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November Sport Networking Meeting Recap

November Sport Networking Meeting Recap

The brand new Marriott TownePlace Suites Brantford & Conference Centre was the beautiful backdrop of our last Sport Networking Meeting for 2019. This facility is Brantford’s newest all-suite hotel, and the delicious spread was catered by Tom Mercante from Mercasa Little Italy Eatery & Catering. 

Welcome and Thank You

Sport Tourism Coordinator, Ela Stypa Jones, MC’d the event giving thanks to our Marriott hosts and opening the floor to Amber Kane, Director of Sales for both Hampton Inn and TownePlace Suites properties. Amber graciously thanked Tourism Brantford for the opportunity to host, and commented on how nice it is to have so many hotels in Brantford. “We want to encourage visitors and our tournament guests to stay IN Brantford instead of staying in a nearby municipality.” She also detailed several features of the sprawling new hotel, including Studio Style and 1 Bedroom Suite hotel rooms that feature full size kitchens in every room, 55” LCD HD Smart TVs, and free WiFi. Guests will enjoy the comfort of a hot buffet breakfast, outdoor lounge patio, and most impressively a conference facility that can accommodate up to 550 people with state of the art lighting and audio visual, and grand entrance with 2000 square foot pre function area with bar. 


Ela introduced Sara Munroe as the new Manager of Tourism, Culture & Sport for the City of Brantford. Sara has worked in the department for nearly five years first as the Arts & Culture Coordinator, and most recently as the Arts & Culture Development Officer. Sara also acted as the division’s manager in 2018 when Nicole Drake was on parental leave. Congratulations Sara on your new role!


Municipal Sport Tourism Strategy

Ela presented the Sport Tourism Strategy that was completed from 2017 to 2019 in partnership with Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Consulting Services. This strategy was launched in 2018 as a tool for communities to assess current state for bidding and hosting and will lead to improved decision-making prior to developing an event strategy.

The strategy began with a comparative analysis of Brantford to similar municipalities including: Fort McMurray, Waterloo Region, Brampton, Kingston, Moncton, Charlottetown, and St. John’s.

Vision – Brantford will be a leading sport tourism destination in structure, supports and execution as the Tournament Capital of Ontario.

Mission – Brantford will establish sport tourism as a priority market segment and provide a one-stop shop for developing and supporting sport tourism events while delivering last benefits that help to grow sport hosting, business and the community. 

The plan details strategic priorities in the categories of: financial, operational, competitive advantage, marketing, partnering, and infrastructure. Any questions regarding the Sport Tourism Strategy should be directed to Ela Stypa Jones, Sport Tourism Coordinator at

Brantford’s Grand Exhibit

Sara Munroe, Manager of Tourism, Culture & Sport and Ana Olson, Gallery Director of Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant presented the City of Brantford’s latest public art project, Brantford’s Grand Exhibit. This exhibit, like most public art projects, took approximately 1 year to complete.

Brantford’s Grand Exhibit is a partnership between the City of Brantford and Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, which features 12 to-scale reproductions from Glenhyrst’s permanent collection displayed throughout the City. It showcases a small piece of over 600 original works of art from Glenhyrst’s permanent collection. The twelve pieces selected for the Grand Exhibit were voted on by nearly 300 members of the community over the summer of 2019.

The project launched with a celebratory event on Friday, November 15 starting at 10:00 a.m. in Victoria Park in downtown Brantford. Despite the bitter cold, the event launched with great success in front of a large crowd of people. Opening remarks were made by Ana Olson, Councillor Joshua Wall, and Mayor Designate John Utley. An optional walking tour was then conducted by employees from Glenhyrst. Of the 12 pieces from Glenhyrst, 9 are featured in the downtown core. 

TownePlace Suites Site Tourism Brantford

Attendees of the November Sport Networking meeting were invited to attend a brief site tour of the TownePlace Suites facility. The tour included viewings of the lobby and bar, fitness room, pool, laundry room, and several suites including a studio style, one bedroom, and accessible suite. The beautiful TownePlace Suites is open for business and ready to entertain guests. Visit the TownePlace Suites Brantford and Conference Centre website for more information.

Shout Outs!

John Bradford,

John wanted to promote a Christmas event for children that Kara Wilson (Kara Wilson Photography) has set up. He also reminded everyone that the JCI Santa Claus Parade will be held on November 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Colborne/Stanley St. McDonalds. Santa & Sweet Bakery’s owner Stacey Bester have joined forces to create a Rogers Live TV phone-in show to talk to Santa, so be sure to take advantage of that with your little ones this holiday season.

Dr. Sandy Kunej, Family Care Chiropractic

Family Care Chiropractic is fundraising for United Way Days from November 11-14, 2019. All patients referred to their office will have their complete chiropractic check up at no charge to them. In lieu, they will be accepting donations with all proceeds going to Brant United Way. 

Sandra Gagne, Arnold Anderson Sport Fund & Brantford Church Hockey League

Arnold Anderson Sport has launched ‘Sponsor a Child.’ They challenge organizations to sponsor 1 child in the next 6 months. Registration and sponsorship is now open for the Henrique/Montour Golf Classic on July 7, 2020. NHL players Adam Henrique and Brandon Montour will be teaming up with the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund to host the inaugural Henrique/Montour Charity Golf Classic next summer. The tournament will be open to the public and all proceeds will go to the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund. The fund is based in Brantford and the County of Brant and has supported low-income families since 1998. 

Jason Freeze, BScene

Jason reminded everyone to submit upcoming events through

Bill Harding, Brantford Sports Council

The 15th annual Brantford Sports Council Awards Recognition Banquet takes place on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Brantford Golf & Country Club to recognize the outstanding achievements of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams, officials and sponsors who are actively involved in and support minor sports in our community. Sponsorship opportunities are now open and can be found on the Brantford Sports Council website.

Thank you to all who attended our November Sport Networking Meeting, and to those who expressed interest but had to send their regrets. We wish you all a happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in 2020! 


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