In partnership with the Global Experiential Sport Lab and exeQutive, the forum for Toronto's LGBTQ leaders, we are proud to present this discussion on LGBTQ+ awareness and visibility in sport media and how we can begin to challenge and address stigma in the industry.
Devin Heroux has been a journalist and reporter with CBC Radio Canada for over 10 years. He has been a cross platform contributor covering many sports, including curling, most recently with CBC Sports for the World Youth Olympic Games of 2020 in Switzerland.
Anastasia Bucsis is a two time (2010 and 2014) Olympian in the sport of Long Track Speed Skating. She is currently the on air host of the CBC Sports podcast Player's Own Voice, bringing her unique backstory and voice to conversations with high performance athletes, exploring their stories and issues.
Scott MacArthur is a multi-platform media contributor working in the Sport media industry for close to two decades. He has worked as a reporter, on air anchor, host and play by play announcer at various media outlets including Rogers TV, Chum Radio, TSN, and Bell Media. Scott can currently be found at Sportsnet 590 The Fan as host of their Morning Sports Talk Radio show Lead Off with Ashley, Ziggy and Scotty Mac.
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November 6, 2019
Our Founder and Director of the Global Experiential Sport Lab, Laurel Walzak, has been nominated for the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award.
"Alan Shepard was provost and vice-president, academic of Ryerson from 2007 until 2012, and a champion for equity, diversity and inclusion. OVPECI is proud to sponsor the Alan Shepard Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Employee Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals or teams/committees who advance EDI through their work and/or their volunteer contributions in the Ryerson community.
GIRLS GOT GAME - RADIO INTERVIEW WITH LAUREL WALZAK, S2E4, November 5, 2019
TORONTO, September 5, 2019 – The Global Experiential Sport Lab (GXSLab), based at Ryerson University’s FCAD, the Faculty of Communication and Design, is teaming up with She’s4Sports, an organization that focuses on giving women a larger voice in sports.
Through the GXSLab,both organizations will collaborate to amplify the contributions of women in sport and address gender diversity and barriers women and girls face in sport. The Own It event, which is the first initiative led by the two organizations, kicks off on September 17 at Ryerson and will highlight the achievements of six diverse female entrepreneurs in sport.
“The GXS Lab is a natural fit with She’s4Sports, as it focuses on bridging the gap between scholars, students, faculty and industry, to address issues and trends that impact the ever-evolving sport and sport media industry. This includes diversity and issues that impact women and girls with the goal to mobilize change and eventually achieve equitable opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports on all levels,” says Laurel Walzak, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, RTA School of Media, Sport Media, and Director of the GXSLab.
Both organizations will work together to create event programming and digital content to engage the students, academic and sports communities on gender diversity in sport and develop opportunities for female students at Ryerson to participate in the sports industry through industry mentorship,” says Ainka Jess, Founder She’s4Sports. “This partnership will not only create a safe space for women to come together to discuss sports but will transform the narrative and even the playing field for women and girls to thrive in sports without barriers.”
The GXSLab is housed at FCAD’s Catalyst, a 5,000 square foot interdisciplinary research hub, home to 20 labs and centres with a mission is to promote and support the Faculty’s SRC.
The Global Experiential Sport Lab (GXSLab)
The GXSLab is the connection between scholarly research and industry practice in sport and sport media. GXS focuses on the intersection between Globalization; Digitization; and Commercialization. Under the GXS Lab’s Gender in Sport platform, it’s GXS Women in Sport is an initiative and a community for women and men to come together and engage in activities and discussions related to gender inequities in sport, sport media and sport business. The GXSLab is physically based at Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus within the Catalyst, FCAD’s interdisciplinary research hub.
She’s4Sports is a Toronto-based digital and events platform that brings women together to have a larger voice in sports. The network represents a community of over 3000 passionate women and men who want to amplify and celebrate the contributions of women in sports.
FCAD at Ryerson University
Ryerson FCAD is an impactful education hub and innovation ecosystem at the heart of Canada's media design and creative industries. It is grounded in Canadian values but with a truly international perspective and scope. It is home to many of Canada's top schools and programs in their field and recognized as a leading institution around the world.
Laurel Walzak, Assistant Professor
Ryerson University, RTA School of Media, Sport Media
Director, The Global Experiential Sport Lab (GXSLab)
Ainka Jess, Founder
--ON SPORT MEDIA: "It’s understanding the fan and how to monetize the viewing consumption experience is exactly what everyone is trying to figure out," said Walzak.
--ON SPORT SPONSORSHIP: "In the end, it’s likely McDonald’s decided it needed to change its overall marketing strategy and the Olympics were no longer a good fit. The Olympic brand, however, still faces its own challenges", Walzak wrote.
--ON HOCKEY SPONSORSHIP: We're talking multi-million [dollar investment]. We're not talking about some free apparel and some free running shoes here and there, said Walzak, when referring to women's hockey (CBC Sports Jamie Strashin Nov. 18, 2019)
--ON BODYBUILDING: “Don’t hesitate – sometimes women are afraid to go into the weight room because it’s predominantly men in there, but I can tell you from experience that they are usually helpful and supportive,” she says. “I recommend working with a trainer or using a buddy system with a friend, and celebrate every milestone. And it doesn’t matter your shape or size because when you are physically strong, you go through your life also feeling strong and confident, said Walzak.
ARTICLES & VIDEO MEDIA
1. CBC News Nowhere to go: Girls can still dream in wake of CWHL's collapse, just not too big | CBC Sports https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/winter/hockey/womens-hockey-minor-hockey-collapse-cwhl-1.5349714?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar by Jamie Strashi
2. CTV News, October 8, 2019, NBA and China https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1799619
3. Full Stream Ahead by Jeff Hamilton, Winnipeg Free Press Laurel's opinion on Broadcast and Streaming Sports "It’s about trying to get a piece of a very lucrative pie that comes with owning the streaming rights for live sports," said Laurel Walzak, an assistant professor who specializes in sports media at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto.
4. The Olympic-McDonald’s breakup: It’s not you, it’s us, by L. Walzak via The Conversation
5. Business of the Mayweather vs. McGregor Mega Fight (CBC Radio Interviews)
6. Laurel's Expertise Broadcast and Streaming Sports Article
7. Laurel's Opinion - Mayweather vs. McGregor "Mega Fight" August 25, 2017
8. Laurel's Opinion - Cam Newton comment shines light on women's struggles in sports reporting https://lnkd.in/eRztt3M via @torontostar October 5, 2017 by Maija Kappler
9. China Europe International Business School, CEIBS, Shanghai, China https://youtu.be/8E-Kj9yq9po
10. WiSE https://youtu.be/ToseqUfKzO4
11. DAIS/Bell Media/ Ryerson https://www.facebook.com/pg/daiscreates/videos/
12. Business & Burn Out http://bit.ly/2r1BtAf
13. 500 Women Are Transforming Canada's Economic Strengths https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/500-women-transforming-canadas-economic-strengths-laurel-walzak
1. International Women's Day https://www.walktop.com/blogs/walktop-news/a-womans-perspective-on-international-womens-day
June 5, 2018
February 9, 2018
October 5, 2017
Via Toronto Star Article: Cam Newton comment shines light on women's struggles in sports reporting by Maija Kappler (opinion L. Walzak)
September 20, 2017
August 26, 2017
Bars hope to Cash in on Mayweather and McGregor fight, Walzak weighs in
August 25, 2017
Tune in to learn what Laurel Walzak thinks about the Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregar "Mega Fight" on CBC Radio
Big money fight http://www.cbc.ca/1.4262099
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July 11, 2017
March 8, 2017
What does international women's day mean to you? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-does-international-womens-day-mean-you-march-8th-laurel-walzak/