Bring It Home Award - Sports & Special Events
Winnipeg Tourism Bring it Home Award of Distinction - Sports & Special Eevnts
Presented to an individual, organization or business influential in bringing a sporting or special event to Winnipeg, resulting in increased visitation.
2017 Canada Summer Games – Host Committee - Award Winner
Last year, Winnipeg hosted the largest-ever Canada Summer Games. The games organizing committee spent more than two years working up to the event including recruiting 6,000 volunteers, developing a visitor platform and securing media and corporate sponsorships.
Winnipeg welcomed over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors for two exciting weeks of sports and festivities. The impact on Winnipeg from the Canada Summer Games will be remembered for years to come. Legacies include new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development, as well as an expected $150 million in economic impact.
Skills Canada National Competition – Skills Manitoba
The collective efforts of Maria Pacella, Executive Director of Skills Manitoba, and Penny McMillan, executive member, helped secure the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) that brought 550 competitors from all 13 provinces and territories to Winnipeg. In order to convince Skills Canada to host their national event here, the pair had to develop innovative solutions to meet the event space requirements needed to host 43 skilled trade competitions.
Hosting SCNC not only benefited the city from an economic tourism point-of-view but also provided hands-on work experience related to trades and technology and raised awareness about career opportunities for participants. Thanks to the entire local hostcommittee, the event was a complete success and saw a record high attendance of more than 10,000 attendees, including hundreds of students from Winnipeg and rural Manitoba, making it the best attended Skills Canada competition ever.