Photo Credit: Joseph Nina, UTSB President
An opportunity for networking and sports business exposure
Alessia Baptista, Managing Editor
Established in 2011, the University of Toronto Sports Business Association (UTSB) is Canada’s largest student-run sports business association. The UTSB aims to educate students on the business of sports, as well as highlight pathways and opportunities available in the sports industry.
Every March, the UTSB organizes its marquee event: the Toronto Sports Industry Conference (TSIC). The event hosts about 600 attendees and 40+ speakers across the two-day conference. This year, speakers from a variety of high-level organizations will be making an appearance: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), The National Hockey League (NHL), The National Football League (NFL), and Sportsnet.
The UTSB’s President, Joseph Nina, says “it’s an enriching experience. The main goal of the conference is to build connections with like minded people on various levels, and have students make their name known in the industry. This will allow students to build the relationships that will lead to job opportunities in the future.”
This year, the event will take place from March 25-March 26. On March 25th, the event will be held in person at the Westin Harbor Castle in Toronto from 7pm-11pm. Representatives from 15+ organizations in the sports industry will be present to network with students.
On March 26th, the event will be hosted virtually. A quick breakdown of the contents include 9 sessions throughout the day. Some marquee sessions include Industry Insights sessions with Blue Jays CEO Mark Shapiro and Toronto FC President Bill Manning. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in workshops led by the Buffalo Bills and Tangerine Bank.
Nina also notes that “the conference is an opportunity to bring together the Canadian sports industry, and provide students with the tools to succeed in such a niche environment.”
Interested in attending the #TSIC2022? You can purchase tickets here. Please note tickets are $19.99 on March 25th for U of T students, and only 25 spots are available. Tickets are free for the March 26th virtual session with 400 spots.
The UTSB can be found on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also visit their website, https://www.uoftsportsbusiness.com/ for more information and updates about the Conference and future initiatives.
This article has been edited for length and clarity.