Unfortunately, the GIS Toronto Sports Summit has now been postponed until further notice. Further announcements will be made to those booked to attend the Summit via global@ucfb.com.

From 7th to 14th June 2020, on campus and online students, as well as alumni, will be able to attend GIS’s Global Sports Summit in Canada, primarily based at BMO Field in Toronto. The summit is based around seven days of specially tailored talks, workshops, exclusive networking opportunities and visits specific to the Canadian sports industry.

Crowned MLS champions in 2017, Toronto FC are based at Canada’s national football stadium, BMO Field, and are owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).

UCFB students will be able to learn from MLSE's unique business that runs successful venue and multi-sport franchise operations and is a world leading organisation in sports technology. Our Canadian summit will also access MLSE's stunning Scotiabank Arena, home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.

Please note that spaces on the summit are limited and will be granted on a first-paid basis. UCFB reserves the right to close bookings early once it is fully booked. If the summit does become fully booked then we will operate a waiting list.

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What will the Summit include?

  • Enhance your knowledge of the Canadian sports industry from professionals working at some of the biggest organisations in North America;
  • Understand and see first-hand how sport operates in one of the biggest and most successful markets in the world;
  • Network with industry decision-makers and enhance your employment opportunities in the North American sports industry;
  • Experience incredible live sport at some of the world's best stadiums and arenas.
Confirmed experiences
Live sport experiences

Experiencing live sport will form a key part of the Summit. Our schedule of live sports will be as follows:

  • Thursday June 11th: Major League Baseball @ Rogers Centre: Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners
  • Sunday June 13th: Major League Soccer (MLS) @ BMO Field: Toronto FC v Montreal Impact
Organisations attending
  • Elite sports teams and franchises;
  • Stadium and venue staff;
  • Sports club owners and management groups;
  • Sports agencies;
  • Sports media and broadcasters;
  • Former and current players, managers and coaches.
Guest speakers

Speakers from the following organisations already confirmed:

  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • Toronto FC
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Toronto Argonauts
  • Beswick Sports North America
  • BMO Field
  • ScotiaBank Arena
  • Raptors Uprising GC Esports Team
  • Toronto Sports Network (TSN)

More names and roles will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Behind the scenes access
  • BMO Field
  • BMO Training Ground & Academy
  • Scotiabank Arena
City experiences

A number of optional city experiences will be arranged as part of the trip to showcase the best that Toronto has to offer.

Networking opportunities

Networking with key players in the sports industry will form a central part of the Toronto Sports Summit. There will be opportunities to meet with senior leaders and decision makers from major sports organisations, providing an excellent chance for attendees to build connections and build their personal brand whilst learning about the local sports market.

Bookings are now closed for the Toronto Global Sports Summit 2020. If you have any queries regarding the summit, please email global@ucfb.com.

Travel & accommodation

Accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by UCFB, and students will be required to pay the full amount to confirm their place at the summit. Travel is to be booked independently by students.

Booking details

Bookings are now closed for the Toronto Global Sports Summit 2020. If you have any queries regarding the summit, please email global@ucfb.com.

Please note: once a payment has been made to UCFB to book your place, your rights as a traveller are subject to the terms and conditions of our accommodation partner, and not UCFB. UCFB will be passing all payments on to our accommodation partner and as such will not be holding the payments of students. Please click here to view the booking terms and conditions.

What is included in the fee I pay to UCFB?
  • Accommodation;
  • Entry to a Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer game;
  • Internal coach journeys, where appropriate.
What’s not included?
  • Flights;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visa;
  • Food and drink;
  • General spending money;
  • Optional group city activities.
Travel & logistics

Attendees are to book their own travel to and from the Toronto Sports Summit. This will allow students and alumni maximum flexibility with their travel plans. UCFB will hold no responsibility over the travel plans of any of the Summit attendees. After booking your accommodation through UCFB and booking your travel plans, UCFB will request the details of your flights.

UCFB recommends booking your travel plans through our approved travel partner www.fairway-travel.co.uk, who have the full details of the Toronto Sports Summit and will be able to assist you with your flights. Please contact emma@fairway-travel.co.uk if you wish to do so.

Links between the airport, the BMO Field and our accommodation are straightforward and easily travelled, and the city itself is extremely easy to navigate around during free time.

Flight details

Attendees are welcome to arrive in Toronto before the first day of the summit and stay in Toronto after the end of the summit if they wish, however the timings and plans for the Summit dates are as follows:

  • Sunday 7th June - Day 1 of the Toronto Sports Summit. Arrival will be required at our residences in Toronto by 4pm at the latest. The first meeting will be at approximately 5pm local time at the accommodation. UCFB staff will be on hand to assist with arrivals.
  • Sunday 14th June - The GIS Sports Summit comes to a close, and we check-out of our residences in Toronto. There will be no activities on this day so you are free to leave at any time

Please do not book your travel plans before booking your place on the Summit with UCFB. It is the responsibility of every attendee to ensure that their travel plans are suitable to attend every session and activity of the Summit. We will be happy to assist you with your travel plans once you have booked your place on the Summit and will provide you with detailed guidance on how to be at the right place at the right time.

Estimated costs of flights

If travelling from and back to the UK, return flights are currently around £400 in total.

Discover Toronto

Your guide to Toronto
A brief history

Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto has a population of around three million people and was recently announced as the “fastest growing” population in the whole of North America. It’s lakeside location has made it a vital international trading hub and ensured it has become Canada’s financial centre. Toronto regularly celebrates its diverse culture, with around half of its population noted as being members of a “visible minority”. It’s these characteristics which make Toronto one of the most welcoming cities in the world for foreign students.

Things to do

Toronto’s skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world. Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, it takes visitors’ breath away in height of summer and cold depths of winter. Its most iconic landmark though is the CN Tower; standing at 553m it was the tallest structure in the world until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa was built in 2009. A visit to the top is an absolute must. Visitors are encouraged to also take in The Royal Ontario Museum, home to an abundance of world art and natural history, and one of the biggest museums in North America, as well as take a boat out to Toronto Islands – a chain of 15 small islands which feature a beach, amusements parks and further natural beauty.

Sport in Toronto

Visitors to Toronto will never be short of options if they want to take in some top level sport. Between a championship winning Raptors basketball team to a success hungry Maple Leaf ice hockey side, sport is the beating heart of this Canadian city. With Canada set to host its first FIFA World Cup in 2026, now is a perfect time to get to grips with and understand the inner workings of the Canadian sports industry.

Click here for more information on sport in Toronto

Food & drink

The Distillery District was once a derelict collection of industrial buildings, but can now rival any of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Europe with its collection of shopping and eating options. Coffee, tapas, ice cream, noodles and beer; you may never want to leave. Of course, any trip to Canada isn’t complete without a giant portion of poutine – fries smothered in cheese curd and gravy. For the very best in the city head to Smoke’s Poutinerie or Nom Nom Nom, according to Time Out.

Bookings are now closed for the Toronto Global Sports Summit 2020. If you have any queries regarding the summit, please email global@ucfb.com.

Frequently asked questions
What is included in the fee I pay to UCFB?
  • Accommodation;
  • Entry to a Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer game;
  • Internal coach journeys, where appropriate.
What’s not included?
  • Flights;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visa;
  • Food and drink;
  • General spending money;
  • Optional group city activities.
What are GIS’s Global Sports Summits?

GIS’s global study hubs will each host one Global Sports Summit at each hub in the 2019/20 academic year, providing attendees with providing attendees with a packed schedule of industry insight, professional development and networking opportunities. They will feature guests from renowned sporting organisations, locally tailored to each global study hub, allowing attendees to learn best practice and understand how sport is managed within each country. Each Global Sports Summit will provide guests grouped into three categories: from the boardroom, from the industry and from the pitch, allowing students and alumni the opportunity to truly understand all aspects of sport.

I want to visit a Global Hub but can’t afford to pay for travel and accommodation. What options do I have?

UCFB believes strongly in the benefits of students and alumni attending GIS Global Sports Summit, however we recognise that this comes at a cost to the individual. As a result, we have developed UCFB’s Global Insight Series, a portal of content regularly updated, featuring thought leadership, Q&As and career advice from UK campus guest speakers as well as from all of our global study hub partners.

I’m an online student, can I still visit a GIS global hub?

Yes! All current students and alumni will be able to attend a Global Sports Summit at a GIS global hub.

Can you attend a Global Sports Summit if you are not a current UCFB student or alumnus?

No. Places are only available for current UCFB students studying at undergraduate or Master's level, as well as all UCFB alumni.

Can I attend more than one Global Sports Summit?

Yes! Places are limited at every Summit, however there is nothing stopping you applying to attend more than one event.

What are GIS’s global hubs?

GIS’s global hubs will provide current students and alumni the opportunity to attend Global Sports Summits, based at some of the world’s leading stadiums. GIS’s global hubs are based at New York's Red Bull Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Toronto FC's BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

UCFB has exclusive partnerships with these stadiums, providing a unique global network for students and alumni.

What are the benefits of visiting a global hub?

Visiting a Global Sports Summit at one of GIS’s global hubs will allow you to grasp a true understanding of how different sports are managed around the world by hearing first-hand from leading sports organisations, which will be locally tailored to each global hub location.

In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to further develop professional skills and gain a cultural awareness of another part of the world. International educational experiences have been shown to boost student prospects across a variety of areas, particularly:

  • Increased average earnings;
  • Increased employment rate;
  • Increased overall grades.
Can I visit a GIS global hub at any time of the year?

Currently GIS’s global hubs will only be accessible during each Global Sports Summit. In time, UCFB may look to increase accessibility through more educational events.

Do GIS's global hubs provide any other benefits?

In addition to all benefits listed for those visiting a GIS global hub, there is still a host of benefits that will arise from UCFB’s international expansion, including:

  • Thought leadership from our global hub partners, accessible through UCFB’s Global Insight Series and the content hub of the UCFB website;
  • Increased work experience and employment opportunities for current students and alumni, through increased international employer engagement;
  • A more global alumni network.
How will we get from the accommodation to BMO Field each day?

Travelling between our Toronto accommodation and BMO Field is straightforward. There are regular trains departing from near our accommodation, which will take us to Queens Quay West At Rees Street in Downtown Toronto. From there we change, and our second train will drop us right next to BMO Field. The total journey time is approximately 40 minutes. This journey is shorter on the day we visit Scotiabank Arena.

I’ve registered my details on the booking form but not made my payment for accommodation on the UCFB Online Shop. Is my place booked on the trip?

Booking for this summit is now closed. If you have any queries please contact global@ucfb.com.

Can I book my travel through UCFB for the Toronto Sports Summit?

To allow students and alumni maximum flexibility, Summit attendees must book all travel arrangements independently. Logistical information can be found above on this page, however if further information is required please contact toronto@ucfb.com and our team will be happy to help you with your travel plans.

Is there an approved travel agent that you recommend I use to book my travel to the Summit?

UCFB works closely with Fairway Travel, who have years of travel expertise. Their team know all the travel requirements for the Toronto Sports Summit and will be more than happy to help you book. Please contact Emma Coates at emma@fairway-travel.co.uk to find out more.

Can I book my own accommodation for the Summit?

Accommodation for this opportunity will solely be booked by UCFB, and to book your place at the Summit you must book accommodation through UCFB. All attendees will be staying in the same building together for the duration of the Summit, and all attendees will have their own private rooms. We have worked closely with a university in Toronto to provide a good standard of accommodation for the trip that is conveniently located to the Summit, whilst also being very competitive financially.

Can I arrive a few days before the Summit / leave a few days after the Summit to explore Canada?

Attendees are free to make their own travel arrangements as they see fit, however are reminded that for the duration of the Summit (June 7th-14th) their accommodation is fixed as per the Summit schedule.

Do I have to attend every day of the Summit, or can I pick and choose which days and which activities to attend?

Attendees are expected to attend all sessions as part of the Summit. Whilst the Summit is ongoing, the focus of all UCFB and local staff will be on providing an excellent experience for those in attendance.

Will there be free time included in the schedule for me to explore the city?

Yes – we know that attendees will want time to themselves to explore the area at their own leisure and this will be scheduled into the Summit agenda.

Will the live sports games be free of charge?

Some live sports games will be free of charge – these will be core activities that form a part of the Summit. These include a Major League Baseball fixture and Major League Soccer fixture.

When will a full schedule become available for the Summit?

We are busy working with sports organisations and individuals in Canada to confirm the best possible experiences and speakers for the Summit. We will release details of speakers and experiences as they become confirmed in due course. A full and detailed schedule will be sent to all those travelling before we depart for Toronto. As communicated, the Summit will contain a mix of guest speakers, learning opportunities, networking opportunities, live sport and behind the scenes access.

I am an alumni/online student living in Toronto – can I attend the event?

Yes. Please contact global@ucfb.com after completing the booking form to discuss this.

How much spending money will I need and what will I need money for whilst in Toronto?

Attendees will need money for food, drink, city activities, and general spending. Toronto is a vibrant city with a huge variety of options, however spending budgets depend on the individual.

What will happen on day one of the Summit? How will I know where to go?

UCFB will have a team in place on the ground in Toronto to assist with inbound Summit attendees. Once you have booked your place at the Summit and booked your travel, UCFB will request your travel plans so that we can assist you with logistics on day one when you arrive.

Will I need a visa to go to the Summit? Who is responsible for arranging this?

Summit attendees are responsible for ensuring they can travel to Canada and to any countries in which they stop at as part of their journey to and from the Summit, along with any visa costs.

British Citizens don’t usually need a visa to visit Canada for short periods of time, but they need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before they travel. An eTA is required to board a flight to Canada.

Further information on this is available from the UK Government website here.

Summit attendees have full responsibility their entry requirements. If you are an international student or alumni, please contact your relevant embassy or government website to check your travel permissions and any steps you need to take to gain access to Canada.

UCFB encourages all attendees to check their travel permissions and make their visa arrangements well in advance of the Summit in case of any visa processing delays.

Will I require travel insurance to attend the Toronto Sports Summit?

Students will be expected to purchase their own travel insurance for this trip.

Will the dates of my June exams clash with the Toronto Sports Summit?

UCFB’s exams will conclude before the beginning of the Toronto Sports Summit.

GIS global hubs

New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto FC’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) play host to the Global Institute of Sport hubs, enabling students and graduates to enhance their knowledge and expertise of the international sports industry.

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