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2017Nov 14

YOU’RE IN THE GAME!!!

 

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By: Jacob Smith
November 14th, 2017

 

“You’re here baby! You’re in the game!” The phrase that stuck out to a tentative class of upper year SPAD students on the first day of sales. “You have to be ready. You have to start building relationships now, don’t wait until you’re in the real world, YOU’RE IN THE REAL WORLD. Everyone is always so eager to start their life after school, but what students don’t realize is the relationships you make now can propel you into future success. Don’t wait for something to happen, go out and make it happen.”

 

Tom Blake is currently the CEO of Sprout Wellness Solutions Inc. and has been for the last 6 years. He is also currently involved with the SPAD program at Laurentian teaching Championship Selling to the upper year students. Although Tom’s time is mainly occupied by Sprout and teaching, he still has a hand in Optimé, his first entrepreneurial endeavour. Optimé started in 1994 after an 18-year relationship with Proctor & Gamble ending as National Sales Manager. Optimé’s main purpose is to enhance sales tools, as well as build relationships in business, and has proved itself to be one of the top sales programs worldwide. Tom now uses those sales tools and techniques to enhance students social skills in his Championship Selling course.

 

Although from Sudbury, Tom did not pursue the Sports Administration program at Laurentian until spending time in Sackville, New Brunswick attending Mount Allison University for hockey. “There was a lot of shenanigans going on there and it was hard to focus on school, I was struggling academically. I forget how I found out about the program at Laurentian, but when I heard it was a Business Commerce degree that related to sports, I knew it was for me.”

 

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Tom’s undergraduate internship was with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. After running and organizing events, as well as managing people on a daily basis, Tom felt the way he handled everything was a main contributing factor to future employment. “The Executive Director of CAHA Gordon Juckes wrote a letter outlining what a remarkable job I had done throughout my internship.” This propelled Tom into a career in sales with Proctor & Gamble.

 

When Tom first started working, he had many options. Job offers from the Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Penguins, along with 11 other companies gave him many different opportunities. On his last interview, Tom was asked to give multiple examples of problem solving. After already giving two examples, he was asked to give another one, as it was a big issue within the organization. Tom then looked at the interviewer and said, “I’ve already given you enough answers, when do I start.” To which they replied, “You start Monday.” Tom touches on the importance of self-confidence quite frequently and emphasizes the truth behind demanding what you want in order to get it.

 

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After careful consideration, Tom decided to take the Proctor & Gamble job as it would secure him financially. He also saw future growth opportunity within P&G that wasn’t as prevalent within some of the sport organizations he met with previously. He was very driven right off the bat, “I told P&G, I’m going to be a manger, I’m going to be a leader.” Tom said as he touched on the importance of having strong self-confidence.

 

Tom proceeded to talk about his experience with confidence early in his career. The CEO of Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment (MLSE) and owner of Knob Hill Farms at the time Steve Stavro, and Tom had an interesting encounter in one of Steve’s grocery stores. “I told him he had a problem in his stores, and he ended up yelling at me in front of everyone. He then started pointing at me demanding for my boss, until I pointed right back and told him I was the boss.” Tom then touched on the encounter. “Respect is a big thing in business. Once Proctor & Gamble heard about it, and how I was able to stand up to the retailer seeing as how they are supposed to have all the power, it was almost as if I had a halo around me.” He then went on to say how it was a very career-defining moment, as he was evidently more respected afterward.

 

sprout b&w ClipartTom’s unique style of leadership really came to light once asked about his biggest accomplishment. “My biggest accomplishment is leading people and having tremendous people results. I promoted a lot of people at P&G because I really tried to care and listen. I challenged people and tried to get the best out of them.” It was interesting to hear Tom talk about his biggest accomplishment relating to people and not personal achievement. “It’s all about people, there’s nothing more than people. They are very difficult to manage, but you have to love working with them and I was lucky enough to be good at that.”

 

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Since being placed in the real world, Tom had some advice for students in the SPAD program. “Develop a track record and realize you’re in the real world. None of this talk about waiting to get into the real world after school. Get results and demonstrate an ability to drive change. It doesn’t matter how minuscule, you must demonstrate success in everything you do and constantly get results. If you’re the person that’s the most proactive, you will be sure to get a great job from that. You have to be really good today. You have to show success beyond what other people are doing. It’s not all about marks, it’s about getting results. You’re in the game baby!”

 

Contributor: Tom Blake

2016Nov 2

SPAD Wear 2016

14632808_1149881298440211_7487804014940766476_n-jpgThe release of SPAD wear has always been a yearly tradition that is heavily anticipated by students who want to take pride in their program and want to represent it in style. Each year, SPAD’s Students’ Council announces a partnership with an apparel company to produce the clothing students know and love. This year, Student Council has announced a partnership with Bauer and CCM. Unlike previous years, SPAD wear is available for immediate purchase – meaning you can try-on, purchase, and walk-away with your clothing in one stop. 

SPAD students Calder Lyons, Chad Mallory, Clayton Lewis, and Isak Moen have compiled the information below. For more information, please contact a member of Student Council.

Student Council and Bauer have worked together to produce a wide variety of clothing that suit both men and women, that are sure to impress. Here are some of the highlights:

The SPAD Colloquia Polo 

Perfect for representing your program both on the golf course and in the classroom. Combine this shirt with a pair of khakis and you’ll be set for any business casual class you will ever have. Coming in a moisture wicking material, you will be able to stay cool and refreshed in even the hottest of School of Education Building classrooms.

The SPAD Monday 8:30 Fleece Hood 

Whether its a 8:30am, 10am or 4pm class, this hoodie is the perfect thing to throw on when you’ve just woken up and are in a rush. It’s not just for rushes though, cause once you put it on, you’ll never take it off! Coming in a nice, cool colour of grey, with our very own SPAD logo printed on the front, people will never forget what program you belong to.

The SPAD Official Program Jacket 

Similar to past year’s jackets, Bauer is back, with a jacket that is arguably the warmest and stylish jacket yet. Coming in both men’s and women’s styles, this jacket will keep you warm, even in Sudbury winters.

Don’t limit yourselves to just these popular items, there are many more styles and options. These include a SPAD mesh cap, SPAD gym T-shirt and shorts, SPAD women’s 1/4 zip, ladies v-neck, and SPAD classic zip sweater. With options like these there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in purchasing SPAD wear you can do so online at https://squareup.com/store/spad-council or in person at these times and locations this week:

Wednesday November 2nd

6:00-8:00 (West Residence)

Thursday November 3rd

2:00-4:00 (West Residence)

Friday November 4th

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (SPAD Learning Lab)

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. 

2016Jul 18

SPAD Student Profile: Jennifer and Dania go to Austria

Kufstein, Austria

Kufstein, Austria

Second year SPAD students Jennifer Thomas and Dania Johanson will be embarking on SPAD’s first international exchange for their third year studies. Jennifer and Dania, through their busy schedules, were able to give us some insight on the impact an international exchange will have on their education and in their lives.

SB: Why don’t we start with a small introduction to who you are and what you are passionate about?

JT: I’m Jennifer Thomas, a second year SPAD student. I am an avid soccer fan and am passionate about enjoying the experiences that life has to offer. I am also very passionate about being able to expand my cultural knowledge through education and real life experiences.

DJ: My name is Dania Johanson, I am a second year SPAD student from a small town in Northern Ontario. I am a (Canadian) basketball enthusiast with the hope of pursuing a career in basketball in the future. I also have a strong passion for travelling and I am always avid to take on any opportunities to further myself both academically and professionally.

SB: You both talked about how you have a passion for traveling and culture. In your opinion how do you believe culture affects sport as a whole and how do you believe having an extended cultural knowledge can develop yourself and sport?

JT: I believe different cultures affect sport as a whole because of the different views and perspectives people have for different sports. For example, football (soccer) is viewed much differently in Europe than it is in North America due to the culture and history of the game in European countries. I believe having an extended cultural knowledge can develop myself as a person to being more open in potential internship and post graduation jobs that may be available in something that I am not familiar with.

DJ: Culture has a major impact on all aspects of sport since sport as a business is geared to consumer appeal and culture has a significant impact on what appeals to consumers, how they celebrate, what they find ethical, and so on. Thus, being able to learn about the facets of sport from a different perspective will be extremely valuable.

SB: Different cultures definitely have an impact on sport and sport popularity. Now that we have established that cultural differences are a large part of sport I’d like to focus on what this experience will do for you. If you could break down your excitement to its core, what are you most excited about?

JT: Obviously there are multiple things to be excited about, but I would have to say that I am most excited to be able to travel around Europe on weekends, and on breaks. I know that Dania and I have already started to make a bucket list of things to do while we are there and with having almost a month off in between semesters hopefully we are able to check off most of the things on the list.

DJ: There are so many different aspects of the exchange that I am exited about! if I had to narrow it down I would say I am most excited about having the ability to travel around not only just Austria but all over Europe and have the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures, architecture, cuisine, entertainment, and of course sporting events.

SB: Its great to hear of the plans the two of you are starting to make and it sounds like you will have a blast! Moving to university is a big change that both of you experienced last year and now you’re going to Austria. How do you think studying abroad will affect your life and/or your life style?

JT: I think that studying abroad will affect my lifestyle in a positive way by allowing me to experience different events, cultures and atmospheres. As well, I believe that studying abroad will allow me to understand myself to a deeper level and may direct me into what kind of career I want to pursue after graduation. Studying in Austria also allows for me to “put myself out there”, as Dania will be the only one that I know at the university and we will both have to find different ways and attend different events in order to create a similar friend base to what we have created at Laurentian and in SPAD.

DJ: I think that the transition to university is a fair comparison in respect to the impact of the change on our lifestyles that this exchange will have. Although the type of impact the exchange will likely have on our lifestyle is much different from the affect that moving to university had. This exchange will have implications on my day-to-day life through adapting to a new culture’s daily norms (dining, mannerisms, and so on) and on myself in general. As Jen mentioned this exchange requires us to “put ourselves out there” and take on new experiences and opportunities in a foreign environment.

SB: Now to rap things up could you talk about what kind of courses you will be taking and how these courses will help you in the future?

JT: Courses that we will be taking are similar to what any third year SPAD student takes except for the core content of the course is different due to the cultural atmosphere in Austria. As well we will be taking more focused business management courses that will allow us to experience a deeper understanding of the topics. Studying at FH Kufstein also allows us the opportunity to try different classes that are not offered at Laurentian, such as different simulation modelling courses and web business management courses. I believe that said courses (although what we are taking is not set in stone) will help me in the future to be able to look at a situation from different views. Most courses that we are enrolled in now focus mainly on North American sporting industries when using examples, and I know that when we go to Austria their main sporting industries are different forcing us out of our comfort zone.

DJ: We don’t have our class schedule picked out officially yet. However, we have had the chance to look through the content included in some of the courses we will be taking. The courses we will take are similar to those we would have at Laurentian (Sport Ethics, Sport Projects etc…) although the course content is much different in Austria. The main difference that I noticed was there was a major focus on the World Cup and on soccer operations in general which reflects on the culture of Europe in which soccer is a major aspect.

SPAD would like to thank Jennifer and Dania for taking the time to speak to us about their exciting future while studying abroad. It is an unbelievable opportunity for our current/prospective students to hear about some of the opportunities that SPAD offers its students.

 

 

 

 

 

2015Oct 28

SPAD Wear is Back!

Roots LogoEach year the SPAD Student Council organizes SPAD-branded clothing for purchase by anybody in the SPAD family. This year’s Council is extremely excited to announce that ROOTS, a premier apparel company with a long history in sport, will be this year’s supplier of SPAD Wear. This year’s SPAD wear promises to offer quality products, in both women’s and men’s options that members of the SPAD family will be proud to wear. SPAD Student Council has also worked with Square and Weebly to allow for online ordering that is extremely easy to use.

SPAD Wear is a great way to represent yourself and the program you love. If you are hanging out with friends and family, in class, at other academic events, working on an internship or in the sports industry, this gear is a reminder of where you have come from and the family you have gained through this program.

Get your order started by clicking the following link: http://www.spadwear2015.weebly.com/

If you have any questions at all or just want to find out more about SPAD Wear and the order process this year, please feel free to contact either SPAD Student Council President Neal Steven at nsteven@laurentian.ca or Kevin Miller at kmiller@laurentian.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015Jan 27

2015 Nike SPAD Wear Available Now!

By Blog Contributor David Maika

New year, new SPAD wear! SPAD Student Council is pleased to announce their partnership with T.Litzen Sports to bring you Nike SPAD wear! There’s no better way to represent your program than donning the SPAD logo we have become familiar with! Order deadline is Friday, January 30th at 11:59pmand products can be ordered at https://spad15.itemorder.com/sale. All clothing is offered in both men’s and women’s sizing. This year’s apparel options include:

  • SPAD toque
  • SPAD baseball hat
  • SPAD sweatpants
  • SPAD DriFit short sleeve shirt
  • SPAD DriFit long sleeve shirt
  • SPAD performance hoodie
  • SPAD fleece hoodie
  • SPAD polo
  • SPAD 3-pocket athletic shorts
  • SPAD gym sack

With frigid temperatures up in Sudbury, you can now represent SPAD in a fashionable (and warm!) way with the brand new SPAD toque! New to the inventory this year also includes the SPAD gym sacks.

SPAD students, faculty and alumni are renowned for their professional appearance and approach to everything they do. What better way to show this professionalism than with a SPAD embroidered polo! (SPAD embroidered suits were out of the question).

No we are professional, but sometimes SPAD needs some time to relax and watch some sports. Sweatpants are key for situations like this, and SPAD Council is happy to announce SPAD embroidered sweatpants!

All marketing tactics aside, Council could not be more excited for this year’s SPAD wear! SPAD wear is great way to show your pride for the program and connect with your classmates/colleagues.

Orders and pictures of the product can be found at https://spad15.itemorder.com/sale.

Online order process:
1. Place the items you wish to order in the cart
2. Select ‘My Cart’ on the top right corner of the screen
3. Review the items in the cart and select ‘Checkout’
4. Fill out your contact information and shipping address then select ‘Next Steps’
5. Fill out your billing information then select ‘Next Steps’ again
6. Review order and select ‘Complete My Order

For more information, feel free to contact SPAD Student Council President Nathalie Mihalek (nmihalek@laurentian.ca) or Council VP Tyler Fitch (tfitch@laurentian.ca).

2014Sep 15

SPAD Frosh Day 2014

By: Tyler Fitch

2014-2015 SPAD Frosh

2014-2015 SPAD Frosh Class

For many, the beginning of September represents the ending of summer and the beginning of school. Making the transition from high school to university can seem daunting, especially for those who don’t know anyone at their new university. Luckily, the students entering their first year of Sports Administration are coming into a program that is close-knit like no other. SPAD Frosh Day, for many, is the day where people will meet others who will one day turn into lifelong friends. This year, there are 78 frosh, a much larger group than previous years. No matter how many first years there are, the tradition of going paintballing on Frosh Day needed to be upheld.

The day began by meeting at the Ben Avery gym, where ice-breakers and introductions were to be held. Students who arrived early took advantage of the location and played basketball while waiting for others who had come from Friday morning class. Once everyone had arrived, council began with their introductions before passing it off to the frosh, who shared their names, where they were from, and an interesting fact about themselves. This transitioned into another ice-breaking game, where students were split up into teams and had to work together to answer questions and elect members who best represented various categories.

From here, the students boarded two buses that drove across town to Dodge This Paintball. Each frosh was given a gun, 100 paintballs, and a mask, and began by playing in a wooded area filled with hills, trenches, and valleys. The students fought through rain, mud, and poor visibility in the beginning, and many emerged from the forest with mud and paint covering most of their bodies. As the first years returned to the front, council began handing out pizza that had just been delivered. During the break, the sun finally emerged and more frosh went out for subsequent rounds on the main course, filled with small buildings, cars, and obstacles. After a couple more hours passed by, it was time to take the iconic Frosh picture and return to residence for a break before reconvening later in the night.

Later in the night, frosh and council met Professor Zinn and Dr. Eastman at Wacky Wings, where the first years took the valuable opportunity to connect and network with the upper years on council as well as the faculty that will be working with them for the upcoming years.

Check out some of the highlights from the day:

SPAD Council would like to thank all the frosh as well as the faculty for making the day a great success, and look forward to seeing everyone at numerous SPAD events throughout the year.

2014Mar 22

@LU_SPAD Students Host 2nd SGA Dodgeball Tournament

By: Kevin Domaratzki

1975164_10153913794870385_1655199430_nOn March 15th 2014, third year event management students hosted the 2nd annual SGA Dodgeball Tournament presented by Toppers Pizza. The event was held at the Ben Avery Gym on Laurentian Campus and ran from 9-4:30. The event was a huge success as it attracted a record breaking 22 teams, with each team having 6-8 players.

The event began just prior to 9am as teams who registered were treated to complimentary morning snacks, including granola bars, fruit, water and Gatorade. Participants also had the opportunity to snack on bags of chips supplied by Frito Lay, a proud sponsor of the event. Players had the opportunity throughout the day to play the Topper’s Pizza Accuracy Challenge, attempting to hit the most pizza boxes in a row with a dodgeball. The round robin began at 9am as all three courts (Toppers Pizza court, frito lay court and pepsi court) had games running simultaneously. Every team was guaranteed 3 games in the round robin. The round robin ran smoothly and on time, until pizza arrived just before noon. Each team was given a large pizza, generously donated by presenting sponsor Topper’s Pizza.

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2014Mar 20

@LU_SPAD President Profile – Sean Meyers

1235263_10153274027850517_2064817181_nQ: What are some of your duties as SPAD President? Tell the readers more about your role on council and within the program.

As the President of SPAD, I am responsible for facilitating a strong group of leaders that is this years’ SPAD Student Council. Throughout the year we are responsible for planning all Council run events including: SPAD Frosh Day, the annual trip SPAD students make to Montreal for the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference, SPAD Formal, as well as several other events taking place over the course of the year. In addition, I host monthly meetings with our Council, as well as work on tasks throughout the year including the program’s prestigious “SPAD Wear”. Through my role on the Council, I am ultimately responsible for ensuring that the students of SPAD receive the best extra circular experience possible over the course of the year.

Q: Why did you choose to run for this position and what made you want to represent the program as their Student Council President?

During the 2012-2013 school year I served as the Second Year Representative on the SPAD Council. I really enjoyed assuming this role, and decided I wanted to explore a larger role within the program the following year. In talking with upper year students and alumni of SPAD who had been apart of the SPAD Council, they had talked heavily of the benefits and great experience in which the Council experience provided. When the opportunity arose, I immediately knew I wanted to pursue the role of President on the SPAD Student Council. Growing up I’ve striven to become a leader, and SPAD Council President role has not only allowed me to grow as a leader, but it has also allowed me to grow a team of leaders, which is the students within SPAD. I would encourage any first and second year students with the slightest interest in a Council position to take advantage of it, as the experience has been all I could ask for.

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