2021 Canada Summer Games | August 6th - 21st, 2021


The 2021 Canada Games Host Society is the steward tasked with hosting the 28th edition of the Canada Games. To be hosted across all twelve Niagara Region municipalities, the Games will attract over 5,000 athletes and coaches to the Niagara Region in the summer of 2021. 

The opportunity to host the Canada Games in 2021 has truly captured the imagination and spirit of Niagara. The Games will be a powerful catalyst to help provide critical legacy in Niagara, and represents a tremendous opportunity for incredible growth. Niagara’s vision for the Games is based on four pillars of growth:

·         For the Games’ participants;

·         For Niagara, Ontario and Canadian sport development;

·         For all of Niagara; and

·         For the Canada Games.



In order to meet the challenge of providing a phenomenal experience for the athletes and other participants at the 2021 Canada Summer Games—an experience that will propel their development, allow them to perform their best and inspire them to dream big; we have begun building an energetic, passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Among the qualities we’re looking for is an appreciation for the transformative power of sport, a powerful work ethic, a creative and entrepreneurial spirit and a deep penchant for collaboration – the ability and even desire to work brilliantly alongside others, across functions and up and down an organization chart, in order to deliver something that ends up being truly special.

Working a Games, say those who’ve done it, is one of the most rewarding, chaotic, exhilarating, exhausting, challenging, euphoric times of their careers. A role with Niagara 2021 is destined to provide all of that, and likely much more.

The 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society is committed to building a skilled, diverse team reflective of Canadian society. As a result, we promote employment equity and encourage applications from women, Aboriginal persons, persons with a disability or members of a visible minority group, and regardless of sexual identity, gender identification or gender expression.

To view available job opportunities visit:  https://www.canadagames.ca/job-opportunities


We have established a Host Society and recruited a Board of Directors that is comprised of passionate, experienced and accomplished sport and community leaders, including:

  • Doug Hamilton (Chairman) – lawyer and Olympic medalist/World Champion rower;
  • Tom Arkell – Special Advisor, Brock University;
  • Mary De Sousa - Executive VP, Marketing, FirstOntario Credit Union;
  • Mario D’Uva - Managing Partner, Fallsview Golf Inc.;
  • Gervan Fearon – President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University;
  • Carolyn Hurst – President, Westcott Vineyards;
  • Karen Natho - Executive Director, Brock-Niagara Penguins para-sport program;
  • Michele O’Keefe - Athletic Director, Niagara College;
  • Liz Palmieri - former Executive Director, Niagara Community Foundation;
  • Tom Rankin - CEO, Rankin Construction;
  • Elaine Roper – Partner, Odgers Berndtson;
  • Wade Stayzer – VP, Sales and Service, Meridian Credit Union;
  • Mary Turner - former President and CEO, Canadian Tire Financial Services;
  • David Veres – former Associate VP, Academic and Learner Services, Niagara College; 
  • Debbie Zimmerman - CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario;
  • Michele-Elise Burnett - President of Kakekalanicks, an Indigenous arts and consultancy company;
  • Anthony Everett - Member of the Canada Games Council Board of Directors; and
  • Sandie Bellows - Regional Councillor (St. Catharines).


The Host Society Board has also been working hard to further develop our plans for the sport infrastructure and programs that will be such a key legacy of the 2021 Games. Niagara’s plan for the 2021 Canada Games calls for new sport infrastructure, upgrades to existing sport infrastructure and new sport equipment. Much of this sport infrastructure and equipment is to be located at a new Canada Games Park that will be located in the heart of Niagara and adjacent to Brock University, one of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions.

Canada Games Park will be located beside the Canada Games Village at Brock University and will host many of the sport competitions at the Games. As a result, many of the participants at the Games will be able to walk from their residence to their competition. The plan is for Canada Games Park to include a Sport and Ability Centre (with a Wrestling and Combative Sports Centre, CSIO Regional Centre, accessible gym, twin-pad for lacrosse and ice sports, and sport offices), an outdoor Cycling and Environmental Sustainability Centre, an athletics facility and beach volleyball courts. Two key satellite facilities would be included as part of this plan – an accessible Rowing Centre at Henley Island, and a Baseball Centre in Niagara Falls.

Importantly, the sport competition and supporting facilities (including the CSIO Regional Centre and two key satellite training facilities) at Canada Games Park have been selected to provide a legacy of infrastructure and programs in sports such as wrestling, rowing, canoe/kayak, cycling, lacrosse, ice sports, baseball and several para-sports that are vital for Niagara, Ontario and Canadian sport development. Located adjacent to Brock University and near Niagara College and their renowned experiential learning and applied research programs, Canada Games Park will also be well-positioned to provide a legacy of critical community programs and hosting opportunities.

In order to maximize this opportunity for legacy infrastructure and programs, the Host Society has been continuing to reach out and obtain input from many sport and community groups. This outreach continues to provide valuable insight into sport and community needs and what type of amenities would be important to address in our infrastructure legacy plan – a plan that will once again demonstrate the power of the Canada Games as a catalyst for providing transformative legacy.


Jacquie Seaver | Executive Assistant

2021 Canada Games - Niagara

Office | 905.228.2103 x100 | Email | jseaver@2021canadagames.ca

101 King Street | St. Catharines, ON | L2R 3H6