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May 12, 2017



Canoe Kayak Canada Joins the House of Sport Community

(Ottawa, ON) May 12, 2017 - The RA is pleased to announce that Canoe Kayak Canada is the latest of Canada's leading National Sport Organizations to join the House of Sport.

The House of Sport being developed at the RA Centre provides National and Multi-Sport organizations the opportunity to locate their administrative offices together in a feature rich environment designed for collaboration, innovation and efficiency - a first of its kind in Canada. "The House of Sport will allow Canoe Kayak Canada, together with other national bodies, to collaborate with like-minded organizations and take advantage of shared services," explains Tosha Rhodenizer, RA Chief Executive Officer. "The sport community has always had a strong sense of comradarie and by bringing organizations together under one roof, we can improve the way people work together, increase job satisfaction and create an environment for success."


The House of Sport innovates the physical environment with a view to boosting connectivity and synergy. Courtyards and decks offer relaxed exterior work spaces and casual gathering spots. Natural light floods into every area through windows that employees choose to open or close. Private conversation areas and small meeting rooms showcase the design's focus and attention to sound attenuation and noise control.


"We're excited to be joining this initiative aimed at bringing sport organizations together to strengthen the Canadian sport system," says Casey Wade, Canoe Kayak Canada's Chief Executive Officer. "Working alongside other organizations dedicated to furthering sport will make this a truly unique and motivating work environment."


By belonging to a connected workplace that's productive, thriving and innovative, sport organizations will have an advantage to attract and retain the best sport administration talent in the world.  

Canoe Kayak Canada has had an enormous impact at the international level by championing initiatives to advance inclusion in the sport and has hosted several World Championships with great success. "Canadians have a special connection with paddling and our goal is to share the sport with as many people as we can," Wade adds.


The sport has evolved and grown to include many different types of paddling. New events, clubs and champions have emerged over the years to continue a steady flow of stories with every generation of paddlers. Sharing the joys and benefits of paddling to a wider audience has made Canoe Kayak Canada one of Canada's most successful summer sport organizations, enabling Canadians to enjoy the sport of paddling from playground to podium.


In addition to the feature rich environment offered by the House of Sport, the RA's main campus on Riverside Drive also provides a valuable set of benefits to the House of Sport member organizations. These include active transportation options; bike paths and riverfront pathways, on-site fitness centre, sport and activity areas, restaurant, coffee shop, banquet and conference services, parking, nearby shopping, infrastructure and room to grow.


Continue to follow our social media feeds and www.houseofsport.ca for additional sport organizations joining the House of Sport and new activities related to the project.




Contact Information

Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (RA):

Bryan R. Merrett

Director, Partnership and Engagement

Telephone: 613-897-6162

Email: bmerrett@racentre.com



About the RA

A member supported not-for-profit organization; the Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (best known as the RA or RA Centre) operates a multi-sport, recreation and leisure facility conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa. With a deep and quality laden line-up of fitness programs, sports leagues designed for adults, summer camps for children and youth and clubs for all ages, the RA is an environment that values fun, respect and excellence. RA members celebrate in a social atmosphere with a new story created each day. Supporting these stories is the ability for members and the public to access services from the RA's Events and Conference team offering quality food and beverages. With a proud legacy of community engagement that embodies a clear passion for excellence in sport, the RA has much to offer the sport community. For additional design information on the House of Sport please visit our project page at www.houseofsport.ca.


About Canoe Kayak Canada


Canoe Kayak Canada is the national body for competitive paddling in Canada. We are a volunteer lead and staff driven organization made up of a community of paddling enthusiasts - athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and supporters - from coast to coast.


Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization, which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial and divisional paddling associations for the disciplines of sprint, whitewater and marathon. Elite National Teams proudly represent Canoe Kayak Canada at various competitions around the globe - most notably the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships.

Canoe Kayak Canada is recognized by its partners at the International Canoe Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada as the designated authority for the sport in Canada.

For additional information visit: http://canoekayak.ca/canoekayak-canada/

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