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Uplifter Inc. Named As Skate Canada’s Preferred Club Management Software Partner

Ottawa, ON: Skate Canada is proud to name Uplifter Inc. as its preferred partner for skating club management systems. Through this partnership, Uplifter technology platforms will play a strong role in implementing Skate Canada’s programs throughout its national network of skating clubs and schools.

Uplifter. Web-based club and Athlete management technology.

“Uplifter has been providing valuable business solutions to over 150 of our clubs for the past two years,” explains Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Their proven, leading-edge web-based technologies align with our organization’s core mandate by making it easier for Skate Canada clubs, coaches and skaters to engage Canadians in the sport of skating. As an official preferred partner, we’re looking forward to having more of our over 1,500 clubs experiencing the benefits of the Uplifter services.”

Founded in 2013 by Jackie Kwan, Bryce Thomas and Al Nasturzio, Uplifter Inc. is one of Canada’s newest and fastest-growing technology start-ups. Uplifter’s web-based club management SaaS system provides sport associations and clubs with advanced online registration, class management and athlete development tracking tools that automate club operations, enhance the visibility of club financials, elevate the skill development of athletes, and foster a stronger club community.

“Uplifter was born out of the desire to elevate the confidence and capabilities of athletes of all ages,” comments Bryce Thomas, Uplifter co-founder and CMO. “Through our ongoing partnership with Skate Canada, we are thrilled to put that passion and expertise into action and to help boost the success of our Canadian skaters from coast to coast.”

Uplifter’s bilingual club management technologies have already been implemented by some of Skate Canada’s largest and smallest skating clubs and schools across the country, including Skate Canada’s new National Performance Centres, Skate Vancouver (BC), Yellowknife Skating Club (NT), Ice Palace FSC (AB), Skate Winnipeg (MB), Skate Saskatoon (SK), Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club (ON), CPA Beaufort (QC), Dieppe Gold Blades (NB), Halifax Skating Club (NS), Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club (PEI), and Prince of Wales Skating Club (NL).

For more information on Uplifter Inc. and the Uplifter Club Management Technologies, visit http://www.uplifterinc.com.

Skate Canada Announces Bloomex as Official Florist

OTTAWA, ON:  Following a successful collaboration at several events in 2015, Skate Canada announced today that it has signed a two year agreement with Bloomex to engage them as the Official Florist of Skate Canada.

“This is a great example of a partnership that supports Skate Canada’s various constituents, from high performance to the grassroots community,” said Dan Thompson, CEO, Skate Canada. “Bloomex’s nation-wide reach ensures us reliability, quality, and consistency at all of our events and to our membership.”

Bloomex will supply podium bouquets, floral arrangements, centerpieces, judge’s bouquets, corsages and gift baskets at all Skate Canada events including Skate Canada International and the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The relationship extends beyond events through Bloomex’s offer of a 20% discount to all Skate Canada members, clubs, schools and sections. They will also offer teddy bears and flowers at reduced rates for fundraising drives.

“Bloomex is delighted to become the Official Florist of Skate Canada,” said Mark Camphaug, Director of Marketing, Bloomex Canada. “Skating is truly one of Canada’s favourite national pastimes and is actively enjoyed coast to coast to coast. Canada has produced some of the best skaters in the world and Bloomex is proud to support this effort by providing high quality flowers and gift baskets to all Skate Canada events.”

About Bloomex
Bloomex is the largest florist in Canada, operating out of eight production centres coast to coast for the past ten years. Orders are taken and processed through the company’s site at www.bloomex.ca or by phone, and then delivered to customers via local courier. In addition to flowers, Bloomex offers a variety of other gift items including plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, sweets and treats, balloons and other items. The company serves Canada, the US, and Australia.

About Skate Canada
Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for skating and dedicated to creating a nation of skaters both recreationally and competitively. At over 125 years old, it is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skate training and education, providing high performance coaching and skating development education. Over 130,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year.

Canada’s most successful governing sport body, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 32 world championships. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medalists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,200 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa, marketing headquarters in Toronto and High Performance facilities in Toronto and Calgary.

Organized sport helps Canadian children maximize their potential

June is Jumpstart month. Help kids in your community play.

The benefit of physical activity to children is undeniable. From improved health and wellbeing to increased focus in school, sport has the power to change lives. Yet one in three Canadian families can’t afford to enroll their children in organized sport. The importance of sport goes beyond the obvious physical gains. Organized sport helps Canadian youth become more independent while developing key life skills such as leadership, discipline, and confidence.

Giving every Canadian child the opportunity to participate in sport is important to the development of our future generation. That’s why Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and its 1,900 Community Partners across Canada are helping to close this gap. This year Jumpstart celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing kids from financially disadvantaged families the opportunity to get involved in an organized sport or physical activity of their choice by covering costs associated with registration, equipment and transportation.

The charity continues to grow – last year Jumpstart gave 190,000 kids the opportunity to play and this fall, will reach its one millionth child helped. That’s one million kids spanning virtually every community across Canada who have been given the chance to develop the confidence, discipline, leadership and teamwork skills that come with participation in organized sport, and Jumpstart intends to keep the momentum going.

“Providing one million kids with access to over 76 different sports over 10 years is an incredible milestone for Jumpstart and we do it because we believe sport means something to a child’s development,” says Landon French, Executive Director, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “We believe that every kid deserves an equal opportunity to play, learn and grow, and we’re looking forward to helping a million more kids in the years to come.”

Skating is one of the 76 sports that Jumpstart supports. Working with Skate Canada and it 1,200 plus clubs across the country Jumpstart is able to give children the opportunity to embrace the joy of skating. Skate Canada is committed to working with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities to bring skating to all Canadian children.

This June, you can help kids in your community get in the game by supporting Jumpstart’s Red Ball campaign at any Canadian Tire store. A $2 donation in exchange for your own Jumpstart Red Ball, will give the gift of play to a deserving kid. One hundred per cent of customer donations help children in the local community. If you know a kid who wants to play but is unable to because of costs, call 1-844-YES-PLAY or visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.