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December 2021

Fall 2021 MA graduates

Western Sport Management’s MA program had several students graduate as part of the Class of 2021. Successful MA candidates include Ross Clausi, Rhys Desmond, Jonathan Femi-Cole, Katherine Gibbins, Morgen Kidney, Adam Purdy, Alex Roger, Taylor Sutherland, and Tristan Tahta. Congratulations to all graduates on the successful completion of their MA program!

USRI: City of London mapping project

The Western Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRI) program provides undergraduate students with engaged research experiences and opportunities to learn new research methods and techniques alongside faculty mentors. It also helps develop skills in preparation for future careers. At the end of the summer, students and faculty are expected to share their research with the broader campus community during a virtual exhibition event.

Prof. Alison Doherty has supervised Kendra Squire’s (BA, 2020) USRI project, which mapped the landscape of community-level sport and physical activity organizations in the City of London. Abby Perfetti (MA, 2023) continued the project by learning the ArcGIS geospatial mapping program and locating all the organizations and program facilities onto the City of London map. The resultant landscape of community sport and physical activity organizations in London provides a profile of the strengths and gaps in opportunities for the citizens of our community.

Prof. Laura Misener has supervised Avery O’Neil’s (BA, 2022) project, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung's team at Queens University. This project aims to cultivate a definitive volunteer training program for large-scale disability events. Avery collected information on current disability sport volunteer training programs and integrated these findings with new qualitative data collected through interviews with athletes with disabilities, event organizers, and previous volunteers. Prof. Misener has also supervised Erica Lo’s (BA, 2023) work on Project Echo. Erica focused on the role of social media in recruiting and sustaining participation in an online forum about individual experiences of disability sport participation. Erica used her work to create a poster that provides guidance regarding the recruitment process, advantages, challenges, and considerations when utilizing social media in qualitative health research.

Western Sport Management in the news

Dr. Mac Ross was quoted in Maclean’s magazine about Canada's participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. He has shared his perspective on the upcoming Olympic Games and a potential boycott on various CBC radio stations, including Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Dr. Ross has also discussed the Women Tennis Association’s decision to pull events from China over the silencing of Peng Shuai with Kris Reyes on CBC World at Six. Dr. Ross’s segment begins at 11:26.

Western Sport Management alumnus, Dr. Kyle Rich (PhD, 2017; Assistant Professor, Brock University) was interviewed by Heidi Atter on CBC Labrador Morning about rural resilience and the State of Rural Canada report. Dr. Rich's segment begins at 25:20.

Doctoral candidate, Swarali Patil has published a post on the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) blog on the Student Engagement Initiative, an initiative by the NASSM Student Board to offer sport management students the opportunity to access professional development and social engagement sessions throughout the year. In her piece, Swarali shares some insights on how the Student Board plans and delivers these sessions and provides a snapshot of the October session she hosted on 'From classroom to industry connection: Transferrable skills and career options.'

November 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Stephanie Merino

Stephanie Merino graduated from the Western Sport Management Master of Arts program in 2016. She has recently secured a new role as the Development Manager of Sports Tech at EA Sports. Stephanie previously worked as the Senior Consultant of Analytics and Insights at Lumency Inc. and as a Ticket Administrator and Coordinator at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Stephanie and learn how she has navigated her career till date, the skills she has acquired to focus on RoIs and contract valuations, and her advice for graduate students looking for a role in the sports industry post graduation. Click here to watch the interview.

Dr. Jim Weese honoured with a prestigious NASSM award

Each year, the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) bestows major awards to professional members at the annual NASSM conference. The purpose of these awards is to recognize achievements and innovations by professional members in the areas of research, teaching, and service. Dr. Jim Weese has been chosen as the winner of the Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award and will be honored at the 2022 NASSM Conference in Atlanta.

The purpose of the Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award is to recognize exceptional contributions to teaching and learning. The award signifies (a) distinction in classroom, field, and/or online teaching; (b) excellence in pedagogical innovations in teaching, course design, curricular design, and/or assessment; (c) sustained commitment to the improvement and quality of teaching and learning in the sport management discipline; and (d) sustained commitment to one's own professional learning. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Weese on this well deserved honour!

Research team publishes a blog piece on Para sport classification

Post-Doctoral scholar, Dr. Nancy Quinn, Prof. Laura Misener, undergraduate student research intern, Ayahm Yasein, and PhD student, Dennis Osei-Nimo Annor have published a blog piece on the Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC) portal. This blog describes the classification process and explains how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted classification for Para sport competition. It also discusses how the pandemic exposed and worsened existing constraints in the classification process, limiting equitable access to Para sport classification and competition. Finally, it highlights opportunities to do classification differently, during and in a post-pandemic world, with the promise of improving access to classification and enhancing Para sport participation globally. Click here to read the blog post.

Western Sport Management in the news

Western Sport Management scholars have been busy in November 2021, sharing their expertise through different avenues. Prof. Alison Doherty served as a panel member for the November 2021 NASSM student engagement session on 'The (international) academic job market: How to position yourself for success.' Prof. Doherty shared some useful information and tips on how doctoral students can prepare for the academic interview process.

Prof. Laura Misener was interviewed on CBC Radio's Here and Now with Gill Deacon. Prof. Misener shared her thoughts on the International Olympic Committee's new advice and guidelines on the inclusion of transgender athletes in sport. To listen to that segment, please click here.

Dr. Mac Ross has published two new articles for The Conversation Canada. In one, titled 'A diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games could bring Huseyin Celil home,' he discusses the need for Olympians, Paralympians, academics, journalists, and activists to join in solidarity and ask the Canadian government to bring Huseyin Cecil home. In another, titled '#WhereisPengShuai: Totalitarianism, violence against women and an overdue Olympic boycott?,' he discusses the moral and political wrongs in letting China host the 2022 Winter Games in light of the human rights violations occurring in the country.

October 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumnus Chad Van Dyk

Chad Van Dyk graduated from the Western Sport Management Master of Arts program in 2018. He is back at Western, working as the Director of Recreation and Active Well-being. He has previously worked as the Athletics Facilities Supervisor at Mohawk College and as the Recreation Sports Supervisor at Mount Royal University. Chad’s internship at Mount Royal University turned into a full-time paid position, a transition many internship-based students would love to make!

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Chad, welcome him back to Western, and learn how he has navigated his career till date and his advice for graduate students currently looking for or pursuing an internship. Click here to watch the interview.

Western Sport Management at SCRI 2021

The Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) conference was held virtually on October 28 and 29, 2021. Western Sport Management was well represented at the event.

Prof. Laura Misener presented in the Disability in Sport & Para Sport theme, Erin Pearson (PhD Candidate, 2024) presented in the Priorities in Sport Research & Governance theme, and Abby Perfetti (MA Candidate, 2023) and Prof. Alison Doherty presented in the Community Sport theme. The event included presentations from Western Sport Management alumni Dr. Kristen Morrison (MA, 2013) and Dr. Patti Millar (PhD, 2015). Congratulations to all the participants!

Western Sport Management at Olympic and Paralympic Research Symposium

The 15th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research was hosted by the Western International Centre for Olympic Studies on October 15 and 16. Prof. Laura Misener and Dr. Mac Ross represented Western Sport Management at the event. Prof. Misener moderated the virtual keynote presentation by Dr. Charlene Weaving from St. Francis Xavier University.

Dr. Mac Ross gave a talk with Dr. Michael McDougall on hosting, human rights, and the Olympics. They discussed different Games including those hosted in Berlin, Mexico City, Montreal, Vancouver, Rio, and Tokyo. Their talk focussed on the importance of prioritizing human rights over any mega sport event. Dr. Ross and Dr. McDougall also collaborated on the Meaningful Sports Series podcast to talk about the lack of human rights and the struggle for critical scholarship and diversity in sport history. Congratulations, Dr. Ross!

Doctoral candidate invited to guest lecture series at alma mater

Swarali Patil (PhD Candidate, 2022) completed her bachelor's degree in Sport Management at Coventry University in Coventry, UK. Coventry University hosts an annual Guest Lecture Series week, where industry professionals, researchers, and alumni are invited to share their journey and discuss their current roles. Swarali was invited to present her doctoral dissertation research by the Sports and Events Management program.

In her presentation, Swarali shared her graduate school journey, including the research she has been involved in, and her experiences with different courses, attending conferences, professional development, and developing a scholarly identity. She then presented one of her dissertation studies, 'A business case for women in sport leadership,' which looks to present a persuasive argument for sport organizations to invest in women in leadership roles. Congratulations, Swarali!

September 2021

Dr. Mac Ross looks ahead to Beijing 2022

Dr. Mac Ross has joined 200 human rights groups in calling for a broadcast boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Dr. Ross has co-authored an article for The Conversation Canada titled, 'A broadcast boycott is the last chance to mount serious resistance against the Beijing Olympic Games.' In the article, the authors discuss China's persistent and documented human rights abuses and the IOC's mere lip service on human rights issues. The authors recommend using a broadcast boycott to hit the IOC where it matters the most - their bank accounts.

The article can be read on The Conversation Canada's website here.

Article by Western Sport Management alumna featured in the Globe and Mail 

Dr. Katie Lebel (PhD, 2013) has authored an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail that discusses the paucity of women's sport merchandise in light of the Canadian women's national team winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Dr. Lebel posits the lack of investment in women's sport undermines the broader growth of women's sports and hampers their ability to build strong fanbases.

Dr. Lebel is currently an Assistant Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. She is also an affiliated scholar with E-Alliance, Canada's gender+ equity sport research hub. Her article can be read on the Globe and Mail website here.

August 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Nicole Baranowski

Nicole Baranowski graduated from the Western Sport Management Bachelor of Arts program in 2019. She is currently running her own business, Hairstrong! Nicole is joining the Western Accelerator Program, which will provide her with the resources to grow her business. Besides her academic and business pursuits, Nicole is currently coaching the Western women's rowing team.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Nicole and learn how she has navigated her entrepreneurial journey, her advice for students who are interested in owning a business, and her time management tips. Click here to watch the interview.

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Western alumna joins Maple Leafs' Management Development program

The Toronto Maple Leafs' newly formed Management Development program has a Western Sport Management connection! Marian Agyei-Gyamera (MA 2016) has been selected as one of two individuals to partake in the inaugural year of the program, which aims to provide candidates the opportunity and training to forge their own careers in hockey. This is a paid, full-time program that will enable Marian to spend time throughout the season with the front office and management staff, including team President Brendan Shanahan and General Manager Kyle Dubas. For full details, read the official press release here.

Marian brings a wealth of experience from her work in the sport industry to the Maple Leafs. Western Sport Management recently interviewed Marian, to discuss her career choices and progression. That interview can be watched here. Congratulations, Marian and best wishes!

Western scholars continue making the news around Tokyo 2020

Western Sport Management scholars have continued sharing their expertise on various topics related to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Prof. Laura Misener has appeared on various CBC morning shows to discuss parasport related projects. Additionally, she has co-authored an article for The Conversation Canada titled, 'Paralympians still don't get the kind of media attention they deserve as elite athletes' with doctoral student, Erin Pearson (PhD 2024). Dr. Mac Ross has also authored an article for The Conversation Canada titled, 'From outlier to Olympic sport: How skateboarding made it to the Tokyo Games.' The piece explores how the inclusion of skateboarding as an Olympic sport impacts the skater subculture.

Prof. Misener has also launched a new three-year research project titled, 'Project Echo' that aims to put parasport on the map in a new way. As part of the project, the research team will examine media coverage of mega events such as the Paralympic Games. Prof. Misener and her doctoral student, Erin Pearson (PhD 2024) authored a piece for the SIRC blog discussing the project. Best wishes to Team Project Echo!

July 2021

Western faculty members in the news around Tokyo 2020

With the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games currently underway, Western Sport Management faculty members have been actively sharing their expertise on various related topics.

Dr. Mac Ross co-authored an article for The Washington Post titled, 'The Olympics is a disaster for people who live in host cities,' which discussed the displacement of people in host cities. He also penned a piece for The Conversation Canada titled, 'The WHO and the IOC are playing with lives at state-of-emergency Tokyo Olympics,' where he discussed the IOC and WHO’s support of the global mega-event during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Laura Misener has appeared on AM980 News, CTV News, and CJAD 800 Montreal to discuss all things Olympics. Dr. Mac Ross has also appeared on AM640 radio multiple times for Olympic related conversations. Congratulations, Dr. Misener and Dr. Ross!

Undergraduate student awarded a Gold Medal for 2021

Owen Robinson, an undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology, earned the highest average in the Honours specialization in Sport Management. He was awarded a Gold Medal for his academic achievements.

Owen completed a dual degree and also earned his Honors Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School. In addition to his academics, Owen was a member of the Varsity Men's Ultimate team during all five years of his undergraduate degree and a captain of the team in his last three years. Owen will now be living and working in London as an Analyst at EventConnect. Congratulations, Owen!

MA candidate successfully completes major research paper

Jonathan FemiCole (MA Candidate, 2021) has completed his master’s degree research on the inevitable end of the leadership life cycle. His major research paper is titled, 'What Leaders Need to Know About Leadership Shelf Life: Understanding the Concept, Recognizing the Signals, and Knowing When and How to Effectively Exit.’ Jonathan’s presentation video can be accessed at this link.

Congratulations, Jonathan!

June 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Marian Agyei-Gyamera

Marian Agyei-Gyamera graduated from the Western Sport Management Master of Arts program in 2016. She is currently working as an Integrated Marketing and Communications Specialist with Ringette Ontario. She has previously worked as a Program Manager for the Black Canadian Coaches Association (BCCA), managing the Black Female Coach Mentorship Program, a collaboration between the BCCA and the Coaching Association of Canada. Marian is an avid podcaster, and though she's currently taking a break from new recordings, you can listen to her previous work on Spotify at MAGS Moments.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Marian and learn how she has navigated her career till date, her secret to being connected and productive, and her advice for upcoming graduates. Click here to watch the interview.

Western Sport Management shows out at the 2021 NASSM Conference

Keeping with tradition, Western Sport Management was well represented at the annual North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Conference. Several graduate students presented their research on the virtual conference platform. Corey Crossan (PhD 2022) presented on the 'Perceptions of leader character for Sport Management.' Swarali Patil (PhD 2022) presented 'A strategic business case for women in sport leadership.' Prof. Laura Misener co-presented a case study on the Canadian para-sport collective with Dr. Landy Liu, a former WesternU postdoc. Prof. Misener also presented her work on the capacity assessment of parasport delivery with Dr. Nancy Quinn (PhD 2020). Prof. Alison Doherty, Swarali Patil (PhD 2022), Kendra Squire (BA 2021), and Ross Clausi (2021) presented their work on the sport delivery goals of community sport clubs. Justin Robar (PhD 2024) presented a case study of sport for development initiative in rural Africa.

Several Western Sport Management alumni presented their research, including Dr. Katie Misener (PhD 2009), Dr. Shannon Kerwin (PhD 2010), Dr. Alanna Harman (PhD 2013), Dr. Patti Millar (PhD 2015), Dr. Kyle Rich (PhD 2017), Dr. Ryan Clutterbuck (PhD 2018), Kristen Morrison (MA 2013), Kerri Bodin (MA 2018), Erika Gray (MA 2020) and many more. Congratulations to all on a successful conference!

Details on presentations, including abstracts, can be found on the NASSM page.

Dr. Laura Misener quoted in an Al Jazeera article on the Tokyo Games

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to begin on July 23, 2021. The event will bring athletes and officials from around the world, increasing the risk of new variants of COVID-19 being introduced into Japan. Many in Japan continue to question the decision to hold the Games during the pandemic.

Al Jazeera, an international Arabic news channel based in Qatar, recently published an article on the potential COVID-related economic blow from the Tokyo Games. Dr. Laura Misener was quoted in this article, on her perspective of the potential impact to the IOC's brand, particularly with immense sponsorship dollars at stake. Read the article here.

Dr. Mac Ross co-delivers inaugural ‘Dr. Colin Howell Distinguished’ lecture

Dr. Colin Howell is the founder of The Hockey Conference who recently retired after 50 years of service at Saint Mary's University. His teaching and research focused on the history of sport, medicine, and health in Canada. In honour of his retirement and his contributions to hockey scholarship, Dr. Howell was acknowledged at the 2021 conference in several ways, including a distinguished lecture at the conference in his name.

Dr. Mac Ross is one of Dr. Howell’s former graduate students and co-delivered the inaugural 'Dr. Colin Howell Distinguished' lecture with him. In his speech, Dr. Ross reflected on Dr. Howell's career and his years of mentorship. Congratulations, Dr. Howell and Dr. Ross!

May 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Kerri Bodin

Kerri Bodin graduated from the Western Sport Management Master of Arts program in 2018. She is currently working towards a doctorate at the University of Ottawa. Kerri's research focuses on policy objectives of non-mega sports events, and event impact on host community residents. Kerri is involved in various extra-curricular acitivies. She has served on the NASSM Student Board since 2017-18, is a mentor for incoming graduate students at UOttawa, and in her spare time she enjoys running and cycling.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Kerri and learn how she selected her graduate program, her progress with her doctoral work, and her time management strategies to give the best effort to all areas of her life. Click here to watch the interview.

Master's students present their internship experiences

Master's students in the Sport Management & Leadership internship stream are working with various sport organizations for their internships. As part of their program requirement, these students must prepare and present a brief summary of their internship experiences.

Katherine Gibbins (MA Candidate, 2021) completed her internship with Rugby Ontario and presented her experience in video format. Katherine's presentation can be viewed on the Western Sport Management Vimeo site.

Future video presentations will be uploaded to Western University's Sport Management and Leadership Master's degree program page (scroll down and click tab for 'Internship Examples.')

Doctoral candidate pens second piece for The Conversation

The French Open Tennis Championship began on May 30, 2021, after an initial postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Swarali Patil (PhD Candidate, 2022) wrote an article for The Conversation, on the challenges professional tennis players are facing as they continue competing at different tournaments under strict protocols. She focused on the impact of tournament postponements and cancellations, rankings freeze, prize money reduction, and athlete wellbeing. The article was re-published by The National Post, Yahoo! Canada, and Western News.

This is Swarali's second article for The Conversation Canada, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. She previously wrote on the need for an independent player's association in professional tennis.

April 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Rebecca Lansley

Rebecca Lansley graduated from the Western Sport Management Bachelor of Arts program in 2020. She is currently working as the Coordinator for Community Programs & Outreach for the Jays Foundation. Though fairly young in her career, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience to the sport industry from her previous positions at Softball Canada, Western University Sport & Recreation, and the Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic. Rebecca contributed to Softball Canada's gender equity programming, featured on the official website. She also worked on the Women in Softball Spotlight Series, which tells the stories of inspiring and empowered women in softball.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Rebecca and learn how she’s getting on with her new role and what she enjoyed in her previous role. Click here to watch the interview.

Dr. Laura Misener interviewed on the Pulse podcast

The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s (CPC) preparations are in full swing to send its delegation to Tokyo in August 2021. Training to compete during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique scenario. Dr. Laura Misener discussed some of the challenges facing the CPC and its athletes and made the case for parasport as a social movement and vehicle for change on the Pulse podcast. Click here to listen to the full episode.

The Pulse podcast is a part of AMI, a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs, and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more about AMI, visit their official website here.

Dr. Mac Ross quoted in a baseball story in the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star has published a story on Major League Baseball superstar, Mike Trout. The article discusses Trout’s star power and leveraging that to make him and the game of baseball more appealing to younger fans.

Dr. Mac Ross shared his thoughts on Trout, saying he “represents everything Major League Baseball is trying to be.” Dr. Ross also discussed Trout’s social media presence, friendliness in interviews, and clean-cut image. Read the full article here.

Prof. Doherty and doctoral candidate awarded E-Alliance sport grant

Prof. Alison Doherty and her doctoral student, Swarali Patil have been awarded a grant for their project titled, "The Financial Wellbeing of National Team Women Athletes in Canada" from E-Alliance sport. E-Alliance is a knowledge sharing hub made up of scholars and partner organizations from across Canada who are dedicated to gender+ equity in sport.

In their project, Prof. Doherty and Swarali aim to understand Canadian women athletes' day-to-day money management, financial security, and financial resiliency. Congratulations, Prof. Doherty and Swarali! For more details, follow the study account @AthleteFinances on Twitter and Instagram.

Dr. Brendan Riggin and Hockey FIT featured on local London news

The Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program continues to go from strength to strength. Started in 2014 at Western University as a pilot project to help hockey fans improve their physical activity levels, the program is now active in several cities. CTV News London recently featured a story on the Hockey FIT program. Western Sport Management alumnus, Dr. Brendan Riggin (PhD, 2018) was interviewed for the story. Read the story and watch the news feature here.

Western Sport Management interviewed Dr. Brendan Riggin and discussed the Hockey FIT program with him in August 2020. Click here to watch that interview.

March 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Marika Kay

Marika Kay graduated from the Western Sport Management master's program in 2017. She is currently working as the Manager of High Performance Centres and Coaches with Swimming Canada, a role she started in April 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic! Marika is a former high performance athlete and has competed across the US and Canada in different rowing championships.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Marika and learn how her background as an elite athlete gives her a different perspective and the unique experience of starting a new role during the pandemic. Click here to watch the interview.

Dr. Misener and her doctoral student discuss Tokyo 2020 and vaccines

Dr. Laura Misener and her doctoral student, Erin Pearson (PhD, 2024) penned their thoughts on the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Their work titled, 'Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead without a level playing field for COVID-19 vaccines?' was published by The Conversation. In their work, Dr. Misener and Erin discuss the fairness in continuing with the Tokyo Games, particularly with the uneven vaccine rollout across nations. They frame their thoughts in light of the Tokyo Games Organizing Committee's decision to prohibit spectators from countries other than the host nation from attending the Games in person.

Dr. Misener and Erin's work was republished by Yahoo! Canada and the National Post. They were also interviewed about their article by 570 NEWS - Kitchener. Congratulations, Dr. Misener and Erin!

Western University almuna show out at 'Stay in the Game' conference

The Western Mustangs and Tourism London collaborated on a one-day virtual conference to promote the continued involvement of women in sport beyond graduation. This event, titled 'Stay in the game: Pathways for women in sport' featured a keynote address by Jayna Hefford, one of the most decorated Olympians of all time.

Western Sport Management alumna were well represented at the event. Prof. Alison Doherty moderated the 'Off the field' session, whose panel of speakers included Eva Havaris (MA, 2006). Darda Sales (PhD, 2021) was a part of the 'On the field' panel of speakers. Dr. Shannon Kerwin (PhD, 2010) discussed 'Dealing with conflict in sport' and Corey Crossan (PhD, 2022) discussed 'Sport leadership' in other sessions. Other Western alumna at the event included Senator Marty Deacon, Dr. Angela Schneider, Dr. Natascha Wesch, Vickie Crowley, Caroline Ehrhardt, and Joy SpearChief-Morris.

Congratulations to the Western Mustangs and Tourism London in hosting a fantastic event!

Undergraduate students in sport marketing get special opportunity with the Ti-Cats

Undergraduate students in Sport Marketing (KIN 3399) had the pleasure of listening to Sophie Kargl, a senior coordinator of marketing and fan engagement with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Sophie discussed the Ti-Cats' change in strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guest visit was made possible with the help of Western Sport Management alumna, Dr. Alanna Harman (PhD, 2013; Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University).

The KIN 3399 class will now be sending two groups of students to an upcoming virtual case competition, where they will pitch a marketing strategy for the 2021 Grey Cup to executives from the Ti-Cats. Students will need to consider the COVID-19 Public Health and Safety regulations in developing their marketing strategy, while maintaining a positive guest experience that includes fan engagement and interactions.

February 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumnus Chris Langdon 

Chris Langdon graduated from the Western Sport Management master's program in 2018. He is currently working as the Director of Partnerships and Sales with the Niagara River Lions of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Chris is well versed in different sports. He gained very valuable work experience through his graduate program internship with the Toronto Football Club. He was a talented hockey player drafted into the Ontario Hockey League but he had to hang up the skates due to injuries.

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Chris on how his multi-sport experience is helping him navigate the pro sport industry and how his role with the River Lions has evolved due to the pandemic. Click here to watch the interview.

First ECS submission is published

The Encyclopedia of Canadian Sport (ECS) was founded to increase the accessibility and credibility of online information pertaining to Canada's sporting culture. The ECS is a peer reviewed database and welcomes submissions on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, athletes, organizations, social issues, governance, and development, reflective of Canada’s diverse social and cultural landscape. The editorial team includes Western Sport Management faculty members, Drs. Mac Ross and Laura Misener. The ECS has published its first submission on Tom Longboat (born "Cogwagee"), a renowned long-distance runner, which can be accessed here.

To submit your work to the ECS, please visit this link to review the list of topics and contact Dr. Mac Ross at

Prof. Doherty and her students present at the Canadian Sport for Life conference

A team of sport management undergraduate (Kendra Squire) and graduate students (Swarali Patil, Ross Clausi), with Prof. Alison Doherty, presented their project "Mapping the sport and physical activity landscape in a community" at the recent Canadian Sport for Life Conference. The project stems from a Western Undergraduate Student Research Internship funded by Mitacs and awarded to 4th year student, Kendra Squire in the summer of 2020.

To see the presentation, visit this link (presentation begins at the 7:57 mark). Please contact Prof. Doherty for more information about the project.

January 2021

Interview Series: Talk with Western alumna Erin Kodama

Erin Kodama graduated from the Western Sport Management master's program in 2012. She is currently working as the Director of Projects with Wasserman in Los Angeles, California. Before moving to Wasserman, Erin worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. She was with the Cavaliers when the team won its first Larry O'Brien trophy in 2016!

Western Sport Management had a chance to catch up with Erin on the work she's doing now and how its changed due to the pandemic. We also asked her if she's ever met Lebron James. Watch the interview to find out!

MA students complete their internships

Master’s students in the Western Sport Management program’s internship stream complete a four-month internship as part of their degree requirements. Students in the class of 2021 have navigated the challenges presented due to the ongoing pandemic and successfully completed their internships. Congratulations to Ross Clausi (NIRSA Member Network), Cassidy Deane (Western Mustangs Intercollegiate Sports and Recreation Services), Morgen Kidney (Canadian Soccer Business), Alex Roger (Special Olympics Ontario), and Tristan Tahta (Cosmos Sports and Entertainment).

Dr. Misener receives a big promotion

Dr. Laura Misener is an Associate Professor in Sport Management and the Director of the School of Kinesiology. She has been promoted to a full professorship effective July 1, 2021. Congratulations, Dr. Misener!