RAYMOND JAMES STEPS FORWARD TO SPONSOR THE CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MEN’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Raymond James Ltd., Lougheed Wealth Management of Raymond James, and the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC).

              

The 2022 Championship will be hosted by the University of British Columbia from November 30 to December 4 at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, BC. Once again, the tournament will feature 8 teams from across Canada in the 5 regions in which university men’s rugby is played in Canada:  the University of Victoria and host the University of British Columbia from BC, the University of Calgary from the Prairies, the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University from Ontario, McGill University from Quebec, Memorial University from the Atlantic region, and the wild card entry, either Trinity Western University or UBC Okanagan.

“As the excitement mounts on the pitch, we are excited to have Raymond James join us as the new lead sponsor, and to have Lougheed Wealth Management continue its support of our championship,” says Jeff Chan, CUMRC Co-Founder and Chair. “With rugby union one of the fastest-growing sports by participation and viewers globally and in North America, we look forward to growing together.”

“We are excited to participate in a great championship weekend,” said Dave Loughheed of Lougheed Wealth Management of Raymond James. “As a former player, the lessons I learned from rugby have been instrumental in my personal and professional journey helping clients. We wish all the players good luck for a successful championship.”

Founded in 2017 the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship was created to not only fill the gap in terms of a national championship with representation from all parts of Canada, but also has as a goal the growth of men’s rugby at the university level in both student-athlete numbers, number of teams, and audience interest and engagement, and the deepening of the talent pool for Canada’s senior national team. Already the number of teams vying to qualify for the tournament has grown from 29 to 34, including the new teams in 2022 at Memorial University in Newfoundland, and Carleton University playing in the Quebec league (RSEQ). Since its founding, the CUMRC has received the generous support of the University Rugby Supporters Fund at the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

Raymond James is a leading independent full service investment dealer offering an extensive range of professional investment services and products, including private wealth management services, financial and estate planning services, portfolio management, insurance, trust services, equity research, investment banking and institutional sales and trading. Through its network of more than 8,400 financial/investment advisors and portfolio managers across Canada, the United States and key international centres, Raymond James manages more than US$1.13 trillion in client assets under administration. The firm also has over 60 research analysts covering more than 1,100 companies in Canada, the United States, and internationally

For more information, contact:

Jeff Chan
Chair, Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship
Email: jeffachan@gmail.com

Announcing the Liam Geddes Memorial Award Fund

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Liam Geddes Memorial Award Fund at the Canadian Rugby Foundation. The Award is named in honour of Liam David Geddes (October 27, 1999 – March 11, 2022).

The Liam Geddes Memorial Award is intended to provide funding from its endowment for an annual award presented initially to the outstanding back row player at the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) and later when appropriate, the national university men’s Back Row Player of the Year, consistent with the broad objectives and purposes of Rugby Canada and the Canadian Rugby Foundation to develop and grow rugby across Canada, while meeting CRA requirements. The Fund has been kickstarted with donations from Liam’s family and friends.

Liam loved hard, worked hard, and played hard. Liam first began to play rugby for his high school, in Lindsay, ON. He went on to play with the Lindsay Rugby Club, and represented Ontario with U17 and U18 squads. He was a varsity athlete with the Queens Men’s Rugby Program, helping them to achieve gold medals in OUA finals in 2018, 2019, and silver in 2021. He represented Queen’s Men’s Rugby at the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) in 2018 in Victoria, 2019 in Montreal, and most recently 2021 in Kingston.

At the time of his passing, Liam was a 4th-year student at Queens University, about to graduate with Honours with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. He was an academic all-star during all four years of his studies, and was awarded his degree posthumously in June 2022. His plans for further schooling, with the ultimate goal of acceptance into medical school, were unfortunately cut short by his untimely death.

Liam was known by all for having a kind heart, quick wit, and keen intellect. He was ever humble and known to give the greatest bear hugs to anyone he was with. Liam was also known for being a clothes horse, with an eye for style. In addition to being very close to his parents, sisters and extended family, he had an extremely large group of well-loved friends throughout his home in Kawartha Lakes, ON, as well as his second home in Kingston, ON. Liam was tenacious on the rugby field from his position in the back row, but he also had a kind and caring spirit and was ever ready to lend a helping hand, or a compassionate ear.

Liam had registered as an organ donor of his own accord several years before his passing. Through his gift of organ donation, Liam was able to profoundly impact the lives of 4 organ donor recipients (lung, liver, and both kidneys), and their families.

You can continue Liam’s legacy through the Liam Geddes Memorial Award Fund by making a donation to the endowment fund here and scrolling down to the Fund name.

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Canada U20 Men – 2020 Update

The Canada U20 program has finalized plans for 2020. Forty eight players have been invited to Shawnigan Lake School for a selection camp Jan 3-7. It will conclude with an inter-squad game at noon on Jan 7. Players living in BC will come together again on January 18 and 19 for a game v the Pacific Pride on Jan 19.

The Portugal tour is now planned February 13-21 with games v Portugal on February 17 and 20. A tour to the UK will be from April 28 to May 9 with games v Bristol Bears Academy x 2 and Cardiff Met. The tour has been organized by Gethin Watts now Bristol Bears Academy manager.Continue reading

Aeroplan Miles Donations Program a Huge Success

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Thanks to the generosity of over two dozen donors from the USA and Canada, the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s inaugural Aeroplan Donation program received over 465,000 Aeroplan Miles.  Donated Miles will be used to keep the cost of travel for the Canadian Rugby Foundation to a minimum and the remainder being used to support Canada’s U20 men’s and women’s players and referees.

The next opportunity to donate Aeroplan Miles to the Canadian Rugby Foundation will be June 2012.  If you would like to donate, please email the Executive Director of the Canadian Rugby Foundation, Matthuw Ronald-Jones at mrj@canadianrugbyfoundation.ca.