Sport Calgary Announces New Executive Director & CEO to Lead the Development of Sport in our City

CALGARY, Alberta — Today Sport Calgary is pleased to announce the appointment of Murray Sigler as Executive Director & CEO, with a mandate to help grow amateur and community sport in Calgary in all its forms.

“Sport is one of the most powerful forces in human culture. It has the ability to bring us together, to develop our minds and bodies, and to help us solve problems,” says Murray Sigler, “Whether welcoming new Canadians into our community, or setting an at-risk child on the right track, or driving economic activity, or just helping an aging body stay in shape – on all these fronts, sport can assist immensely.” 

Sport Calgary is a volunteer non-profit society, that is the voice of amateur sport in the city of Calgary. As an advocate of sport, the organization strives to assist, support and influence the growth of sport in Calgary in all ways.

Sport Calgary is known for its popular program: All Sport One Day – a free day of sport discovery for all Calgary children that allows them to experience a variety of sports quickly at over a dozen facilities.This past year it set a new record, allowing over 3,000 Calgary Children to explore a new sport. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Sport Calgary, Board Chair Perry Cavanagh stated, "Sport Calgary is thrilled to have Mr. Sigler take up the role of Executive Director & CEO at this important time. Mr. Sigler has decades of business experience from around North America and the UK. He brings this exceptional business acumen, and global perspective to his role in making Calgary a better place through sport.” 

“We are looking forward to Murray Sigler's leadership and passion for our community as Sport Calgary continues to influence the growth of amateur sport in Calgary," said Mary Moran, Sport Calgary Board of Directors and CEO of Calgary Economic Development. 

“Sport is such a pivotal part of Calgary’s cultural fabric,” said Doug Mitchell, Chair of Calgary Sport Tourism Authority. “Whether it’s about physical and mental wellness, economic development or volunteerism, advancing objectives for sport development continues to be important for the future of this city. We look forward to supporting Sport Calgary’s mandate as it works to raise the relevance of sport as a key pillar for building Calgary into a great city.” 

Kurt Hanson, Executive Director for Recreation at the City of Calgary said, “The goal of the City of Calgary is to make Calgary a great place to make a living and a great place to live. Sport and recreation plays an important role in this and we look forward to working with Mr. Sigler to advance this mission.” 

“Calgary is blessed with an incredible number of sporting organizations, athletes, and supporters. It is the role of Sport Calgary to help these organizations develop and to get as many Calgarians participating in sport for the tremendous cultural, social, and economic benefits it offers,” said Sigler.

There are over 400 different sport organizations in Calgary, with nearly 400,000 active participants. From bowling and baton twirling, to ultimate and underwater hockey there is a sport (or two) for you, and everyone is encouraged to get involved. 

For additional comments or to set up an interview contact Fraser Tingle at ftingle@sportcalgary.ca or 403-387-7772 ext. 1. See SportCalgary.ca for more details on the organization.

Murray Sigler

Mr. Sigler is the newly appointed Executive Director & CEO of Sport Calgary. 

Previously, Murray served Axia Net Media Corporation (TSX “AXX”) as President Axia North America and Axia SuperNet Ltd, also as Axia’s corporate Executive Vice President. In North America, Axia provides services over next generation fibre optic communications infrastructure in Alberta and Massachusetts.

Before joining Axia in 2009, Murray was Managing Director of the Government of Alberta's UK Office for 31⁄2 years. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and had an extensive career in the aviation industry, including having led Canadian Airlines Corporation as President and COO of Canadian Airlines International and CEO of Canadian Regional Airlines. 

He holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and also a graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Business in the Advanced Management Program. In the past, he has served on various Corporate Boards of Directors in the aviation, tourism and energy sectors.

Mr. Sigler currently sits on the Calgary Economic Development Board of Directors, as well as the Calgary Airport Authority Board, and has been active throughout his career as a Board member and Chair of numerous other community and professional organizations in Alberta and nationally. 

Mr. Sigler enjoys skiing, hiking, golfing and cycling. A lifelong Calgarian, he is an avid fan and supporter of various Calgary sports teams and activities.

 

Evans Hunt