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2017Aug 30

SPAD to Host Inaugural Northern Sport Industry Conference

SPAD has announced it’s first annual Northern Sports Industry Conference (NSIC) set to host over 20 sport business experts and over 100 students. The event is set to take place March 2nd to 5th 2017 and will take place both on campus and at the Holiday Inn in downtown Sudbury.

In addition to key note speakers Geoff Beattie, David Chilton, Brodie Lawson, and Ryan Benoit, speakers will be divided into three panels:

Panel #1: International Sport and Sponsorship

  • Andrew Baker – Director of Games, Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Francois Robert – Executive Director of Partnerships, Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Andrew Greenlaw – Senior Director, Sponsorship Marketing and Strategy, CIBC
  • Jennifer Delvechhio – Senior Marketer, Coke
  • Mark Cecchetto – Business Executive Officer, Nestle

Panel #2: Leaders In Sport

  • Kyla Csumrik – Account Executive, Partnership Marketing, NHL
  • Alannah Della Vedova – Brand Specialist, Loyalty and Innovation, Rogers
  • Peter Cosentino – President, DEC Sports
  • Mark Soder – Senior Manager, Brand Marketing – Golf, RBC
  • Blaine Smith – President, Sudbury Wolves

Panel #3: Breaking Into The Industry

  • Mckenzie Young – Marketing Coordinator, Ottawa Senators
  • Stephen Tihal – Account Executive, Partnership Marketing, NHL
  • Tyler Fitch – Account Coordinator, Season Seat Services, Edmonton Oilers
  • Chris Ackroyd – Manager, In-game Communications, NHL
  • Scoot Rodgers – Manager, In-game Communications, NHL

Delegates will also have the opportunity to work in two different breakout sessions. One with Laurentian University’s Director of Digital Strategy, JP Rains and another with Joey Abrams, former Assistant General Manager of the Montreal Alouettes.

Students can take the time to learn, network, and enjoy themselves at the conference with a full weekend of planned activities, meals, and socials.

For More Information please visit:

Instagram: @NSIC_LU

Twitter: @NSIC_LU

Facebook: Northern Sports Industry Conference – NSIC


2016Oct 4

SPAD Frosh Day 2016

froshAfter a summer full of internships, friends, and fun, it was time to head back to the books for SPAD student during their first week back to school. For first-year SPAD students, it meant it was time to get acquainted with Laurentian University and the Sports Administration (SPAD) program. Founded in 1972, the SPAD program has been a tradition-rich program since it’s early years at Laurentian. An annual tradition for first-year SPAD students is the SPAD Frosh Day.

SPAD Student Council welcomed the program’s newest students, bright and early at the Laurentian Track and Field Stadium. Upon check-in, each first-year student received their first pieces of SPAD swag. After a few quick introductions, the group got into some ice-breaker activities and learned about each other’s most embarrassing stories, competed in a laundry line race, and even participated in a few Harambe memorial chants. Although ice-breaker activities can be a little awkward at first, it is only a matter of time before this group of frosh look back and have a few good laughs at the activities that transpired.

After a quick lunch courtesy of Topper’s Pizza, the first-year students boarded the bus for Dodge This Paintball. Frosh and Student Council members were divided into teams upon arrival at the paintball park for a classic, Frosh Day battle. The troops participated in games such as capture the flag, free-for-all, and a clan battle on the various maps on the Dodge This Paintball campus. Council member, Josh Bousada, put together a fantastic video which can be viewed here:

Upon returning to school, the first-year students were given some time to wash all the paint off and freshen up for a new tradition, the SPAD Program’s Meet N’ Greet. SPAD faculty and SPAD students were brought together to reconnect after a long summer away for some food, music, and laughs. Congratulations to first-year student Julian Hull who won the raffle grand prize for a custom sports jersey of his choice.

SPAD Students’ Council would also like to thank all who attended and hope to see you soon at our next SPAD event. To all the SPAD Frosh, welcome to the family. Get ready for the most amazing four years of your life here at Laurentian University!

2016Jul 18

41st Annual SPAD Hockey Tournament

45b550_f8fb883e3c4e4fc1abccb11530d971e8One of the most highly anticipated events of the year has come and gone. Marking its 41st anniversary, the SPAD Hockey Tournament presented by Skater’s Edge was one to remember. The tournament ran from Wednesday, January 20th to Friday, January 22nd at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in the South End of Sudbury. The tournament featured 22 teams competing, 19 recreational and 3 competitive.

Tournament organizer Colin Gagnier was ecstatic when asked to talk about his experience managing the event. “The tournament went well and with the generous support of our various sponsors and supporters we were able to provide our participants with a great entertainment and hospitality experience.”

This year the SPAD Hockey Tournament teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society to do a prize game with all proceeds being donated to support cancer research. Through the help of the tournament’s generous sponsors and supporters the organizing committee assembled a variety of prize items that were used to help our charity bag campaign. With the help of the Cancer Society the organizing committee made 200 charity bags that included a variety of Canadian Cancer Society branded merchandise to be sold for $5 a bag. Each charity bag contained a number that would correspond with one of the tournament prize items. And after a successful campaign, the SPAD Hockey Tournament was pleased to donate $900 to a great cause.

With plenty of coffee provided by Old Rock and snacks from PepsiCo and Cliff Bar, everyone was ready for the early morning and our favorite pastime; hockey. On the first day it was all about the round robin games! Overall, there were 18 round robin games played between both ice pads, with intense battles and slick goals throughout. The first day ran very smoothly, with plenty of excitement generated from the games and the sheer exhilaration that comes with the tournament. Everyone was also welcome to check out the Molson Canadian lounge where we had more snacks, drinks and a PlayStation 4 where anyone could play NHL 16. The second day consisted of another 18 games, with the thrill of playoffs looming for many teams. Teams each and every day were treated to pizza courtesy of one of our sponsors, Toppers Pizza. The third day of hockey started off with four hard fought quarter final games in the recreational division then followed by each division semi finals. At the end of the day when the dust settled, and the Zamboni took its final sweep around the ice, we had two back to back champions. The Brew Crew took home the Recreational Conference Championship, while the Backdoor Bandits captured the Competitive Division title again for the second straight year. Congratulations to both squads and to all the teams for making the tournament a great one!

On Friday the tournament was host to two marquee events beginning with the Staff Vs Faculty game brought to us by Laurentian University. It was hard fought battle in which the Faculty edged out the staff 6-5. Next was the New HOT 93.5 Skills Competition. This event was hosted by G-Rant (Andrew Elliot) and Sherri K from the New HOT 93.5, and wow how cool it was to have real announcers for the event. The skills that were tested during the competition were fastest skater, hardest shot and shootout where the most creative scorer would win. The events were won by Mike Macdonald, Jordan Ouellette, and Jason Maeda respectively. Each winner was presented a new CCM stick courtesy of the tournaments title sponsor Skater’s Edge. While the competition was largely based on individual effort, the participants were split into two teams; team Justin Bieber and team Selena Gomez. After the competition was over team Bieber was the victor and members of the winning team were presented with Coors Light prize packs.

The tournament organizers, Aric Henry, Charlie Hewak, Colin Gagnier, Matthew Sallows, Rachel Doerrie, and Shannon Brooks would like to thank all the volunteers and teams that participated in the tournament, as well as all of the tournament sponsors and supporters:

Skater’s Edge, The New HOT 93.5, Molson Canadian, Toppers Pizza, Cliff Bar, SGA, Laurentian University, Cambrian Ford, Gloria’s, MLSE, the Toronto Blue Jays, Home Depot, the Canadian Cancer Society, Old Rock, Costco, Journal Printing, Positive Inception, Golf Town, The Sudbury Wolves, Desjardins, Mark Anthony Brands, Goodlife, the Windsor Spitfires, and City Taxi.



2016Jul 18

SPAD Speaker Series – Richard Peddie

Richard PeddieOn March 1, 2016, SPAD was pleased to welcome as a guest speaker, former MLSE President and established writer Richard Peddie. Richard made his way up to Sudbury to share his numerous experiences in his journey to becoming a sport executive as well as some key leadership lessons that he learned over his successful career. On behalf of SPAD, thank you to Ryley Robinson for organizing this event. Richard was adamant when he said how impressed he was with the initiative that Ryley showed. And from that Ryley had this to say “After this experience, I saw first had the power of social media. I was able to reach out to Mr. Peddie through twitter and he immediately responded to me. He was very interested in coming to Sudbury and speaking with SPAD students. It was a pleasure working with a true professional, considering his flexibility and battling the weather (Welcome to Sudbury!). I really enjoyed organizing this event because both Mr. Peddie, the SPAD faculty, and the students were all very passionate about the event.”

Richard started his talk by going over how powerful he believes the millennial workforce is now and has the potential to be. He believes that visiting universities like he did here at Laurentian is an excellent way to develop young sport leaders; the sport leaders that SPAD strives to build every day. Richard’s talk largely revolved around his “leadership gym bag”. A concept that involves putting every leadership lesson in the bag and when you need them the most pull them out and use them. To get his point across of how important this gym bag was he went over 7 key leadership lessons that he felt would reflect well on the audience. The lesson that struck the audience the most was lesson 5; which is getting your ticket punched. What this lesson teaches is that to be successful you need to do multiple jobs and get many experiences before you are ready for the big leagues; this is a lesson that all SPAD students should keep in mind as they develop themselves into sport business professionals.

After Richard’s talk he opened the floor to questions and challenged the audience to ask good articulate questions and SPAD did not disappoint. In response to a question about how students can make themselves more marketable, his answer showed how much he believes in his leadership lessons. He reiterated the importance of having a vision, having vales, and getting engaged: “everything you do, do it to make yourself better and you will become more marketable.” Another good question was asked about how to translate leadership skills into entry level jobs when new grads aren’t given many leadership opportunities when they are first starting out. Richard answered beautifully by saying that even if the opportunities don’t present themselves, go out and make the opportunities yourself; brainstorm new ideas and always look to solve problems. After an excellent Q & A session Richard was kind enough to stay behind and sign autographs and take pictures with the audience thus making the experience more memorable.

Richard Peddie provided the group with a unique learning experience along with some valuable advice and insight that students do not have the opportunity to get every day. On behalf of SPAD, we would like to thank Richard for taking the time to talk with us and providing some great examples of true leadership in action. 

2015Dec 17

Third Annual SPAD Poster Day

IMG_0021On Tuesday December 7, 2015, Dr. Vincent’s first year Sports Statistics students hosted the third annual “Poster Day.” The end of a semester for SPAD students can be both an exciting and stressful time with exams, projects, presentations, and much more. The presentations took place inside West Residence. During the course of the semester, student pairs conducted statistical research on a topic of their choice. The presentations were an opportunity for each of them to reveal the results of their research.

The assignment required students to test any sport hypotheses of their choosing. By gathering information on each of their respective topics, students were able to analyze results through the use of statistical models which they could prove/disprove using statistical skills learned in Dr. Vincent’s Sports Statistics class. During the two-hour session, upper year students, professors, and honored guests toured the room, visiting different poster stations. It’s during this time that every group had the opportunity to explain the results and context of their project.

Topics covered a wide variety of sports, testing everything from the correlation between attendance and winning streaks in the OHL, to the relationship between whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays win more with the Rogers Centre dome open or closed. The presentations were all quite impressive. It was apparent that every group took pride in their research, and it was reflected in the quality of each poster. This was the third year that poster day had been held with each year being as impressive as the next.

Next was time for the first years to receive the awards for their posters. This year there were 3 awards given. The first was for the IMG_0020most original title, won by Jason Small and Eddie Jones for “The Price is Right”. The second award given was for most original topic, which was won by Madison Chubbs and Siera Lombardo for their project “Put a Ring on it”. The third and final award given was for best presentation, won by Jay Dhankarand and Max Chiasson for their project “Weapons of Bat Destruction”.

At the end of the evening, students had a chance to debrief. The third annual poster day and presentations were definitely a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in statistical research. Being able to support arguments through the use of statistical models is something that will help these students throughout their post-secondary studies and into their professional lives.

Thank you first year students and Dr. Vincent for another great poster day!

2015Nov 16

Pepsico Video Game Tournament 2.0

Video Game 1After a great Halloween night, is there anything better than playing video games and eating an assortment of snacks? Didn’t think so. On November 1st 2015, SPAD hosted the PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0. The tournament consisted of 3 competitive tournaments, The Sportsnet NHL 16 Tournament on X-box One, the FIFA 16 Tournament on PS4, and the NBA 2K16 tournament on X-box One. A big thanks goes out to the tournament sponsors, PepsiCo, Sportsnet, Marble Slabs Creamery, and Costco.

The PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0 was played from 12 Noon to 5:30PM on November 1st, with the Sportsnet NHL 16 tournament consisting of 16 teams, and 32 participants overall. The FIFA 16 and NBA 2K16 Tournaments saw 10 participants each. In addition to the 3 competitive tournaments, there was an interactive MLB The Show Home Run Derby, which saw participants swing for the fences with their favourite MLB players.

While participants played their hearts out in each tournament
, they got to enjoy some great new snacks and drinks courtesy of PepsiCo. To add to the festivities, a Sunday wouldn’t be complete without some NFL football action, and organizers had it covered with NFL Game Center playing throughout the afternoon.

A special congratulations goes out to the tournament winners, who are as follow’s;
Sportsnet NHL 16 Tournament Winners – Mitch Schnitzler and Eric Foster
FIFA 16 Tournament Winner – Mike Cameron
NBA 2K16 Tournament Winner – Sean McColligan

Thank you to all participants, and to everyone who came out to the event, in addition to the tournament organizers, Neal Steven, Kevin Miller, Uma Pratapagiri, Kyle Jones, and Ben Goodman. The PepsiCo Video Game Tournament 2.0 was a huge success.

2015Oct 23

Flag Football Tournament

SPAD Flag FootballSaturday, September 26what a great day to host SPAD’s first official event of the 2015-16 academic year – the LU Flag Football Tournament. The fun began in the morning at 9:00am and ran until 4:00pm that afternoon. The round robin games were fast and electric, with many highlight-reel plays by students from all years and programs. In addition to the action on the gridiron, there were several skills competition games testing the individual skill and athletic prowess of the players, including a QB accuracy contest won by Ben Machin, a field goal kickoff won by Randy Brabbs, and the 40 yard dash won by Ian Pendrill. A special thanks also goes out to Toppers Pizza who provided lunch for all teams, organizers, and volunteers.

FLAG12 teams in total competed in two divisions, playing a minimum of 3 round robin games with the top 8 teams advancing to the playoffs. The playoffs were very exciting, with some very close and nail biting games. In the end it would be Blue Mountain State (BMS) vs. Mitt DartinBroncos (MDB) battling to be tournament champions. The finals got started with two quick touchdowns by each team. It stayed tight throughout the first half, with the score even at 13 going into halftime. The game was destined to be a nail biter. Each team in the second half took their fair share of penalties as the game started to wind down. In the end it came down to the final play of the game where the BMS quarterback threw a strike to his wide receiver for the score, and they won the game by a score of 25 to 20. With BMS’s victory they were awarded their trophy and $150 for their victory. Congratulations Blue Mountain State.

What a great day it was for football. A special thank you goes out to all participants and everyone who came out, as well as tournament organizers, Davis Beamish, Brayden Misley, Scott Birkbeck, Silas McKinnon, and Andrew Young for running an exciting event. Flag Football was a great way to start the year off.






2015Oct 22

Frosh Day

Frosh DayEvery September, SPAD Students return to Laurentian, excited for the start of what is bound to be yet another incredible year. Returning students catch up with one another, sharing their summer experiences, and soon enough, everyone begins to settle back into a routine. On Friday, September 11, 2015, the SPAD Program welcomed 70 new faces to the SPAD family. The annual SPAD Frosh Day represents the start of a new chapter, a chapter that will surely lead to amazing experiences and lifelong friendships. As per tradition, the SPAD Student Council hosts a day dedicated to the Frosh, which helps them familiarize themselves with not only their own year, but upper years and faculty as well.

The day began at 11:00am at the Ben Avery Soccer Field where SPAD Student Council welcomed 70 frosh to the program, introduced themselves, and gave their biggest pieces of advice. It was then time to give the frosh some SPAD Swag, as they received a SPAD Frosh t-shirt, as well as SPAD branded lanyards. Afterwards, it was time for the frosh to get to know each other with some introductions and icebreakers. Although icebreakers can be embarrassing at the time, the Frosh will surely look back in the future and have a good laugh at some of the events that occurred. Following the icebreakers, it was pizza time, as over 300 slices of Toppers Pizza were devoured by these eager firsts years, it was quite the performance. Once everyone was fed, it was time for some Q and A with Student Council, before heading off to Sudbury Kartway’s. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm the Frosh had the opportunity to bond while racing each other on the track, competing like PGA Pro’s on the putting greens, and smacking home runs in the batting cages. Afterwards, the SPAD Frosh were surprised with some SPAD Shot Glasses before the bus ride back to residence.

Later, after a quick rest in residence, it was time for the frosh to head down to West Residence for the first ever SPAD-wide meet-and-greet dinner. This was an amazing opportunity for frosh to familiarize themselves with SPAD and talk to upper years and faculty. In addition to the wonderful dinner, there was a Toronto Blue Jays 2016 Season Ticket raffle, with the winners being first years Mitchell Peck and Luke Mackrell.

Finally, before the end of this action-packed day, the SPAD Faculty introduced themselves in style, with Dr. Church welcoming everyone back for what is bound to be another great year. A big thank you goes out to Student Council and everyone who made this day possible. For all the SPAD Frosh, I want to welcome you to the SPAD family. Coming to SPAD was the best decision you have ever made!

2015Oct 20

SPAD Jays Game 2015

Jays GameWhile most students attend university between September and April, in SPAD it’s year-round excitement and a lifetime of networking. The next two posts on the SPAD Blog will describe some of the great summer traditions and opportunities for SPAD students.

On August 15th, approximately 70 Sports Administration students ventured to the Rogers Centre for the annual SPAD Blue Jays game hosted by SPAD Council. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining and the roof was open. It was going to be a great afternoon of baseball. The game was between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, both teams neck and neck looking to win the American League East.

The game is an annual tradition where SPAD students can catch up with fellow classmates, and kickstart the new year. Like every year before, this is the first opportunity for upper-year students to meet some of the new SPAD Frosh. It’s also the frosh’s first chance to fully appreciate the SPAD experience and the strong network of students and alumni. Unfortunately for all the Jays fans in attendance, the experience wasn’t perfect, as the Blue Jays’ bats didn’t show up and they lost 4-1 to the Yankees.

Fortunately the festivities didn’t end there as a large number of the attending students walked down the street to Real Sports, North Americas premiere sports bar. It was a great time to share some laughs over dinner and drinks; a great day for all.

SPAD Council President, Neal Steven, was pleased with the excellent turnout and had this to say: “It was great to see so many SPAD students, alumni, and some excited new frosh come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of baseball.”

The annual SPAD Blue Jays game is always a great time for students. It has definitely made every one of us excited to head back up to Sudbury for another great year in SPAD.

2015Mar 10

SPAD Events – The Inaugural Sportsnet Video Game Tournament Presented by PepsiCo

By Blog Contributor David Maika

What encompasses any event run by SPAD? The first thing that comes to mind is a display of physical talent. Events such as the Hockey Tournament, Ultimate Frisbee or Flag Football, are a showcase of athleticism for individuals and teams. Another aspect of SPAD events includes the unique and friendly atmosphere that makes the tournaments so enjoyable. This fun and special atmosphere was very evident in the most recent SPAD event, the inaugural Sportsnet Video Game Tournament presented by PepsiCo.

This tournament strayed away from the normal physically active event, which offered a nice change of pace from other events hosted this year. “The Video Game Tournament offered a glimpse into the creative mind of a SPAD student,” said participant Jeremy Ketchen. “It was a great change of pace to see something new and different. When speaking to some of the first years who look to run this event in the future, we agreed that this event has the potential to be one of the most successful events run in the year. There is such a high ceiling because of the popularity in video games and the way this event differentiates itself from the rest.”


Event Organizers (Top Row) Evan Kwan, Tyler Fitch and (Bottom Row) Shawn Salaj, Emma King, David Maika

The event consisted of two competitive tournaments and an arcade area. The competitive tournaments included the NHL 15 Tournament presented by Sportsnet and the FIFA 15 Tournament presented by Frito-Lay. Each tournament consisted of 16 individuals battling for video game supremacy and each tournament winner walked away with a $100 Future Shop gift certificate, $25 bookstore gift certificate and an Xbox One lanyard.

The Arcade Area presented by Pepsi was a pay-per-play zone that featured games such as Call of Duty, NBA 2K15, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Need for Speed, Street Fighter and Rock Band. For a small fee, participants could play the game of their choice. Based off their scores, players would be awarded raffle tickets for awesome prizes such as Xbox One prize packages, Toronto Blue Jays tickets and more!

The day started at 10AM, when SPAD Blog’s own Tyler Fitch commenced the NHL 15 draft. Based off a randomized draft order, participants would select their teams from the Sportsnet desk. Upon completion of the NHL draft, the FIFA 15 draft was underway. This time, participants had their teams selected for them at random, with the opportunity to reselect. Once the drafts were complete, the games were underway! Each tournament consisted of four divisions, with the top two from each division advancing to the Quarter Finals. The atmosphere was awesome, with some games ending in blowouts and some games going down to the wire. After the smoke cleared, the field was cut in half, as eight teams from each tournament moved on. The games raged on, and after close games in the semifinals, the championship for NHL and FIFA commenced. With a good crowd on hand, the FIFA 15 final began. Fellow SPAD Blog writer Alex Saunders duked it out against SPAD frosh, Jake Sparks.  In the end the veteran prevailed, and Mr. Saunders was the FIFA 15 Champion. In the NHL 15 finals, 2nd year SPAD student Mitch Schnitzler battled SPAD frosh Eric Foster. There seemed to be a trend prevalent, as the veteran prevailed and Schnitzler was dubbed the NHL 15 champion!

The tournament organizers would like to thank their volunteers for all their hard work, as well as to all those who lent their equipment. Another big thank you goes out to the sponsors of the event, which include:

  • Sportsnet
  • PepsiCo
  • Pepsi
  • Microsoft
  • Laurentian University Bookstore
  • Motley Kitchen
  • Crocodile Printing
  • Wacky Wings
  • Buck or Two Plus
  • Cosmic Dave’s Guitar Emporium
  • Cosmic Dave’s Vinyl Emporium

Just around the corner lies the last SPAD event of the year- The Laurentian University 3rd Annual Dodgeball Tournament. Registration is underway and the event will be held in the Ben Avery Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 21st.  For more information regarding the tournament, follow them on Twitter (@LUDodgeball2015) or on Facebook.