Sport Calgary Announces Annual Award Winners

CALGARY, Alberta — Sport Calgary today announced the winners of its Ron Southern Business and Sport Award, as well as its Sport Leadership Award.

“On behalf of Sport Calgary, I extend my congratulations to this year’s winners,” said Murray Sigler, Sport Calgary CEO. “Sport is important because it brings us closer together and unites us, not divides us. Calgary’s rich history of sport is supported and strengthened through the contributions of organizations like Shaw Communications, Corus Entertainment, and Respect Group.”

Shaw Communications and Corus Entertainment are the winners of the Ron Southern Business and Sport Award. The award recognizes and celebrates a business that provides outstanding and innovative support to sport in Calgary. 

Shaw Communications and Corus Entertainment are both dedicated to supporting the growth of a strong, healthy community by being active contributors to the development of athletics in Calgary and across the country. Through events like the Shaw Charity Classic and work with charitable partners like KidSport, Shaw Communications helps ensure that athletes and fans have the best opportunity to participate in sports. Likewise, Corus Entertainment has collaborated with hundreds of charities and sporting organizations to tell their stories and create awareness and opportunity for athletes.

Past winners include: ARC Resources (2006); Cardel Homes (2007); Encana (2008); Tim Hortons (2009); Intact Insurance ING (2010); TimberTown Building Centre Ltd. (2011); Tuxedo Source for Sport (2012); Shane Homes (2013); Talisman Energy Inc. (2014); and Canadian Tire Corporation (Forzani Group Limited) (2016).

Respect Group is the winner of the Sport Leadership Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contribution of a sport club or organization, which has made a significant positive contribution to the betterment of sport in Calgary.

Founded in 2004, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil created an organization to pursue their common passion: the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment.

Respect Group empowers people to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) through interactive, online certifcation. Its vision is to eliminate bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination by inspiring a global culture of respect.

Through its work with partners like Hockey Calgary, Respect Group is changing the culture of sport for the better.

Past winners include: Calgary Booster Club (2005); Canadian Sport Centre Calgary (2006); KidSport Society of Calgary (2007); Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (2008); Girls Hockey Calgary (2009); Greater Calgary and Area Football Association (2010); Special Olympics Calgary (2011); WinSport Canada (2012); Calgary Track Council (2013); Dino Women’s Volleyball Club (2014); and YMCA (2016).

A full presentation of both awards will occur at Calgary’s Celebration of Sport event on October 12, 2017 at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre. This annual event recognizes the people and organizations that make Calgary an incredible world-class sports city.

This year’s event will be comprised of a late afternoon reception, short awards ceremony and an expert panel discussion on sport. The event will be memorable, with over 500 athletes, sport organizations, business and community leaders, and government officials expected in attendance this year. 

100% of proceeds from the event go to support amateur sport in the city, and programs that encourage sport participation, like All Sport One Day. 

To attend the event as a media representative, please contact David Benson, Director, Marketing & Communications at or 403-984-0971.

For more information, please contact David Benson, Director, Marketing & Communications at or 403-984-0971

Evans Hunt