The 2016 5 to Watch: Canada’s Sports Business Awards were a big hit. More than 400 attendees joined the sold out event at the George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus to celebrate the success of five outstanding leaders under the age of 40 in the Sports Business Industry. The event, hosted by TSN’s Kate Beirness, allowed for some top-notch networking, relishing some amazing food and enjoying the after party with the winners. This year’s winners were Andrew Greenlaw, Brent Rossi, Dan Near, Matthew Logue, Sophie Kotsopoulos. Jacquie Ryan was the winner of the George Brown College Sport and Event Marketing Program Alumni Achievement Award. Check out some of the highlights of this spectacular evening in our video.
5 to Watch: Canada's Sports Business Awards, have become a "must-attend" within the sports business industry and set the standard for identifying the next generation of industry leaders.
Each year over 400 of the biggest names in sports business join together to network, listen as the brightest minds in the industry address the audience with key note speeches and/or panel discussions, and celebrate as the 5 to Watch awards are presented to five emerging sports business leaders. It's a dynamic night of connecting with old friends and making new connections, enjoying amazing food, learning from the speakers and enjoying the after-party with the winners.
The awards are voted on by a panel of industry business executives including executives from founding partners: BMO Financial Group, the Canadian Football League, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, SDI Marketing, TSN and presenting sponsor, Globe and Mail. This year Canadian Tire joins the original five partners. Nominations come from both the public and industry members.
The 5 to Watch Awards were launched by George Brown College's School of Marketing's Program Advisory Committee and a group of dedicated alumni, in partnership with the Globe & Mail, to recognize leaders in the Canadian Sports Business industry under the age of 40 and to raise money for the George Brown College Foundation.
In 2014 a new Alumni Achievement Award was added to recognize outstanding achievement by a George Brown College Sport & Event Marketing Program Graduate.
To date, the event has raised over $150k for student awards and bursaries at George Brown’s Centre for Business.