The Carnegie Initiative Summit 2023 in Toronto (the “CI Summit”) will build on a foundation forged in Boston in early 2022 with the 2nd annual gathering of thought leaders, industry titans and grassroots champions from across the hockey world. The weekend event will drive meaningful, scalable, inclusive impact by amplifying the work of changemakers in hockey. The CI Summit is proud and honored to host this prestigious gathering in Canada’s largest market with the support of many corporate, media, and government leaders.

Event Highlights:

Friday January 20, 2023

  • 8:00 am to 1:00 pm – Herb Carnegie CCM Legacy Skate. Support for the North York Harvest food bank is also requested by bringing a non perishable food donation!
    Location – Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, North York
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Canadian Blind Hockey Carnegie Cup: Elite Blind Hockey Series featuring a Disability Skills Competition – Presented by Air Canada.
    Location – Mattamy Arena, Midtown Toronto
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – CI Summit Friday Night at The Hockey Hall of Fame. A gala event from the cradle of the sport. Herbert Carnegie Trailblazer Award ceremony and much more.
    Location – Hockey Hall of Fame

Saturday January 21, 2023

  • 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – The CI Summit features solutions-based panel discussions, Catalyst Conversations, keynote speakers, networking, and more
    Location TIFF Bell Lightbox, Downtown Toronto
    • 8:00 am to 9:00 am – Breakfast – sponsored by IG Wealth Management
    • 9:00 am to 10:00 am – Catalyst Conversation I: Creating Sustainable Change Kimberly Davis, NHL Senior Executive Vice President; The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser, Hockey Canada Chair; Daniel Larson, Team Trans Ice Hockey Founder; Ajay Rai, GTHL Player. Moderator: Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet 
    • 10:00 am to 10:30 am – Networking Break – sponsored by Canadian Tire
    • 10:30 am to 11:30 amCatalyst Conversation II: Grassroots Reality: Where and how is hockey really becoming inclusive and how do we speed it up? Marco DiBuono, Canadian Tire Jumpstart President; Moezine Hasham*, Hockey 4 Youth Founder and Executive Director; Brock McGillis*, LBGTQ+ Advocate; Anthony Stewart, Hockey Equality Chairman and Retired NHL Player. Moderator: Mari Horita, Seattle Kraken Senior Vice President, Social Impact & Government Relations 
    • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Break
    • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Keynote: Herb is in the Hall! Take us behind the scenes and whats next – A Fireside Chat with The CI’s Co-Founders Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride
    • Hosted by: Kenneth L. Shropshire, Wharton Sports Business Initiative Director 
    • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Networking Break – sponsored by MLSE
    • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Catalyst Conversation III: Doing The Work – Sponsored by Canadian Tire – The CI’s Grant Recipients report on their winning proposals and the work ahead of them and others in the academic arena: Grant Recipients: Dr. Richard Norman Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Cheri Bradish Toronto Metropolitan University and Dr. Denise O’Neil Green, University of Toronto; Dr. Nicole Melton and Dr. Ted Fay UMass-Amherst; Katie Cheesbrough and Samantha Rogers, Relate Social Capital, Scott Oakman Executive Director & COO, GTHL “ –The CI Index” 
    • 2:30 pm to 2:45 pm – Networking Break – Sponsored by Canadian Tire
    • 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm – The Spirit Project: Special Announcement 
    • 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm Disability Skills – Sponsored by Air Canada Recap
    • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Catalyst Conversation IV: Women in Hockey – The Path to Sustainable Growth – Sponsored by Air Canada – Marian Jacko, Hockey Canada Board Member and Little Native Hockey League President; Zarmina Nekzai*, The Hockey Girls of Kabul Founder; Dr. Courtney Szto, Queen’s University Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology; Kendall Boyd-Tyson, Seattle Kraken Senior Vice President Finance and Business Intelligence
      Moderator: Shireen Ahmed, CBC Sports Senior Contributor
  • 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens HNIC ‘watch party’ at legendary Toronto sports venue ‘Real Sports’ co-hosted by MLSE
    Location Real Sports

Sunday January 22, 2023

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Canadian Blind Hockey Carnegie Cup: Elite Blind Hockey Series Championship Game
    Location – Mattamy Arena, Midtown Toronto


Traveling to Toronto & Need Accommodations?

HOTELS: The CI Summit has room blocks at two downtown hotels. The deadline to book is January 10, 2023:

Visit the links below to our host hotels for discounted pricing on rooms for CI weekend!

In attendance:

  • Leagues and governing bodies
  • NHL Club executives
  • Fellow like-minded sponsors and partners, looking to make a difference
  • Corporate decision makers (C-Suite, VP and Director level executives with budgets, brand stewards and more)
  • Sports media executives
  • Journalists and broadcasters
  • Government officials from the U.S. and Canada as well as foreign ambassadors
  • Grassroots hockey leaders (coaches and league/tournament organizers, and more)