The Sports Management Conference & Trade Show in 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.


PrimeTime Sports Management Conference & Trade Show
Monday November 9 & Tuesday November 10, 2016
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
Toronto, ON

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Careers in Sport Workshop

NEW THIS YEAR & Included with your Toronto Registration:

'Careers in Sport Workshop'
Monday 7pm-9pm
hosted by
Sports Management Worldwide

Join Peterborough Petes GM Mike Oke and SMWW President Dr. Lynn Lashbrook who share career strategies to launch your sports career quickly and effectively.  Learn networking tips and meet speakers 'one on one' who share career advice.

Past Speakers:

Kevin Abrams Assistant General Manager, New York Giants

Matt Afinec - Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club 

Dave Andrews – President & Chief Executive Officer, American Hockey League

Steven Angel - Senior Vice President, Referee Operations and Analytics, National Basketball Association

Tom Anselmi - Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment 

Chris Armstrong - Senior Vice President, Wasserman Media Group, LLC

Chaka Bainbridge - President, Bainbridge Sports

Michael Bartlett – Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, MLSE & Executive Director, MLSE Foundation

Mark Bradley - Director, The Fan Experience Company

Brian Burke – President of Hockey Operations, Calgary Flames

Dr. Chris Chard - Sports Management Professor, Brock University

Brian Cooper - President & Chief Executive Officer, S & E Sponsorship Group

Michael Copeland - President & Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Football League

George Daniel - Commissioner, National Lacrosse League 

Mark Ditmars - Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Toronto Blue Jays

Kyle Dubas – Assistant General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs 

Steven Fehr - Special Counsel – Major League Baseball Players Association & National Hockey League Players' Association

Mark Francis – Consultant, BaAM Productions & Professor, UCLA

Elliotte Friedman – Broadcaster, Sportsnet

Brendan Fyfe - Senior Manager, Lottery Product Development, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

Dr. Pat Graham – Founder and Owner, The Core Optimum Health Centre, Official Chiropractor for the Toronto Blue Jays

Stephen Greyser– Professor of Marketing/Communications, Harvard Business School

Clark Griffith - Sports Lawyer, Griffith Consulting, LLC 

Bill Guertin - Owner, The 800 Pound Gorilla

 Shannon Hosford – Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Cameron Hughes - Multimedia Host and Fan Engagement Specialist, Cameron Cheers

Jeff Hunt - President and Governor, Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League 

Robert Hunter - Chief Facilities & Live Entertainment Officer, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment 

Stewart Johnston – President, The Sports Network (TSN) 

Gord Kirke - Sports Lawyer and Special Lecturer, Global Resolutions & University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Jim Kozak - Senior Director – Marketing, B2B & Sports Partnerships Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 

Adam Larry – Director of Licensing and Associate Counsel, National Hockey League Players' Association

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook – President, Sports Management Worldwide

Chris Lencheski – President, Phoenicia Sport & Entertainment

Abraham Madkour - Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily 

Dan Marr – Director of NHL Central Scouting, The National Hockey League 

Kyle McMann - Group Vice President, Integrated Sales, NHL Enterprises

Don Meehan - President, CEO and Certified NHL Player Agent, Newport Sports Management 

Gilberto Mendoza - Vice President, World Boxing Association 

Gord Miller – Play-by-Play Announcer, The Sports Network (TSN) 

Johnny Miller – CEO/Founder, Manumatix (Bamboo Social Media CRM Software)

Patrick Morris – Certified NHL Player Agent, Newport Sports Management

Jim Neish – Vice President, IMG Sports Licensing 

Jeffrey Orridge - Executive Director of Sports Properties, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 

Dr. Paul Piccininni - Dentist, Medical Committee, International Ice Hockey Federation

Tom Pistore - Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment

Camille Quenneville – Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Mental Health Association 

Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher – Director of Sports Health, Cleveland Clinic Canada

Jacqueline Ryan - Vice President of Sponsorships & Partnership Programs, Scotiabank

Greg Sansone – Head of Programming, Sportsnet 

Kim Saunders – Associate Vice President, Sports Partnerships – Canadian Tire Corporation

Daryl Seidman – Manager of Consumer Products – National Football League (NFL) Canada 

John Shannon – Broadcaster, Sportsnet 

Matthew Shuber – Vice President, Business Affairs and Legal Counsel, Toronto Blue Jays

Carlos Silva – President and Chief Operating Officer, Back9Network

Dr. Dana Sinclair - Partner & Sports Psychologist, Human Performance International

Szymon Szemberg - Chief Operating Officer, European Champions Hockey League

Dr. John Theodoropoulos – Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of Toronto & Toronto Maple Leafs 

Anton Thun - Co-Managing Director & Certified Player Agent, MFIVE Sports

Allen Vansen - Executive Vice President of Operations, Sport and Venue Management, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

Tom Whaley - Executive Vice President and Owner, St. Paul Saints Baseball Club 

Trevor Whiffen - Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP and Governor, London Knights Hockey Club 

Tom Wright – UFC Managing Director, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Canada, Australia and New Zealand

SMWW Sports Career Conferences

See other SMWW Sports Career Conferences listed here.

Questions? Visit the Prime Time Sports & Entertainment website

Call Patrice Whiffen - 519-868-2399

or email:

Information about the 2015 event:

(2016 information to be added as it becomes available.)


Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

7:30    Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 Welcome by Conference Chairs

Brian Burke
President of Hockey Operations
Calgary Flames

Trevor Whiffen
Partner - Dickinson Wright LLP
Governor – London Knights

8:40 Introduction and Opening Remarks

Gord Miller
Play By Play Announcer
The Sports Network
8:45 The Business of Sports: Meeting The Challenges of a Competitive Market

Gord Miller
Play By Play Announcer
The Sports Network

Doug Boles
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
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

10:00 Gord Miller of TSN Interviews Gary Bettman – Commissioner of the National Hockey League
10:30 The Importance of Developing Strong Corporate Partnerships in Sports

Chris Lecheski
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

11:30 Developments in Drug Testing, Awareness and Enforcement

Dr. Richard Powers
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

12:30 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

Elliotte Friedman
Sports Broadcaster
CBC Sports

Nick Kypreos
Hockey Analyst

Bob McKenzie
Hockey Analyst
The Sports Network

2:00 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
BaAM Productions

3:00 Gord Miller of TSN Interviews Rene Fasel of the International Ice Hockey Federation and Bob Nicholson of Hockey Canada
3:30 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

4:30 Athlete Representation Roundtable

Rob Faulds

Chris Armstrong
Executive Vice-President
Wasserman Media Group, LLC

Chaka Bainbridge
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

5:30 Networking Reception
6:45 Conference Concludes for the Day


SMWW will award a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for each SMWW Career Conference. You must be 18 years or older to be considered. If interested, fill out an application and submit your resume and one page letter explaining why you should receive a scholarship to

Scholarships do not include lodging or airfare. Those who have completed an SMWW training program will be given preference.


SMWW offers sports internship opportunities throughout the year in both our Portland, Oregon and Gloucester, England offices.  Visit this page for more information. SMWW conducts interviews at SMWW Career Conferences.