Sport & Recreation Summit to discuss economic impact of sport in area

The City of Sarnia in association with Lambton College and Tourism Sarnia/Lambton is hosting a Sport & Recreation Summit on December 10, 2011 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Lambton Inn, 1485 London Line, Sarnia.

All people involved in sports and recreation organization are invited to attend. Topics such as the economic impact of sport and the value to local sports organizations by hosting tournaments will be presented. These topics are designed to provide information to sport organizations assisting them to be more sustainable and increase their economic effect in the community.

The guest speaker for the Summit is Blair MacIntosh, Director of Sport for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Previously, Blair worked for the City of London and was instrumental in obtaining the Memorial Cup for that city. Blair will talk about that experience and the economic benefit that sport can provide to a community. Following the presentation by Blair MacIntosh, there will be a panel discussion with local and provincial sport industry representatives.

The Conference Board of Canada says “Household spending on sport has a significant impact on the Canadian economy. Sport spending totals almost $16 billion per annum – about 2.2 percent of consumer spending and 1.2 percent of GDP. Sport supports about 2 percent of the jobs in Canada.”

“Sports are a major economic stimulator in Sarnia. Tournaments provide local jobs and economic activity in the community. This workshop will teach how businesses may improve the sustainability of local sport and recreation organizations”, says Ian Smith, Director of Parks and Recreation.

The Sport & Recreation Summit is open to all people involved in sports and recreation and is the first in a series of workshops designed to provide executive members with the tools to meet today’s challenges.

For more information contact Ian Smith at 519-332-0330. 

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