CMS in the COMMUNITY

Even during the development phase, has become a part of the community by participating in local events over the years.  This is only the beginning of our community involvement.

UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS:

June 2nd – STEVENSVILLE SPRINGFEST – Celebrate the nice weather finally arriving at the Stevensville Community Memorial Hall on Stevevensville Road. The daytime event runs from 10am until 4pm and features many crafters, artisans, exhibitors and merchants from our community and beyond. CMS is an event sponsor and looking forward to being an exhibitor again this year.  The funds raised by Springfest will go towards Town Projects, such as Memorial Park.

June 25th – FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT Dinner Sponsor – The Greater Fort Erie and Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday June 25, 2018 at Bridgewater Country Club in Fort Erie.  The event will once again raise funds for student bursaries.

 

PAST EVENTS:

Niagara College’s Green Automotive Technology Lab officially opens: April 4th, 2018
Students in Niagara College’s Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, Motive Power Technician, and Motive Power Techniques programs are surging ahead of their competition in tomorrow’s automotive industry, thanks to new technology and facilities available through NC’s Green Automotive Technology Lab.  CMS representatives were there to congratulate Niagara College on this amazing new lab and look forward to expanding the partnership in sustainable innovation and technology.

MOTORAMA 2018: Toronto, March 9-11, 2018

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS – for the 3rd time, CMS was proud to be the Technology, Innovation and Environmental Initiative Award sponsor and presenter. Congratulations to all the winners!

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT  Dinner Sponsor: June 26th, 2017

STEVENSVILLE SPRINGFEST Sponsor: June 3rd, 2017

FORT ERIE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS GALA FUNDRAISER: May 20th, 2017

STATE OF THE REGION ADDRESS: March 24, 2017

TORONTO MOTORAMA: March 10-12, 2017

SOUTHERN TIER MAYORS LUNCHEON: February 8th, 2017

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS CAREER FAIR – Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board Youth Conference: November 30,2016

PREMIER WYNN LUNCHEON in NIAGARA FALLS: October 10, 2016

TASTE OF FORT ERIE: September 17, 2016

VERBATIM CONFERENCE: September 15, 2016

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE SHOW: September 15, 2016

GREATER NIAGARA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT: September 12, 2016

FORT ERIE COMMUNITY SAFETY DAY: September 10, 2016

DOUGLAS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: September 9, 2016

AMAZING RACE NIAGARA: August 28, 2016

NIAGARA DISTRICT – TORONTO ISLAND AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENT: August 9, 2016

STEVENSVILLE SPRINGFEST: June 4, 2016

NAPA AUTO PARTS PORT COLOBORNE TRADE SHOW: May 26, 2016

PROVINCIAL MINISTER OF FINANCE DINNER: May 16, 2016

NIAGARA COLLEGE GREEN AUTO TECH LAB ANNOUNCEMENT: April 26, 2016

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, BUSINESS AFTER 5: April 19, 2016

STATE OF THE REGION ADDRESS: April 12, 2016

PROVINCIAL TOURISM FRAMEWORK FOCUS GROUP: April 8, 2016

NIAGARA BUSINESS LUNCH with MINISTER DUGUID: March 29, 2016

BUFFALO MOTORAMA: March 24-26, 2016

SOUTHERN TIER MAYORS LUNCHEON: March 22, 2016

TORONTO MOTORAMA: March 11-13, 2016

NIAGARA COLLEGE HOSTS SKILLS COMPETITION: March 3, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS STATE OF THE CITY: March 3, 2016

NIAGARA SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE – NIAGARA ENERGY SUMMIT: February 3, 2016

 

TOWN OF FORT ERIE & HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CO-HOST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ‘BUSINESS AFTER 5’ EVENT: January 21,2016

The first Ba5 event of 2016 for the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce was hosted at Fort Erie Town Hall.  Habitat for Humanity Niagara is building 2 homes in Fort Erie this summer thanks to the support of many community partners.  Stay tuned for details on CMS’s involvement.

Habitat For Humanity Niagara

 

 

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, BLACK CAT GALCMS JGI Auction ItemA AUCTION: November 13th, 2015

This year’s revamped Gala Auction will include a Jeff Gordon autographed section of sheetmetal from his #24 3M Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS that was raced in Atlanta (March 2015) in Jeff’s final NASCAR season.  Framed in a shadow box and complete with a Hendrick Motorsports certificate of authorization and numbered autograph hologram for registration.  You have to be there to bid and tickets will only be on sale for a few more days.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the new Greater Fort Erie High School and the Chamber of Commerce Student Bursary Fund.

 

FORT ERIE BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS: Oct 16th, 2015

This bi-annual event recognizes and rewards the small, large, accessible, community oriented and emerging businesses in Fort Erie that have worked so hard to maintain excellent customer service and thier bottom-line.  CMS was proud to present the Technology, Innovation and Environmental Initiative Award to Rio Vista Golf Course, who have been working towards becoming a 100% organic golf course.

Chamber BEA winners 2015

more CMS in the Community…

In between meetings regarding finalization of site plans, traffic management plans and highway interchanges, CMS reps have been busy updating people at festivals, expos and trade shows about the progress being made to obtain building permits.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: Sept 30th, 2015

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Trade Show hosted its annual tradeshow – NIAGARA NETWORKS.  CMS reps enjoyed chatting with residents and business operators around Niagara.

TASTE OF FORT ERIE: Sept 26th, 2015

On Saturday, Sept 26th, Members of the Bridgeburg District BIA hosted the first Taste of Fort Erie festival in a historic downtown area that is moving towards revitalization.  A huge turnout on a beautiful day made this inagural event a huge success!  CMS had a booth at the Niagara River end of Jarvis St.  A special thanks to Birdie Golf Carts for letting us use a super fast golf cart, complete with CMS logos.

BRIDGEBURG DISTRICT photos courtesy of Mike Sansano.

 

COMMUNITY SAFETY DAY: Sept 19th, 2015

Formerly known as Sparky the Firedog’s Birthday Party, The Town of Fort Erie Fire Department’s Public Education hosted Community Safety Day.  Community partners OPP, NRP, RCMP, EMS and more had safety vehicles and allowed kids to test out firehoses and check out firetrucks, rescue boats.  The longest line was at the ladder trucks, where kids ccould get a bird’s eye view of Fort Erie, Buffalo and probably Niagara Falls.  If it had been a clear day, they may have been able to see the Toronto skyline?

 

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE SHOW: Sept 17th, 2015

This annual tradeshow is another great opportunity for residents to meet local business operators and in our case, receive updates on CMS.  The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show was another successful event in their busy season.  The Business Excellence Awards and the 10th Annual Black Cat Gala Auction are coming up in October and November.

 

GM POWERED SHOW N SHINE & PLANT TOUR: Aug 7th, 2015

CMS joined Niagara College for the day at the St. Catharines GM Powertrain Plant which included GM Plant tours, a GM Car Show and the Canadian Reveal of the 2016 Chevrolet CAMARO.  Niagara College President Dan Patterson, Mayor of St. Catharines Walter Sendzik  and GM Plant Manager Carolyne Watts all stopped by the NC tent.

Stephen Carlisle, GM Canada president and managing director also announced a $13-million investment into the St. Catharines powertrain facility that will enable the production of more variants of the 3.6-litre V6 engine currently being built at the plant.

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2015/08/07/13m-investment-at-st-catharines-gm-plant

 

 

UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT:   July 13th, 2015

United WayThe United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie hosted their 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club in Fort Erie and raised approximately $15,000.  Canadian Motor Speedway was the Dinner Sponsor for the Golf Tournament and looks forward to working with the United Way more in the future as it helps many people and local organizations.

The United Way is an amazing community partner whose funding priorities include ensuring basic needs (safe, affordable shelter and a reliable, healthy food source) and providing secondary support to targeted groups.  These targeted groups or local organizations assist community members who need additional help to address issues and overcome barriers – whether it be people affected by a disability, people facing literacy issues or newcomers, children or seniors at risk.

FORT ERIE CHAMBER of COMMERCE Golf Tournament: June 22nd, 2015

CMS was a Platinum Gold Sponsor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament benefiting the Chamber’s Student Bursary Fund.  It was a warm day, but we had fun out on the course at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara .

STEVENSVILLE SPRINGFEST:  June 6th, 2015

The kickoff to the Fort Erie Festival season was the 11th Annual Stevensville Springfest.  CMS had a display in the community center and there were many activities outside as well, including a dunk tank with Fort Erie Councillors.

 

COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM – SPRING KICKOFF EVENT:  May 2nd, 2015

Colourful flowers, plants and local businesses filled the Leisureplex with hopes of Spring weather and gardening season.  Canadian Motor Speedway was there to share our Carbon Neutral initiatives for the design, construction and operation of CMS as well as all of the green events we can host.

 

 

NIAGARA REGION ECONOMIC GATEWAY ZONE – COUNCIL MEETING:  April 30, 2015

CMS Media Release: April 30th, 2015

Fort Erie Racetrack Approved – CHCH News: May 1st, 2015

‘Crucial’ incentives for $400-million speedway get green light at Region – The Hamilton Spectator: May 1st, 2015

Ontario officials approve tax breaks for Fort Erie speedway – Buffalo Business First: May 4th, 2015

 

NIAGARA REGION ECONOMIC GATEWAY ZONE – PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE:  April 22, 2015

At the Planning & Development Services Committee session for the Niagara Region, CMS received a clear sign of support in the form of inclusion in the Niagara Region Economic Gateway Zoning.  Following the council session and media interviews, update meetings were held to discuss progress with our Site Plan, the Traffic Management Plan (that supports a 2-lane bridge at Bowen Rd and the QEW) and the status of the Town of Fort Erie’s application for the water/waste water infrastructure at the Province.    The finish line for requirements to be completed in order to receive our building permits is in sight!

Region OKs tax breaks for ‘once in a lifetime’ Speedway project – Niagara This Week/Fort Erie Post: April 23, 2015

Niagara regional council recommends tax breaks for Fort Erie car track – Buffalo Business First: April 23, 2015

Speedway incentives approved – St. Catharines Standard: April 22, 2015

Column: Speedway momentum growing quickly – Bullet News: April 22, 2015

 

POLITICAL MOMENTUM –  March 2015

March was a busy month for political addresses and political support for Canadian Motor Speedway.  CMS attended the Niagara Falls State of the City address by Mayor Diodati, the State of the Region address by Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin and the State of Fort Erie presentation.  The Town of Fort Erie, The Niagara Region and the City of Niagara Falls all adopted a motion at Council stating their support and making CMS a priority.

Falls council supports speedway – Bullet News: March 25, 2015

Councillor wants Region to prioritize motor speedway – St. Catharines Standard: March 17, 2015

Fort Erie council shows support for speedway – Fort Erie Times: March 11, 2015

2 Lane solution for Canadian Motor Speedway – Niagara Falls Review: March 10, 2015

Speedway support kicked into high gear – Bullet News: March 9, 2015

 

MARCH SHOWS:

MOTORAMA MOTORSPORTS & CUSTOM CAR SHOW – click for more info

NIAGARA FALLS SPORTS EXPO – click for more info

 

BROCK UNIVERSITY SPORTS MANAGEMENT COUNCIL CONFERENCE

On March 5th, the Brock University Sports Management Council and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences hosted a Sports Management Conference.  Claire MacSweyn from CMS was one of the speakers at the conference and was pleased with the opportunity to let students know about Canadian Motor Speedway, the various events that will be hosted at CMS and the future careers that relate to Sports Management and Applied Health Sciences.

 

SOUTHERN TIER MAYOR’S LUNCHEON

On February 26th, The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Southern Tier Mayor’s luncheon.  6 Mayors from Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland spoke to the future of the Niagara Region and provided highlights from their respective municipalities.  It is always an informative and entertaining event.  Mayor of Fort Erie, Wayne Redekop, spoke to three main developments in Fort Erie that need to move forward: Canadian Motor Speedway, The Miller Creek Marina project and the Fort Erie Horse Racetrack re-development.

 South Niagara mayors talk about future of region, Bullet News, Feb 26th, 2015

2014:   While the detailed planning continues behind the scenes with CMS Architects, Engineers and consultants, Town Of Fort Erie, Region of Niagara, Province of Ontario and the MTO;  the Marketing Department has been at Trade Shows, College Information Fairs and some of Niagara’s amazing golf courses updating residents, race fans and business owners that although no work occurred on site, CMS is positioned well to move forward and begin construction on the Speedway in 2015.

 

ONTARIO COLLEGES INFORMATION FAIRS: On October 20,21,22, 2014, we spent time with Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges Information Fair in Toronto and at their campus in Welland.  Over three days we saw over 15,000 students trying to decide their futures.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: On October 16th, 2014, The Niagara Networks Tradeshow was hosted in the ballroom of the Niagara Fallsview Casino & Resort.  CMS spoke with residents and business owners from all over the Niagara Region.  It was a beautiful venue, right next to the Falls and another reminder as to why CMS is in the perfect location in Niagara!

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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Between October 2nd and October 16th, 2014, CMS attended 4 Municipal Election ‘All Candidates Nights’.  Council, Region and Mayoral Candidates introduced themselves to residents and answered some tough questions about their visions for Fort Erie.  As for CMS, every candidate supports the development and wants to help us move forward as quickly as possible.  We are excited to see so many candidates taking an interest in our Municipality and look forward to working with whomever the residents elect.

 

FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE SHOW: On September 18th, 2014, CMS was an exhibitor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.   Over 400 residents attended another successful Chamber of Commerce event and we were excited to tell residents that we will be opening up a local office in Fort Erie by the end of year…stay tuned!  CMS is happening!

 

GREATER NIAGARA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT:

On September 16th, 2014, we actually took to the fairways ourselves and golfed in the Niagara College Golf Tournament at Peninsula Lakes Golf & Country Club.  Mayor Martin is not only the leader of our Town, but carried our team to a very respectable score.  It was an opportunity again to meet community stakeholders in the Region and it’s always a pleasure to chat with Niagara College’s President, Dr. Dan Patterson.

 

MICHAEL N ANDERSON, DOUGLAS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: On Sept 5th, 2014,  we were proud to sponsor the Micheal N Anderson, Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, but still a fun day to support important medical infrastructure in Fort Erie!

 

MAYOR’s ‘DRIVE FORE BUSINESS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT: On June 23rd, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway was a Platinum Gold sponsor for the annual Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s ‘Drive for Business’ Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Country Club. Money raised from the golf tournament benefits the recipients of the Chamber of Commerce’s Student Bursaries.

 

BRIDGEBURG CAR SHOW: On June 1st, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway set up a display at the Central Ave Firehall for the 6th annual Bridgeburg Car Show in Fort Erie, Ontario.  This car show is hosted by one of the Town’s newest located next to the Railway Museum, Sugar Bowl park, Fort Erie Library and the Fort Erie Tennis Club.  Vehicles and patrons from Southern Ontario, Western New York attended, and although some may say it was too hot, after the winter we had…we’re not going to complain.   Awards were presented for best Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Import, Truck, Engine, Paint, Rims, Mayor’s Choice, Furthest travelled, “Rat Rod” and dirtiest vehicle.   The fire trucks were out on display as well as a bouncy house for the kids.  Sparky the FireDog stopped by for an update on our project and gave a thumbs up for CMS!

BUFFALO BISONS GAME: On May 30th, 2014, Thanks to our friends at Rich Products, we had a great evening at the Buffalo Bisons game.  Azhar, (CMS Executive Director) had the honour of throwing the first pitch as well!   Rich Products International headquarters are in Buffalo, NY and they recently opened their new Atrium & Innovation Center, which we enjoyed a preview of prior to the Bisons game.  There are a few Canadian-USA parallels with Rich Products also owning a manufacturing plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River; one of Fort Erie’s largest employers.  Rich Products also own the Buffalo Bisons, who are the Triple-A Affiliate of the MLB Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.  www.bisons.com

 

THE YOUNG AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONALS 2014 TRADE SHOW: On May 29th, over 1000 people participated in the Young Auto Professionals Trade Show at Port Colborne’s new VALE Health and Wellness Centre.  Billed as the largest trade show in Southern Ontario directed at auto and truck repair professionals working in independent shops, large dealerships and fleet settings, the show more than fulfilled the expectations of guests, exhibitors and the staff of Young Auto Professionals.  Canadian Motor Speedway had a booth and we enjoyed talking with many auto shop owners, mechanics and automotive industry suppliers.   Castle Products brought their 4 time NASCAR Busch North #44 car with Andy Santerre’s name above the driver’s window.  It was an excellent trade show, well organized and attended and CMS looks forward to participating again next year.   Niagara has an amazing automotive history and we can’t wait to be a part of it!

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SKILLS CHALLENGES: CMS attended the Ontario Technological Skills Canada Competition May 5-6th at RIM Park in Waterloo with Niagara College.  5000 Elementary students on Monday and 15,000 High School students on Tuesday attended the ‘futures expo’ and watched elementary, secondary and post -secondary students compete in 65 trade skills.  Congratulations to all the students who competed and the teachers who helped them along the way!

We also attended Nationals for the Skill Canada Competition, June 4-7 at the International Centre in Toronto with Niagara College.

Click here for more information on the Provincial Championship: www.skillsontario.com/index.php/en/competitions/otsc

Click here for more information on the National Championship: www.skillscanada.com

 

BLACK, WHITE & READ GALA: On Saturday April 12th, 2014, CMS representatives had a wonderful evening at the Black, White and READ Gala in Fort Erie.  Hosted by the Adult Literacy Council of Greater Fort Erie and in partnership with Mayor Martin & The Town of Fort Erie, the bi-annual gala is one of Fort Erie’s ‘premiere’ events and the ALC’s largest fundraiser.  This year’s theme was ‘Ready, Aim….Celebrating the Past and the Future’. The sound of War of 1812 cannons went off outside around the Leisureplex and Town Hall as militia ‘battled’ across the pond and the theme carried inside with live actors and tribute displays honouring the past.    Not only was the décor in Black, White and Red, but all of the guest’s attire was as well and everyone enjoyed a fantastic dinner prepared by the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. The Adult Literacy Council is a volunteer driven registered charity that promotes literacy, empowers adult learning and assists people in improving their literacy skills.  The organization formed in 1978 with the goal to provide help in basic reading, writing and math for people in the community who are no longer in the school system. Thanks to the ALC, The Town of Fort Erie,  Leadership Niagara, the event sponsors and all of the volunteers that made the event so successful!  CMS is looking forward to the next Gala in two years.  (Photo courtesy of Jamielee Greene Photography.)

Black, White & Read Gala

 

NIAGARA COLLEGE’s SEAFOOD GALA: On Saturday April 5th, 2014 CMS representatives along with over 700 guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, silent auctions and live auctions to raise money for the Niagara College Foundation.  This was a special year as it was the 25th Anniversary of the Seafood Gala; an event that supports student success through equipment and learning resources, scholarships and bursaries. Niagara College students once again played a major role in the success of the evening, including the planning, welcoming, serving of hor d’ourves, assisting the chefs in the kitchen and helping with the auctions.   It was great to see so many business and community leaders in the room, many of them Niagara College Graduates.  (Photos courtesy of Ozkur Photography)

 

HIGH SCHOOL TECH CHALLENGE: The Canadian Motor Speedway was proud to attend the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s High School Technology Skills Challenge at Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario on March 4th, 2014.  We spent the day with Niagara College and their Motive Power program students who were the judges for the skills competition.

 

STATE OF THE TOWN, CITY and REGION ADDRESSES: Over the last few months, Mayor Martin of Fort Erie hosted his State of the Town address, Mayor Diodati of Niagara Falls hosted a State of the City address and Niagara Regional Chair Gary Burroughs hosted his State of the Region address.  The Southern Tier Mayor’s Luncheon also included presentations by the Mayors of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland.  They all had a common theme – the growth of Niagara – in all sectors.  Fort Erie is of course proud to have CMS in its municipality, but the first to recognize the regional benefits are immense.  CMS was at these events and was pleased hear our project mentioned at all of them as a trigger to the economy.

 

Motorama 2018

Motorama_2018_LogoThe Canadian Motor Speedway along with Mr. John Bickford will be at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo again this year.  Be sure to stop by and visit our CMS display with our friends from Niagara College in Building #2 of the International Centre.

CMS 2018 half page Motorama Ad-Final
SHOW HOURS:
Friday, March 9: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 11: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
International Centre • Halls 1, 2 & 4
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
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JEFF GORDON’s Book at CMS

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JEFF GORDON – HIS DREAM, DRIVE & DESTINY  – Available at CMS in Fort Erie!  Jeff Gordon’s First-Ever Authorized Biography, released November 22, 2016.   “People are going to be able to read about me like they’ve never read about me before,” said Jeff Gordon.

This amazing book can be purchased online from Jeff Gordon’s store or through the Canadian Motor Speedway office in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.  It is a must-have for Jeff Gordon and motorsport fans! Please email claire@cdnmotorspeedway.com or call 1-888-887-7223 x103 for details.

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MOTORAMA 2017

20170311_093937Canadian Motor Speedway has been proud to present a Hendrick Motorsports #24 car for seven years at Motorama (and the CME) and was most proud to have Jeff Gordon’s 93rd and final NASCAR Cup winning car in last year’s display.  Since Jeff’s Martinsville win car straight from victory lane would be near impossible to top, we went in another direction for Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo  2017.

Our friends at AECON brought in one of their new Bulldozers for us to decal and display…to set the tone for 2017.  IBI Group and EllisDon were also featured in our display this year with a new construction visualization video and a 3D model of CMS complete with lights and 3D printed cars.

Niagara College’s Motive Power department was an exhibitor with CMS at Motorama, showcasing their research & innovation, automotive programs and discussing their new Green Automotive program.

Continuing a very popular tradition, attendees were able to speak with Mr. John Bickford.   Bickford is the stepfather and the man behind the illustrious career of Jeff Gordon, the designer of Canadian Motor Speedway.  John answered questions about Jeff’s career, on and off the track, his involvement in CMS and even autographed a few of Jeff’s books upon request.  As an official Canadian retailer of Jeff Gordon’s first ever authorized autobiography,  JEFF GORDON: His Dream, Drive & Destiny, CMS has Jeff’s book in Fort Erie office.

Thank you to the show organizers for another successful show – we are already planning for 2018!  Thank you also to the attendees who came by to visit our booth.  The bulldozer in our display helped us to show that this will be a year for construction to finally begin.  We thank our friends and fans for their extensive and amazing patience as we finish off the remaining requirements to get heavy equipment back on the site in Fort Erie.

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Green Sports Alliance Summit

GreenSportsAllianceThe Canadian Motor Speedway is proud to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance, along with more than 370 sports teams and venues, from 20 different sports leagues,  and 14 countries.  The Green Sports Alliance  leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices.

For more information about the Green Sports Alliance and to see their membership list: http://greensportsalliance.org/members-benefits/

For more information about Canadian Motor Speedway’s Carbon Neutral initiatives: http://cdnmotorspeedway.com/about-cms/carbon-neutral-speedway/ and our Earth Week Blog.

 

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Claire, from CMS will be attending the 6th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, June 28-30. The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 700 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. The 2016 Summit program will cover the day’s most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening through The Power of Partnerships.

“Nothing can beat the power of sports when it comes to bottling and directing passion. This is just as true with sustainability-related initiatives as with any other cause.”
Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Justin Zeulner

Green Sports Alliance 2016 Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards

Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference to be Honored Among Sports Greening Leaders at Green Sports Alliance 2016 Summit

Here’s a preview of of the Summit and some of the teams, stadiums, corporations, organizations and eco-athletes that will be involved: http://bit.ly/28MWaTo

 

Green Sports Alliance scoreboard

 

 

CMS Open House

 

During the Fort Erie Friendship Festival, the CMS Fort Erie Corporate Office is opened its doors to the public.  Our office is located at 168 Garrison Rd, Suite #1, across from Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s, just up from the Peace Bridge.

The Open House was being held to let residents know that we have an office in Town and gave an opportunity for the public to obtain updates from CMS Management.

For more information, please go to our  OPEN HOUSE event page.

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Earth Week 2015

In honour of Earth Week, we wanted to share some of our Green initiatives that are being researched and developed for the design, construction and operation of CMS.

 

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   CARBON NEUTRAL SPEEDWAY

Since the inception of the Canadian Motor Speedway development, we have instilled a relentless mandate for our engineers to ensure the design and operation of our facility will be Carbon Neutral. Jeff Gordon has been a champion in the industry to promote environmentally friendly initiatives and this is a fundamental component with respect to how he envisions CMS as the World’s First Carbon Neutral Speedway. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously as motor sports transitions into a greener future.

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CMS will achieve its carbon neutral status by offsetting the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from racing, through the utilization of renewable technology used for power, heating, cooling and leading edge waste management techniques that will create a greater amount of useful energy which does not produce any carbon dioxide. Our environmental enhancements on the site as well as best forestry practices will further promote the production of cleaner air for future generations. Carbon neutrality is not a simple tagline for us, it’s how we will race and operate our facility responsibly.

 

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

NATURAL AREAS

The Canadian Motor Speedway development covers 823 acres in Fort Erie near Lake Erie and the Niagara River. 328 of those acres will be unpaved parking lots and camping areas. 289 acres are naturally environmentally protected areas. That means 75% of the property will be green…and that does not include the floral displays and landscaping around the speedway, road course and ancillary buildings.

The relocation and redevelopment of Miller Creek Phase 1 was completed in the Fall of 2013. On the west side of the QEW highway, Miller Creek often dried out and once connected as part of Phase 2, will be able to hold water year round, host wildlife habitats and become a natural backdrop to the 65,000 seat grandstands. The banks of the creek will now be 60 metres wide and you can see the amphibian ponds already carved out. We are looking forward to seeding the creek-bed, planting trees and joining up the Creek.

Did you know that the official tree of Fort Erie is the Tulip Tree? Other native trees are Red Maple, Flowering Dogwood, Eastern Hemlock, White Spruce and the Eastern White Pine. The wooded lots will be protected and eco trails will connect natural features through the use of pedestrian & bike trails.

 

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 – Earth Day

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Other Carbon Neutral initiatives that are being considered in the design and construction phases include geothermal power generation, geothermal heating & cooling, solar power, waste to energy and possibly the recycling of grey water. Not only will these sustainable technologies reduce our carbon footprint, but they will save money and increase efficiency.

Geothermal energy is energy produced from the heat of the Earth. It can be produced naturally and efficiently and is extremely clean and sustainable. Geothermal energy can be used in both summer and winter months – which is important in Ontario where we enjoy temperatures at both extreme ends of the thermometer.

A 5-acre solar power field powers the entire Pocono Raceway and about 250 homes in the area. We will also be looking into solar power options at CMS.

Many of these initiatives will link nicely to our educational partners who will either assist in the operation or be able to come and learn about these sustainable systems. We plan on leaving portions of these and other systems open and on display for elementary, high school and post secondary student groups to come in and learn about sustainability on site.

The selection process for materials used in the construction of CMS will take into consideration the long term environmental implications and sustainability. For example, LED lighting around the track and entire facility will not only save money after the initial investment, but the lighting is designed to be glare free to oncoming drivers and minimally visible/distracting when viewed from the rear. LED Light bars will also notify drivers, teams and fans in the stands when there is a caution or a Red flag on the track. Other construction materials can save on energy costs such as 3M window films and other vinyl solutions for design and décor.

Utilizing local contractors for construction when possible will also save on transportation costs and emissions. We look forward to working with Walker Industries, who operate quarries across the street, instead of hauling aggregate from Northern Canada.

Part of our detailed Traffic Management Plan includes shuttle bus depots, charter bus parking and solar-powered golf carts for shuttling fans. This will reduce traffic and fuel consumption on highways and reduce travel times.

 

 

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
RECYCLING

Recycling programs as part of our guest and event operations will include bottles, cans, paper, plastic, glass and metal. Beverage partners will be leaders in our programs and have already shown their commitment to recycling at stadiums and racetracks.

Through a composting program, our organics can be turned into compost and used in our flower and vegetable gardens. We look forward to developing this organic recycling program with our educational partners in the agriculture, horticulture & culinary fields. Niagara College chefs from the Canadian Food & Wine Institute are familiar with vertical farming and selecting fresh ingredients to plant and use in their recipes which can be created and enjoyed at CMS.

Other post-secondary programs can coordinate with CMS regarding recycling beyond plastic and paper. The recycling of grey water and converting waste to energy are two recycling initiatives that we will be exploring. If these systems are put into place, we will leave portions of them open for education, school groups, tours and training so that CMS benchmark achievements in sustainability can be passed on to other developments.

Not only will CMS recycle materials consumed on site, but we have a list of Community Events that will allow residents to bring items to CMS to be recycled as part of awareness campaigns and fundraisers. Schools or organizations can promote awareness and even raise money by hosting a recycling event at CMS. Whether it’s tires, batteries or electronics, we look forward to linking community and corporate partners while recycling materials for a good cause at CMS.

Another wonderful organization is Habitat for Humanity that uses its’ re-stores to recycle household furniture and building supplies. Any homes that are being removed from the property in order to build the speedway will have items donated to the Habitat for Humanity re-stores. Once we are open, we have a few more ideas of how to partner with Habitat for Humanity.

Recycling programs as part of the on-track content at CMS will be included in the design requirements for equipment and infrastructure. Companies involved in the automotive industry whether it be the manufacturers or race teams and series want to be a good partner with the earth and are involved with programs that see that racing oils and tires are recycled. Environmental services companies provide oil recycling and re-refining services, ensuring that all oil and lubricants used in racing are recaptured and re-used. Race tires are collected and processed into a recycled material that can be sold to various industries for next-generation usage such as power generation, asphalt mixtures and compounds for playground mulch, roof shingles and flooring.

Even the race cars are recycled by race teams. Parts are reused or re-engineered, materials are recycled and race cars with outdated technology at the top series are often sold to other racing series.

 

Friday, April 24th, 2015
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT and EDUCATION

A major focus of the CMS development is R&D, innovation, education and developing sustainable technologies that will improve motorsports, the automotive industry and everyday life in general.   Even before the 21 acre R&D Centre is built, in the first core speedway phase of CMS, schools and companies can use the Speedway Club for seminars and conferences, the corporate suites as classrooms, the garages as labs and of course testing on the tracks.

The potential to have research projects at CMS brings a post-secondary element to the Town of Fort Erie and the opportunity to develop on existing sustainable technologies and potentially create next-generation life changing technologies. Research projects that have been brought to our attention already include developing electric/solar/hybrid powered vehicles and charging stations, converting garbage into plastic, converting plastic to oil, converting a seed/grain/fibre into plastic, converting switch grass into bio-fuel.

Where does these innovations go?…To manufacturers and eventually to the consumer. CMS will work with our education and manufacturers to develop and produce commercially sustainable technologies. Some of the innovation may cross the road to have components manufactured and assembled on the 10 acres of CMS lands that are already zoned for light manufacturing.

Automotive manufacturers can utilize the track for testing year round with new technologies. CMS will also host automotive manufacturer new vehicle launches, commercials and photo-shoots for vehicles and components. For example, winter tires can be tested in winter conditions and marketing campaigns can be filmed and launched at CMS. Winter driving schools can also take place at CMS.

School groups can tour CMS to look at the facility, learn about how it operates on and off the track with automotive technology and sustainability systems (solar, geothermal, recycling). CMS will host mega-mileage challenges where high school, college and university teams build eco-cars, test and race them and the winner is not only the fastest, but the most efficient using sustainable technologies.

Our education partners can also develop programs to train, upgrade and re-train mechanics with their own automotive business whether it be garages or roadside assistance. The automotive industry is changing rapidly with hybrid and electric powered vehicles. CMS can host the R&D, the education, the training and testing for new technology. The Research & Development that will occur on site will assist in developing green technology and allow for educations for all ages at CMS, inside and outside of the automotive industry.

 

 

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
MOTORSPORTS & SUSTAINABILITY

Many automotive innovations are developed for racing to improve speed and efficiency. Sometimes the racing industry takes technology– electric cars, fuels, etc and pushes them to limits to test and drive performance. These improvements eventually go back to the showroom at your local dealer.

Racing series are striving to have a responsible sustainability platform whether that includes the track facility infrastructure, recycling programs for consumables, tires or racing oil or the technology used in racing series. Ethanol fuel for racing is made from corn and considered a renewable energy resource.

The Formula E electric car racing series is in its’ first season in 2014-2015 with 10 races around the world. CMS will not sanctioned by any racing series until we are closer to construction be completed, but we can say that this is a series we are watching, especially there isn’t a Canadian race on the schedule yet.

There is a new partner starting to be seen on some racecar decals and CMS will be looking into the association for a future relationship as well.   The Green Sports Alliance leverages ‘the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play’. They do this by ‘inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices. Green Sports Alliance members represent nearly 300 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues and 14 countries.’

 

Jeff Gordon tours Toronto

On September 10th, 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and Canadian Motor Speedway track designer, Jeff Gordon toured Toronto, Ontario, Canada as part of NASCAR’s ‘Chase Across North America’ Media Tour.  First at the top level of the CN Tower where he held a press conference and answered questions about the Chase, a fifth championship and also designing the Canadian Motor Speedway.  After he walked on the famous glass floor – looking down 1200 ft to the ground!

Next was an appearance at Yonge-Dundas Square with NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Scott Steckly and autograph session with the fans.  The Hockey Hall of Fame visit was a perfect way to bring together many Canadians’ favourite sports – hockey and motorsports!  Pictures on Twitter of Jeff taking a few shots on net and selfies with the Stanley Cup captured some of the highlights of Jeff’s time in Toronto.  Last stop was an autograph session at a Canadian Tire store.  All of this by 3pm, then off to an ESPN appearance and a dinner in Chicago with the 16 Chase Challengers and team owners.

The 16 NASCAR Challengers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship were spread out across the United States, Mexico and Jeff was in Toronto.  We may be bias about Jeff and Canada, but think that Jeff probably had the coolest day of them all.  Here are a few links to some of the media coverage from today’s events in Toronto with mentions of Canadian Motor Speedway:

GLOBAL NEWS ran a segment on Jeff Gordon, his run for a 5th championship and CMS.  This video also features Erik Tomas from Raceline Radio and CMS Media Consultant:

http://globalnews.ca/video/1557060/jeff-gordon-makes-a-pit-stop-in-toronto-to-talk-about-the-sprint-cup-and-a-proposed-nascar-track-in-fort-erie

SPORTSNET FAN590:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/auto-racing/gordon-hopeful-for-1st-nascar-title-since-2001/

THE TORONTO SUN:

http://m.torontosun.com/2014/09/10/no-slowing-down-for-nascars-jeff-gordon

YAHOO SPORTS.ca:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/jeff-gordon-discusses-involvement-with-canadian-motor-005249325.html

SPEEDWAY MEDIA:

http://www.speedwaymedia.com/?p=87034

SportsNet The FAN 590 Radio, featuring Raceline Radio’s Erik Tomas will have complete coverage in his weekly show, but here are a few audio clips of Jeff Gordon from the press conference:

 

Photos by: Erik Tomas, @NASCARonTSN, @JeffGordonWeb.

 

 

CMS mentioned by Jeff Gordon in USA Today

’12 QUESTIONS WITH JEFF GORDON’  by Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports

September 2nd, 2014

Jeff Gluck asked 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, current 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup series points leader and CMS Track Designer, Jeff Gordon about track design and the Canadian Motor Speedway in a ’12 Questions with Jeff Gordon’ interview for USA TODAY Sports.

Click here or the image below for the interview.

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Gordon designs racing oval in Canada, dishes on Oscar parties
(Photo: Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)