City of North Bay received the Special Events Award of Excellence at the EDCO conference recently. The submission was for the “Experience North Bay, Investment and Awareness” at the World Women’s Curling Championships held March 2018 in North Bay.

Last week in a media release from the City of North Bay, it was announced that the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) selected the City as the 2018 winner from more than ninety-six applications, for municipalities from 50,000 to 250,000 population. The Special Events Award for Excellence was awarded for the initiative between the City’s Economic Development Department, Invest North Bay Development Corporation, Tourism North Bay and the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce together with Curling Canada and the support of various funding agencies. 

The award recognized the joint community marketing effort regarding “Experience North Bay, Investment and Awareness Events”, during 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, held last March in the City.  Although the award recognizes the above noted organizations, this award truly belongs to the citizens of North Bay including the organizing Committee of Rick Miller, Mark Brown and Dave Bennett.  The hundreds of volunteers that were mobilized for the event and the thousands of hours of efforts that were put into this event, have been once again recognized.

The opportunity to link world class sporting events and showcase the business community for the world to see, was just one of the many benefits our community received by hosting this event.  The entire district joined together to support this event and the positive energy that surrounded it, was terrific.  Many of the out of town visitors that attended, commented on the community spirit and support by the citizens and volunteers who made it a resounding success.  For any one who did not have the chance to view the winning video that was part of the submission to EDCO, check it out at  https://edac.ca/portfolio/experience-north-bay-tourism-commercial/.  It is worth the watch.

Utilizing our facilities and natural geography throughout our District as economic development tools for attraction, will be keys to success in the future.  The sports tourism exposure is one part, albeit an important part of the attraction piece in economic development.  Every individual that travels to North Bay and area, whether it be for an international, national or regional event, becomes an ambassador for our district.  The exposure through tourism to what we have to offer is invaluable and we need to continue to work with the organizations that bring these events and tourists to our area.  The momentum created last spring with the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships needs to continue and be duplicated, as it is obviously a winning formula.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North ay & District Chamber of Commerce