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Ontario Soccer Summit

Ontario Soccer has announced the majority of the roster for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2020, in partnership with Respect in Sport, in Hamilton, Ont. and this year’s list of speakers continues to showcase some of sport’s brightest minds and influential leaders.

The speakers, which are a compliment of local talent and international experience, will fill the halls of Redeemer University from Feb. 21-23, 2020, in partnership with the Hamilton and District Soccer Association. 

Headlining this year’s event is Victor Montagliani, the President of Concacaf and Vice-President of FIFA, who will speak about the beautiful game from a community, provincial, national and international perspective.

 “The Ontario Soccer Summit has become a place where we bring in leaders from across sport and within soccer to lead our community on a journey of discovery,” said Johnny Misley, Ontario Soccer Chief Executive Officer. “The opportunity to hear from internationally recognized leaders such as Victor, on how the power of sport can positively impact our culture and community, will inspire us as to the responsibility we all carry as leaders.”  

Kelly Murumets, who previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Canada, will be the second keynote speaker. Murumets was also the President and CEO of ParticipACTION, a non-profit organization, which promotes healthy living and physical fitness.

“Kelly Murumets helped turn Tennis Canada into an off the court and on the court performing organization and she will share her lessons with the soccer community at the Ontario Soccer Summit,” said Johnny Misley, Ontario Soccer Chief Executive Officer. “The international success that Canadian tennis athletes are currently experiencing is in big part due to the groundwork that was laid by Kelly and her team. We’re excited to have her sharing her expertise with our community.”

Tickets are on sale. Visit to register and purchase your access to Discover, Develop and Excel.

The Ontario Soccer Summit 2020, which includes speakers from Coaching and Player Development, Match Officials Development and Administrative and Operations streams, has standouts in all their respective fields.

The technical and match official leaders announced, who will be joining the Ontario Soccer Summit 2020, are: Kris Van Der Haegen (Director of Coach Education at the Royal Belgian Football Association, the number one Men’s team in the World FIFA rankings), Willie McNab, Academy Coach and International Academy Manager of the renowned Celtic FC from Scotland, Oliver Gage (Canadian Premier League Head of Recruitment and Analytics), Marius Røevde (CPL’s Pacific FC Goalkeeping Coach) and Howard Webb (General Manager of the Professional Referee Organization for MLS as well as a former internationally recognized match official.)

“We are very excited to have with us in 2020, a technical speaker from the world’s Men’s leading football nation of Belgium as well as technical experts from our new domestic professional league, the CPL,” said Gary Miller, Director of Soccer Operations at Ontario Soccer. “Howard Webb was so well received at last year’s Summit, he has gladly accepted to return again in 2020 and help inspire the next generation of Match Officials and Soccer leaders”

There are great group discounts available for your Club, District or Academy to assist in making Hamilton a team-building opportunity for you in 2020.

The Community Leaders stream has two great speakers to get things started in Steven Indig (from SLS Group on how to best manage complaints at your organization) and Alice Strachan (AMS and Associates on relationship management and finding common ground.)

 “The Ontario Soccer Summit is a 360 degree, immersive event for Ontario’s soccer membership,” said Bjorn Osieck, Ontario Soccer Director of Business Operations. “From technical leaders, to match official leaders, to our community leaders, the Ontario Soccer Summit 2020 has something on offer for people across your organization. And there is still more to come.”

Two panel discussions will also take place at the Ontario Soccer Summit. The first will look at the “Road to 2026 (the FIFA Men’s World Cup)” and the second will tackle “Safe Sport.”

The panelists and as many as 20 more speakers have already been announced. 

Check the Ontario Soccer Summit news section regularly for updates on speakers, events or how to become an Ontario Soccer Summit partner.