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  5 to Watch 2020 – Update re COVID-19
We wanted to provide a brief update about changes to the 2020 5 to Watch - Canada’s Sports Business Awards due to the COVID-19 situation.

We are happy to report that our nominations period produced a fantastic pool of qualified entrants and we are maintaining the virtual part of our selection process.

At this point in time, we’ve made the executive decision to move the 5 to Watch Ceremony to the fall (date TBD).  As you can appreciate, due to the evolving nature of the current situation, further changes to the current plan may be necessary, however, we will keep you updated. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to

Stay safe everyone!

The 5 to Watch Organizing Committee

   About 5 to Watch
The 5 to Watch Awards are presented annually to five Canadian sports business professionals who have achieved remarkable career success prior to their 40th birthdays. This ground-breaking event has become a "must-attend" within the Canadian sports business industry and sets the standard for identifying the next generation of industry leaders.

The Centre for Business at George Brown College launched the awards show in 2012 in partnership with the Globe & Mail and a group of dedicated alumni. The awards are voted on by a panel of sports industry executives including representatives from Premier Partners: BMO Financial Group, the Canadian Football League, Canadian Tire, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, SDI Marketing, TSN and presenting sponsor, Globe and Mail.

A sixth award was added to the program in 2014 to recognize an outstanding graduate of the Sport & Event Marketing Program at George Brown College. The Alumni Achievement Award is voted on by alumni of the program and recognizes a dynamic sports business professional who has also given back to the world of sport through coaching, mentoring or volunteering. 
Over 400 sports business professionals every year join together to network and celebrate the winners. All proceeds from the awards show benefit student awards and bursaries at George Brown’s Centre for Business. To date, the event has raised over $350k.

Read the Globe and Mail's special feature on George Brown's 5 to Watch 2019
   2019 Highlights
  • Host: Lindsay Hamilton (TSN)
  • Winners: Owen Welsh (Canadian Football League), Sarah Eve Pelletier (Canadian Olympic Committee), Meghan Chayka (Stathletes), Nicole Lee (National Hockey League), Galen Davies (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment)
  • Alumni Achievement Award Winner: Brian McLean (Achilles Canada)
  • More than 400 attendees
  • Top-notch networking
   Premier Partners
George Brown College's "5 To Watch" is a ground breaking event that has become a "must-attend" within the Canadian sports marketing industry and sets the standard for identifying the next generation of industry captains.
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