RA Centre - Association


March 15, 2018

Hockey Canada; an iconic Canadian addition to the House of Sport Community
National governing body set to move its Ottawa office in May 

(Ottawa, ON) March 15, 2018 - Hockey Canada, the national governing body for ice and sledge hockey, has joined the House of Sport, moving solely its Ottawa office to the innovative sport hub realized at the RA Centre in May.
Hockey is more than a sport for Canadians, it is a part of the country's heart and soul and Hockey Canada is its national guardian.  It is therefore fitting to have Canada's national sport in the National Capital Region collaborating with other national multi-sport organizations.  
Ensuring hockey remains woven into the fabric of a nation demands constant attention, constant creativity, and the ability to explore opportunities.  "Joining the House of Sport will allow Hockey Canada to connect to a wider sport community," says Glen McCurdie, Vice-President of Membership Services, Hockey Canada.  "However, for us the move of our Ottawa office goes deeper. The value proposition of the House of Sport and the ability to offer an environment that positively supports our staff will help to ensure a high quality of services and programming for participants and allow Hockey Canada to maintain its position of world hockey leader."
"Hockey Canada's commitment to the House of Sport further substantiates the model that the RA set out to develop", says Tosha Rhodenizer, RA Chief Executive Officer. "The House of Sport's design encourages collaboration, innovation and efficiency while the location within the RA Centre offers unique wrap-around benefits including food and beverage services, meeting spaces and play spaces, and recreation, sports and fitness programs. Sport organizations work hard and play hard and there is no richer environment for them to reside in." 
This is a transformative opportunity for the RA. This project will significantly strengthen the RA's position and deepen its roots as a leader in the sports, fitness and recreation sectors not just within the City of Ottawa but across the country. "The RA is proud to be driving such a creative and innovative re-imagining",  Ms. Rhodenizer adds. "The integration of the House of Sport into the RA community will strengthen our connection to Canadian sport by supporting the organizations that help athletes grow and develop from playground to podium.  This is something the RA has been passionately contributing to for the last 75 years".
The addition of the Hockey Canada Ottawa Office to the House of Sport community brings the initial phase of this initiative to near-capacity.The RA in concert with these other not for profit organizations, will benefit from the economies of scale and efficiencies by sharing common elements such cutting-edge technologies and many other resources.  Proceeds from this project will be funneled back into the Association and allow for further investment into the local community through RA programs, activities and facilities.



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


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