2012/2013 Ed Chynoweth Internships
1. Ben Shutron, Hockey Canada
School: University of New Brunswick
Program: Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies, Concentration in Management
Internship role: Intern, Recruitment and Retention
Bio: I was born and raised in Orleans, Ontario and am a product of the Ottawa District Hockey Association. I played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers and the Windsor Spitfires. During this time I was fortunate enough to be drafted to the National Hockey League, as well as win two OHL championships and one Memorial Cup title. At the conclusion of my junior career I chose to utilize my education package by enrolling at the University of New Brunswick. After commencing in non-degree program, I elected to join the faculty of Kinesiology. Here I was able to combine my interest in sport with my interest in business by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sport studies, with a concentration in management. This degree has allowed me to see the administrative side of sport, and how for-profit and not-for-profit sport organizations function. One requirement of this degree was the completion of a four-month internship. Having competed for Hockey Canada on the Men’s National Under-18 Team, I had a heightened interest in their organization. After browsing their web site I came across the Ed Chynoweth internship designed to provide Canadian Hockey League alumni pursuing a career in a sports-related field an opportunity to learn in one of Hockey Canada’s office. I was fortunate enough to be selected for one of the internship position, and was assigned to work with Hockey Canada with it’s recruitment and retention initiatives.
Skills you learned: The skills I learned throughout this internship ranged from statistical analysis to research techniques. My main responsibility at Hockey Canada was to interpret data regarding minor hockey registration, and to find ways to increase those numbers. Working alongside the organization’s experienced staff, and drawing upon my own experiences in hockey I was able to compile a report identifying strategies designed to recruit and retain minor hockey players. This assignment taught me how to communicate with consumers, and put their needs first. During the internship I also got to help organize the technical directors workshop. Throughout this process I was in constant contact with representatives from each of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches. I learned to be punctual and manage my time effectively to ensure that all participants were aware of their schedules and duties.
How will this internship help your career: This internship was an invaluable experience that gave me insight into the business side of sport. Playing hockey for the majority of my life I was only able to see one side of the production. Working in Hockey Canada’s office I was able to observe the day-to-day operations that allow Canadians to play the game of hockey. Learning under my mentor Glen McCurdie I learned to be thorough, and to complete each task to the best of my ability. The challenges I faced, combined with the relationships I forged I am confident that this internship has left me better prepared my future profession.
2. Kyle Moir, Western Hockey League
School: Graduate of Lakehead University (2011)
Program: Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology
Internship role: Hockey Operations
Bio: From Calgary, Alberta. I played five years in the Western Hockey League for the Swift Current Broncos. After I used my WHL scholarship to go to school and play CIS hockey for four years at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Played one year of pro hockey in Europe and am now looking at finding a career away from the ice.
Skills you are learning: The skills I am learning with this internship are organizational skills, and working with others in an office setting. Also getting a firsthand experience in what goes on in the day-to-day operation of running the WHL.
How will this internship help your career: This internship will help me with my career by giving me experience in a sport career setting and allowed me to see what goes on behind the sense to run the WHL. I also learned a lot about what it is like working in an office setting. This internship has also allowed me to see the career path I want to go down.
3. Jessica Kristine Scarlato, Hockey Canada
School: University of Ottawa
Program: Master of Human Kinetics
Internship role: Operations Intern, 2013 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Bio: Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario and came to Ottawa to attend the University of Ottawa for my undergraduate degree, Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Leisure Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Following that I was accepted in the Master of Human Kinetics with Concentration in Sport Management program. This program is unique in the sense that it requires a completion of an internship opposed to a thesis. I completed my internship with Synchro Canada from May-August and this provided me an opportunity to enter the world of sport. During my second year of the Master program, I applied to work with the 2013 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship as the Operations Intern.
Skills you are learning: The skills I am learning with this internship are time management skills, organizational skills, and being able to work in team settings. These skills are applied through most aspects of my daily life, such as balancing my time for school, my volunteer work, and this internship. In working with the Women’s Worlds I have found myself constantly using all three of these skills. The signage project I have been working on requires a very detailed and organized Excel sheet to keep track of all the quotes requested, the budget for each venue, and the dates each signage is to be installed or completed. Even though I am focused on the operations of this championship, I am always touching base with other divisions and working with them to help them achieve their goals.
How will this internship will help your career: This internship will help me with my career by providing me experience in a sport setting and allowing me to network within this field. Just in these few short months I have had the opportunity to be part of behind the scenes and gain a new understanding of the field that I would be able to work in. I also have had great mentors along the way who have helped me through areas that I lacked in experience. What I feel is the most important thing about this internship is that all the skills and experience I have gained, can all be transferred to other work fields and other operation positions.
4. Alix Williams, Hockey Canada
School: Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Technologies
Program: Sport Business Management, School of Business
Internship role: Promotions & Social Media Intern, 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Skills you are learning: Since October of 2012 I have dedicated my time and efforts to advancing the promotional plan of the Women’s World Championship. The duties inherent to this position include the planning, scheduling and implementation of various promotional events and the coordination of a volunteer pool, approximately 40 strong, essential to our promotional delivery and success. In-office and on-site promotional coordination must be balanced with team efforts to plan and host committee meetings, site visits, VIP receptions, and volunteer recruiting, orientation and administration.
As we draw closer to the Championship, the demands on time and skill have increased proportionate to the opportunities to become a viable and intrinsic member of this team. While I can claim previous experience in the realm of Public Administration and Policy, the Sport Industry was relatively uncharted territory. This has been a dynamic and energizing experience thus far, and I hope to increase my capacity in sync with the event’s success.
How will this internship help your career: While interning with the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, I have been able to expand my understanding of Event Planning and Coordination in the International arena. It is my intention to continue challenging myself in order to augment my skillset in International Sports Event Coordination, the area of the Sport Industry that I would like to focus my career aspirations upon.
“Don’t Miss the Moment” has become my mantra for career opportunity and development.
5. Paul Kurceba, Western Hockey League - CHL
School: Acadia University
Program: Business Administration & Accounting
Internship role: Hockey Operations and Business Development
Bio - Player: I was drafted into the Western Hockey League in the first round and enjoyed a 5 year career (2003 – 2008) where I split my time evenly between the Red Deer Rebels and the Kootenay Ice. I was fortunate enough to play for Team Pacific in the World U17 Hockey Challenge as well as for Team Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championship in 2005. I attended NHL rookie camps with the Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. After completing my WHL Career I used 4 years of the scholarship I had been awarded while playing in the WHL and continued my hockey career in the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) conference of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). I am now currently playing Minor Professional Hockey for the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League.
Bio - Academic: I went to Acadia University in Nova Scotia for 4 years where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting. I played for the Acadia Axemen while at school and was able to balance hockey and academics well enough to be able to make the list of Academic All Canadians.
Internship Role: Throughout the summer of 2012 I worked at the WHL office through the Ed Chynoweth Internship. The work I did focused on hockey operations as well as the business side of the industry. Along with assisting virtually everyone in the office with minor tasks, I worked on two major projects throughout the summer; the first being revamping the Players First Program. The other project was to analyze and report on each of the WHL teams arena lease agreements. A considerable amount of my time was also spent assisting in the organization and supervision of the WHL's first Peewee Prospects Camp.
Reflection of Experience: Although I thought I knew almost everything about the WHL, I quickly learned there is much more that goes into making the league work than I thought. My eyes were opened to all the hard work that has to go into coordinating schedules; rule changes, exploiting marketing opportunities, player development, etc. I gained an intense appreciation for the organization as a whole after seeing what goes on behind the scenes to make the WHL as successful as it is.
How Will This Internship Help Your Career: The internship helped me combine my newly completed business degree with my passion for the game of hockey. I was able to network, meeting many people in the hockey industry that I would have not connected with otherwise. Also, I was able to acquire and fine-tune new skills during this role, such as; creative thinking and problem solving from the Players First Program, data research, analysis and organization from the WHL arena lease agreements, and improve my management skills from the PeeWee Prospects Camp. All of these skills I look forward to using in my future career path whether it be in the hockey world or somewhere else.
6. Khanh Be, Hockey Canada
School: University of Ottawa
Program: Master’s of Human Kinetics, Concentration in Sport Management
Internship Role: Marketing &Promotions Intern, 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship
Biography: I am a 22 year-old Master’s of Sport Management student who is aspiring to find a career in sports marketing and events. I completed my undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Kinesiology, but have found a greater affinity and interest to sport management. As an avid sports fan and marketing enthusiast, studying and experiencing the business side of sport has been phenomenal.
Skills you are learning:
How will this internship help your career: My current role has been my first experience in large-scale event planning and execution, and the internship has been further enhanced by the trust and autonomy given to me by supervisors and managers. I am encouraged to generate creative ideas that have not been done before, and I am encouraged to not limit myself by the ‘Intern’ title. My positive experiences thus far reaffirm that this is an industry and career I want to pursue fully. The diverse tasks and responsibilities that have already been given to me allude to a dynamic and rewarding job experience, prompting me to continue seeking roles in which I am constantly learning new things. As well as introducing me to some very knowledgeable and passionate people in the Ottawa sports community, the internship has also allowed me a space in which I am able to apply the theories I learn in class.