2009 Recipients

CSTA Celebrates PRESTIGE Awards at 3rd Annual Gala Luncheon in Gatineau,Quebec

The following information lists the winners from the 2009 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards. 

CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Edmonton Events International, (Budget under $250,000)

Winner: 2008 Olympic Trials/National Track and Field Championships– Windsor,ON 

Held in Windsor from July 3-7th 2008, a total of 656 athletes and 153 coaches took part and featured Canada’s best Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.  284 volunteers and 98 officials were involved in the event, with over 10,000 spectators in attendance over the 4 day event.

The championships provided a number of legacies to the sport. In addition to the $25,000 generated for the Windsor sport community, the event saw high levels of media coverage for the sport and city of Windsor, the unveiling of a national grassroots program, and great experience for Windsor’s sport event volunteer and organizing committees.

CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Regina Hotel Association (budget over $250,000)

Winner: 2008 World Hockey Championships (Men's) – QuebecQC & HalifaxNS

The 100th Anniversary of the IIHF World Hockey Championship was held between May 2-18, 2008 and marked the first time the event was held in Canada. Featuring a total attendance of 477,584, it was the third most successful championship in history.

Over 1650 volunteers worked on the three week event to ensure its success. In addition to the economic impact of over $45 million, both cities were able to provide substantial legacies to their respective provinces and set an example of teamwork.

Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. CSTA Industry Builder of the Year

Winner: J. Wayne Long – Events Development Officer, City of Charlottetown (Charlottetown, PE)

Over the past fourteen years with the City of Charlottetown, Wayne has played a lead role in positioning the City as a major player on national sport tourism scene, convincing City Council, Tourism Charlottetown Board of Directors, and the Province of Prince Edward Island to adopt an aggressive sport event attraction policy.  

As President of Festivals & Events PEI and Recreation PEI, and as a Board Member of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, he made significant progress in moving the sport tourism agenda forward amongst his provincial and national colleagues. Through his strong relationships with the media, Wayne has been able to promote the many benefits and value of the sport tourism industry at local, regional and national levels.

Wayne has presented, and continues to present, to service groups, post-secondary institutions, various levels of government, sport organizations, and at symposiums and conferences, educating and spreading the word about sport tourism, highlighting its many benefits across the country and the benefits of being a member of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

CSTA Community Service Award presented by Intercontinental Hotels Group

Winner: George Arcand- Executive Director, Softball Yukon, (WhitehorseYK)

For the past 20 years George Arcand has been the executive director of Softball Yukon, hosting at least one major event every year  and in 2008, the World Junior Men’s Fast-pitch Championships.    

George has been the President of Sport Yukon, contributed the lasting legacy of the Canada Winter Games by providing advice and guidance to the City of Whitehorse, the Government of Yukon and to the Canada Games Host Society as the President of Sport Yukon.  

George not only develops and executes for his own events and Softball but is always available to other organizations and sport groups for advice. 

CSTA New Sport Event of the Year Award

2008 World Canoe Polo Championships – EdmontonAB

Edmonton welcome the world’s best in Canoe Polo between July 24 to 27, 2008, the first time the event was held in North America. 23 countries attended, comprising of 50 teams made up of 500 athletes in three divisions. Collaborating with local city tourism and city groups, the event relied solely on the work of volunteers at all levels (including the organizing committee) and engaged the entire community while simultaneously exposing the continent to a new sport.

President's Award Recipients

President's Award for Service to the CSTA

Todd Brandt

Todd helped to found the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance and served on the inaugural Board for four years.

Todd sits on numerous national boards and committees.  He is currently Chair of the Saskatoon Air Services Group.  He co-chaired Rendez-Vous Canada, our countries largest international Travel Trade Event, chaired the Marketing Committee for Saskatoon’s Centennial celebrations, and was Chair of Canada’s largest musical celebration of the year – the 2007 Juno Awards.

President's Award for Outstanding Achievement Community, Cultural, & Economic Impact

2008 North American Indigenous Games Cowichan ValleyBC

From July 28th to August 10th, 2008, the Cowichan Valley hosted the largest international multi sport games and cultural festival of its kind in North America/ Cowichan 2008 exceeded every goal by its stakeholders with regards to number of participants, sponsorship revenue, media coverage, economic activity, and especially the social impact targets.

Cowichan 2008 has been acclaimed as the best ever NAIG, evidenced when the NAIG council determined that all future NAIGs should be planned and delivered from the business models created by Cowichan 2008.

President's Award for Community Spirit & Originality

Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament and Lake City Casino Funtastic Music Festival.

With more than $1,000,000 given back to the community already over the past 24 years, the event aims  to ultimately build an outdoor multi sport facility on approximately 100 acres which will allow the sport community to host major events such as Summer Games, National Ultimate Frisbee Championships to provincial football and soccer tournaments. Working with Vernon Tourism, the Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the sport organizations, the Funtastic Sports Society recognizes the value and importance sport tourism has and will have on its community of Vernon BC and neighboring areas.

President's Award for Leadership & Youth Engagement

2008 Mitsubishi Motors AthletesCAN Forum featuring KidsCAN School Day

The Forum is AthletesCAN’s flagship event. Hosted annually, it is the largest and most inclusive gathering of Canada's national team athlete representatives outside of competition. Over 100 delegates, including athlete representatives from over 60 sports, are invited to participate in the weekend-long conference.

KidsCAN School Day is a recent addition to the AthletesCAN Forum. The day is an opportunity for school children in the host community to meet with national team athletes, try a variety of sports and learn about the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Over 1,000 children are reached with messages of sport and physical activity.