Centre for Sport Capacity

The Centre for Sport Capacity is a hub for sport management research, student experiential learning, and practical support to sport organizations in Niagara Region and across Canada.

As a collaborative of faculty, students, colleagues from other institutions, and experts from the sport community, the Centre works to both understand and expand the capacity of sport organizations.

Knowledge mobilization is a key role of the Centre, putting research-based evidence to work, and finding practical solutions to the challenges facing sport leaders.

About the Centre for Sport Capacity

Director – Julie Stevens, PhD – Sport Management
Major Sport Events and Volunteers; Canadian Hockey and Sport Industry – Amateur, Professional and International; Change Management; Sport Policy; Hockey – Women’s and Men’s History, Development, Ethics, Controversy; Athlete Development from Grassroots to National Teams

Martha Barnes, PhD – Recreation and Leisure Studies
Delivery of Recreation and Sport in Communities; Inter-organizational Relationships; Philanthropic Behaviour (Volunteerism, Donor Behaviour)

Jeff Boggs, PhD – Geography and Tourism

Nicholas Burton, PhD – Sport Management
Sponsorship; Ambush marketing; Athlete endorsements and brands; Sport marketing; Business of European football (soccer); International sport business

Chris Charlebois – Sport Management
Sport event hosting, organization and management. Economic impact of sport events.

Ryan Clutterbuck – Sport Management

Laura Cousens, PhD – Sport Management
Organizational and field-level change, inter-organizational relationships, relationship marketing, neo-institutional theory, networks of community sport providers, sport for development.

Hilary Findlay, PhD – Sport Management
Legal issues in sport; Regulation of sport; Athlete agreements; Doping; Dispute and Dispute Resolution; Discrimination; Violence in Sport; Discrimination/human rights; International Regulation of Sport

Paul Jurbala, PhD – Sport Management
Organizational change and change management; National, Provincial and Community Sport Organizations.

Shannon Kerwin, PhD – Sport Management
Organizational Behaviour in Sport (e.g., Conflict, Values); Volunteer Management; Leadership; Sport Experiences

Pat Reid, PhD – Sport Management

Kyle Rich, PhD – Recreation and Leisure Studies
Community sport and recreation; Rural community development; Community development through sport and recreation; Social inclusion in/through sport and recreation

Kirsty Spence, PhD – Sport Management
Leadership; Leadership Development; Executive Coaching (in Sport Management)

Just as the capacity for sport organizations varies, so do the challenges facing them. Through the expertise at the Centre we understand there are some common themes and similarities. The video below expands on our perspectives.

Challenges facing sport organizations

Research News


Centre Director

Julie Stevens
Associate Professor
Office: STH 442
905 688 5550 x4668

Centre Coordinator

Cole McClean
Office: WH 138
905 688 5550 x5586

Office hours vary. Please call or email for more information.


Colleen Patterson
Marketing and Communications Officer
Office: STH 436
905 688 5550 x5342

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