OSN will lead workshops diving into specific topics to provide a hands-on learning opportunity facilitated by subject matter experts. The workshops will include presentations, group work and break-out sessions for discussion. Those in attendance will be able take away hands-on knowledge and skills.


Business Development - A Multi Perspective Approach

Location: Ontario Soccer Centre, Vaughan
TIME: 8:45am - 12:00pm

Join us at the Soccer Centre in Vaughan for our 1st in person workshop for the year! Our event will be held on Wednesday, May 31st at the Ontario Soccer Centre, Vaughan.

We’ll hear from experts in the field from business development, sponsorship to revenue generation, and more and overall business development tips for your organizations.


Mitch Thompson
Co-Founder & CEO of PandoPartner

Mitch Thompson spent the first 9 years of his career working in sponsorship consulting at Lumency, T1, and IMG - helping brands and properties with strategy, valuation, and measurement challenges.

After diving into the world of data analytics - completing a masters degree in management analytics and working in the Analytics and Technology practice at Bond Brand Loyalty - he has returned to the sponsorship industry on a mission to help modernize and simplify sponsorship management.

PandoPartner, a new software platform that Mitch and a team of tech and SaaS experts launched earlier this summer, is a simple yet robust tool that serves the sponsorship industry. Currently, the platform focuses on digitizing and centralizing sponsorship management workflows and administrative tasks for properties. In the coming months, the platform will also facilitate collaboration across the industry that will open new doors and create new opportunities to grow the industry.

Bjorn Osieck
Director of Business Operations for Ontario Soccer

Bjorn Osieck is the Senior Director, Business for Ontario Soccer, the largest provincial sport organization in Canada. As an experienced sport business leader, Osieck has a 20+ year track record of executive success with emphasis on business development, corporate partnerships and brand marketing.

Osieck and his team have helped to take Ontario Soccer to the next level in areas of marketing and partnerships, digital strategy and communications, as well as competitions and events. Highlights of his tenure include spearheading a comprehensive rebrand of the 122 year old association in 2017 and cultivating exponential growth of Ontario Soccer’s alternative revenue portfolio to create a sustainable, multi-million dollar foundation for its future success.

Driven by value-based partnerships, Osieck and his team have been fortunate to welcome blue chip brands like BMO, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Toronto FC, Canadian Premier League, Circle K, Gatorade, Sport Chek, Soccer Express and others to Ontario Soccer’s partner family with further exciting additions on the horizon for 2023 and beyond.

Prior to joining Ontario Soccer in 2015, Osieck led some of the largest soccer organizations in the country, including acting as CEO of the West Ottawa Soccer Club, the second largest community soccer Club in Canada, serving as Chief Staff Officer for BC Soccer and as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Sport Administration Certificate from York University.

Robyn Gmeindl
Manager, Partnerships & Events for Ontario Soccer

Robyn Gmeindl has worked in the soccer industry for 17 years, with 16 of those years at Ontario Soccer.

Heading-up the Marketing, Partnerships, and Events Team at Ontario Soccer, she has also been an instrumental leader of the Ontario Soccer Summit as Project Lead (4th year) and a key player in the re-brand of Ontario Soccer (2017).

Robyn is a highly organized natural-born problem solver, and has a keen eye and skill for creative design. Her interpersonal skills make her a perfect fit for partner and business relations, while her attention to detail and organizational fluency are highly utilized in event management and partner activities.

Overseeing Ontario Soccer Marketing finds a solid match to her natural ability in and around this space. She has lead the strategy, planning, execution and evaluation behind various Ontario Soccer campaigns including the Pitch In, Play ON! Return to Play Campaign (2020, v2.0 in 2021), the Everyone is Welcome Outdoor Season Recruitment Campaign (2022), and the NoRefNoGame Anti-Abuse Campaign (2022).

Brayden Misley
Account Manager, Global Partnerships with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

From a professional sport perspective, Brayden Misley currently holds the position of Account Manager, Global Partnerships with Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment. He works with leading brands to build strategic marketing partnerships with MLSE properties, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Marlies and Raptors 905. Prior to this role, Brayden worked with Canadian Soccer Business in partnerships supporting and managing sales efforts, prospecting, proposal development and overall concept ideation.

Tickets available for $40.00

Discounted OSN Member Pricing Available With Promo Code

What your ticket includes! Key Details below:

Light Continental breakfast/refreshments
Opportunity to network
Free parking
OSN Swag Bag

Event Details:

Date: May 31st, 2023

Location: Ontario Soccer Centre (7601 Martin Grove Rd, Woodbridge, ON)

Time: Registration opens at 8:00am., Workshop begins promptly at 8:45am.

*Changes to the proposed event details will be communicated, as necessary.

Past Events

2022 Events

SEP 14

OSN Workshop – All About Grants

Location: The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre, Hamilton, ON
TIME: 11:00 AM EST

Register now for OSN’s free grant writing workshop!

The pandemic has shifted the community sports landscape in Ontario and outreach is now more important than ever.

Join us at the Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre for a in person event on Wednesday, Septmber 14, to hear from subject matter experts. They’ll share best practices in applying to grants for your organization!

Our first presenter will be Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector.

Our second presenter will be Tommy Wharton, Ontario Sport Network Emergency Grant Lead.

Ontario Sport Network distributes $7 million Emergency Relief Community Sport & Recreation Grant that will enhance the sustainability of our province’s sport sector. Provincial grant benefited 234 organizations across 105 communities.

Registration is free! Key details below:

  • Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre - 555 Bay St N #2, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H1
  • Doors open and registration begins 11:00 a.m.
  • Presentations from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Q&A and networking till 1:30 p.m.
  • Lunch and Parking Included

We hope you will join us and start your Wednesday morning with a fun, informative discussion!


OSN Workshop - Marketing (Sponsorship &Social Media)

Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
TIME: 8:15 aM - 11:00 aM

The pandemic has shifted the community sports landscape in Ontario and outreach is now more important than ever.

Join us at the Toronto Pan-Am Centre for a in person event on Wednesday, June 22, to hear from subject matter experts. They’ll share best practices in social media, sponsorships, and marketing that you can use at your organizations.

Our first presenter will be Mark Harrison, founder of T1, a sponsorship agency thatexclusively works with impactful brands. Mark has a vast portfolio of experience incommunity outreach – he has co-founded Sponsorship X, Black Talent Initiative, Humanityand Park Street Education.

Mark Harrison

A lifelong volunteer and entrepreneur, Mark Harrison is an experienced marketer and big believer in purpose. Mark is the founder of T1, a sponsorship agency that exclusively works with impactful brands, and the co-founder of SponsorshipX, a global networking platform. In 2020, Mark co-founded the Black Talent Initiative to support the Black community in professional workplaces and sidekick consulting to provide strategic solutions for businesses. Also, in 2020, Mark helped launch Humanity, a creative agency for the Human Age, and Park Street Education, a non- profit that works to remove all barriers to children’s education.

His community involvement includes being a Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, a volunteer with CAMH and an advisor to several ventures, including the Crankworx World Tour, Riff, and NFL Canada. In addition, Mark was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Playmaker Capital, a leading digital sports media company.

Eugene Makhouleen

As Director of Performance Media at Bensimon Byrne, Eugene oversees the strategies, execution and the technology that enables clients to drive action and measure outcomes. Bensimon Byrne is one of Canada’s largest independent agencies with a strong focus on working with sports brands.

Registration is free! Key details below:

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Ave., Toronto
Doors open and registration begins 8:15am
Presentations from 8:45 am – 10:15am
Q&A and networking 10:15 am – 11 am
Light Breakfast and Parking Included

We hope you will join us and start your Wednesday morning with a fun, informative discussion!

May 30

ONCA – Ontario Not-for-profit Corporation Act

Location: Virtual
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The workshop will focus on ONCA (Ontario Not-for-profit CorporationsAct) and the process of switching your organization to this new form for Not-For-Profits. Leading the discussion will be an expert in the field of NFP and charity law, Kimberley Cunnington-Taylor. Kimberley will also be joined by Myles Spencer (CEO, Rugby Ontario).

Kimberley Cunnington-Taylor

Kim is an Ottawa lawyer focusing on not-for-profit and charity law and business law. She provides advice on a wide range of matters including formation, corporate governance and compliance, risk management, corporate structure and dispute resolution along with mergers and amalgamations, purchases and sales, financing and voluntary revocations of charitable status. Kim is very involved with the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Kim is a past-chair of the Business Law Section Executive of the OBA and is currently a member-at-large of the Charity and Not-for-Profit section executives of both the OBA and the CBA, Chair of the Corporate Law Subcommittee of the Business Law section executive of the OBA, and a member-at-large of the Business Law section executive of the CBA.

Myles Spencer

Myles Spencer, CEO of Rugby Ontario, has an extensive and diverse background working in Canadian amateur sport. Prior to his role at Rugby Ontario, Myles was Rugby Canada’s Chief Operating Officer for six of his 11 years with the national sport organization. He is presently an elected Individual Member of Commonwealth Sport Canada, where he has served on a number of committees.  Throughout Myles’ experience, he has been a leader in PSO/NSO governance and strategy, whether it was with Rugby Canada, Rugby Ontario and now with Ontario Sport Network. Myles sits on the OSN Board of Directors and is the organization’s Governance Committee Chair.