PrimeTime Sports Management Conference
& Trade Show

Leading Edge Strategies for Managing and Marketing the Business of Sport

November 12-14, 2017
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
Toronto, Canada


Sports Management Worldwide has partnered with PrimeTime Sports and Entertainment to host a Sports Management Conference and Trade Show in Toronto, Canada. Join an impressive list of speakers and delegates in Toronto where industry leaders meet to discuss and debate the latest challenges facing the business of sports.

2016 Highlights:

2016 Careers In Sport Workshop, Hosted By Sports Management Worldwide
Included With Your Toronto Registration

When: Monday, November 14, 6pm-9pm
Where: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dress Code: Business Attire

Join SMWW and PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment in Toronto on November 14, 2016 for a Careers in Sport Workshop as part of the 9th Annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference. Come join Dr. Lynn Lashbrook of SMWW and experience The Power of Networking!

We all understand the importance of networking within your target industry. This intimate setting will allow you an opportunity to network with sports business executives who will teach you simple techniques to grow your business network. Dr. Lashbrook is the master of meeting people, and by the end of the evening, you will be too! 
This is a MUST ATTEND event for those trying to break into the sports industry, or those who want to expand their sports business network.

Careers in Sports Workshop: Two Great Sessions Included this Year. Attend Both!

6:00pm Join us for a Networking Reception in support of You Can Play with light refreshments. 

7:00pm Careers in Sport Workshop Part 1: The Power of Networking
Hosted by Sports Management Worldwide's Dr. Lynn Lashbrook & Peterborough Petes GM Mike Oke, along with the following speakers: 

  • Anthony Batchelor - Partner, Odgers Berndtson
  • Taylor Coulis - Director, Programmatic, theScore
  • Leo Ezerins - Executive Director, Canadia Football League Alumni Association
  • Aras Kolya - Manager, New Business Development, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • Toby Lang - Senior Counsel, Bell Media
  • Reid Mitchell - Director of Hockey and Scouting Operations, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Vijay Setlur - Sports Marketing Instructor – Schulich School of Business – York University Director of Marketing & Communications – Visual Sports

7:00pm & 8:00pm Careers in Sport Workshop Part 2: It Starts Now - Your Resume, Your Brand, Your Career
Hosted by Ryerson University featuring the following speakers: 

  • Dr. Cheri Bradish - Professor, Sports Marketing, Ryerson University
  • Tom Anselmi - Former Chief Operating Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • Ralph Lean - Counsel, Gowling WLG

Registration: SOLD OUT!


If you are NOT registered for the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference and want to attend the WORKSHOP ONLY - $25 USD:


If you are ALREADY registered for the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference and want to attend the WORKSHOP FOR FREE: 


REGISTRATION IS LIMITED! Click here to download the 2016 Primetime Sports Management Conference Agenda! 

You can learn more about the conference here


2016 Confirmed Speakers:

Stay tuned for more 2016 confirmed Conference Speakers!

Matt Afinec - Executive Vice President, Business Operations - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Dave Andrews – President and Chief Executive Officer – American Hockey League
Tom Anselmi – Former Chief Operating Officer – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Anthony Antonelli – Vice President, Marketing, Brand, & Content Distribution – Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mark Atkins – President – Lighthouse Search
Jeff Atkinson – President – Honda Indy Toronto
Michael Bartlett – Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility – Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Anthony Batchelor – Partner – Odgers Berndtson
Jessica Berman – VP Special Projects & Corporate Social Responsibility – National Hockey League
Gary Bettman - Commissioner - National Hockey League 
Tim Bezbatchenko – General Manager – Toronto FC
Cheri Bradish - Associate Professor, Sports Marketing - Ryerson University 
Brian Burke – President of Hockey Operations – Calgary Flames
Meghan Chayka – Co-Founder – Stathletes
Ned Colletti – Senior Advisor – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brian Cooper – President & CEO – S & E Sponsorship Group
Michael Copeland – President and Chief Executive Officer – Toronto Argonauts
Taylor Coulis – Director, Programmatic – theScore Inc
Rick Curran – Registered Player Agent – Orr Hockey Group
Bill Daly – Deputy Commissioner – National Hockey League
Maria Dennis – Associate Counsel – National Hockey League Players’ Association
Leo Ezerins – Executive Director – CFL Alumni Association
Don Fehr – Executive Director – National Hockey League Players’ Association
Lisa Ferkul – Director of Hockey Partnership – Scotiabank
Mike Ferriman – Director – Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Francis – VP of Marketing & Media Relations, RS Ice Sports & Entertainment &  Sports Business Instructor, UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES
Landon French – President – Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Elliotte Friedman – Broadcaster – Sportsnet
Mike Futa – Vice President of Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel – Los Angeles Kings
Andrew Greenlaw – Senior Director, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy – CIBC
Denis Hainault – Executive Director, 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship – Hockey Canada
Clifford J. Hart – Partner – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Dave Hopkinson – Chief Commercial Officer – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment 
Jeff Hunt – President, OSEG Sports (Ottawa Redblacks, Ottawa 67’s & Ottawa Fury FC)
Aras Kolya – Manager, New Business Development – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment 
Sophie Kotsopoulos – Director, Integrated Marketing – National Hockey League
Angela LaChica– President and CEO – LaChica Sports
Toby Lang – Senior Counsel – Bell Media
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – President – Sports Management Worldwide
Matthew Logue – Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – S&E Sponsorship Group
Ralph Lean – Counsel, Gowling WLG
Peter Luukko – Executive Chairman – Florida Panthers
Eric Macramalla - Partner & Trademark Agent, Gowling WLG and Host - TSN Radio's Offside
Bill Manning - President - Toronto FC
John McDonough – President & CEO – Chicago Blackhawks
Gavin McGarry – President – Jumpwire Media
Richard McLaren - Commissioner on the Independent Commission - World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) & CEO - McLaren Global Sports Solutions Inc. 
Paul Melia – President and CEO – Canada Centre for Ethics in Sports
Bruce Meyer – Senior Director: Collective Bargaining, Policy & Legal – National Hockey League Players’ Association
Gord Miller - Play-by-Play Announcer - The Sports Network (TSN)
Mark Milliere – Senior Vice President, Production – The Sports Network (TSN)
Reid Mitchell – Director, Hockey & Scouting Operations – Toronto Maple Leafs
Sara Moore – Senior Vice President, Business Operations – Toronto Argonauts & Chief Operating Officer – 104th Grey Cup Festival
Scott Moore – President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties – Rogers
Dan Near – Head of adidas Hockey – adidas Group
Andre Nowakowski – Partner – Miller Thomson
Mike Oke – General Manager – Peterborough Petes Hockey Club
Jeffrey Orridge – Commissioner – Canadian Football League
Anthony Partipilo - Vice President, Marketing & Merchandising - Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Poulin – TV Analyst – The Sports Network (TSN)
Camille Quenneville – Chief Executive Officer – Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario
Brian Ramsay - Executuve Director - CFL Player's Association
Dr. James Riordan – Director – Florida Atlantic University 
Nick Sakiewicz – Commissioner – National Football League
Vijay Setlur – Sports Marketing Instructor – Schulich School of Business – York University & Director of Marketing & Communications – Visual Sports – Toronto
John Shannon - Broadcaster - Sportsnet
Mark Silver – President – Stadium Digital
Rand Simon – Certified Player Agent – Newport Sports Management
Dr. Dana Sinclair - Partner  - Human Performance International 
Malcolm Sutherland – Director of Hockey – Shoot For A Cure
Justin Vandenberg – Account Executive – Twitter Canada
Mardi Walker – Vice President, Human Resources – JemPak
Jillian Svensson - Vice President, Development & Operations - You Can Play 
Ritch Winter – Certified Player Agent – Winter Sports Ltd.
Trevor Whiffen – Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP & Governor, London Knights Hockey Club
Tom Wright – Executive Vice President and General Manager – Canada, New Zealand and Australia – Ultimate Fighting Championship


Call Patrice Whiffen: (519) 868-2399 or email
Or visit the PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment website. You can also follow PrimeTime Sports on Facebook and Twitter

Information about the 2015 event:
2016 information to be added as it becomes available

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

7:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30am Welcome by Conference Chairs
Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations Calgary Flames
Trevor Whiffen, Partner - Dickinson Wright LLP Governor – London Knights

8:40am Introduction and Opening Remarks
Gord Miller, Play By Play Announcer The Sports Network

8:45am The Business of Sports: Meeting The Challenges of a Competitive Market
Gord Miller, Play By Play Announcer The Sports Network
Doug Boles, President Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations Calgary Flames
Tim Leiweke, President and Chief Executive Officer Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Chris Lencheski, President Front Row Marketing Services – A Comcast Spectacor Subsidiary
Bruce Popko, Senior Vice President of Business Development Buffalo Bills
Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager Toronto Raptors

10:00am Gord Miller of TSN Interviews Gary Bettman – Commissioner of the National Hockey League

10:30am The Importance of Developing Strong Corporate Partnerships in Sports
Chris Lecheski, President Front Row Marketing Services – A Comcast Spectacor Subsidiary
Brian Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer S & E Sponsorship Group
Katherine Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Pan/Parapan American Games Toronto 2015
Dave Hopkinson, Chief Commercial Officer Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Jacqueline Ryan, Vice President, Sponsorships & Partnership Programs Scotiabank

11:30 Developments in Drug Testing, Awareness and Enforcement
Dr. Richard Powers, Professor Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto
Erik Galas, Intelligence Coordinator Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
Steven Fehr, Special Counsel Major League Baseball Players Association/ National Hockey League Players Association
Clark Griffith, Sports Lawyer CCG P.A.

12:30am Networking Luncheon – Panel Discussion – Current Issues in the World of Sports
Gord Miller, Play By Play Announcer The Sports Network
Sam Cosentino, Host of Baseball Central & Junior Hockey Analyst Sportsnet
Elliotte Friedman, Sports Broadcaster CBC Sports
Nick Kypreos, Hockey Analyst Sportsnet
Bob McKenzie, Hockey Analyst The Sports Network

2:00pm Event Management: Organizing, Promoting and Hosting Sporting Events
Paul Hardy, IAAF Competitions Director International Association of Athletics Federations
Robert Hunter, Chief Facilities and Live Entertainment Officer Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Pat McEleney, Executive Director 2015 and 2017 World Junior Championships – Toronto and Montreal – Hockey Canada
Sara Moore, Vice President of Marketing Canadian Football League
Annemarie Roe, President BaAM Productions

3:00pm Gord Miller of TSN Interviews Rene Fasel of the International Ice Hockey Federation and Bob Nicholson of Hockey Canada

3:30pm Athlete Evaluation and the Role of Analytics
Dr. Dana Sinclair, Partner and Sports Psychologist Human Performance International
Kevin Abrams, Assistant General Manager New York Giants
Kevin Cheveldayoff, Executive Vice-President and General Manager Winnipeg Jets
Patrick Morris, Certified Player Agent Newport Sports Management
Dave Nonis, Senior Vice-President and General Manager Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Rucker, Senior Analytics Consultant Toronto Raptors

4:30pm Athlete Representation Roundtable
Rob Faulds, Broadcaster Sportsnet
Chris Armstrong, Executive Vice-President Wasserman Media Group, LLC
Chaka Bainbridge, President Bainbridge Sports
Tim Fleiszer, Certified Player Agent Gil Scott Sports Management
Don Meehan, President, Chief Executive Officer and Certified Player Agent Newport Sports Management
Anton Thun, Certified Player Agent MFIVE Sports

5:30pm Networking Reception

6:45pm Conference Concludes for the Day

7:00pm Careers In Sports Workshop 


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