Squash Canada is excited to host the 2023 Canadian Masters Team Championships in Charlottetown, PEI from January 27-29, 2023 at the Eastlink Centre (46 Kensington Rd).

The event website can be found here and the entry form is here.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday January 5, 2023 at Noon ET

1. Please ensure all entry forms are completed in full – this is the P/Ts responsibility prior to submitting
2. Please list the players in the Playing Order and identify the Team Captain with their contact information
3. Please ensure all participants understand they must complete the following mandatory requirements:
• Participant Acceptance of Risks and Release of Liability: Each team member must read and acknowledge the following: Tournament Regulations, Anti-Doping Policy, Release of Liability Waiver of Claims and Indemnity, Photo and Video Consent Waiver and Code of Conduct by no later than Sunday January 15, 2023 at Midnight. Instructions to complete this requirement will be emailed directly to players after registration closes.
• New Officials Certification Requirement for participation in Canadian Championship Events: All competing in the Canadian Masters Championships must be a certified official at a minimum of the Club Referee level. This policy came into effect as of December 1, 2021. To access the online Club Referee Course and Exam: Click Here (to complete this mandatory requirement, players must have an NCCP# available through the Coaching Association of Canada ‘Locker’ database – if you require assistance please email info@squash.ca). Cost is $35.

Canadian Masters Teams 2023 – Entry Form

Squash Canada Announces New CEO

Per Squash Canada:

OTTAWA, ON (October 19, 2022) — The Board of Squash Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Roberts as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. Mark was the CEO of Tennis BC for 7 years where he developed a self-sustaining financial business model, including Tennis BC’s HUB operations, for the organization. Mark has exceptional knowledge of governance and a strong record in compliance and risk management within both private and non-profit organizations.

Mark played NCAA Division I tennis in Texas and represented Tennis Canada on the National U21 Team. Upon retiring from international competition, he continued to compete at high level tennis tournaments in BC and Canada. During this time, Mark also played at a high level in the Vancouver Squash League.

Mark’s successful income generation at Tennis BC ensured they were able to withstand revenue cuts during the Covid downturn but also grow revenue through the creation of the “HUB System” of tennis player development. He is a collaborator who values his relationships with stakeholders, sponsors, staff, and athletes.

Prior to working for Tennis BC, Mark worked in the hospitality industry building restaurant concepts from the ground up, eventually selling to Canadian (Cara Foods) and US (Landry’s) national entities, which resulted in profitable returns to seed funding investors. He has owned, managed, and consulted for many of the top hospitality brands in Canada and the US. He also has consulted for sports organizations focused on business and brand development. Mark’s background and skill set position him well to deliver on Squash Canada’s ambitious Strategic Plan.

He brings a wealth of experiences and successes from his entrepreneurial and sport backgrounds and will provide fresh and innovative ideas. In addition to an exceptional history in income generation, Mark is a strong mentor and developer of talent, which enabled former employees to succeed at senior management positions. Squash Canada is committed to retaining and developing its staff and looks forward to Mark helping personnel achieve their career goals.

The selection committee was composed of Steve Wren, Squash Canada past president, Lisa Henderson Squash Canada Director at Large and a human resource professional at Red Deer College, Faheem Gwadry, Squash Canada VP Finance, and Sandra Thompson, Squash Canada President. Sport Law, a leader in Canadian National Sport Organization governance and policy development, provided their expertise and guidance during the entire selection process from start to finish.

Mark will assume his duties on October 25th, which will provide crossover time with retiring Executive Director, Dan Wolfenden. He will be based out of Vancouver with regular visits to the national office in Ontario.

World Squash Day 2022

Hello Everyone,

World Squash Day is TOMORROW! To celebrate Squash Nova Scotia well be hosted a junior tournament at Saint Marys University. For more details contact Leah Boody at leahcboody@gmail.com.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Squash Canada receives $312,000 in funding from the Community Sport for All Initiative

“Squash Canada is thrilled to receive confirmation of a new $312,000 contribution from Sport Canada and the Honourable Pascale St-Onge as part of the new Community Sport for All Initiative funding,” said Sandra Thompson, President of Squash Canada. “Squash is a sport for life, and has numerous social, physical, and psychological benefits that enhances the life of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Squash Canada is committed to strengthen our sport culture to be more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible (as outlined in our IDEA Strategic Plan) and with this funding, squash will have an opportunity to reach more under-represented groups to participate in our sport.”

Squash Canada will distribute the funding through two identified projects:

-IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Encouragement Fund, which will include the creation of application guidelines, program templates, and report forms with the goal to distribute over 100 grants to eligible community organizations for targeted programming.

-Urban Squash Centres, which will include two aspects: (1) research and development of a community programming pilot handbook to provide organizations with information on job descriptions, program curriculum, policies, and procedures and more; and (2) disburse funding to three to five target communities to establish new Urban Squash Centres (similar to the Urban Squash Toronto concept) to acquire equipment, hire local employees, and deliver programming.

Squash Canada will provide more information soon on how community organizations can apply to be part of this initiative to make squash more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.

Squash Canada welcomes Emily Hall as new Programs and Communications Coordinator

Squash Canada is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Hall to the position of Programs and Communications Coordinator effective Monday August 29, 2022.

“We are very pleased to welcome Emily to the Squash Canada team”, said Director of Sport Development Geoffrey Johnson. “She brings relevant experience at the national sport level to help bolster our capacity as we continue to deliver on a very ambitious strategic plan to grow the sport of squash.”

Emily Hall – Programs and Communications Coordinator

Emily comes to Squash Canada with a vast amount of experience working with national sport organizations and professional teams in areas of operations, community outreach and membership, communications, and more. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Sport History and Culture from De Montfort University (England), a Graduate Certificate in Sport Business Management from Algonquin College, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History at the University of Guelph. Her love for sport began at a young age while playing soccer in her community and has grown into a deep appreciation for the cultural and developmental importance of sport to society.

“I am beyond thrilled to be starting this next chapter in my career with Squash Canada as their Programs and Communications Coordinator”, said Hall. “I look forward to applying my unique line of education, vast experiences, and new perspectives to the role – very excited to grow with Squash Canada!”

As Programs and Communications Coordinator, Emily will be responsible for providing coordination and administrative support to a cross section of Squash Canada’s inclusivity, diversity, equity, safe sport, sport and membership development programs, events, and communications.

Emily can be reached at programs@squash.ca

-Squash Canada (https://squash.ca/2022/08/squash-canada-welcomes-emily-hall-as-new-programs-and-communications-coordinator/)