely be well used by our residents and allow us to attract even more sports, recreation and people to our City.”

Don Darling, Mayor of Saint John

“We are thrilled to see the announcement of this funding to support the development of this field house facility. This project is a community driven initiative which will bring new sporting events to our city and provide new opportunities for sports, recreation, and wellness for the whole Greater Saint John community. With the support of the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick now confirmed, we will be working towards construction starting late this year and our goal of being open for use in the fall of 2019.”

Bill MacMackin, President of the Greater Saint John Field House Inc.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing $6 million to this project through the New Building Canada Fund.
  • Budget 2017 commits $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure—including sports and recreational facilities—in Canadian communities.
  • These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
    -Skilled workforce/Immigration;
    -Innovation;
    -Clean growth and climate change;
    -Trade and investment;
    -Infrastructure.

Associated links
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in New Brunswick: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nb-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund: Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html.
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, kate.monfette@canada.ca; Bruce Macfarlane, Communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4583, bruce.macfarlane@gnb.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

 


 

Remind international attendees to apply early

With significant growth in the number of people wanting to visit Canada, applying early is more important than ever. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reminding special event and conference organizers to encourage international participants to plan ahead and apply early for Canadian travel documents.

International participants should review Canada’s entry requirements to find out which travel documents they will need to visit Canada, such as a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), and apply early. Participants can also find information about visiting Canada for business here.

IRCC has prepared handouts and social media messaging to help you share this important reminder. We encourage you to spread the word via your professional networks, websites, social media accounts and in client communications to help minimize stress and ensure a smooth travel experience for visitors to Canada.

Posters and shareable images are also available to remind all travellers to Canada to apply early if they need an eTA or visa. If you would like electronic copies of any of these products, please contact IRCC at Outreach-Rayonnement@cic.gc.ca.

 


 

Winners named in 2017 George Brown College 5 To Watch awards competition

Sports business marketing professionals to be honoured by top industry executives

TORONTO, ON – May 18, 2017 – George Brown College is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual 5 To Watch – Canada’s Sport Business Awards, in recognition of the five most influential and accomplished Canadians under the age of 40 in the business of sport.

Presented by George Brown College in partnership with The Globe and Mail, the awards recognize executives who have demonstrated significant success early in their career and are poised to become the next generation of industry leaders.

“The awards are firmly established as one of Canada’s premier sports and marketing events,” said Mike Fenton, Executive Director, ACG Toronto and 5 To Watch event co-chair. “The awards shine a light on some of the industry’s up-and-comers and brightest minds while also helping to support a stronger and more vibrant sports business industry.”

Hosted by Kate Beirness of TSN, the 5 To Watch Awards are given annually to Canadian sports business professionals who demonstrate leadership in their industry sector. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including success metrics, workplace promotions and examples of entrepreneurship or creative problem solving. The 5 To Watch award recipients are as follows:

• Andrew Agro, Director, Corporate Sponsorship and Business Development, New York Jets
• Atila Ozkaplan, Senior Director, Technical Logistics, NBC Sports Group
• Catherine Gosselin-Després, Executive Director, Sport, Canadian Paralympic Committee
• Jordan Vader, Senior Director, Global Partnerships, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
• Lisa Ferkul, Director, Hockey Sponsorship, Scotiabank

The 5 To Watch winners will be honoured at an awards ceremony taking place June 22, 2017 at George Brown’s Waterfront Campus. The awards are voted on by a panel of sports business executives from across the country, including representatives from BMO Financial Group, the Canadian Football League, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, SDI Marketing, TSN and Canadian Tire. The awards are presented by George Brown’s Centre for Business and a committee of Centre for Business sport and event marketing alumni in partnership with The Globe and Mail.

The 5 to Watch awards benefits students just starting to pursue studies in George Brown College’s Centre for Business by raising funds for bursaries. To date, the event has raised over $200,000 and has awarded 32 student bursaries.

“We are proud to be part of an event that not only celebrates rising sports business leaders, but also provides inspiration for those following in their footsteps,” said Maureen Loweth, Dean, Centre for Business, George Brown College.

In 2014 the Alumni Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a George Brown Sport & Event Marketing program graduate. The winner of the 2017 award is Dan MacKenzie, Vice President and Managing Director of NBA Canada.

For tickets and further information, visit 5towatch.ca or follow @5towatch for twitter updates.

About George Brown College
Toronto’s George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, and provides housing at its student residence, The George, which opened in Sept. 2016. George Brown offers 152 full-time programs and 243 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of nearly 29,000 (full-time enrolment) students, including 15 per cent international students; and over 66,000 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees. www.georgebrown.ca

For more information, please contact:
Joyann Callender
Manager, Media Relations
George Brown College
416-415-5000 x3159
jcallender3@georgebrown.ca

 


 

 

Canada Maintains Top Five Sport Hosting Ranking

OTTAWA, ON: For the fifth consecutive year Canada has been recognized as one of the leading sport hosting nations in the world. The Global Sports Nations Index 2017 was announced earlier this week at the Sportaccord Convention in Denmark by Sportcal, the UK based firm which compiles the listing.

With an in-depth analysis of major multi-sport games and world championships, the Global Sports Index, produced by Sportcal, identified the USA as the leading nation for the second year in a row, with the United Kingdom as the number two nation and Russia in third spot. China moves to fourth place on the list, while Canada falls to fifth. Canada placed second from 2013 – 2015, and was ranked third in 2016.

“This is really a tribute to the National Sport Organizations in our country and the destinations working together to bid for and host major events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We actually hosted 41 international events that qualified for consideration, second only to the USA’s 44, which is quite remarkable given our much smaller population base. This would not be possible without the alignment of our federal, provincial and municipal hosting programs that are critical to being able to host world class events.”

Traer acknowledged the many building blocks that are in place to make Canada an attractive destination. “We saw last year events such as the Rugby Sevens in Vancouver and Ski Tour Canada 2016 being held here for the first time, and the quality of the organization skills to ensure highly successful events. The calibre of our volunteers, the infrastructure we have in place, and the welcoming yet secure atmosphere of our country all support our well-deserved reputation as a host. With many major events being held here in 2017, we know that the sport tourism industry will continue to have a significant impact on our economy.”

The Global Sports Nations Index extends over a 14-year period covering seven years in the past and projecting seven years in the future (2011-2024). The Index analysed 730 events across 151 categories and 81 sports. Bids for events that have been awarded up until March 19, 2017 have been included. In all 86 nations and 621 cities have hosted or are scheduled to host events during the 14-year period.

For the full Global Sports Nations Index 2017 visit: Global Sports Nations Index 2017

Contact:
Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
(613) 688-5843

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.5 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

 


 

Events honoured from across Canada at 11th Annual Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s PRESTIGE Awards

Ottawa, Ontario: Recipients of the 11th annual Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards stretched right across the country from Vancouver, British Columbia to Saint John, New Brunswick. The awards recognize events from local to national to major international championships and tournaments and also honour outstanding volunteers and organizations, who work to bid, host and stage sport events across Canada.

“Each one of our PRESTIGE Award recipients has made a meaningful contribution either personally or as part of an organization to keeping Canada a world leader in bidding and hosting events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We are proud to honour the 23 finalists from across the country, and the eight events, sponsors and communities who were announced as recipients. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for ensuring the sport tourism industry continues to grow and have a significant impact on our economy.”

Recipients were announced on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 during the 11th PRESTIGE Awards gala luncheon sponsored by Saskatoon Sports Tourism at the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Westin Ottawa Hotel. A special CSTA Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Don Schumacher, the longtime leader of the National Association of Sports Commissions in the USA for his leadership and dedication to sport tourism.

2017 PRESTIGE Award Recipients
CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group A: budget greater than $1 million) presented by Laval SportCité
• Ski Tour Canada 2016 (Gatineau, Que., Montreal, Que., Quebec City, Que., Canmore, Alta.)
Over 12 days, 400 of the world’s top cross country skiers, from 25 nations, took part in the first World Cup Cross Country Finals ever staged outside of Europe. Combining city park races in such iconic locations as the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Mont Royal in Montreal, and Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau with Alberta’s spectacular Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, Ski Tour Canada 2016 showcased our ability to stage a massive multi-site event. Featuring ski expos at each stop that engaged people of all ages, it also generated awareness of Canada’s winter sport communities world-wide. The Ski Tour Canada 2016 had an operating budget of $8.3 million. Live-streamed in Canada, it reached an international audience of over 52 million viewers.

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) presented by Laval SportCité
• Canadian Track and Field Championships and Selection Trials for the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (Edmonton, Alta.)
The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Selection Trials hosted the deepest, most talented pool of Canadian Track & Field athletes ever to compete for berths in the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. The event surpassed all expectations for the 1,135 athletes, 235 coaches, and 135 officials and was run on an overall budget of $513,383. Over 18 Edmonton/Alberta organizations partnered with TrackTown to be part of the Olympic dream and to showcase the City of Edmonton with over 250 volunteers helping to stage the event. Hundreds of young athletes from over 15 Edmonton and area local Track and Field Clubs attended and volunteered at the Trials, sparking their own internal Olympic flames.

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto
• 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship (Kamloops, B.C.)
For the first time Hockey Canada hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships west of Manitoba, holding the 2016 event in Kamloops, B.C. It powerfully promoted and strengthened female hockey and skills development throughout B.C.’s interior and beyond. By announcing Team Canada’s roster at a local elementary school, children became immediately engaged in the championships, as did the local community. Key partnerships were formed with a mosaic of community groups reaching wide demographics and socioeconomic status from the Japanese Cultural Association to Kamloops Minor Baseball.

CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display
• Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) – HSBC Canada Sevens (Vancouver, B.C.)
Through its investment as the title sponsor of the HSBC Canada Sevens, HSBC has had a profound impact on the sport of rugby not only in B.C. but across Canada. It has made the growth of grassroots rugby development a central pillar of its sponsorship objectives and as a result, has provided a platform for growth that would not otherwise exist. Encouraging employee engagement created opportunities for staff to experience the event at a deeper level through direct participation in the staging of two HSBC Youth clinics. And by investing in video and other shareable online content, it promoted the game globally.

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by CBC Sports
• Bill MacMackin; East Coast Games, Athletics New Brunswick, Saint John Track Club (Saint John, N.B.)
As if serving as the President of the Saint John Track Club for over a decade, coaching at the Saint John High School and sitting on the board of Athletics New Brunswick wasn’t enough for Bill MacMackin, he managed to take the East Coast Games from an idea on paper to reality. His vision was to bring together seven separate sporting events into one multi-sport manufactured event, with the critical mass to draw increased sponsorship, attendance and media attention. Three years later, the East Coast Games, under Bill’s guidance and leadership, brought together 2,200 athletes, 1,500 parents and resulted in $800,000 in economic activity.

CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award presented by ConnectOnCampus
• Candice Stasynec, Executive Director, Edmonton Events (Edmonton, Alta.)
For nearly 40 years at the City of Edmonton, Candice Stasynec has provided leadership and support to high profile projects and events. Along the way she built strong relationships locally, nationally and internationally. From running event operations at Commonwealth Stadium to being an integral member of a major event bid or local organizing committee, her passion for sport and the tangible community benefits they bring was always evident. Her impact on the not-for-profit sport community was immeasurable as in 2016 alone she provided consultation, support and help to secure funding for over 15 associations. Her legacy will be seen in the long-term strategy for Edmonton Events that she helped to create.

CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Award presented by WestJet
• Sport Hosting Vancouver (Vancouver, B.C.)
The Sport Hosting Vancouver partnership is a first of its kind in the City of Vancouver to actively review, assess and establish a framework for the sport hosting profile in the region. It unites all sport hosting stakeholders, providing a responsive, streamlined approach to attracting major events and making them successful on every level. In 2016, Vancouver hosted the inaugural Americas Masters Games, along with such diverse events as the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament, the Little League Canadian Championships, and the Subaru 5i50 Vancouver Triathlon to name just a few. With City approval of a Major Event Acquisition Fund, Vancouver will host many more successful sport events in the years to come.

CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton Events
• 2016 Alberta Summer Games (Leduc, Alta.)
Environment sustainability at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games, including widespread education ahead of time, was a key objective of the event from the very beginning. With 11 of the 14 sports taking place within a very close proximity, transportation was reduced significantly right from the start. The food centre had an active waste diversion plan, with the result that 89 per cent of waste was sorted into organics and recycling, rather than landfill. Disposable water bottles were discouraged, with water refill stations readily available. Installing Canada’s largest commercial roof-top solar array on the Leduc Recreation Centre created a legacy that will be felt in Leduc for many years.

About the PRESTIGE Awards
PRESTIGE Awards are the CSTA’s marquis Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events. Now in its 11th year, this annual award program shines a spotlight on the dynamic Canadians, places and events that are building our nation’s growing sport tourism industry.

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

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For more information contact:
Barb MacDonald, CSTA Communications Consultant
Tel: (613) 521-7314
bmacdonald@canadiansporttourism.com
#PRESTIGE @CdnSportTourism
#SEC17 @SportEventsCong
#sporttourism

 

 


 

 

Sport Tourism surges past $6.5 billion annually

Ottawa, Ont.—The sport tourism industry in Canada surpassed $6.5 billion in spending in 2015, according to custom data tabulations from the Travel Survey of Residents of Canada (TSRC) and the International Travel Survey (ITS). This represents a 13% increase in visitor expenditures associated with sport tourism over the 2014 total of $5.8 billion.

The largest source of sport tourists continues to be the domestic market, accounting for 72% of all spending, followed by overseas markets (18%) and U.S. visitors (9% of sport tourism revenues). The significant contributor to the growth in 2015 sport tourism revenues was driven by the U.S market, which saw a year-over-year spending increase of 20%. Sport tourism spending attributable to the domestic market increased by 12%.
The total volume of U.S and overseas sport tourism visitors in 2015 rose by 12% as compared to 2014. The increase in person visits was led by a significant increase in the volume of U.S. overnight visitors, up by 15%. International same-day travellers were not included in this assessment.

  

The total volume of U.S and overseas sport tourism visitors in 2015 rose by 12% as compared to 2014. The increase in person visits was led by a significant increase in the volume of U.S. overnight visitors, up by 15%. International same-day travellers were not included in this assessment.

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For the first time, the CSTA has produced the numbers by province using additional custom data tabulations from Statistics Canada. The results indicate that Ontario led all provinces, accounting for 36.7% of all sport tourism visitor expenditures; followed by Québec at 21.2% and British Columbia with 18.9%. British Columbia was particularly successful in attracting international sport tourists, with the province earning 26.9% of all U.S. sport tourism revenues and 32.3% of all international sport tourism revenues, driven in part by the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. Provincial and regional breakdowns are outlined at the following link on the CSTA website.

Value of Sport Tourism in Canada (PDF)

“Certainly 2015, designated as the Year of Sport, was a banner year for sport events in Canada, as we hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in six different cities, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, and a multitude of other international sport events. However, this data also provides a comprehensive illustration of the significant impact of sport tourism on our economy,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA). “Canada hosted 43 international events last year, the most of any country in the world. Combined with the numerous national and regional events held in communities throughout Canada, sport tourism has provided significant economic benefit to the host cities, supporting job creation, promoting volunteerism and providing legacies in the form of new and renovated sport facilities.”

Traer also pointed out that “Canada is consistently ranked as one of the top three sport hosting nations in the world. While there are many contributing factors, we have a variety of federal and provincial hosting programs that have contributed to our ability to host. We also have the capacity to host both summer and winter sport events, and we remain a safe, secure and welcoming destination for international visitors. Our host communities are renowned for their friendly, capable volunteers, excellent organizational capacity and the attractiveness of both our cities and our natural surroundings. We take great pride in hosting events, and in the stellar reputation that we have developed as a host nation internationally. It bodes well for Canadian communities to continue to reap the economic and social benefits of sport tourism in the years ahead.”

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 140 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.5 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

Contact:
Rick Traer, CEO
Tel: 613-688-5843
rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com

 

 


 

 

Canada Selected to Host 2018 ISBHF Junior World Ball Hockey Championships

Kingston, ON—The International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) has awarded the 2018 ISBHF Junior World Championships to Canada. The selection was approved during the ISBHF annual congress in Montreal (February 17, 2017) by a vote of member ISBHF nations.

“We’re thrilled to be selected to host the World Juniors in 2018”, commented Steve Power, President of the CBHA. “Canada last hosted the Junior Championships in 2008 in St. John’s Newfoundland and we consider these Championships to be an important program in growing the game of ball hockey across Canada.”

The 2016 Junior World Championships were hosted in Sheffield, UK and featured 18 National teams. The event is held every two years and attracts the top men’s U20 and U18 teams from around the world. Specific hosting dates for the 2018 Championships will be confirmed when the bid is released for tender by the CBHA in March.

“Canada in one of our founding members of the ISBHF, and we’re excited to bring our World Junior Championships back to North America in 2018”, stated ISBHF President George Gortsos. “We believe Canada will be an exceptional host, and we’re confident the CBHA will determine a destination hosting partner that will deliver an outstanding event.”

The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) now begins the process of developing the official bid hosting RFP for the Championships, with the goal of releasing the package during the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s annual Sport Events Congress. The SEC is scheduled for March 19-22 in Ottawa. At that time, the CBHA intends to release full details on the economic impact for the Championships using the CSTA’s Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM). Data from the 2016 Championships in Sheffield, England will be used in determining the value. A final announcement on the Canadian host location will be selected by the end of May 2017.

The ISBHF anticipate 8-10 teams entering in each of the U20 and U18 divisions when the World Junior Championships are hosted in Canada in 2018. This amounts to over 650 Players, Coaches, Support Staff and Referees and with the number of parents and friends attending, the event is estimated to draw 1000-1200 people over the 4-5 day Championship. Venue requirements include a two-pad indoor arena, with a minimum 2500 seat capacity main rink. The 2016 Championships webcasts drew over a quarter-million people.

“It is a strategic direction to release the bid package during the CSTA’s annual Sport Event Congress”, explained Laurence Bishop, CBHA Executive Director. “This is a direct way for the CBHA to connect with tourism professionals in sport hosting destinations from across Canada and provide specific details of all our hosting opportunities and requirements. Along with our annual big-three National Championships, 2018 is designed to be a tremendous year for ball hockey in Canada.”

Canadian Ball Hockey Association
The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) is a registered non-profit organization. It is officially recognized as the governing body of the sport of ball hockey in Canada by the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) and Hockey Canada. Nine Provincial members belong to the Association including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador. The CBHA hosts three annual National Championships. The 2018 Championships are as follows:

National Men’s B,C,D and Ladies B – St. John’s, NL – July 20-23
Junior Nationals – Kitchener, Ontario – July 27 – July 30
National Men’s and Ladies ‘A’ and Masters – St. John, New Brunswick – August 7-13

For more information about the Canadian Ball Hockey Association, please visit www.CBHA.com or follow @CanBallHockey.

For more information, please contact:
Canadian Ball Hockey Federation
Laurence Bishop, Executive Director
lbishop@CBHA.com
613-815-9610

International Street & Ball Hockey Federation
George Gortsos, President
info@ISBHF.com
416-418-3039

International Street and Ball Hockey Federation
Founded in 1993, the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation is a registered non-profit organization. It is officially recognized as the governing body of the sport by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with many of its member nations officially recognized by their federal sports agencies.

For more information about the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation, please visit www.ISBHF.com.

 


 

Curling Canada Requesting Expressions of Interest for Eight Events

Curling Canada is requesting expressions of interest for the hosting of the following eight events:
2019 Tim Hortons Brier (PDF)
2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (PDF)
2019 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship (PDF)
2019 Home Hardware Canada Cup (PDF)
2019 World Financial Group Continental Cup (PDF)
2019 Canadian Juniors (PDF)
2019 Everest Canadian Seniors (PDF)
2019 Under 18 Canadian Championships (PDF)

About Curling Canada
Curling Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in Canada. In cooperation with its Provincial and Territorial Member Associations across Canada, Curling Canada provides programs and services to curlers of all ages.
The primary area of administration and the most financially consuming of Curling Canada’s responsibilities are championships. On an annual basis, Curling Canada sanctions and conducts 11 national curling championship events. Approximately 12,000 competitive curlers from all provinces and territories enter play at the curling club level with the hopes of becoming one of the Canadian Champions crowned annually

 


 

Canada Maintains a Top Three Ranking as Sport Hosting Nation

OTTAWA, ON: For the fourth straight year Canada has been recognized as one of the leading sport hosting nations in the world. The Global Sports Nations Index 2016 was announced during the Global Sports Tourism Summit in London, England recently.

With an in-depth analysis of major multi-sport games and world championships, the Global Sports Index, produced by Sportcal, identified the USA as the leading nation, with Russia as number two, and Canada in third spot. Canada first surged to second place in 2013 and held that spot until this year.

“Being recognized as one of the top nations in the world for the fourth consecutive year speaks highly of the support system Canada has in place to host major events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

“Maintaining our role as a leading host nation would not be possible without an army of committed volunteers and the support of federal, provincial and municipal hosting programs that are critical to being able to host events on the world stage.”

Traer also acknowledged the significance of the accomplishment, considering the much larger population base in the other countries. “The infrastructure that we now have in place as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2015 Pan American/Parapan Games as well as other events, has a number of benefits. Not only do we now have more outstanding facilities for our athletes to train at the highest level, but the future looks bright for Canada to continue hosting international events. It also ensures that sport tourism will maintain its position as a vibrant and growing segment of our tourism industry.”

The Global Sports Nations Index extends over a 14-year period covering seven years in the past and projecting seven years in the future (2010-2023). The Index analysed 787 events across 146 categories and 74 sports. Canada’s total included 48 different events.

For the full Global Sports Nations Index 2016 visit: Global Sports Nations Index 2016 (http://www.sportcal.com/Impact/NationsIndex)

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

 


 

Request for Interest – Road to 2019 FIBA World Cup (2017-2019)

Canada Basketball is seeking interest from potential hosting partners for the Road to 2019 FIBA World Cup (2017-2019).

The host organizations will be responsible for working with Canada Basketball to host basketball games featuring Canada’s men’s national team. Responsibilities in conjunction with Canada Basketball will include; hosting Canada, its opponent, game officials and delegates, comprised of local transportation, accommodations and meals; facility operations; event presentation; communications; hosting services; and other activities.

As part of the request for interest process, Canada Basketball is welcoming different types of proposals for the partnership arrangement and hosting model. For more information regarding the event please refer to appendices 1 and 2 in the document below.

Request for Interest- Road to 2019 FIBA World Cup (2017-2019) (PDF)

Brought to you by:
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 600, Ottawa,
ON K2P 0C2

 


 

Nominations Now Open for 11th Annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards
Canada’s top Sport Events, Volunteers, Sponsors & Leaders to be honoured

OTTAWA, ON: Several more sport tourism events, organizations and leaders will be recognized as the 11th annual PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Award Program gets underway. The awards, presented by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), will honour the best in sport events, volunteers, organizations, sponsors and leaders in seven different categories. They honour the outstanding contributions of the many different people and organizations that have supported and staged excellent sporting events in the calendar year 2016.

Through the 11 years of the program, recipients have ranged from such major multi-sport events as the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games to local community events with a significant grassroots impact. Last year, the PRESTIGE Awards recognized such diverse events as the Tough Mudder Whistler, the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the 2015 Pan Am /ParaPan American Games, and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

“Sport tourism is now a significant force in the national economy and in the tourism industry as Canada continues to be a world leader in bidding for and hosting sport events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA. “So many outstanding people and organizations contribute to the success of these events all across our country. We are pleased to highlight their tremendous contributions through the PRESTIGE Awards program.”

The PRESTIGE Awards will be presented on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

Deadline for nomination: December 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Nomination criteria and forms for all categories can be found here or follow the links below for the individual online award nomination form.

2017 Award Categories
CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Laval Sportcité
• Group A: event budget greater than $1 million
• Group B: event budget less than $1 million
CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto
CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display
CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by CBC Sports
CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award presented by ConnectOnCampus
CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet
CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton events

List of Past Recipients

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

Twitter
PRESTIGE Awards: #PRESTIGE

For more information on nominations contact:
Kelly Weiss, Marketing & Events Coordinator
(613) 867-5814
awards@canadiansporttourism.com

For media inquiries contact:
Barb MacDonald, Consultant, Communications
(613) 521-7314
bmacdonald@canadiansporttourism.com

 


 

Water Polo Canada Bid Opportunity – 2018 National Championship League Events

Water Polo Canada (WPC) is seeking a host city in the western zone and a host city in the eastern zone for its 2018 NCL “Championship” events, which will take place in the months of April and May.

RFP Document – Water Polo Canada National Championship League (PDF)

The following events are outlined in detail throughout the document.

Western Zone Eastern Zone
14 and under Western Nationals 14 and under Eastern Nationals
16 and under Conference Championship 16 and under Conference Championship
19 and under Conference Championship 19 and under Conference Championship
19 and under inter-conference Championship Senior National Championships
National Finals (16 and under & 19 and under)

For more information about the NCL please visit the web site: http://www.waterpolo.ca/ncloverview.aspx.

 


 

Bid Opportunities – 3 Synchro Canada Events!

• 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada National Qualifier Championships
• 2017 and 2018 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships
• 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada Espoir Championships
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2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada National Qualifier Championships

Synchro Canada is now accepting proposals from Canadian communities interested in hosting the 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada National Qualifier Championships.

The event attracts participants and visitors from outside the host city – approximately 400 hotel room nights will be reserved by the Synchro Canada Organizing Committee alone, not including those used by family and friends, and spectators attending the event. The positive media exposure generated by hosting an event of this stature provides the host city with a strong platform to promote itself as a national sporting destination.

Synchro Canada National Qualifier events are broadcast in Canada through live streaming on digital platforms.

The Synchro Canada National Qualifier has been hosted previously in the following cities:

• 2016 – Quebec City, Quebec
• 2015 – Victoria, British Colombia 2014 – Montreal, Quebec
• 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

The bid process and site selection for the Synchro Canada National Qualifier will be managed by the Synchro Canada national office.

Bid Document – 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada National Qualifier Championships (PDF)

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2017 and 2018 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships

Synchro Canada is now accepting proposals from Canadian communities interested in hosting the 2017 and 2018 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships.

The event attracts participants and visitors from outside the host city – approximately 400 hotel room nights will be reserved by the Synchro Canada Organizing Committee alone, not including those used by family and friends, and spectators attending the event. The positive media exposure generated by hosting an event of this stature provides the host city with a strong platform to promote itself as a national sporting destination.

Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championship events are broadcast in Canada through live streaming on digital platforms.

The Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships has been hosted previously in the following cities:

• 2016 – Calgary, Alberta
• 2015 – Toronto, Ontario
• 2014 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
• 2013 – Quebec City, Quebec

The bid process and site selection for the Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships will be managed by the Synchro Canada national office.

Bid Document – 2017 and 2018 Shiseido Canadian Open Synchronized Swimming Championships (PDF)
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2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada Espoir Championships

Synchro Canada is now accepting proposals from Canadian communities interested in hosting the 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada Espoir Championships.

The event attracts participants and visitors from outside the host city – approximately 400 hotel room nights will be reserved by the Synchro Canada Organizing Committee alone, not including those used by family and friends, and spectators attending the event. The positive media exposure generated by hosting an event of this stature provides the host city with a strong platform to promote itself as a national sporting destination.

Synchro Canada Espoir Championships events are broadcast in Canada through live streaming on digital platforms.

The Synchro Canada Espoir Championships has been hosted previously in the following cities:

• 2016 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
• 2015 – Saint John, New Brunswick
• 2014 – Kamloops, British Columbia
• 2013 – Ottawa, Ontario

The bid process and site selection for the Synchro Canada Espoir Championships will be managed by Synchro Canada national office.

Bid Document- 2017 and 2018 Synchro Canada Espoir Championships (PDF)

 


 

2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada RFP

Gymnastics Canada (GCG) has officially opened the bidding process for the 2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada. GCG will be hosting the event and is looking to partner with a host city.

RFP Document (PDF)

 


 

10th Anniversary PRESTIGE Award Recipients Announced at Sport Events Congress 2016

March 7, 2016 (Ottawa, Ontario): The nine recipients of the 2016 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards represent the wide spectrum of activities held during 2015, the Year of Sport in Canada. They include both major multi-sport, multi-city international events, as well as local events, volunteers and champions of the sport tourism industry.

“Once again we had a tremendous group of finalists for the PRESTIGE awards, and it was difficult to narrow it down to the final recipients,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “Congratulations to all those receiving PRESTIGE awards. Each one is an outstanding example of the dedication and excellence throughout the sport tourism industry in Canada. You have all made significant contributions to maintain Canada’s reputation as one of the world’s leading sport hosting nations.”

For the first time, there was a tie in one of the categories, the CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto. It will be jointly shared by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton) and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan American Games (Toronto, Ont.)

The 10th anniversary PRESTIGE Awards were presented on Monday, March 7, 2016 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa at a gala luncheon, emceed by broadcast journalist Scott Russell, host of CBC Sports Road to the Olympic Games.

#PRESTIGE │ #SEC2016 │ #sporttourism
@CdnSportTourism │ @SportEventsCong

2016 PRESTIGE Award Recipients

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group A: budget greater than $1 million) presented by Edmonton Events

• 2015 Canada Winter Games (Prince George, B.C.)

The largest multi-sport and cultural event ever held in northern British Columbia had many success stories. Attendance was tremendous with 124,750 people attending sport venues and 57,500 the Festival Site. With $2 million in upgrades to facilities, the legacy of the Games has provided Prince George with enhanced sport hosting capacity. The 2015 Canada Winter Games supported over $123.4 million in economic activity throughout B.C. as measured by CSTA’s STEAM PRO. The 76,000 person community of Prince George garnered $83.2 million of that activity.

 

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) presented by Edmonton Events

• Tough Mudder Whistler 2015 (Whistler, B.C.)

In 2015, Tough Mudder returned to Whistler for the fifth time, with 16,360 participants in the 10-12 mile obstacle course run and 4,000 spectators. Tough Mudder benefits from extremely strong partnerships within the community across both the public and private sectors. In 2015, 341 volunteers were on hand and committed over 3,173 volunteer hours to the success of the event. Using the CSTA’s STEAM model, the Tough Mudder supported $3.6 million in economic activity for the Province of British Columbia with an event budget of $785,000.

 

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto (two recipients)

• FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton)

• Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan American Games (Toronto, Ont.)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Canadians, hosted from coast-to-coast (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal, Moncton) from June 6 – July 5, 2015. With a record-setting 1,353,506 spectators over 52 matches, it drew the largest attendance for a single-sport event in Canada as well as the highest attendance for a FIFA event outside the prestigious men’s FIFA World Cup.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan American Games (Toronto, Ont.) hosted 10,000 athletes and officials from 41 Pan American nations, who competed in 51 sports over 28 days and drew more than 1.14 million spectators. It featured the largest post-war volunteer recruitment in Canada, with 23,000 volunteers selected from a pool of +60,000 applicants. Its legacy includes 25 new and upgraded accessible world-class sport and recreation facilities for Ontario communities.

 

CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display

• CIBC (Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan American Games) (Toronto, Ont.)

As Lead Partner of the Games, CIBC created a number of legacy programs, encouraged the volunteer spirit of its employees, helped finance landmark venues and engaged diverse communities while fusing sport with arts and culture. CIBC to helped bring to life the largest international multi-sport Games ever held here on home soil for its clients, its team, its communities and for visitors; and invested in up-and-coming athletes to help them achieve their dreams in sport and in life, while inspiring the next generation of Canada’s athletic champions.

 

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year presented by CBC Sports

• Bryan Kosteroski, 2015 ISF World Men’s Softball Championship (Saskatoon, Sask.)

After serving as Chair of the 2009 ISF World Men’s Softball Championship in Saskatoon, Kosteroski returned to chair the 2015 event. He led an organizing committee of 42 members and 450 volunteers in all aspects of the planning and execution. His leadership was an integral part of the championship’s success and one of the main reasons SASA will be bidding on the event again in the future.

 

CSTA Sport Tourism Champion of the Year Award presented by RTO 4 (Regional Sport Tourism Office, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)

• Greg Krischke, (Mayor, City of Leduc, Leduc, Alta.)

A group led by Krischke convinced administration and members of City Council that a full-time Sport Tourism Coordinator should be hired to support and encourage events into the City of Leduc. They successfully adopted a Sport and Agricultural Tourism Position that coincided with the opening of the Leduc Recreation Center – and the rest is history. Now over 100 events are booked annually into the building and numerous not-for-profit organizations have been assisted with Sport Tourism.

 

Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet

• Edmonton Events

Edmonton Events is a unique strategic partnership between the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Tourism. In addition to event bid consultation and development, accommodation facilitation and communications support, this integrated model ensures seamless rights holder facilitation between City of Edmonton services (police, fire, traffic, transit, communications) and Edmonton Tourism Support (consumer marketing and communications).

 

CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year presented by Elite Communication

• 2015 Canada Winter Games (Prince George, B.C.)

The 2015 Games Host Society created a sustainability strategy to address such core environmental impacts as: reducing the amount of waste and diverting waste from landfill; being energy efficient and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; using sustainable wood products as much as possible while being respectful of the landscapes and habitat upon which the Games competitions were being held; and promoting sustainable purchasing and being smart about the acquisition of products. Strategies also acted as environmental legacies, extending beyond the positive work of the 2015 Games.

Further information on each recipient and all 24 finalists can be found here.

About the PRESTIGE Awards
PRESTIGE Awards are the CSTA’s marquis Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events. The goal of these annual Awards is to shine a spotlight on the dynamic Canadians, places and events that are building our nation’s growing sport tourism industry. Now in their 10th year, they have been presented annually since 2007.

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

For more information contact:
Barb MacDonald, CSTA Communications Consultant
Tel: (613) 894-1769
barbmacd@storm.ca

 


Curling Canada seeks Expressions of Interest for 2018 Events

Curling Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in Canada. In cooperation with its Provincial and Territorial Member Associations across Canada, Curling Canada provides programs and services to curlers of all ages.

The primary area of administration and the most financially consuming of Curling Canada’s responsibilities are championships. On an annual basis, Curling Canada sanctions and conducts 11 national curling championship events. Approximately 12,000 competitive curlers from all provinces and territories enter play at the curling club level with the hopes of becoming one of the Canadian Champions crowned annually.

Curling Canada is requesting expressions of interest for hosting the following 2018 events:
Tim Hortons Brier – Canadian Men’s Curling Championship (PDF)
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts – Canadian Women’s Curling Championship (PDF)
The Mixed – Canadian Mixed Curling Championship (PDF)
The Canadian Seniors – Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships (PDF)
Canadian Juniors – Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships (PDF)
Ford World Championships (PDF)

 


Province Increasing Competition Opportunities for Ontario Athletes

Ontario is launching a renewed Sport Hosting Program, which will help bring major sporting events to the province, grow local economies and allow more Ontario athletes to compete at home.

Previously, only international competitions were eligible for sport hosting funding. Through this new program, national-level competitions held in Ontario will also be eligible.

Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program also includes:
• Funding for a variety of winter and summer sports
• An accessibility plan as a requirement for funding
• Changes to the administrative process, including two regular yearly application intakes, which will allow hosts to plan more efficiently and help the province fund events that strongly support sport development goals.

Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, from the health benefits of physical activity to the economic benefits of hosting major events.

Investing in the development of Ontario athletes and providing them with more opportunities to succeed is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts
• Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program will offer $2 million in 2016-17, with up to $20,000 in funding for national events and up to $1 million for international events.
• Since 2006, Ontario has supported 55 events, with total funding of more than $13 million.
• Ontario has almost tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $25 million in 2015-16.
Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with more than $90 million in support since the program began in 2006.

Additional Resources
Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan

Quotes
“Hosting national and international amateur sport events offers Ontario communities the opportunity to welcome visitors, gives more Ontario athletes high-level competition experience on home soil and increases local interest in sport and volunteerism. Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is a key part of Game ON, our government’s plan for sport and will play an important role in increasing participation in sport across our province.”
Michael Coteau
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Pan and Parapan American Games

“Sport tourism is a major economic force for local communities and a $5.2 billion segment of the Canadian tourism industry. With its sport hosting program, Ontario is helping hosts build successful events that will be a win for sport and for the residents and businesses of host regions.”
Rick Traer
CEO of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

“The province’s focus on attracting national sport events via its sport hosting program moves Ontario athletes and sport up to a new level. More top competitions will provide a challenge to competitors and ultimately, we’ll field athletes who can take their tested experience to international stages.”
Fran Rider
President, Ontario Women’s Hockey Association

 


City of Montreal announces renewal of Sport Event Support Program in 2016

November 30, 2015 (Montreal)—City of Montréal is pleased to announce the renewal of its Program to support international, national and metropolitan sporting events. In 2016, this program will have $450 000 available to help organisers of amateur sporting events held on the island of Montréal.

Maximum financial support:
– International sporting events : 25 000 $
– National sporting events: 10 000 $
– Métropolitain sporting events : 15 000 $

The City of Montréal believes in the benefits of this support program for international, national and metropolitan sporting events. Moreover, the renewal of this program has been approved for future years.

Program
The guidelines and application form will be available very shortly (end of December) on the City of Montréal website, at : ville.montreal.qc.ca/evenementssportifs

Contract management policy
The applicant agrees to respect the contract management policy of the City of Montréal, which is also available at : ville.montreal.qc.ca/evenementssportifs

Deadlines
February 15, 2016 – 4 p.m.
May 31, 2016 – 4 p.m.

Organizations must submit their duly completed and signed applications, accompanied by the required supporting documents, by the dates and times above, to the Service de la diversité sociale et des sports (address indicated in the application form).

Retroactivity
The program is intended for events to be held between January 1st, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Applications may be submitted before or after the event was held.

Information
Additional information can be obtained by communicating with us at : evenements.sportifs@ville.montreal.qc.ca

 


Nearly half a billion dollars in economic activity supported by the events

November 5, 2015 (Ottawa)—Two major sports events have supported nearly half a billion dollars in economic activity across the country. Figures released today by Canada Soccer indicate that the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 supported an impressive $493.6 million in economic activity – exceeding the preliminary projections of $337 million made in February 2014 by 46%.

The figures were released following a study conducted using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model Professional version (STEAM PRO) – an assessment tool provided by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA).

The total initial expenditure for both competitions was $216 million, which generated $249 million in net economic activity (GDP) with $97.6M tax revenues supported across the country. Of the $97.6 million in tax revenues supported, $46 million accrued to the federal government, $36.7 million to the provincial governments, and $14.9 million to the official host cities. The two competitions were supported by over 2,500 volunteers who collectively contributed over 153,000 hours of their time to ensure the success of the event. Over 100 nationalities were represented by these volunteers.

Canada hosted the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ from coast-to-coast between June 6th and July 5th 2015 – across six official host cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton, New Brunswick. Unprecedented global television audiences, unparalleled international media interest and record-breaking digital platform and social media figures ensured the seventh edition of the tournament will be remembered as a landmark event for Canada and the development of the game of soccer. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 was also a success, staged from August 5-24, 2014 in four official host cities: Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton, New Brunswick.

“On behalf of Canada Soccer, we would like to thank all of our funding partners for their support to successfully stage the largest single sporting event ever hosted in Canada,” said Victor Montagliani, President, Canada Soccer. “Without their early commitment to the hosting of this competition and their outstanding support throughout, along with that of the Canadian soccer community, we could not have had such a profound impact on not only our economy, but on our country and women’s sport both here in Canada and around the world.”

Canada 2015 set a new total attendance record (1,353,506) for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™ and the new study has shown that it attracted thousands of out-of-town spectators. More than 84,000 visitors made one or more day trips while 174,000 visitors made an overnight visit to one of the official host cities. The study also showed that a total of 96,600 fans from the USA crossed the border to attend. Spending by all of these visitors in 2015, combined with that of the 36,600 out-of-town visitors who were among the nearly 300,000 spectators at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2014, was reflected in the positive results of the economic assessment.

“On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee, I would like to congratulate Canada Soccer, the FIFA Women’s World Cup program and the countless volunteers involved in this tremendous achievement,” said Tricia Smith, Interim President, Canadian Olympic Committee. “Millions of Canadians followed the exploits of these amazing athletes through every phase of the tournament. Thank you to these Canadian women who continue to further the Olympic Movement by inspiring future generations of Canadian athletes – you have made your country so proud.”

“The impact of these two events on the Canadian economy and our international hosting reputation is quite staggering. While enhancing Canada’s strong reputation as a leading sport nation, they also drew thousands of visitors, confirming that sport is a significant travel motivator,” said Rick Traer, CEO of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “In particular, the data indicates visitors from the USA came out in huge numbers to the cities that hosted games where the US team played.”

A summary fact sheet can be found here.
For further information contact:
Rick Traer, CEO
613-688-5843

 About Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

 


2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference

Canadian Sport Leaders Gather in Winnipeg

November 5 (Ottawa)—The Coaching Association of Canada is proud to host the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference in Winnipeg, from November 12-14.

WHAT
The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference is Canada’s conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators. It consists of three full days of learning, professional development, and networking with the top minds and leaders of the Canadian sport, business, and education communities. The 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference will be held at the RBC Convention Centre and Delta Winnipeg.

Highlights of the conference include (all Central Standard Time):
• Keynote by inspirational speaker and Eco-Challenge participant Yvonne Camus – 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 12th;
• “Unlocking your True North, Moving from Normal to Abnormal” presentation by John Herdman, Head Coach of the Women’s National Soccer Team – 1:30pm, Thursday, November 12th;
• Plenary session & breakfast with former NHL Coach of the Year Ted Nolan, President, Ted Nolan Foundation – 8:00am, Friday, November 13th;
• “The Sum of Many Parts: The Story of True North Sports & Entertainment” with John Olfert, Executive Vice President & COO, True North Sports & Entertainment Limited – 9:30am, Friday, November 13th;
• “The Canada Games: A Leadership Perspective” with Jeff Hnatiuk (2017 Canada Games), Chris Morrissey (2007 and 2011 Canada Games), Lynn Blouin (2013 Canada Games) and Anthony Everett (2015 Canada Games) – 11:30am Friday, November 13th;
• Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala – Reception 6pm, Gala 7:00pm: Friday, November 13th;
• Women in Sport Leadership session with Jennifer Botterill, Broadcaster and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist – 9:00am, Saturday, November 14th; and
• All-Manitoba panel discussion with national team coaches Derek Ingram (Golf Canada), Bill Johnson (Wheelchair Basketball Canada), and Janet Arnott (Curling Canada) – 10:45am, Saturday, November 14th.

More online: www.coach.ca/sportleadership – Full Schedule – @SLSConference – @CAC_ACE – #SLS15

Previous News Releases:
October 15: Elisabeth Walker-Young, Stephanie Dixon, reunite in Winnipeg at the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference
August 17: Ted Nolan and John Olfert add a hockey flavour to the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference
July 2: John Herdman, Jennifer Botterill, and John Furlong Headline Keynote Speakers

WHO
Speakers and Presenters: John Herdman, Jennifer Botterill, John Furlong, Chandra Crawford, Ted Nolan, Elisabeth Walker-Young, John Olfert, and Anne Merklinger. Click here for a full list of speakers.
Participating Organizations: Sport Canada, Hockey Canada, Own the Podium, Canada Basketball, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Baseball Canada, PGA of Canada, Canada Games Council, Swimming Canada, and many, many more.

WHEN
November 12-14, 2015

WHERE
RBC Conference Centre: 375 York Avenue
Delta Winnipeg Hotel: 350 St. Mary Avenue

About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, please visit www.coach.ca.

About Suncor
Suncor is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada Retail and Wholesale:
Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates more than 1,450 retail stations and 250 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-PointsTM, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca.

For more information or for interview requests:
Michel Hachey
Manager, Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613.235.5000 x 2382
613.858.0242 (Nov. 11-15)
mhachey@coach.ca
www.coach.ca


2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend generated $34.4 million in economic activity for Ontario

October 22, 2015 (OTTAWA) – The 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, which announced today it has received the coveted IAAF Gold Label for its Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, supported $34.4 million in economic activity for the Province of Ontario in 2015. The weekend’s six events saw out-of-town participants, spectators, event sponsors and organizers spend a combined $15.1 million, a significant increase over 2014. The newly released economic impact assessment produced by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) also showed $23.1 of this economic activity occurred in Ottawa. Overall the event made a $15.8 million contribution to the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

An email survey, conducted following last May’s event, found that 38,220 runners and spectators came from outside the National Capital Region for the event, with 87% spending one or more nights in Ottawa.

The CSTA conducted the analysis on behalf of the organizing committee. A summary of the report can be found here.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label designation is bestowed on races that meet rigid criteria. The major six marathons around the world also carry the Gold Label standard, the highest of the three levels in the IAAF ranking.

Key numbers
• $15.8 million contribution to the province’s GDP – increase of $1 million over last year
• $34.4 million in economic activity for the Province of Ontario – increase of $2.1 million over last year
• $15.1 million spent in the region by runners and participants, event sponsors and race organizers combined
• $23.1 million in economic activity for the City of Ottawa, supporting $7.2 million in wages and salaries and 198 jobs
• $7.7 million in federal, provincial and municipal taxes
• 38,220 out-of-town participants and spectators
• 2,500 volunteers helped make the Race Weekend a success
• 8,900 runners participated in CSTA’s email survey

Close to 50,000 runners are expected to take part in the 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, which will take place May 28-29, 2016.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The 2015 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 49,400 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 28-29, 2016. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

About Run Ottawa
Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 150 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

Information:
Susan Marsh-Marconi
Marketing Director
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
613-234-2221
media@runottawa.ca
www.runottawa.ca
@ottawamarathon

Rick Traer
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
613-688-5843
rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com
www.canadiansporttourism.com


Recognizing Canada’s top sport tourism leaders, initiatives and events

October 15, 2015 (OTTAWA, ON) – The best in Canadian Sport Tourism will be honoured in 2016 with the 10th annual Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards. Nominations are now open in seven categories to see who will join the veritable who’s who of Canadian sport leaders and events that have been honoured since the awards began in 2007.

The PRESTIGE Awards recognize outstanding contributions in the sport tourism industry from individuals, companies and organizations. Over the years recipients have ranged from such major multi-sport events as the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games to local community events with a significant grassroots impact. The awards have also recognized the outstanding contributions of companies and people who have given dedicated service to supporting and staging excellent sporting events.

“Canada has once again led the way in bidding for and hosting events in 2015, the Year of Sport in Canada. By honouring the people, the events, and the organizations who work daily to promote Canadian sport tourism, we celebrate their enormous contributions to our industry,” said Rick Traer, CEO, CSTA. “Sport tourism is now a major force in the national economy and tourism industry. These awards highlight the people, organizations and events that help make our sporting community so strong.”

The PRESTIGE Awards will be presented on Monday, March 7, 2016 during the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

Deadline for nomination: December 23rd at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Nomination criteria and forms can be found here.

2016 Award Categories

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton Events
– Group A: event budget greater than $1 million
– Group B: event budget less than $1 million
CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Toronto
CSTA Canadian Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup Display
CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by CBC Sports
CSTA Sport Tourism Champion Award presented by Regional Sport Tourism Office (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph)
CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year presented by WestJet
CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award

List of Past Recipients

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 145 municipalities, 200 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

Twitter
PRESTIGE Awards: #PRESTIGE

For more information on nominations contact:
Kelly Michael, Marketing & Events Coordinator
(613) 867-5814
awards@canadiansporttourism.com

For media inquiries contact:
Barb MacDonald, Communications Consultant
(613) 521-7314
barbmacd@storm.ca


Ted Nolan and John Olfert add a hockey flavour to the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference

August 20, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Ted Nolan and John Olfert to the 2015 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, scheduled for November 12-14 in Winnipeg. They join an already impressive list of speakers that includes John Herdman, Jennifer Botterill, John Furlong, and Chandra Crawford.

A former Jack Adams Award recipient as the NHL Coach of the Year, Ted Nolan is the current president of the Ted Nolan Foundation, providing post-secondary scholarships to First Nation women across Canada. Having played professional hockey with the likes of Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman, Mr. Nolan also participated at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games as head coach of the Latvian national hockey team.

For his part, John Olfert is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of True North Sports & Entertainment Limited, which oversees the operations of the Winnipeg Jets. He’s served in a variety of capacities with the organization, including the development and opening of the MTS Centre in 2004 and the acquisition of the Jets franchise in 2011.

“We’re delighted to have Mr. Nolan and Mr. Olfert join the list of speakers at our 2015 conference in Winnipeg. Their exemplary community involvement will inspire us all to explore how we can leverage the power of sport beyond competition and into the community,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “In addition to an all-Manitoba panel discussion that consists of national team coaches, this year’s lineup also offers networking and learning opportunities that will not only be of interest to those affiliated with sports, but to leaders looking to make a difference in their communities as well,” she added.

The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference is Canada’s largest conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators. The event consists of three full days of learning, professional development, and networking with the top minds and leaders of the Canadian sport, business, and education communities. For more information about the conference, please visit www.coach.ca/sportleadership.

About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information about the CAC, visit coach.ca.

About Suncor
Suncor Energy is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada Retail and Wholesale:
Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, operates more than 1,450 retail stations and 250 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-PointsTM, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca

For more information about the conference, please contact:
Karen Norris
Manager, Events
Coaching Association of Canada
613.235.5000 x2353
knorris@coach.ca


Ottawa to Host Sport Events Congress 2016, 2017 and 2019!

March 24, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) announced today that it has signed a three-year hosting partnership with Ottawa Tourism and the Westin Ottawa Hotel for its annual conference, Sport Events Congress, in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Ottawa will play host to the CSTA’s flagship event and Canada’s largest annual gathering of sport, tourism professionals and event management firms in March of each year. Sport Events Congress attracts over 400 delegates annually.

“Ottawa Tourism is thrilled to partner once again with the CSTA and Westin Ottawa to host this prestigious event over 3 of the next 4 years, including during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017,” says Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “This Congress continues to be a vital part of the sport tourism industry in Canada and fits perfectly with Ottawa’s ‘Bid More, Win More, Host More’ strategy”.

“The Westin Ottawa is proud to continue the relationship with CSTA. Our hotel is home to many outstanding amateur and professional sporting events and teams including the NHL, CFL, FIFA and the upcoming 2016 Tim Hortons Brier,” says Ross Meredith, General Manager of The Westin Ottawa. “Sports teams and organizations around the country are recognizing that Ottawa is an outstanding destination for hosting sporting events and competitions. We look forward to showcasing the great city of Ottawa.”

“The City of Ottawa has an outstanding history of hosting successful national and international sport events”, said Rick Traer, CSTA CEO. “Ottawa is well positioned to host Sport Events Congress all three years, and we especially look forward to incorporating the Congress into curling’s largest event, the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, which is scheduled to take place in Ottawa in conjunction with the Congress. Hosting the Congress and the Brier in Ottawa will offer CSTA’s tourism industry partners and national sport organizations a memorable experience for all attendees.”

Sport Events Congress 2016 will be held Sunday, March 6th to Tuesday, March 8th while Sport Events Congress 2017 will take place March 20-22, 2017. In 2019, the Congress will be staged from March 19th to March 21st.

About CSTA
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a tourism industry led organization that promotes sport tourism as an economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 400 members across Canada, including 140 municipalities, 200+ national & provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $5.2 billion in annual spending.

About Ottawa Tourism
Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.

For more information contact:
Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
Tel: 613-688-5843
Email: rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com
Web: www.canadiansporttourism.com
@Cdnsporttourism @sporteventscong

Jantine Van Kregten, Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism
613-237-5150, ext. 116
media@ottawatourism.ca
Web: www.ottawatourism.ca
@Ottawa_Tourism


TIAC Announces Appointment of New President and CEO

TORONTO, ON, March 16, 2015 – Today, Andrew Lind, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Board of Directors released the following statement: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charlotte Bell as President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) effective April 9, 2015.”

With more than 25 years of experience in regulatory, corporate and government affairs, Charlotte is a seasoned executive bringing a wealth of experience and proven track record of success leading regulatory change in the broadcast sector. As an experienced advisor and advocate, Charlotte spearheaded regulatory and public affairs strategies leading to successful acquisitions of major media properties and was pivotal in obtaining policy and regulatory reform in the broadcast industry by building strategic partnerships and alliances. She also more recently led Corporate Affairs strategies for Atlantic Lottery Corporation overseeing stakeholder and community relations as well as corporate reputation.

Charlotte takes over the helm of TIAC at a time of challenging and evolving public policy combined with increased global competition in the travel sector. While travel and tourism is among the highest performing sectors of the global economy, Canada has not kept pace with worldwide growth due to a variety of competitive, structural and public policy issues. I would like to publicly thank the dedicated members of the search committee Chaired by Patrick Kelly and the team of experts at Boyden Ottawa for a thorough and successful search process.

As TIAC moves forward with a new President and CEO, special thanks are extended to Rob Taylor, who led the organization with unwavering leadership, dedication and professionalism over the past several months as interim President and CEO. We are extremely grateful to Rob for his efforts as he continues to be an integral and valued member of TIAC’s executive team.”

For more information, please contact:
Rob Taylor President & CEO (Interim)
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
rtaylor@tiac.travel
t: 613-238-6251 c: 613-716-5442
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GRAN FONDO MONT-TREMBLANT ANNOUNCES A NEW 100-MILE SUPER FONDO

March 12, 2015, Quebec, Canada – The organizing committee of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant announces the addition of a 100-mile Super Fondo to the third edition of its annual event.

Cycling enthusiasts are invited to discover the scenic Mont-Tremblant region on an unparalleled road course by choosing a personal challenge of 100 mi, 77 mi, 50 mi or 27 mi. The event will be held on May 30, 2015 and is shaping up to be a great activity-filled weekend for cycling fanatics!

This year, the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant will host 2,000 participants. “With our new Super Fondo, we invite participants from outside of Quebec to discover the beautiful cycling region of Mont-Tremblant and take on the challenge. People who travel for this kind of event are interested in a ride that is tough but also rewarding,” said Robert Brunet, co-producer of the GFMT.

The Super Fondo is designed specifically for experienced cyclists. With an elevation of more than 5,900ft / 1,800m, participants will enjoy rolling hills and impeccable paved surfaces, bike through forest and farmlands, and tackle mountains in the heart the Laurentians. In a nutshell, it’s a course meant to test personal limits!

Click here to see all courses http://www.granfondotremblant.ca/en/parcours

UNIQUE COURSES FOR ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS

Crossing through more than 10 municipalities, the courses have been designed so that participants can discover and enjoy some of the area’s most scenic landscapes and panoramas. As they wind their way along fields and rivers, the roads are quite simply epic!

  • The 100-mile Super Fondo, for top-level cyclists
  • The 77-mile Gran Fondo, for experienced cyclists
  • The 50-mile Medio Fondo, for intermediate to advanced cyclists
  • The 27-mile Molo Fondo, for recreational / novice cyclists

To ensure a safe experience that will appeal to all levels of cyclists, the organization will provide support for each of the pelotons with motorized vehicles, police escorts and partial road closures. All routes are designed for the pleasure of participation, safety, and the fun of riding in a group. Register now; places are limited!

ONE OF THE LARGEST EVENTS IN CANADA

“The 2014 edition of the Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant was a resounding success; in fact, it was sold out. With the Super Fondo, we are positioning the event as one of the largest and most challenging in Canada,” said Simon St-Arnaud, GFMT producer.

See the 2014 video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qej2Om8oy9c

MONT-TREMBLANT DESTINATION

A renowned vacation spot, ski resort and home to the legendary IRONMAN competition, Mont-Tremblant has made substantial investments in local roads. This, along with the desire to promote and develop cycling, has earned Mont-Tremblant recognition as an ideal destination for cyclists, skiers, fitness amateurs and nature lovers.

« Mont-Tremblant has become an international attraction and the number one ski destination in the Eastern side of North America. Every summer, an increased number of sports fanatics and supporters flock to Mont-Tremblant for high quality sport events like Gran Fondo, the Spartan race, the half marathon and the IRONMAN competitions, » says Eric Trudel, General Manager of Tourisme Mont-Tremblant. “Our facilities have so much to offer for every taste, fitness level and interest,” Trudel adds.

During their stay, participants and family can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy a weekend full of activities in an atmosphere like no other.

Discover the Mont-Tremblant region via Mont-Tremblant Destination http://mont-tremblant.ca

NEW PARTNERSHIPS

The GFMT has grown non-stop since its inception and has welcomed new partners along the way. The organizers are pleased to announce that Mazda Canada is joining as a presenting partner, Desjardins Wealth Management as a collaborating partner, and Clif Bar as a proud event sponsor. The event also counts on the valuable collaboration of the following partners again this year: Ville de Mont-Tremblant, Tourisme Mont-Tremblant, the Tremblant Resort Association, and Cyclepresse.

For more information:
Marie-Elaine Boudreau
Business Developement, Marketing – Gran Fondo Mont-Tremblant
514.603.2719 | www.granfondotremblant.ca | May 30, 2015


Laval Comets to Host 2015 W-League Championship

League’s 21st championship weekend set for July 24-26

March 11, 2015 (TAMPA, Fla.) – The Laval Comets have been selected as hosts of the 2015 W-League Championship presented by Nike, it was announced today. Laval will welcome the three W-League conference champions July 24-26 to Desjardins Stadium for the semifinals and final featuring some of the world’s top amateur, international and professional women’s soccer stars.

“We are thrilled that the Laval Comets will be hosting the 2015 W-League Championship presented by Nike,” Senior Director Chris Economides said.  “The Comets have been one of the class organizations in the W-League for the past nine seasons, and it is fitting that the attention of the women’s soccer world will be on them as they host the Championship during their 10th-anniversary season. With the support of the Laval community, on the heels of what will be a fantastic FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, we expect an exciting and extremely competitive final four.”

As hosts of the W-League Championship, the Comets receive a bye into the semifinals. The 2015 W-League season features 18 teams in three regional conferences, and six teams will move on to the playoffs from the regular season. The top two regular-season finishers in the Northeastern Conference (other than Laval) and the top two finishers in the Western conferences will meet the weekend of July 18-19 to battle for spots at the Championship. The top regular season finisher from the Southeastern Conference will earn the final spot.

“The Laval Comets are proud to partner with the W-League in hosting the 2015 W-League Championships presented by Nike,” Comets General Manager Philippe Ciarlo said. “The city of Laval and Complexe Multi-Sports de Laval are known for being great hosts in Canada. 2015 is the year of women’s soccer in Quebec and is the 10th season in the W-League for the Laval Comets. It is an honor for us to receive the opportunity to host the Final Four. It will be a great experience.”

The Comets have enjoyed a great deal of success during their past nine seasons in the league, reaching the postseason six times and falling just short of the title in 2013, losing 1-0 against the Pali Blues in the championship match. Led by Head Coach Cindy Walsh, Laval is expected to be one of the teams to beat in the Northeastern Conference this season.

Desjardins Stadium at the Bois-de-Boulogne Center was built in 2005 and has served as the only home for the Laval Comets the past nine seasons. With a new turf set to be installed in April, the stadium will serve as a practice facility for teams competing in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

The W-League is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans across North America. The caliber of W-League talent continues to grow, with 18 of the 36 players recently selected in the NWSL Draft boasting W-League experience.

The 2015 W-League season opens on Friday, May 15. The Northeastern and Western conferences will conclude their regular seasons on July 12, while the Southeastern slate wraps up the weekend of July 17-18. YouTube Live will once again serve as the official video platform for the W-League in 2015. Live games from throughout the league as well as team highlights and weekly league videos will provide fans a front-row seat during the season.

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Subaru Canada Announces Title Sponsorship Of IRONMAN Events In Canada

March 10, 2015 (MISSISSAUGA, On.) – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI), together with IRONMAN, is thrilled to announce that Subaru Canada will return as the title sponsor of all IRONMAN triathlons in Canada for the 2015-2017 race seasons. The 2015 Subaru-IRONMAN partnership will include title sponsorship of all owned and operated IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races in Canada, including Subaru IRONMAN Canada, Subaru IRONMAN Muskoka, Subaru IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria, Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, and Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka, as well as all related IRONKIDS races in those markets. Subaru will also be the title sponsor for shorter distance IRONMAN-owned triathlon events in the region including Subaru Iron Girl Grimsby, the Subaru Ontario Tri-Series and the Subaru Western Tri-Series.

Subaru has been involved with IRONMAN in Canada for over two decades, dating back to the early 1990s with the grassroots series and Subaru IRONMAN Canada. Throughout its 20-year partnership with IRONMAN, Subaru has expanded its sponsorship to include six amazing IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events in Canada.

“Subaru’s dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles for Canadians in a family-friendly way has continued to grow with our involvement in IRONMAN events,” said Shiro Ohta, Chairman, President and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “Today, it’s reflected in all of our current triathlon sponsorships and the expansion of the Subaru IRONMAN races.”

“It is with great pride that we broaden our long-standing relationship with Subaru Canada,” said Andrew Messick, CEO for IRONMAN. “We are thrilled to continue to promote healthy lifestyles with a valued partner who shares similar goals.”

About IRONMAN
The iconic IRONMAN Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, 5150 Triathlon Series, Iron Girl and IRONKIDS. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 90 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit www.subaru.ca or www.pr.subaru.ca or follow @Subaru_Canada on Twitter.

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The Westmount Recreation Centre achieves LEED® Gold certification

WESTMOUNT, QC, March 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The new Westmount Recreation Centre (WRC) – the world’s first arena with underground ice rinks – has just been certified LEED® Gold by the Canada Green Building Council*.

The unique underground design of the WRC was a major element in achieving this rating. Rejecting traditional arena design, the City of Westmount opted to place both ice rinks nearly 10 metres below ground, thereby exploiting the naturally-low (15ºC) year-round ambient temperature. This reduces the energy needed to heat and cool the building and maintain the ice rinks. By excavating down – rather than building up – the City gained an extra 1.5 acres of new park land right on top of the WRC. And, as opposed to a massive windowless shed stretching from St. Catherine Street to De Maisonneuve, building underground has opened up new vistas in the neighbourhood.

A number of other features contributed to the WRC’s LEED-Gold status, including:

  • a 95% diversion of demolition materials from landfill;
  • the recovery of otherwise wasted heat generated by the ice refrigeration system is used to heat the inside of the building, the water supply, the swimming pool, and the snow-melt pits;
  • an enlarged, fully-accessible outdoor swimming pool;
  • the use of LED lighting for the ice rinks and the building;
  • a landscaped stormwater pond and an underground water management system;

Result: while, at 8,300m(90,000ft²), the new WRC is double the size of the 1958 arena it replaced, energy costs have been actually reduced.

“The fact the City of Westmount has pioneered a new way of building arenas, and that we succeeded in achieving LEED Gold certification in doing so, should be a source of pride for all Montrealers and Quebecers,” said Westmount Mayor Peter F. Trent.

* The Canada Green Building Council, Canada’s certification body for global LEED building standards, is a not-for-profit national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating recognized as the international mark of excellence for sustainable building in 150 countries. Certification is based on the total number of points earned for criteria in five categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

SOURCE City of Westmount


Athlete appearances and school resources available for Paralympic Schools Week 2015 

OTTAWA – Feb. 26, 2015 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee, in partnership with Petro-Canada, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 edition of Paralympic Schools Week, which will be held nation-wide from May 4 to 8, 2015.

All schools across Canada are invited to enter in to a draw to win one of 25 free Paralympic athlete presentations at their school. Meet Paralympic athletes, learn about their journeys in sport and see their medals up close!

This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers, students and communities to show support for Team Canada and get active in sport. The Parapan American Games take place from August 7 to 15, 2015.

To register, go to Paralympic.ca/schoolsweek

Along with the chance for athlete visits, there are many additional ways for schools and students to get involved in the Paralympic spirit as part of Paralympic Schools Week, by:

  • Trying out activities from CPC’s Paralympic FUNdamental Physical Literacy Resource. Packed with easy-to-use activity plans, the resource is a great way to include kids of all abilities seamlessly into your programming;
  • Participating in an exclusive LIVE CISCO Web Presentation on Tuesday, May 5 featuring Canadian Paralympic athletes who will deliver an inspiring and motivational presentation;
  • Designing “Good Luck” post cards, posters and letters to encourage Team Canada athletes on their Road to Rio; Holding a “Wear Red and White Day” to show your support for Team Canada;
  • Participating in the #CoinsForCanada fundraiser to support grants to local and provincial organizations for introductory parasport equipment such as sit-skis, wheelchairs and hand cycles;
  • Creating your own video about parasport;
  • Coming up with your own innovative ways to celebrate the Paralympic movement, parasport and our Team Canada athletes.

All schools that register will receive a complimentary Paralympic Schools Resource Pack which includes physical and digital resources, including prizes and links to online tools. Schools registered before March 27, 2015 will be entered into the draw to win one of 25 free athlete appearances to be held between May 4 and 8, 2015. Register at Paralympic.ca/schoolsweek.

“At Petro-Canada, we understand the importance of education and how knowledge can, in turn, foster an understanding of inclusion, reflection and inspiration,” said Marc Goodman, Director, Loyalty and Marketing Partnerships, Suncor Energy Inc., proud owner of Petro-Canada.

“We hope teachers and students across the country will enjoy learning about the Paralympic Movement and our Canadian sports heroes through the Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Week 2015 initiative. We know you will have fun doing it.”

Petro-Canada Retail and Wholesale: Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates more than 1,450 retail stations and 250 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-Points provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

Alison Korn
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca

Martin Richard
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
Cell: 613-725-4339
mrichard@paralympic.ca


Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Wins Bid to Host International Sports Heritage Association Conference in Calgary in 2016

February 25, 2015 – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce in partnership with Meetings and Convention Calgary that delegates from around the world will be hosted in Calgary at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for the 46th annual International Sport Heritage Association Conference September 26-28, 2016.

The theme for the conference will be utilizing new and emerging technologies to create innovative, interactive and entertaining museum experiences.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to explore the 40,000 square foot international award-winning facility in Calgary featuring 12 visually stimulating galleries with more than 50 high-tech interactive exhibits including sport simulators, touch screens, motion activated exhibits and a 120-seat theatre.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring such a prestigious conference to Calgary. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a technological marvel that we are ready to share with the world.” Mario Siciliano, President & CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

“Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) is excited to partner with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame…” said Jennifer Attersall, Business Development Manager, MCC. “We know that ISHA will be impressed with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s technologically advanced facilities. This is a great fit with the conference theme being technology. Calgary was recently named one of the top five ultimate sports cities globally as well as voted #2 in the Top 10 Large North American Cities of the Future.”

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a proud member of the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) incorporated in 1971. ISHA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to educating, promoting and supporting organizations, institutions and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.

ISHA includes nearly 140 members from around the globe including the United States, Canada, China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan and Australia. “ISHA is thrilled to be bringing its annual conference to Calgary in 2016. Our membership is looking forward to taking advantage of all that Calgary has to offer, especially Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, a leader in our industry”, said Marjorie Snyder, ISHA President.

ABOUT CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an inspiring 40,000 square foot international award-winning facility. Located at WinSport Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame features 12 galleries, more than 50 hands-on interactive experiences and a collection of more than 95,000 artefacts. It is a place of honour for the 548 inducted sport legends and the 62 sports they represent. Our mission is to share the stories of the achievements of our Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Please visit www.sportshall.ca to learn more about Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. *Please note that the official name is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, not the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

ABOUT MEETINGS + CONVENTIONS CALGARY
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Marnie Krell
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
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Heather Lundy
Director, Marketing + Communication
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