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Nominations Now Open For the "5 to Watch Awards"-A Celebration of Leadership in Canadian Sport Business

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2013) - Nominations opened today for the 2nd annual "5 To Watch Awards," a Celebration of Leadership in Canadian Sport Business, to be held at George Brown College on May 16, 2013.

Canada's leading sports business, education and marketing professionals are once again joining forces to celebrate the best and brightest of the Canadian sports industry. The awards will recognize the '5 To Watch' and are presented by George Brown College's Sport and Event Marketing Program in partnership with The Globe and Mail.

The winners will be announced on May 16th in front of the "who's who" of the sports community at George Brown College's Waterfront Campus in Toronto.

The Awards were launched to benefit current and future students, by raising funds for student bursaries in the Centre for Business at George Brown College.

Nomination process

To submit a nomination, please download the "5 To Watch Awards" nomination form at

All nominations must be received by Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

Late nominations will not be accepted.

The '5 To Watch' will be voted on by a panel of leading sports marketers and influencers, including representation from Founding Partners: BMO Financial Group, the Canadian Football League, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, SDI Marketing, TSN and presenting partner, The Globe and Mail.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be under the age of 40 years old by December 31, 2012.

Candidates can only be selected from the following segments of the Sports Industry:

  • Sports Properties
  • Amateur sport bodies including National/Provincial Sports Organizations and Educational Institutions
  • Non-editorial at Media Outlets
  • Event/Promotional/Sports marketing agencies
  • Advertisers, Licensees, Sponsors
  • Large Sports Events

Candidates must work on the business side of their operation (vs. on-field performance roles like a coach or General Manager).

For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about the "5 To Watch Awards," please visit

About George Brown College Sport and Event Marketing Alumni Committee

The George Brown Sport and Event Marketing Alumni Committee are committed to providing mentorship opportunities, advice and contact sharing with current students and alumni in order to increase networking potential and graduate prospects. The committee members also participate in the planning and executing of fundraising events to benefit current and future George Brown students.

About George Brown College

Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three main campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 148 full-time and 1,600 continuing education programs across a wide variety of professions to a student body of approximately 64,000 (including those enrolled in full-time, part-time and continuing education programs). Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelor degrees.

For further information:
George Brown College
Joyann Callender
Media Relations Manager
416-415-5000 ext. 3159