Register NOW- Ottawa Sport Council Spring Webinar series

One of the Ottawa Sport Council’s most well-received initiatives has been its webinars. With topics such as sponsorship and volunteer management, our comprehensive library of free learning materials has empowered community sport leaders to maintain efficient sport programs, launch new initiatives and receive guidance from like-minded peers.

We are excited to announce that registration for our 2018 spring webinar series is now OPEN.

Hosted by the Ottawa Sport Council, this series has been created based on feedback from local sport organizations. The webinars provide an opportunity to increase your knowledge in areas such as financial management, using sport for development and strategic planning.

Join us at NOON on the following dates to learn from experts in their fields:


March 21, 2018Topic: Financial Management Best Practices for Community Sport Organizations; Speaker: Christa Casey, Welch LLP  

 Join us for a discussion on financial management best practices for community sport organizations including financial statement fundamentals, items of importance for Board Members, and recommended internal controls and processes.

 TO REGISTER: Financial Management Best Practices for Community Sport Organizations    


April 18, 2018Topic: Sport for Development- Using Sport to Address Community Issues; Speaker: Bob Elliott

 For many years sport has unintentionally helped to address social issues in Canada.  Over the past 10 years or so forward thinking sport organizers have started develop and carry out programs that intentionally use sport for a number of social objectives.  This webinar will discuss the rationale for and provide examples of how programs across Canada can address community issues.

 TO REGISTER: Sport for Development- Using Sport to Address Community Issues  


May 16, 2018Topic: From Vision to Action, Creating your Strategic Blueprint for Success; Speaker: Julien LeBlanc, Blueprint Management Consultants

Join us to learn about the methodology of the strategic process and how to design a robust plan that has a vision, strategies, actions and tactics with accountability. Julien will discuss four critical aspects of the strategic planning process:

  • Start with why – Your vision and rally cry matters!
  • Going from the what is to the what could be – Analysis
  • When you say yes, what are you saying no too – Prioritization
  • Rallying the troops – Communication and Accountability

 TO REGISTER: From Vision to Action, Creating your Strategic Blueprint for Success


 TO REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES: Ottawa Sport Council Spring 2018 Webinar Series 

 Please note: Registration is Required

 The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support of its work through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Ottawa Sport Council Releases Two New Educational Videos

The Ottawa Sport Council is proud to release a pair of videos that summarize insight from its two most recent Sport Summits – Let’s Talk about Concussions (June 2017) and Grants Demystified (November 2017). The videos capture these valuable information sessions, hosted by subject matter experts in Ottawa.

As an organization that provides leadership to the local sport community, the Ottawa Sport Council works to provide accessible, pertinent educational resources. Our webinars have provided a relevant online resource, helping stakeholders add value to their respective sport programs by making them more inclusive, innovative, ethical and respectful. This new set of videos allows us to bring even more content to our audience, ensuring the values and teachings shared at our Sport Summits aren’t lost to those who couldn’t attend.

Let’s Talk About Concussions

Featuring CHEO’s Dr. Andrée-Anne Ledoux, PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellow, and a panel of experts including parent Gordon Stringer, Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Legacy Project, Lorraine Lafreneiere, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada and Paralympian Karolina Wisniewska, the Spring, 2017 Sport Summit Let’s Talk About Concussions held an open dialogue on the impacts of concussions in sports. Attendees discussed how to help mitigate the concussions through awareness, prevention and identification. Click here for a short promo of the video.

Grants Demystified:

Facilitated by local business leader Julien LeBlanc, Grants Demystified, provides viewers with insight into how to identify relevant grants for community sport organizations and how to create a winning application. A panel of decision makers talk about what makes a grant application stand out, eight attributes of highly effective grants, and the details that make a grant provider want to say yes. Click here for a short promo of the video.

We invite you to use these educational materials on the Ottawa Sport Council YouTube page and welcome any feedback you may have.

Let’s Talk About Concussions

Grants Demystified

The Ottawa Sport Council would like to thank the Government of Ontario for its generous support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, without which the development of these videos would not have been possible.

South Korea To Play Host to 2018 Winter Olympic Games

South Korea’s Pyeongchang, is set to play host to the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The city will welcome nearly one million athletes and spectators on February 8th, 2018. More than 43,000 people live in Pyeongchang, with many working in the agriculture and dairy sector. The area also boasts a large tourist population, with a focus on sports, such as hiking and skiing.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be the first-ever Canadian woman and man to carry the Canadian flag into an Olympic opening ceremony, on February 9th, the day after the official competitions kick off. The 2010 Olympic ice dance champions will try to return to the top of the podium after placing second in Sochi, Russia four years ago. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, a temporary structure with capacity for 35,000 spectators. This will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea. (Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.)

The Games kick off on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 and conclude with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

Here’s a look at some of Canada’s top athletes heading into the Olympics:

  • Mikael Kingsbury – Canadian freestyle skier
  • Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – Figure Skating, Ice Dance
  • Charles Hamelin – Canadian short track speed skater
  • Mark McMorris – Canadian snowboarder
  • Ivanie Blondin – Canadian speed skater
  • Chloé Dufour-Lapointe – Canadian freestyle skier
  • Maxime Dufour-Lapointe – Canadian freestyle skier
  • Marie-Philip Poulin – Ice Hockey, Forward
  • Max Parrot – Canadian Snowboarder

These are just a few of the talented Canadian Olympic team members to watch this February. The athletes, coaches and trainers have put in long hours, dedication and love of their sport to be able to represent Canada on the world stage. We’ll be watching, will you?


Ottawa Sport Council – A Year In Review

This past year has been informative, busy and above all – positive, for the Ottawa Sport Council. There were many learning opportunities as an organization, along with the ability to educate and network with fellow sport advocates, clubs and local citizens to further sport in our community. Our endowment fund provided 2 grants to local community sport organizations to establish new programs for underserviced communities, ; we hosted two well-attended summits and supported and engaged in the Ottawa bid to host the 2021 Canada  Games. Here’s a review of some of the highlights:

Canada Games Bid

January kicked off with Ottawa being a finalist in the bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games. Although unsuccessful (Congrats to the Niagara Region for their winning bid), the bid exercise brought together the sport community and showcased why the City of Ottawa is a top destination for sport and sport tourism. We have an array of venues, fierce competitive spirit and unparalleled support for fellow athletes. This was an unforgettable experience for our City and the Ottawa Sport Council was proud to show their support!

Spring Summit- Concussions

The OSC hosted its Spring Sport Summit which brought together athletes, coaches and other stakeholders in the local sport community. Our goal is always to educate on relevant topics requested by the community, as well as ensure conversation and networking opportunities. This year, we chose to tackle the sometimes controversial and evolving topic of concussions. We had an incredible lineup of panellists and speakers, notably, Mr. Gordon Stringer (father of Rowan Stringer and key advocate of Rowan’s law), Karolina Wisniewska (Canadian Paralympian), Lorraine Lafrenière (Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada), and Dr. Andrée-Anne Ledoux (Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute) who  discussed the growing epidemic of concussion in sport. Each speaker brought a unique perspective to the discussion; parent, coach, athlete and physician. The Summit had a great turnout and the feedback we received was extremely positive.

Ottawa Sport Council Foundation 2017 Charitable Endowment Fund

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation’s ‘Charitable Endowment Fund’ was established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the True Sport Foundation. The Ottawa Sport Council is passionate about sport and this endowment fund aims to enhance sport excellence, guided by True Sport principles, in the City of Ottawa. This year’s recipients – LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club were each awarded $1500 to support development of their initiatives.

Ottawa Champions All Star Game

As part of the official Ottawa 2017 celebrations, The Ottawa Champions played host to the Can-Am/American Association All Star Game festivities this past summer. This is the first time that Ottawa played host to a professional baseball all star game, with the event including players, families, and fans from Texas, Winnipeg, Quebec, New York, and the American mid-west. It was a tremendous success, bringing many tourists to the area and putting Ottawa on the map once again for our excellence in the sport of baseball!

Fall Summit – Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application

In November, the Ottawa Sport Council held its annual Fall Sport Summit, with the topic of discussion – Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning ApplicationMany of our member organizations often express their frustrations and questions when it comes to securing funding for their programs. This summit brought together many of the key stakeholders and generated great discussion.

2017 was a wonderful year, just the tip of the iceberg for what we hope to accomplish in the years to come. We want to thank all of our advocates and supporters and look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure there are only positive experiences in sport.


Winter in Ottawa is all About Sport

If you are an athlete, sports enthusiast or just looking for great entertainment, Ottawa is the place to be for the next 4 weeks! With the Grey Cup looming and the upcoming NHL Outdoor Classic kicking things off, there is plenty to see and do. Here is a brief list of events to add to your must-see schedule:

Grey Cup

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are thrilled to be hosting 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in our Nation’s Capital on November 26, 2017. As the host, RNation is looking forward to bringing together die-hard football fanatics from across the country with a new generation of up-and-coming passionate patrons.

The 105th Grey Cup will be played on Sunday, November 26 at 6 p.m. ET. This will be the first time the Stadium at TD Place has hosted the CFL championship game since TD Place and Lansdowne’s rejuvenation in 2014. Ottawa has hosted this quintessential Canadian event seven times, the last being in 2004. For more info and tickets, please visit

NHL Outdoor Classic

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will close a 100-year-old circle Dec. 16 when they meet in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic in an outdoor game at Lansdowne Park.

The Senators and Canadiens, two of the founding members of the NHL, met on the League’s opening night, Dec. 19, 1917. The NHL100 Classic will be the culmination of the League’s Centennial celebrations and coincide with Canada’s 150th celebration, the Senators 25th anniversary and the Stanley Cup’s 125th birthday. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Roar of The Rings

Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre will play host to the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings from Dec. 2-10, This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of Canada’s greatest curlers. For more information and tickets, please visit:

From Football to hockey, to curling, the winter sport season is just kicking off with more around the corner. Why hibernate when you can enjoy the snowy season with sports!

Grants Demystified – How to Create a Winning Application

Our Fall Ottawa Sport Summit is just around the corner, with this year’s topic focused on Grants and Grant-Writing. The Ottawa Sport Council considers the needs of its members when setting the topic for the summits. This year, we had overwhelming requests about grants and funding for sport organizations. With that in mind, we have secured an expert panel of key industry players to provide you with their perspective of what creates a winning application.  You will want to ensure you SIGN UP NOW and reserve your spot!

In the meantime, here are some key strategies that will help with successful grant applications:

  1. Research shows that groups of three are effective in getting your audience to remember a crucial point. The groups of threetactic is a way to make a memorable impression with the words you choose. The words that stick in your mind forever usually come in groups of three. Some examples: blood, sweat, and tears; reading, writing, and arithmetic; and red, white, and blue.
  2. When you discuss your need or the need of your target population, you must stick to the facts. However, there are no hard-and-fast rules on how you present those facts. Write with the understanding that you increase your chances of success by touching the hearts of the individuals making the funding decisions.

Our upcoming 2017 FALL Ottawa Sport Summit, November 29, 2017 will provide broader information and the opportunity to speak to others in the industry. Make sure you register now to save your spot!

Ottawa Sport Council Webinar Series: Have Your Say

The Ottawa Sport Council is planning the programming for our new webinar series, and we’re inviting stakeholders to help choose the topics.

One of the Ottawa Sport Council’s most well-received initiatives has been its webinars. With topics such as sponsorship and volunteer management, our comprehensive library of free learning materials has empowered community sport leaders to maintain efficient sport programs, launch new initiatives and receive guidance from like-minded peers.

Now we would like to hear from you – we want you to have the opportunity to shape the next series by providing your feedback on potential topics. To help us better understand your organization’s educational needs, we would appreciate if you would take two minutes to complete this short, three-question survey by October 25, 2017.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey. We know that with your input, our new series of webinars will be as topical and engaging as they have in the past.

The Ottawa Sport Council thanks the Ontario Government for its generous support of its work through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Ottawa Sport Council Foundation Awards 2017 Recipients of Charitable Endowment Fund

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation is thrilled to announce its 2017 Charitable Endowment Fund recipients – LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club. Both LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club have been awarded $1500 by the True Sport Foundation to support development of their initiatives: LACA SC’s program, Lift a Parent, Get a Kid There, will create a transportation network to ensure that disadvantaged youth have the transportation required to attend a free soccer program; and the Ottawa Titan’s program, Ausome Ottawa Titans Water Polo will introduce the sport of water polo to youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation’s ‘Charitable Endowment Fund’ was established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the True Sport Foundation. The Ottawa Sport Council is passionate about sport and this endowment fund aims to enhance sport excellence, guided by True Sport principles, in the City of Ottawa.

Marcia Morris, Executive Director of the Ottawa Sport Council, said, “Sport has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone, and we believe that no one should be excluded. The programs offered by LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club for youth who otherwise may be excluded from participation in sport are very inspiring and we are very excited to support them as our 2017 fund recipients.”

The Charitable Endowment Fund supports Ottawa community sporting organizations through True Sport Foundation Grants.  Grants are available on a yearly basis and adopt key focus areas each year. In 2017, the focus was to assist community sport organizations in establishing new programs for underserviced populations and to increase opportunities for participation in sport activities embracing True Sport principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep it Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back) in Ottawa.

“We are very pleased that through our partnership with the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation we are able to support the work of LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club and their commitment to offering values based programs.” says Karri Dawson, Executive Director at the True Sport Foundation. “We all share an understanding of the value and power of community sport and together we look forward to providing a quality sport experience for local youth who otherwise may be excluded from participating”

“Throughout the years, season after season, LACA SC has experienced and received first hand testimony from newcomers, single parents families, low income families, or simply put families with limited means of transportation (for many reasons) the difficulty in getting kids to the soccer pitch for a games or practice sessions.  Even when organizations like ours providing sponsored free or low cost registration to soccer, children who would otherwise benefit from this have failed to participate or show up.  The reason, simply because today’s busy shift-work and scheduled society does not allow the parents adequate time or means of transportation. We hope that if we symbolically “Lift a Parent” we in turn can “Get a Kid There” to participate as well as shed light on an ongoing participation problem for all sports”, commented LACA SC Secretary, Romulo Osorio.

Bosko Vukojevic, President, Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club added, “The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club believes strongly in giving back to the community.  We are very excited to be able to dedicate the month of January to running free water polo clinics for members of Ottawa’s Ausome organization (  There is no doubt these sessions will be extremely rewarding, not only for the participants but also for our coaches!”

Ottawa Sport Commissioner Jody Mitic commented, “It is wonderful to see how local grants like the Ottawa Sport Foundation Charitable Endowment Fund are really making a difference in our communities. Programs that support inclusiveness are so important. LACA SC and the Ottawa Titans Water Polo Club have proposed wonderful initiatives which are very deserving of the funding.”

2018 grant opportunities will be announced mid-year 2018. Incorporated not-for-profit organizations that offer sport programs in Ottawa and have operated for at least one year in Ontario are eligible for the grants.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grants 2017

It’s that time of year again – Grant writing season! Every organization across the board is gearing up to pull their projects together and apply for the funding that will deliver many worthy services and programs to communities that appreciate and need them. Before the countless hours go into research and drafting applications, make sure your organization REGISTERS first! Below is the registration and application date for the Ontario Trillium Foundation CAPITAL GRANTS, that is fast approaching:

  • Organization registration deadline: October 4, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.
  • Application deadline: October 25, 2017, 5 p.m. ET.

What is a Capital Grant?

The Ontario Trillium foundation has split their grants into several categories, breaking down funding to better serve programs and services. The purpose of a Capital Grant is to broaden access, improve community spaces and promote energy efficiency to achieve a Priority Outcome.

Some of the activities funded include:

  • Buying and installing equipment
  • Doing renovations, installations and repairs
  • Building structures or spaces
  • Making better use of technological resources

Amount: From $5,000 to $150,000
Term: Up to 1 year

Some tips to make your application succeed:

  1. Complete the OTF Self-Assessment Tool :  First-time applicants are advised to complete the self-assessment tool to ensure you are eligible for funding- If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Ontario Trillium Foundation Support Centre at
  2. Give Yourself Adequate Time. Successful grant writing is not done at the last minute. You should be researching and formulating ideas for your grant application at least two months prior to the deadline.
  3. Read the Guidelines. Always read the program guidelines and application form to determine that your proposed work is a strong fit for the program’s deadlines and objectives.
  4. Write Clearly and Directly. Answer all of the questions as directly as possible and thoroughly outline the steps that will be taken, key individuals involved, and partners engaged to successfully complete your project. If you are not sure about the meaning of a question, ask  the Support Centre.
  5. Outline Your Action Plan. Clearly outline the steps that will be taken to ensure the successful completion of your project. Ensure that your plan is detailed and in line with your proposed budget and objectives.
  6. Create a Realistic Budget. Research the real cost of activities, services, materials, fees, and equipment. Talk to others who have done similar work. Research potentials partners and other funders who may be able to support project costs. Include in-kind or donated services and materials in your budget or budget notes.
  7. Follow Instructions and Triple Check Your Grant. Do not put so much hard work into a grant application only to miss the deadline! Make sure you check the deadline time.
  8. Ensure you engage an external reviewer- ask an external reviewer to read through your application to ensure you have communicated your plan accurately and concisely.

Grant Applications can seem like a daunting process, but given enough time to research and organize, the process will be simplified.  Wishing everyone the best of luck with the OTF Capital Grant 2017 application process!

Ottawa Beams with Pride for Canada Games 2017

The Canada Games, held in Manitoba from July 28th to August 13th, just wrapped up, leaving sports enthusiasts satisfied with exceptional sport showmanship and talent country-wide!The Province of Ontario is beaming this week, bringing home 87 gold medals, 65 Silver, and 60 Bronze, for a grand total of 212 placings. Here in Ottawa, we couldn’t be more excited to congratulate our local athletes as well.

Here are the medals won by our local Ottawa athletes:

Gold Medal

  • August Sibthorpe – Canoe/Kayak
  • Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh- Canoe-Kayak
  • Lexy Vincent- Canoe-Kayak
  • Genevieve L’Abbe- Canoe-Kayak
  • Henry McKay – Diving
  • Malik Bhatnagar – Tennis
  • Hunter Amesbury- Rowing
  • Monti Mohsen- Soccer
  • Haider Kadhom- Soccer
  • Tony Mikhael- Soccer
  • Ricky Comba- Soccer
  • Ethan Kalef- Volleyball
  • Max St-Denis- Volleyball
  • Alex St-Denis- Volleyball

Silver Medal

  • Shyvonne Roxborough – Athletics
  • August Sibthorpe – Canoe/Kayak
  • Lexy Vincent- Canoe-Kayak
  • Genevieve L’Abbe- Canoe-Kayak
  • Katherine Maine – Cycling
  • Aaron Wong-Sing- Sailing
  • Julia Chadwick- Basketball
  • Taylor Featherstone- Basketball
  • Ariel Young- Soccer
  • Kayza Massey- Soccer
  • Emily Amano- Soccer
  • Olivia Cooke- Soccer
  • Mollie Eriksson

Bronze Medal

  • Laura Amoi – Athletics
  • Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh – Canoe/Kayak
  • Lindsay Irwin- Canoe/Kayak
  • Philipe Turcano- Canoe/Kayak
  • Isaac Finfelstein- Canoe/Kayak
  • Joe Spratt- Canoe/Kayak
  • Katherine Maine – Cycling
  • Gaël Shindano – Swimming
  • David Quirie – Swimming
  • Regan Rathwell – Swimming
  • Mary-Jo Weiss- Rowing

Each of our local athletes, with a medal place or not, should be incredibly proud of their performance at the Canada Games. We would also like to note the challenging work of all the coaches, volunteers and parents, who have shown wonderful skill, support and guidance to the athletes as well.

To compete in the Canada Games takes hours of training, dedication, many sacrifices and above all, a love for sport. The Ottawa Sport Council wants to congratulate every athlete who completed in the Games and wish you all continued success in your athletic future.