Nice to see Football Canada organizing a summit with Canadian football leagues. It seems crazy that something like this hasn't been an annual or semi-annual event for decades, but it's a positive step forward.
Some highlights (ok, most of the info):
Leadership from Football Canada, Canadian Football League (CFL), Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), U SPORTS and leadership from the Canada West, OUA, RSEQ and AUS have confirmed their participation for the first of two-round meeting series.
Key topics that will be on the agenda this month include:
1. Programming and New Engagement
Focus on enhancing, supporting, and promoting the existing grass roots youth football programming being delivered across the country. While also exploring ways to further introduce the game of football (contact and non-contact) to new populations of youth. The group will also discuss paths to coaching, officiating and diversity.
2. Competitions and Events
The group will review the current calendar of Canadian Football events and discuss opportunities to align operations that will build stronger revenue streams, increase media attention & broaden audiences.
Discussions will focus on how the Canadian Football ecosystem can further align to solidify Canada’s position as global leader in the sport while also supporting the globalization of the game.
4. Information and Visibility
Stakeholders will address opportunities to enhance the promotion and recognition of Canadian Football endeavours.
Leaders will assess the possibility of streamlining and standardizing various processes to create resources that are beneficial to multiple parties.
The second set of discussions will seek further detailed discussion and alignment on female tackle football, high school football, flag football, specific diversity issues and regional relationships.