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Call for Nominations for CSIO Athlete Council

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is putting out a call for nominations to you, the athletes residing and training here in Ontario, to join our Athlete Council!

The Athlete Council is a standing committee of CSIO. With CSIO being an athlete-centered sport organization, the Athlete Council’s objective is to represent the best interests of CSIO affiliated athletes. The Athlete Council’s mandate is to articulate and develop recommendations from an athlete’s perspective to best influence services offered by CSIO, the flow and conditions of our facilities, and more.

Nominations can be made for yourself, or you can nominate a fellow athlete who you think would be a great fit for this Council. Please see the attached document (Appendix B – Nomination Form) to complete your nomination before March 3 at 11:59 PM.

 

Rugby Canada and the Canadian Rugby Players Association announce new collective agreement

Rugby Canada and the Canadian Rugby Players Association (CRPA) are pleased to announce a new Collective Agreement, entering 2024 with a strong foundation for the partnership between the two entities for the next three years.

Rugby Canada and the CRPA underwent an in-depth, thorough and inclusive process in 2023 to develop the Collective Agreement with the assistance of key stakeholders and legal counsel.

The Collective Agreement guides collaboration between Rugby Canada and the CRPA, provides national team players with formal representation, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of all parties.

“We went through a comprehensive process with Rugby Canada last year in developing this Collective Agreement and are pleased to now continue working together with this foundation in place. The CRPA’s goal is to protect, promote, represent and develop Canadian rugby players, and we look forward to continuing this together with Rugby Canada.”

Olivia Apps - CRPA Women’s 7s Representative

AthletesCAN announces community partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce a new community partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).

Through this partnership, CSIO-affiliated athletes will have access to AthletesCAN’s resources, educational programs, and services offered to its membership of over 6,000 current and recently-retired Canadian senior national team athletes.

"AthletesCAN is thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. CSIO is a valuable training, recovery, and education space for our many Ontario-based national team athletes, and we look forward to deepening our collaboration through this community partnership."

Andrea Proske - AthletesCAN Vice President

Kicking off the partnership, CSIO-affiliated athletes will have the opportunity to register for and attend a pair of Town Halls at CSIO at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC), on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET. Each session will educate athletes on how AthletesCAN serves them as their national association (AthletesCAN 101), allow them to share feedback on the current state of the athlete experience within their respective sports, and facilitate networking with their peers. The events are part of a series of National Team Athlete Town Halls taking place this winter in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN).

In addition, AthletesCAN will begin piloting open office hours for CSIO-affiliated athletes at CSIO’s TPASC location, so athletes can connect with the organization’s staff and/or Board of Directors directly on site.

“CSIO is excited to welcome AthletesCAN as a community partner. This partnership will allow both of our organizations the opportunity to leverage our strengths and further promote valuable sport system resources, supports, and engagement to athletes.”

Debbie Low - CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

To inquire about accessing services from AthletesCAN and more information on this Community Partnership, please contact AthletesCAN at info@athletescan.ca or the CSIO Athlete Services Team at athleteservices@csiontario.ca

About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing best-in-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert staff deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Sport Canada. www.csiontario.ca.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships. AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca 

Laura Albright
Senior Advisor, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
647-395-536
lalbright@csiontario.ca

AthletesCAN to host National Team Athlete Town Halls in collaboration with Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s National Team athletes, is proud to announce an upcoming series of in-person Town Halls, in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN).

The National Team Athlete Town Halls will take place this winter, hosted at the main campuses of the Canadian Sport Institutes and Centres across the country, as well as Institut national du sport du Québec. Each event will educate athletes on how AthletesCAN serves them as their national association (AthletesCAN 101), allow them to share feedback on the current state of the athlete experience within their respective sports, and facilitate networking with their peers.

“AthletesCAN is excited to be hosting our 2024 Town Halls in collaboration with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network. These in-person events are an important touchpoint with our membership, giving us valuable insight to help us ensure they have an athlete-centred experience, while allowing them to connect with the larger sporting community.”

Andrea Proske - AthletesCAN Vice President

Kicking off the Town Hall schedule, the first event will be hosted by Canadian Sport Institute Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The full schedule is as follows:

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre) – Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. ET

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence – Victoria, B.C.) – Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. PT

Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (Frank Kennedy Centre – Winnipeg, Man. / Virtual via Zoom) – Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. CT

Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Complexe at Olympic Park – Montréal, Que.) – Tuesday, Mar. 12, 1 p.m. ET

Canadian Sport Institute Calgary (WinSport) – Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7 p.m. MT

This in-person series follows an initial virtual Town Hall for Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic and Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan-affiliated athletes held on Nov. 16. 

“The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network is proud to support AthletesCAN in the delivery of their Town Hall sessions across the country. AthletesCAN is an important resource for athletes in the sport system, and the Town Halls will provide a great opportunity for athletes to share their experiences, as well as learn from and network with their peers. We encourage all eligible athletes to participate in these sessions.”

Debbie Low - COPSIN Representative and CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Additional Town Halls at other COPSIN-affiliated facilities – including the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton, Ont.), the Beach Volleyball High Performance Centre and Athletics Canada East Hub Training Centre (both in Toronto), the David S. Howes Performance Centre at Canada Games Park (Thorold, Ont.) the Richmond Olympic Oval (Richmond, B.C.), the Whistler Athletes’ Centre (Whistler, B.C.) and Canmore Nordic Centre (Canmore, Alta.) – will also be evaluated based on athlete interest. 

National Team athletes can register for their respective Town Hall at the link below.

About the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network

Every. Single. Day. – The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network is focused on elevating athletes along their high-performance pathway through leadership, education, research and delivery of performance, health and wellness solutions.  It includes nutrition, performance analysis, physiology, sport medicine, sport therapy, strength and conditioning, mental health and performance, and Game Plan.

Our Network of seven institutes and centres across Canada provides athletes and coaches with access to world-class facilities where they can train and excel.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships. AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca 

Laura Albright
Senior Advisor, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Representative of COPSIN
647-395-536
lalbright@csiontario.ca

Curling Canada: Former athlete rep Nolan Thiessen named CEO

A familiar face has been named Curling Canada’s new Chief Executive Officer, it was announced today.

Nolan Thiessen, a three-time Brier and former world men’s curling champion, who has been a member of the Curling Canada senior management team for the past four years, will take the position following a thorough and exhaustive search and interview process conducted by an external agency, SRI, alongside Curling Canada’s Board of Governors CEO hiring committee.

He replaces Katherine Henderson, who departed Curling Canada in August to take the position of CEO and president at Hockey Canada.

Thiessen was a member of Brier-winning teams in 2010, 2014 and 2015, and was a member of Canada’s world championship gold-medal team in 2010.

He retired as a competitive curler following the 2015-16 season, and took on duties as an Athlete Liaison for Curling Canada in 2016 and also served as a consultant. He was formally hired two years later, and most recently served as the Executive Director, Marketing and Fan Experience.

Thiessen also has been active internationally, serving on the World Curling Federation’s Athlete Commission for more than five years (and chairing the commission for three of those years), and then moving onto the WCF’s Competition and Rules Commission a year ago.

46th Canadian Sport Awards: Women’s Goalball Parapan American Games triumph named 2023 Most Trending Moment of the Year Presented by Respect Group

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce the Canadian women’s goalball team’s golden victory at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile has been named the 2023 People’s Choice Award for Most Trending Moment of the Year Presented by Respect Group.

The team’s triumph in Santiago emerged as the winners, following a two-week national online campaign, featuring 10 unforgettable Team Canada moments from the past year, capturing over 1,700 votes from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

In their last chance to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, the same group of six players who finished a disappointing ninth at the Tokyo Paralympics completed their comeback journey, defeating their rivals Team USA 4-3 in a tense gold medal match. The win earned Team Canada their first-ever gold in goalball at the Parapan Am Games, after three consecutive bronze medals.

“I would like to thank each and every person who took the time to vote and to share our accomplishment. We felt the entire country behind us the whole tournament and we appreciate everyone for the love and support that you continue to share.”

Amy Burke - Team Captain

The People’s Choice Award for Most Trending Moment of the Year Presented by Respect Group, a headversity company, honours a current or retired national team athlete who has captured the virtual world by storm. The award highlights the magic that lives within sport to inspire and motivate all Canadians through innovative use of a digital platform, captivating athletic performance, or whose digital actions have been a force for good. 

Rounding out the podium were Olympian ice dance figure skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and their perseverance through a successful 2022-23 season following Gilles’ ovarian cancer diagnosis, along with wheelchair rugby Paralympian Zak Madell’s entertaining Instagram series, highlighting both his own strength and that of his equipment in running over everyday items.

Other athletes in contention included skateboarder Fay de Fazio Ebert, alpine skier Laurence St-Germain, athletics hammer throwers Ethan Kaztberg and Camryn Rogers, para cyclist Nathan Clement, breaker Philip Kim, boccia athlete Alison Levine and athletics 1500m runner Charles Philibert-Thiboutot. The 10 finalists were selected in consultation with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, as well as CBC Sports.

Canadian Sport Awards: Most Trending Moment of the Year Presented by Respect Group

A dedicated AthletesCAN partner since 2019, Respect Group, helped celebrate these 10 moments, by serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the campaign. Respect Group has been working for nearly 20 years to eliminate bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination by inspiring a global culture of respect. Respect Group will also continue to offer all AthletesCAN members complimentary access to its Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders training course.

“Respect Group has been thrilled to work with AthletesCAN to deliver this award, it is truly about how sport brings people together and can bring out the best in all of us. We congratulate the Canadian women’s goalball team on their victory, and all of the moments nominated, who helped inspire Canadians to be better.”

Sheldon Kennedy - Respect Group co-founder and former professional hockey player

This marks the third straight year a team sport has taken home the Most Trend Moment, following last year’s win by the 3×3 men’s and women’s basketball and wheelchair basketball basketball teams and their medal performances at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and the Canadian women’s soccer team’s Olympic gold medal earning the honour the year before. Paralympian swimmer Danielle Kisser, with the creation of her do-it-yourself swimming pool that she used to train for the Tokyo Games, was named the inaugural winner in 2020. 

The celebration of the Canadian women’s goalball team this year marks the conclusion of the 46th Canadian Sport Awards (CSAs) , with all winners receiving a blown glass sculpture in the shape of the triumphant athlete depicted in the AthletesCAN logo, carefully crafted by Fireweed Glass Studio Ltd.

"We appreciate the support of Respect Group and all of our partners for helping us elevate and amplify the amazing achievements of our national team athletes. These moments exemplify the best of what AthletesCAN, Respect Group, and Team Canada stand for. We are thrilled for the Canadian women’s goalball team and congratulate all of our members who took part in the competition.”

Celina Toth - CSA Committee Chair

About Respect Group

Respect Group, a headversity company, was incorporated in 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). As Canada’s leading online provider of prevention education related to BAHD, Respect Group has certified over 2.3 Million people involved in sport, schools and the workplace. Respect Group is a Certified B Corporation (bcorporation.net)

About the Canadian Sport Awards

The Canadian Sport Awards were established in 1972 by modern day co-founders True Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, Canada Games Council, Commonwealth Sport Canada, and AthletesCAN to recognize and showcase excellence in Canadian sport. Since then, the CSA evolved over time to become the premier recognition event for national sporting excellence. After the 40th anniversary, the awards experienced a five-year hiatus. In 2017, AthletesCAN successfully acquired the rights to revive this staple event to once again bring together members of the sport community to honour the spirit, drive, and commitment of Canada’s international level athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sport leaders.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships. AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca 

Joannie Morneau
Marketing Manager
Respect Group
514-882-1183
joannie@headversity.com

Abuse-Free Sport: Canada’s inaugural Sport Integrity Commissioner stepping down

MONTRÉAL – Sarah-Ève Pelletier, Canada’s inaugural Sport Integrity Commissioner, will be stepping down from the role in early 2024.

Commissioner Pelletier’s difficult but personal decision follows a successful launch and first 18 operational months of Abuse-Free Sport, Canada’s first-ever independent safe sport program.

“As Sport Integrity Commissioner, I have been driven by a deep motivation to act as an agent of positive change for the Canadian sport community — with athletes at the very heart of it. Since taking on this role, my passion for this mission has never wavered. I am proud of the groundwork accomplished within the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC). I am certain that it will serve as a springboard for the Abuse-Free Sport program’s evolution, one that can only be beneficial to the advancement of safe sport for all.”

Sarah-Ève Pelletier

COC AC welcomes AthletesCAN Board Member Cynthia Appiah to Athletes’ Commission

TORONTO – The Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission (COC AC) is pleased to welcome two new appointed members who will join 12 other Olympians on the volunteer commission.

  • Cynthia Appiah (Bobsleigh)
  • Rachel Nicol (Swimming)

Appiah and Nicol have been appointed for a one-year term, renewable for up to four years. Joseph Polossifakis (Fencing) was re-appointed for this third one-year term.

“I’m extremely excited to be appointed to the COC Athletes’ Commission. The COC AC has done such amazing work in championing the voices of Canada’s Olympians and I am more than honoured to now be a part of this team. The Commission’s vision and values mirror closely to the work that I have done so far in the athlete advocacy world and I look forward to doing my part in continuing to amplify the voice of Canadian Olympians with the COC AC.”

Cynthia Appiah

The COC Athletes’ Commission represents athletes on the COC Board of Directors. The COC AC’s priorities for 2024 include athlete connection, sport system and culture, partnerships and financial opportunity, sustainability and Games planning. The members also present and advocate for Canadian Olympic athletes’ perspectives at the COC, and work closely with their elected athlete representative peers at the Canadian Paralympic Committee and AthletesCAN to be strong advocates for athletes and the athlete voice within the Canadian sport system.

Sport Solution Clinic supports public accountability in gymnastics

By Amanda Fowler (Supervising Lawyer) and Laura Wade (Program Manager)

In the longest case AthletesCAN and Western Law’s Sport Solution Clinic (the clinic) has ever been involved with, a former Gymnastics Canada coach, Elvira Saadi, has been banned from coaching athletes for life.

This decision is the first to order a lifetime ban for non-sexual abuse in Canada. It is also the first decision to be made public (a marked departure from Gymnastics Canada’s ‘practice’ of keeping them confidential).

Ms. Saadi was found to have abused athletes through physical, emotional and psychological abuse. This included making disparaging comments about the athletes’ bodies, restricting food and water intake, and instilling fear that became normalized within the gymnastics community. This is significant in the growing safe-sport movement as it recognizes that other forms of abuse, such as emotional and psychological abuse, will no longer be tolerated in sport.

All forms of abuse and maltreatment should be taken seriously, and this decision demonstrates that continuous emotional and psychological abuse will not be sanctioned lightly.

To provide the history of the clinic’s involvement with the matter, the investigation into Ms. Saadi by an external investigator began in November 2020 and the investigation report was issued in April 2022. The case manager recommended that the complaints be referred to a Gymnastics Canada Discipline Committee for disciplinary action.

After an unsuccessful mediation, all the parties (each of whom were represented by counsel) agreed the investigation report would be adopted by the panel as findings of fact. This left the panel to decide the applicable sanction.

Prior to that sanctioning process, both Gymnastics Canada and Ms. Saadi brought motions: Gymnastics Canada disputed whether our client was a proper complainant in the proceeding, and Ms. Saadi sought to quash the hearing based on lack of jurisdiction, apprehension of bias and procedural fairness because of an alleged fee agreement where Gymnastics Canada paid the other complainants’ lawyer fees. (Of note, we were never paid by Gymnastics Canada).

Our client filed responding submissions and was successful in dismissing the requests. In fact, Gymnastics Canada had argued that it ‘becomes’ the complainants and should have carriage and control of the proceedings on their behalf going forward. The panel disagreed. Gymnastics Canada was given a participatory role, and not the ‘party’ status it sought.

At the end of the sanctioning process, the panel issued the following sanction:

  1. A full suspension of membership from Gymnastics Canada and any Provincial Governing Body for Gymnastics in Canada for 10 years with credit served for the provisional suspension period.
  2. Required to complete ethics and healthy coaching education as well as demonstrate a full understanding of Gymnastics Canada’s Code of Ethics and Conduct among other conditions for reinstatement.
  3. If the above conditions are met, permitted to return to training coaches only. She is prohibited from having direct contact or engagement with athletes in any manner.

Given the duration of this case (three years, including a 13-month investigation) it was overseen by three cohorts of the clinic’s program managers: graduated program managers Tyler Matthews, Brittany Bates, and Rheanna Geisel, and current program managers Laura Wade, Dylan Romero-Marshall and Hannah Herrington.

The clinic’s supervising lawyer, Amanda Fowler, was the lawyer of record and Dr. Emir Crowne joined us as co-counsel for the motions and sanctioning hearing.

46th Canadian Sport Awards: Nominees unveiled, Respect Group named Presenting Sponsor for Most Trending Moment of Year Award

TORONTO – AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to announce that Respect Group, a headversity company, has been named the Presenting Sponsor of the 2023 People’s Choice Award for Most Trending Moment of the Year.

A dedicated partner since 2019, Respect Group has been working for nearly 20 years to eliminate bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination by inspiring a global culture of respect. Expanding its relationship with AthletesCAN, Respect Group’s name and brand will featured across a national digital campaign running from Dec. 4-19, highlighting 10 unforgettable Team Canada moments from 2023, culminating in the winner reveal on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Respect Group will also continue to offer all AthletesCAN members complimentary access to its Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders training course, which will be promoted throughout the campaign.

“When AthletesCAN came to us with the opportunity to work together on their Most Trending Moment Award, we knew right away this was a great way to inspire Canadians to live our shared values. The 10 moments nominated by our sport partners are about more than just success on the field of play – some of them are tied to victories and defeats, but what makes them stand out is their power to make us laugh, cry, and stand up and cheer. Most importantly, these moments are the moments that inspire us to be better people.”

Sheldon Kennedy, Respect Group co-founder and former professional hockey player

Created in 2020, the People’s Choice Award for Most Trending Moment of the Year Presented by Respect Group, is the final honour to be bestowed as part of the 46th Canadian Sport Awards, which were recognized at the 2023 AthletesCAN Forum in Vancouver.

The award honours a current or retired national team athlete who has captured the virtual world by storm. It highlights the magic that lives within sport to inspire and motivate all Canadians through innovative use of a digital platform, captivating athletic performance, or who’s digital actions have been a force for good.

The year’s campaign was deferred until the conclusion of the 2023 Pan and Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile, in order to have the opportunity the celebrate these moments from the entire year, including those captured on the Multisport Games stage. The 10 finalists were selected in consultation with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees, as well as CBC Sports.

"We appreciate the support of Respect Group for helping us elevate and amplify the amazing achievements of our national team athletes. These 10 moments exemplify the best of what AthletesCAN, Respect Group, and Team Canada stand for and we're looking forward to seeing which moment comes out on top."

Celina Toth - CSA Committee Chair

Previous winners of the Most Trending Moment Award include Paralympian swimmer Danielle Kisser, with the creation of her do-it-yourself swimming pool that she used to train for the Tokyo 2020 Games; the Canadian women’s soccer team’s Olympic gold medal, and the medal performances of the 3×3 men’s and women’s basketball and wheelchair basketball teams at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Voting for this year’s competition is now open until 11:59 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 16.

About Respect Group

Respect Group, a headversity company, was incorporated in 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). As Canada’s leading online provider of prevention education related to BAHD, Respect Group has certified over 2.3 Million people involved in sport, schools and the workplace. Respect Group is a Certified B Corporation (bcorporation.net)

About the Canadian Sport Awards

The Canadian Sport Awards were established in 1972 by modern day co-founders True Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, Canada Games Council, Commonwealth Sport Canada, and AthletesCAN to recognize and showcase excellence in Canadian sport. Since then, the CSA evolved over time to become the premier recognition event for national sporting excellence. After the 40th anniversary, the awards experienced a five-year hiatus. In 2017, AthletesCAN successfully acquired the rights to revive this staple event to once again bring together members of the sport community to honour the spirit, drive, and commitment of Canada’s international level athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sport leaders.

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of over 6,000 current and recently retired Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN membership spans 68 sports across the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan/Parapan American, and Commonwealth Games, and those currently funded by Sport Canada competing at Senior World Championships. AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture, through educational resources, support, training and professional development.  

Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today.

For more information, please contact:

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications & Sport Partnerships
AthletesCAN
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
ahudes@athletescan.ca 

Joannie Morneau
Marketing Manager
Respect Group
514-882-1183
joannie@headversity.com