Thank you for supporting this year’s 5 to Watch - Canada’s Sports Business Awards as we celebrate Canada’s remarkable leaders in the industry. The proceeds raised from this event will assist in supporting student scholarships and bursaries to train the next generation of business leaders. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
What is 5 to Watch - Canada's Sports Business Awards?
Unique to Canada, this ground-breaking fundraiser celebrates difference-makers from the world of sports commerce. To date, our annual event has raised over $350,000 in student scholarship funds.
Congratulations, Kia Nurse!
Kia Nurse is the inaugural winner of the Nathalie Cook - Canadian Women & Sport Disruptor Award, presented by TSN/RDS.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are innate to how superstar leader Kia Nurse operates on and off the basketball court. From NCAA to the WNBA to Canada’s National Basketball Team, it's no secret that she is a global star player. Moreover, Kia’s killer crossover into the business side of hoops is taking the sports marketing world by storm
Congratulations, John Cassaday!
John Cassaday is the inaugural winner of the Chris Lang - Lifetime Impact Award.
John’s pioneering brand work as CEO at Campbell's in Canada and the UK paved the way for a CTV presidency that changed the world of figure skating, not to mention entertainment marketing as the founding CEO at Corus. In doing so, transforming how sports and entertainment properties integrate and operate to this day.
Meet this year's winners
Vice President, Global Partnerships
OverActive Media Group
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Julie Garcia Sjogrim
Senior Director, Partnerships, Business Development & Commercial Affairs
Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
Canada General Manager
Senior Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
National Football League (NFL)
Heather Maclean - Sport and Event Alumni Achievement Award Winner