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  • Sports journalist mental health champion Michael Landsberg to be recognized at Brock

    One of Canada’s most recognized sports broadcasters and an advocate for mental health issues will be the guest of honour at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Department of Sport Management at Brock University.Michael Landsberg will be recognized with an Industry Award while Erin Mathany (BSM ’05), Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Kojo Mensah (BSM ’04), Senior Policy & Issues Co-ordinator in the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be honoured with Alumni Awards during the event Thursday, March 2 at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold.Landsberg, Mathany, Mensah and three Department of Sport Management employees are being honoured as part of the first-ever Brock SPMA awards.For the inaugural Industry Awards, the department wanted to recognize someone “who has significantly and positively impacted the Canadian sport community,” which Department of Sport Management Chair Lisa Kikulis said describes exactly what Landsberg has done.“He has made a tremendous contribution to mental health advocacy through his significant roles in the Bell Let’s Talk and #SickNotWeak campaigns,” she said. “As a leading sports journalist in Canada, he has been able to break barriers and heighten communication on an extremely important topic for our students, our faculty and staff, and the sport industry as a whole.”The anniversary dinner will wrap up the Sport Management department’s annual Alumni Day, which includes a series of eight panel discussions at Brock University where alumni will return to the Niagara campus to discuss various industry issues.“Brock’s SPMA program is the best in Canada with Brock alumni in some of the biggest professional, amateur and community sports organizations in Canada, as well as abroad,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “The SPMA program provides students with many practical opportunities and experiential education placements to help them translate what they learn in the classroom to real world application.”Established in 1996, the Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) program remains the only specialized four-year sport management degree program in Canada. In it’s 20-year history, it has grown to become internationally recognized. In 2015, it was ranked fourth in the world for sport business programs by an industry publication.With more than 1,000 SPMA graduates, Brock University alumni are now working in some of the most high-profile roles in the Canadian sports industry such as:Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07) Assistant General Manager, Toronto Maple LeafsAlyssa Gordon (BSM ’07) Director, Commercial PPV & Content, Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipAndrew Tinnish (RECL ’99, BSM ’01), Assistant General Manager, Toronto Blue JaysDarren Yorke (BSM ’08), Assistant to the General Manager / Video Scout, Carolina HurricanesBrent Rossi (BSM ’01), EVP of Marketing & Brand Strategy, Pegula Sports & EntertainmentStephanie Jones (BSM ’05), Events and Sport Operations Manager, INVICTUS GAMES Toronto 2017Kris Hagerman (BSM ’11), Football Operations Co-ordinator, Edmonton Eskimo Football ClubAlyson Schmidt (BSM ’11), Sponsorship & Event Activation Specialist, MECJordan Bean (BSM ’14), Video Analyst, Toronto Maple LeafsBrooke Arthur (BSM ’07), Venue Ticketing Specialist, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games CorporationThe SPMA Anniversary events are open to Brock staff, students and faculty. Registration is available here.What: Brock University Department of Sport Management 20th AnniversaryWho: Michael Landsberg, TSN Broadcaster; Erin Mathany, Canadian Olympic CommitteeWhen: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.Where: Panel Discussions at Brock University; Anniversary dinner at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold read more