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.
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.
FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, BLACK CAT GALA 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.
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.
UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: July 13th, 2015
The 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
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
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!
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!
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.)
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.