Countdown to the 2019 Games

Wednesday, 14th February 2018

(Red Deer, Alberta) - In 365 days, the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in the nation kicks off in Red Deer. From February 15 until March 3, 2019, the 2019 Canada Winter Games welcomes up to 3,600 participants from over 800 communities across Canada competing for gold in 19 sports.

Earlier today the Host Society announced the launch of the online volunteer application portal and welcomed eight new organizations as sponsors of the 2019 Games.  

“We are incredibly thrilled to be announcing eight new sponsors, including a major National Partner, to our roster,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “An event the scope and scale of the 2019 Canada Winter Games is not possible without the support from corporate sponsors. Our team has worked extremely hard with the Canada Games Council to raise the profile of the Canada Games nationally and securing a National Partner as iconic as Tim Hortons shows the level of interest in the Canada Games property and the 2019 Games is high.”

Tim Hortons is the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games’ volunteer program. Today, the 2019 Games’ volunteer application portal went live at

“Tim Hortons and its Restaurant Owners are proud supporters of sport in all of the communities we serve,” said Chris Wakefield, Regional Marketing & Sponsorships Lead, Tim Hortons Canada. “We are thrilled to be a partner of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, and are excited to be able to support the Volunteer Program encompassing thousands of incredible individuals whose hard work and dedication make events like this possible.”

DRIVING FORCE is a Gold Sponsor of the Games sponsoring the 2019 Games time fleet.

“Whether they walk away from the competition victorious or not, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be the experience of a lifetime for many athletes, coaches and fans,” said Craig Strachan, Vice President, Southern Region & Business Implementation. “We’re thrilled to contribute to that experience in a positive way because this event fits seamlessly with our motto: At DRIVING FORCE, it’s all about the experience.”

The Looker Office Furniture joins the 2019 Games as a Silver Sponsor and the Official Office Furniture Supplier.

“The 2019 Canada Winter Games is an event for central Alberta that should be endorsed by as many local businesses and volunteers as possible. Looker Office Furniture has wanted to be a big partner with the 2019 Games from the day it was announced. We are so proud to be an official sponsor for this amazing multi-sport event,” said Terry Coutts,Owner, Looker Office Furniture. “These Games will showcase many of our country’s best young amateur athletes and we look forward to showing all the visiting athletes, coaches, families, and friends what great hosts we are in Central Alberta and how much Red Deer and area has to offer. Thank you for the privilege to be a Silver Sponsor and we’ll try to do our part to make this the best possible experience for everyone involved!”

The presenting sponsor of the One Year Out celebration, the Co-operators is a Bronze Sponsor of the Games.

“The Co-operators is committed to building strong, vibrant communities and supporting health and wellness among Canadian families,” said Sherri Ryckman, District Manager Central Alberta. “The Canada Games is an opportunity to welcome families from across the country to our home town of Red Deer, as we come together to celebrate and cheer on these inspiring young athletes.”

Squeeky Kleen Car Wash will be the Official Car Wash Supplier of the 2019 Canada Winter Games as a Bronze Sponsor.

“For us at Squeeky Kleen Car Wash, the long-term legacy of the Winter Games was very important to the City of Red Deer, which is why we felt we needed to be a part of this moment,” Cam Baldwin, Director of Squeeky Kleen Car Wash. “We couldn't be more pleased to support an event that will bring new sports facilities and festival sites such as the Celebration Plaza to Red Deer.”

Vellner Leisure Products join the 2019 Games sponsor roster as a Bronze Sponsor and the presenting sponsor of artistic gymnastics.

“Vellner Leisure Products is proud to partner with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society in bringing this once in a lifetime event to Red Deer and central Alberta,” said Marty Vellner, President, Vellner Leisure Products. “The Games present an amazing opportunity to the youth of today to further develop the skills that will serve them well as they transition into the leaders of tomorrow. Discipline, teamwork, accountability and a healthy lifestyle are but a few of the lessons of sport. Few would argue their value to leadership and life in general. We truly believe that support offered to youth and sport in support of a healthy future for our community!”

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce also joins the Games sponsor roster as a Bronze Sponsor.

“The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to support this monumental event, and to be able to make a meaningful contribution towards the legacy of the Games for the benefit community and central Alberta,” said Robin Bobocel, CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.“The business community of Red Deer and central Alberta is overwhelmingly supportive of the Games and what it will do to enhance economic activity in the region. Our financial support of the Games is an investment that we hope will enable all of our members to capitalize on what the Games, and other sports tourism opportunities, have to offer our region.”

The Ponoka Stampede Association, in partnership with the Town of Ponoka, was announced as the latest municipal partner to join the 2019 Games sponsor roster.

“The Ponoka Stampede Association and Town of Ponoka are proud to partner together to be a sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Ponoka Stampede Association President Blair Vold and Rick Bonnett, Mayor of the Town of Ponoka. “As Canada’s largest seven day pro rodeo we welcome the athletes and their families to enjoy our western hospitality and heritage. Our town and community is rich in rodeo history and home to many top champions in our cowboy and cowgirl way of life. All the best to all the athletes competing and please take in our great hospitality on the Canada Day weekend.”

The day was capped off with an evening celebration at Bower Ponds, presented by the Co-operators. The milestone celebration featured interactive sport and arts activities from local organizations, free skate rentals and refreshments, a DJ, fireworks and appearances by Waskasoo, the 2019 Games mascot, presented by Riverside Dental Centre.