Sport Management News from Canada
By David Patterson, PhD (Candidate) University of Ottawa
- Upcoming Conferences
OPHEA and Physical and Health Education Canada Conference
October 21-23, 2010
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sports Officials Canada Conference
September 24-26, 2010
Mississagua, Ontario, Canada
Petro Canada Sport Leadership Conference
November 18-21, 2010
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Sport For Life Workshop and Conference
January 19-20, 2010
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- The 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the Post-Games Policy Environment
After a successful Olympic Winter Games, Canadian sport has wrestled with the “Now What?” question. Two policy developments have emerged in the post Olympic environment here in Canada. First of these is the report of the “2010 and Beyond Panel”. The panel was formed by the Government of Canada to develop recommendations related to the government’s role in the ongoing development of amateur sport in Canada. Led by Dr. David Zussman, the panel concluded that Canada needed a “stand alone” high performance sport agency that would be at arms length from the government. This recommendation essentially advocated for the further resourcing and development of the “Own the Podium” program that had been created in the leadup to the 2010 Games.
The full report is available here.
Upon completion of the 2010 Games, the “Own the Podium” program had a highly unstable funding pool and was subject to a significant diminution of activities as a result. Despite earlier comments to the contrary, the federal government committed to fund the “Own the Podium” program at a level that matches previous government support as well as replacing corporate support that was expected to evaporate after the “home Games” of 2010. Upon securing this funding “Own the Podium” went on to develop its Board of Directors, including installing John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee as its Chair.
- “Why Not Canada?”
In the month of July, a national daily newspaper, the Globe and Mail, in conjunction with a national sport specialty TV channel (TSN) developed an overview of the chances of several Canadian municipalities to attract a new or relocating franchise from the National Hockey League (NHL). This investigation was guided by the analysis of Dr. Norm O’Reilly from the University of Ottawa.
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