Ready, set... it’s Everything In Sport, Women’s Edition

published on February 13, 2024
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We’re moments away from the groundbreaking event: Everything In Sport Women’s Edition North America. This emerging sporting congress is set to take over the Montréal Science Centre on the Old Port on June 11 and 12, 2024. With a mandate to transform how women’s sports are viewed, first in North America, then the world, this congress is the start of something great — and we’re so proud it’s happening in Montréal.

The start of something great

This inaugural North American event is just the start for a three-year series to take place in Montréal in 2024, 2025 and 2026. With a mission to transform how women’s sports are viewed, and a direct focus of sport for social change, Everything In Sport Women’s Edition North America was created in partnership with Business Events Montréal and Omnia Media. It’s a recognition of the power of sport to inspire, unite and empower individuals and communities to drive social transformation.

The uncomfortable reality is that the current sports world is flawed: it’s failing to provide girls and women with access to safe, quality sport as participants and as leaders. Sadly, among the 35,000 hours of broadcasted sports in 2014, only 4% featured women’s sport. The Canadian professional women’s sport market of today is estimated to be worth $150-200 million. Which may sound like a lot, until it’s compared to the overall sport market, valued at $512 billion in 2023. It’s time to make a change.

Two days of changemaking ahead

Everything In Sport Women’s Edition North America will help give the industry the kickoff it needs, with Montréal at its epicentre — and the power to influence the industry first in North America, then the world.

The two-day conference on June 11 and 12, 2024 will contain more than 15 hours of educational content, 12-plus hours of strategic networking and eight hours dedicated to celebrating the industry’s greatest feats during the Everything in Sport Outstanding Achievement Awards North American Edition.

Everything In Sport brings together high-level executives and decision makers from sport and business around the world to meet, network and create business relationships. Their aim in Montréal is to create an environment for world leaders in the professional women’s sports world to exchange visions and change the way things are currently done. 

Because their goal is to deliver global opportunities for all sectors within sport and the sporting business world, Everything In Sport is committed to ensuring that everyone is welcome and valued and that their perspectives are heard and respected. 

Montréal champions female leadership in sport

Montréal boasts standard-setting sports facilities, famously enthusiastic fans and a deep love of sport. 

Thanks to initiatives such as HEC Montréal’s women’s leadership space within their Sport Management Hub, there’s a local movement to promote gender equity and the advancement of women in decision-making positions within the Quebec sports industry. La Lancée, Fitspirit and Égale Action are all organizations that aims directly at the betterment of girls’ and women’s experience in sport, while the Bank of Montréal has recently joined forces with CF Montréal to assist female students aiming at pro careers in soccer. 

Women in sport leadership in Québec include France-Margaret Bélanger, President of the CH Group, managers of the Montréal Canadiens; Annie Larouche, VP of Operations for L’Alliance de Montréal; Isabelle Ducharme, general director of Sport Québec; and in the government, Pascale St-Onge (Minister of Sports of Canada) and Isabelle Charest (Quebec’s Ministre responsable du Sport, du Loisir et du Plein air).

Events that celebrate female excellence

Montréal has a Professional Women’s Hockey League and plays host to many world-class professional women’s sport events:

  • National Bank Open – Women’s Division (bi-annually)
  • Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship – Golf Canada (2027)
  • U Sports Canadian Women’s Hockey Championships (2023)
  • CWBL Women’s National Championship – Wheelchair Basketball (2023)
  • FIBA 3x3 – Women’s Series Montreal – 3x3 Basketball (2023)
  • Canadian Women’s Hockey League (2019) 

It’s fertile ground that makes it the ideal host city for the historic Everything in Sport Women’s Edition North America

 

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