Posted on September 25, 2018
Navigator is proud to be a gold sponsor of the 2019 Canada Winter Games being held next year in Red Deer, Alberta. Up to 3,600 youth athletes from across Canada will gather in Red Deer to compete in the 27th edition of the Canada Winter Games in 19 different sporting events, providing a platform for Canada’s next generation of international athletes to cut their teeth on one of our country’s biggest sporting stages and experience the thrill of competing at the highest national level.
Jaime Watt, Navigator’s Executive Chairman explains, that as a national firm, “Navigator understands the importance of sport to Canadians, as well as the benefits that youth sport brings to communities across the country. Navigator has a history of supporting large-scale sporting events such as the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. At Navigator, we understand the important role events like the Canada Games play in building strong and healthy communities – and we are thrilled to support the hard working and talented athletes across the country.
Lessons learned from participating in sport at a young age are applicable throughout life. Teamwork, discipline, and leadership are valuable traits which help shape today’s young athletes into the leaders of tomorrow.”
Jason Hatcher, Managing Principal of Navigator’s western Canada operations, is a former Canada Games athlete. Jason competed in the 1989 Saskatoon games as a swimmer and has taken lessons learned in the pool as a teenager and young adult and used them throughout his career. “Sport teaches life lessons like almost nothing else can. Those hours training develop qualities such as hard work, commitment and leadership which I still use today. These kids competing at the games are not just Canada’s next generation of athletes, but also Canada’s next generation of leaders and business people.”
Navigator also understands the importance of corporate sponsorship in keeping grassroots events like the Canada Games alive. The benefits of these events stretch far beyond the personal stories of former athletes. The economic and cultural benefit that these events create is equally important. The 2019 Canada Games has given Red Deer the opportunity to new community infrastructure such as the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre which will be used by members of the Red Deer community and athletes from across the province for generations to come.
For the first time ever, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will feature a major cultural festival including concerts by local and national Canadian musicians, indigenous artists, and local groups. Another new addition to the Games is the MNP torch relay in which the torch will travel from coast to coast stopping in 48 communities across Canada before finishing in Red Deer for the opening of the Games.
Navigator is proud to partner with the Canada Winter Games and is looking forward to watching the success of athletes from all across the country in Red Deer.