2007 Recipients

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Greater St. Catharines Niagara Accommodation Partners
2007 CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award
(budget under $250,000)

The 2006 Ontario Paralympic Summer championships and National Paralympic Track and Field Championships were hosted together for the first time to allow Provincial level athletes to compete with, learn from and interact with National level athletes.  Athletes further developed their skills and achieved the goal of competing at an elite level.  This event contributed to the public awareness of disabled sport, the disabled athlete and the level of competition in which these athletes compete.  Exceeding all financial expectations, the Paralympic Championships was able to leave a legacy for disabled athletes in the host community of London, Ontario.

Choice Hotels Canada 2007 
CSTA Industry Builder of the Year Award

Under the leadership of Ian R. Fowler as General Manager, Recreation, Parks, Culture and Tourism, the City of Moncton has been recognized as a premier host destination for the sport tourism industry.  Moncton has attracted significant regional, national and international events such as the 2006 National Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship in Athletics.   In his 25 years with the City of Moncton, Ian Fowler has played a major role in the redevelopment of Moncton’s sport facilities, including the award winning CN Sportsplex and the Tim Horton’s 4 Ice Centre.  Ian is the founding principal of Sports Moncton, a community based organization focused on making Moncton a leading sport tourism destination. 

IHG

InterContinental Hotels Group Canada
2007 CSTA Community Service Award

As CFO for the Grey Cup Festival, Jenifer Bartman led the Steering Committee to exceed its financial goals, strengthening both the amateur and professional sport communities and providing them with solid financial legacies.  She was responsible for developing the budget and systems to help manage and oversee the finances as well as developing and implementing the Risk Management system for the Grey Cup Festival in Winnipeg.  Jenifer also chaired the Volunteer Committee, overseeing the training and development of the existing and new volunteer base in Winnipeg. Her dedication and commitment to ensuring the volunteers had the knowledge and tools they needed to perform their tasks made for a very positive experience for both volunteers and visitors. 

Westjet 2007 New Sport Event of the Year Award

The Raid World Championship 2006, the most difficult raid-type adventure race in the world, positions Canada, the Province of Quebec and the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean as a world class site for hosting this type of event.  The top 26 teams in the world, comprised of 104 competitors, accompanied by  their attendants and 50 journalists from specialized sports media in North America and Europe, covered a distance of 1000 kilometres in five days, by trekking, biking, canoeing and sea kayaking;  an extraordinary sport feat in out-of-this-world scenery.  The deployment of a group of more than 300 persons throughout the northern Quebec wilderness, including a television production team and three helicopters, was done without any serious incidents while in total respect of the environment.

Tourism Vancouver 2007 CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award
(budget over $250,000)

The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship broke records left, right and centre!  Record live audiences of over 400,000 people, record sponsorship support and a record TSN audience.  Not only did this event generate over $40 million for Vancouver and B.C., but the success of the 2006 World Juniors has allowed Hockey Canada to secure the event for 2009 and 2012.  A solid volunteer program recruited, trained and deployed over 1,200 volunteers across the province, most of whom have gone on to involvement with the 2010 Olympics and the 2007 Memorial Cup. 

2007 CSTA President’s Award

Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, has brought  the old fashioned winter sport of Pond Hockey into the mainstream of sport tourism.  The World Pond Hockey Championships started with 40 teams in 2002 and has grown to 120 teams.  Participating teams come from every province in Canada, 23 US states, England, The Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Ireland, Egypt, China, Bermuda and Germany.  Over 200 volunteers help to make this happen.  Minor hockey kids become puck chasers and help clean the rinks, their moms and dads are involved, their grandparents help out.  Others throughout the community do everything they can to make this a truly special Canadian weekend.   In addition to delivering famous maritime hospitality to visitors from around the world, this event raises funds for, ironically enough, an indoor community arena!

2007 CSTA President’s Award

A founding member and past chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Bob Graham has been a professional in the Sports and Recreation area for more then 30 years and has a wealth of Games experience.  Bob’s most recent major event experience involved the role as General Manager of the 2005 World Transplant Games.  He was also Co-Chair of the Sport Technical Committee for the 2001 Canada Summer Games, Director of the 1996 Ontario Summer Games in London, a member of the Games Organizing Committees of the 1990 Ontario Senior Games in London, the 1987 Ontario Winter Games in London, and the 1976 Ontario Winter Games in Sault Ste Marie.   Bob recently retired from the position of Manager of Sports Tourism for London, where he developed the London Sports Tourism Strategy.  Bob’s groundwork has enabled London to be a major player in the world of sport tourism resulting in London’s hosting of the Canada Games, numerous Provincial games, the Memorial Cup, Skate Canada and Curling Canada events as well al four different World Championships.