Baseball Canada Fall Meetings take place in Hamilton

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Delegates from all 10 provincial baseball associations including representatives from the coaching, umpiring and administrative areas will join Baseball Canada’s Executive, Board of Directors and office staff in Hamilton, Ont., from November 16 to 19 for the annual Baseball Canada Fall Meetings.

The four-day gathering coincides with Baseball Ontario’s Annual General Meeting where the organization will celebrate its 100th year in operation. Baseball Canada and Baseball Ontario will have the opportunity to honour their best from 2017 at the Awards Dinner and Gala that will take place at the Grand Ballroom inside Hamilton’s Sheraton Hotel on Saturday, November 18.

Member retention will be a focus throughout the week along with other topics geared to develop and promote amateur baseball across Canada.

An impressive list of speakers are scheduled to present over the course of the week to provide subject matter expertise to attendees in order to spur discussion and address areas if need.

Baseball Canada is pleased to welcome the following presenters:

JIM COMMERFORD – CEO YMCA HAMILTON/BURLINGTON/BRANTFORD

ROGER GRILLO – MANAGER ADM – USA HOCKEY

NANCY SPOTTON – PROFESSOR, GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE

MARK PALMER – DIRECTOR CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP SALES, TORONTO BLUE JAYS

DR. PAUL JURBALA – DIRECTOR KNOWLEDGE, SPORT FOR LIFE SOCIETY

ANN COBURN – DIRECTOR VOLUNTEER HALTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

DAVIS HARRIS – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OAKVILLE SOCCER

BILLY WILSON – MANAGER PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, ONTARIO SOCCER ASSOCIATION

DAWN SMYTH – DIRECTOR DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENT, CANADA BASKETBALL

DR. SUSAN FORBES & DR. LORI LIVINGSTON – UNIVERSITY OF ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

DANA BOOKMAN – FOUNDER & CEO TORONTO GIRLS BASEBALL LEAGUE

As part of the awards presentation, Baseball Canada will be handing out the Jimmy Rattlesnake Award and Women’s National Team Most Valuable Player to two WNT athletes. Baseball Canada will also recognize national winners for the Major League Baseball Volunteer of the Year, Lionel Ruhr Memorial Award for Elite Coach of the Year, Dick Willis Memorial Award for Umpire of the Year along with the Province of the Year Award.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.