Announcing the Meraloma Rugby Endowment Fund

The Meraloma Rugby Endowment Fund was established in October 2022, in partnership with the Canadian Rugby Foundation, and is intended to further the club’s goals into the future.

The Meraloma Rugby Club was founded in 1923 and is located in the heart of Kitsilano in Vancouver BC. The Meraloma Rugby Club has teams for all ages and abilities, including three Senior Men’s teams, one Women’s team, a large Junior and Mini program offering rugby to a wide range of youth, and the Legends, who are the Lomas’ very own “old boy” team.

 

The Meraloma Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary later in 2023 and we thought this was an excellent time to start an endowment fund. Sadly, we lost two significant alumni in the past two years, Gary Rowles and Robin (Gonzo) Russell. Gary very generously had made a bequest in his will to Meraloma Rugby, and many of Gonzo’s friends, family and teammates donated to Loma Rugby in his honour. We thought these funds should be invested for the future of Meraloma Rugby, and hence the endowment fund was started.

The Fund will support Meraloma Rugby in perpetuity and will be an opportunity for alumni, players, and supporters to recognize their appreciation for the club through donations whether they be monthly, one-time, major gifts, or bequests through a will. A number of alumni have already made bequests through their will that we’re aware of. The Canadian Rugby Foundation matches 25% of donations up to $80,000. As such, we have an initial goal of $80,000 which would then result in a $100,000 Fund.

The Designated Fund Representatives are Sean Fahy (sean.fahy@scotiawealth.com) and Jebb Sinclair (vplomarugby@gmail.com). Please contact Sean or Jebb for more information on how to donate to the Meraloma Rugby Endowment Fund, or go here to make a donation: https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/support-a-fund/club-funds/meraloma-rugby-endowment-fund/

Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter – January 2023

In this issue of the Canadian Rugby Foundation Newsletter, “News & Views”, we have updates since the June 2022 Newsletter. Click here to read the complete Newsletter.

The headlines are as follow:

  • Foundation News and Announcements

 

  •  Funds News

 

  • Unrestricted Fund News

 

  • 2022 Awards News

 

  • Donation Appeal and Contact

 

 

 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you – whether rugby club executives or members, donors, representatives of our 69 Funds, rugby players of all ages and levels, and dedicated or casual rugby union fans – with your questions, suggestions, or other feedback.

And watch for the 2022 Annual Report in March, 2023.

Cheers,

Jeff Chan

2022 John Cannon Awards

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 winners of the John Cannon Awards are Jackie Kuang and Kaitlyn Meier.

Jackie was chosen as one of this year’s recipients because of her dedication to pursuing excellence in rugby and her support of her local rugby community. She has represented the Fraser Valley, Team BC, and the University of Toronto in both 15’s and 7’s and has also supported the local rugby community with your coaching efforts. Her goals of playing rugby at the highest levels (Canada 7’s and 15’s) and studying to complete a Kinesiology degree to become a physiotherapist are worthy ambitions that we hope this grant may help her pursue.

Kaitlyn was chosen as one of this year’s recipients because of her dedication to pursuing excellence in rugby and support of her local community. She has represented the Fraser Valley, Team BC, and the University of British Columbia in addition to volunteering her time to coach mini-rugby and support local community initiatives. Her goals of developing her rugby skills while studying to become a registered nurse are worthy ambitions that we hope this grant may help her pursue.

The John Cannon Memorial Fund was established in 2016 following John’s passing. The Fund’s purpose is to provide financial assistance to aspiring Abbotsford rugby players who wish to pursue representative rugby. The first grant was awarded in 2017 and grants have been awarded in all subsequent years. To date over $7,000 in grants have been awarded as follow:

  • 2017 – Tausani Levale
  • 2018 – Jake Thiel, Mackenzie Carson
  • 2019 – Josh Thiel, Noah Bain
  • 2020 – Kyra Peary
  • 2021 – James Thiel, Shalaya Valenzuela
  • 2022 – Jackie Kuang, Kaitlyn Meier

John Cannon, who was described as one of the best rugby players to have ever come out of Abbotsford, passed away on March 19, 2016, at the age of 35. John began playing rugby in high school, first playing rugby at WJ Mouat Secondary and then for Abbotsford Senior, from where he graduated in 1998. He first represented Canada on an Under-17 tour to England in 1996 at the age of 15, followed by the Canada U-19s at age 17, Pacific Pride at age 19. He earned his first Senior Men’s cap at age 20, and a total of 39 caps (31 at 15s and 8 at 7s.)  He played 6 years in England in what is now the Championship League.

Call for applications including a cover page template and application form are posted on the Abbotsford Rugby Club website (https://www.abbotsfordrugby.com/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/abbotsfordrugby).

2022 CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MEN’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP

 

December 4 saw the finale of the 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) brought to you by Raymond James and Lougheed Wealth Management. Once again, the UBC Thunderbirds were victorious, winning their fourth championship in five years, and defeating the McGill Redbirds convincingly in the Gold medal match 48-5.

This year’s tournament was hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC from November 30-December 4.  34 teams competed this year to qualify for the CUMRC through their conference or regional leagues, an increase of 17 per cent from the inaugural 2017 tournament. Eight teams from all regions of Canada won the right to compete at the CUMRC. Returning from 2021 were UBC, UVic, Calgary and Guelph with Trinity Western, Laurier, McGill and Memorial joining them this year.

RESULTS

The results from the twelve matches played over three days follow.  All matches were streamed on The Rugby Network (Links shown):

Quarter-finals

  • TWU 23, Uvic 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-uvic-vs-twu-replay
  • Guelph 28, Memorial 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-guelph-vs-memorial-replay
  • UBC 53, Calgary 0 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-ubc-vs-calgary-replay-1
  • Laurier 23, McGill 22 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-universities-mens-rugby-championship-quarterfinal-laurier-vs-mcgill-replay-1

 Consolation Semi-finals

  • UVic 36, Laurier 12 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/uvic-vs-laurier-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-semifinal-replay
  • Memorial 29, Calgary 14 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/guelph-vs-ubc-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay

 Championship Semi-finals

  • UBC 37, Guelph 17 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/guelph-vs-ubc-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay
  • McGill 17, Trinity Western 11 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/mcgill-vs-twu-2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-semifinal-replay

 Final Day

  • 7 vs. 8:Calgary 20, Laurier 12 -https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-final-7v8-live-replay
  • 5 vs. 6: UVic 52 , Memorial 15 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-consolation-final-5v6-live-replay
  • Bronze medal:Guelph 32, TWU 31 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-bronze-medal-match-replay
  • Gold medal:UBC 48, McGill 5 – https://www.therugbynetwork.com/videos/2022-canadian-university-mens-rugby-championship-final-replay

Finishing Results

  • 8th: Laurier Golden Hawks
  • 7th: Calgary Dinos
  • 6 th: Memorial Seahawks
  • 5th: UVic Vikes
  • 4th: Trinity Western Spartans
  • Bronze medal: Guelph Gryphons
  • Silver medal: McGill Redbirds
  • Gold medal: UBC Thunderbirds


Bob Frid/UBC

Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

(Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

Photos from the tournament can be seen here

At the 2022 CUMRC Awards banquet on December 3,  eight players – one from each team – were presented with the Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Award recognizing their contributions to the game of rugby off-the-field. Full story.

Also at the banquet, the inaugural Liam Geddes Memorial Award was presented to Relmu Wilson-Valdes of UBC as the outstanding back-row player in the tournament. Full story

And finally, the McGill University Redbirds were named as the second winners of the Jeff Chan Spirit of Rugby Team Award. The Redbirds were selected by the Toronto Arrows selection panel, the tournament officials, and the CUMRC Board, based on their demonstration of the spirit, values, and culture of the game of rugby including respect for their opponents and the officials, competitiveness, good sportsmanship, and community building over the course of the CUMRC tournament.

 
Gabi Saini/UBC

Following the tournament, the First and Second Team All Stars were announced.

SPONSORS

The 2022 CUMRC Tournament had the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Title sponsor: Raymond James
  • Presenting sponsor: Lougheed Wealth Management – Raymond James
  • Sustaining sponsors: The Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Adventures, Pemberton-Holmes, Toronto Arrows, and Michael Holmes.
  • All Stars sponsor: Toronto Arrows
  • Game Sponsors: “For the Love of the Game”
  • Player of the Game Sponsors: University of British Columbia
  • Official Tournament Balls provided by: Gilbert Canada
  • Continuing supporter: Rugby Canada
  • Host university: University of British Columbia
  • Host university sponsors: Sport Tourism Vancouver, VIA Sport, and the Province of British Columbia, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

2023 CUMRC

 

 

The 2023 CUMRC returns to British Columbia November 15-19 hosted by Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. See you next year!

 

SAMANTHA REBITT WINS 2022 COURTNEY TAAFFE AWARD

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Courtney Taaffe Award is Samantha Rebitt.

Samantha is a second-year student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, pursuing a double major in Biology and Environmental Science. She currently plays scrum half for the Dalhousie Women’s club team, but her ties to rugby start on Vancouver Island, in BC.

Samantha grew up in the Comox Valley, attending GP Vanier high school, where her love for rugby began. She joined the Vanier rugby team in grade 9, and her passion for the sport grew over her high school years, turning her into a captain of the senior girls’ rugby team. Currently she keeps up with the sport by not only playing for Dal, but also by returning to help coach the Vanier girls’ rugby team when she is back on the island.

Besides rugby, Samantha enjoys many other sports including mountain biking and volleyball. She is also a member of the Rotaract Club of Halifax, helping give back to her community, and is passionate about the environment and nature.

Currently, her future plans include either conservation ecology or teaching, spending lots of time in nature, and of course, continuing to be involved in the rugby community.

Samantha would like to thank everyone involved in the Canadian Rugby Foundation for their continual devotion to the sport and is extremely honoured and grateful to receive the 2022 Courtenay Taaffe Memorial Award.

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The Courtney Taaffe Award is presented by the Canadian Rugby Foundation (in conjunction with the Charlton L. Smith Foundation and the Taaffe family)

Courtenay Taaffe was vibrant, determined, talented and dedicated; she had endless energy and enthusiasm for her passions in life, one of which was the sport of rugby.  This scholarship was created in 2005 to honour Courtenay’s rugby passion and life achievements.  The successful recipient will share some of the many qualities Courtenay did including a strong work ethic, both in the classroom and on the field, as well as an enthusiastic and determined personality.  She played hooker and flanker for UVic, James Bay, Crimson Tide and Team B.C.  She coached the JBAA junior women, the Vancouver Island Crimson Tide junior women, the Vancouver Island Japan Club team and the Stelly’s Secondary Queen Bees. Courtenay set a precedent for hard work and accomplishment in the sport of women’s rugby. Courtenay passed away at the age of 29 of a rare and aggressive lymphoma.

This scholarship is annually awarded to a female athlete who excels in rugby, academics and community service. It is open to 17-28 year old players/coaches/referees who are pursuing a full-time degree, diploma or certificate program at a Canadian university or college on Vancouver Island. Students commencing or continuing full-time studies in the fall are eligible.

For more information on the Courtney Taaffe Award and Fund, go here: https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/support-a-fund/scholarship/courtenay-taaffe-memorial-scholarship/

INAUGURAL LIAM GEDDES MEMORIAL AWARD GOES TO UBC’S RELMU WILSON-VALDES

The inaugural Liam Geddes Memorial Award was presented to UBC Thunderbird Relmu Wilson-Valdes at the 2022 Canadian University Rugby Championship awards banquet on December 3, 2022.

The Award is named after the late Liam David Geddes, a Queen’s varsity rugby player who passed away earlier in 2022. Liam played in the back row for the Gaels at the 2018, 2019 and 2021 CUMRC tournaments and the Award will now be presented annually to the outstanding back row player at the tournament.

Liam’s parents, Dr. Alison Longhorn-Geddes and Colin Geddes attended the entire tournament at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium, and while on their extended trip from Lindsay, ON even had time to take in a concert from their hometown favourite band, the Barenaked Ladies. Wearing their trademark orange Queen’s Rugby toques, Colin and Alison were recognizable anywhere in the crowd, and made many new friends in the university rugby community from across Canada.

The 2022 winner of the Liam Geddes Memorial Award is UBC’s No. 8, Relmu Wilson-Valdes, who was also named to the tournament First XV All Star team. He scored 2 tries in UBC’s opener against Calagry and was named the Thunderbird’s player of the game. In the second game versus Guelph, Wilson-Valdes scored one try and in their Gold Medal winning game versus the McGill Redbirds, he scored UBC’s opening try after just 4 minutes. Relmu was also a finisher for UBC in their game against Queen’s in the 2021 CUMRC, the last competitive game played by Liam.

 

Shown below, Wilson-Valdes receives his trophy, a keeper plaque, and a symbolic cheque for $1,000 which will go to his Athletic Financial Award or towards tuition.

 

For more information on the Liam Geddes Memorial Award and to donate to the Fund, go here: https://canadianrugbyfoundation.ca/index.php/support-a-fund/scholarship/liam-geddes-memorial-award-fund/

LANGARA FISHING TRIP – SALE EXTENDED!

The 2022 Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (CUMRC) has now concluded with UBC winning its 4th title in five years. Hosted by UBC at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, this year’s tournament featured host UBC, UVic, Trinity Western, Calgary, Guelph, Laurier, McGill and Memorial meeting November 30 to December 4, 2022 at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.

To help defray the travel and accommodation costs for the six visiting teams, the CUMRC provides a subsidy based on the region from which the team is travelling. We now have FOR SALE a 4 or 5-day fishing trip for two, donated by CUMRC sponsor Langara Fishing Adventures, the proceeds of which will help fund those travel subsidies.

NOTE: This sale has now been extended to December 31, with the minimum bid reduced to $8,000.

2022 Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards

The second annual Lt. Colonel W.D.C. Holmes Awards were recently presented at the awards banquets at the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship in Victoria, BC and the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship in Vancouver, BC.

The Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes Awards are presented by Foundation Chair Michael Holmes in memory of his late father Lt. Col. W.D.C. Holmes, who won the sword of honour at RMC in 1942 before embarking on a distinguished career in the British Army during and after World War II.

A total of 16 rugby student-athletes from the qualifying women’s and men’s teams were recognized for their off-field contributions to the game of rugby at their university and community in the past year, while their university team’s Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs) were enhanced with $500 cheques from the Canadian Rugby Foundation’s W.D.C. Holmes Award Fund. Examples of factors to be considered could include organizing community events involving the team, mentoring younger players, volunteering with their home rugby club or at the community in which the university is located, volunteering as a club executive or an official at any level, and providing off-the-field leadership on the university team.

November 3, 2022 – Women’s Rugby

The following rugby student-athletes were honoured at the U SPORTS women’s rugby championships:

LAVAL – Annabelle Parent 

Year: 5, Program: Sports Intervention

Annabelle is a driving force in rugby development in the Quebec City region. As a rookie rugby ambassador, she has introduced over 3000 kids to the game in the past year. Last summer, she completed an internship with Rugby Quebec and organized a provincial 7’s tournament. She also coached academies aimed at 14 to 19 years old athletes in the winter and summer. This fall, she keeps transmitting her passion to the next generation of players by coaching at a CEGEP, while performing at a high level as a player in the university league.

OTTAWA – Ngozi Mosindi 

Year: 3, Program: Criminology

Ngozi is a third year criminology student. Ngozi’s main off-field role is in player recruitment. For the past two years, Ngozi has been in constant contact with recruits by attending various tournaments across Ontario, hosting zoom meetings, supporting trial days, and maintaining connections.

Whilst her on field role continues to grow, where Ngozi has shaped this program is her involvement with the Ottawa community. She has been an active member of Gee-Gees Women’s Rugby Task Force for Equity and Diversity, hosting various workshops and working with community members in ensuring safer spaces for teammates, particularly young women and girls of colour. Ngozi was instrumental in getting our Jump Start grant funded LEAD program off the ground. LEAD – Leadership Equity Athletes Diversity –  is a program intended to keep young girls in sport. Her efforts have proven invaluable as a local area high school now has a sustainable rugby program.

UBC – Rory Wood

Year: 5, Program: Kinesiology

Rory has well as working hard on her game, and in the classroom Rori has been a coach in the Vancouver Thunderbirds mini-rugby program that runs for 20 weeks during the school year.  Has well as being a coach Rori put her time in to help with practice planning.  Rori has also been a big help with the UBC rugby academy, as well as supporting the younger student athletes within the program.

VICTORIA – Soleil Brooks

Year: 2, Program: Indigenous Studies

Soleil joined our program in 2021 and has been an integral part of building and living our team values, as well as driving our team culture in a positive way. Soleil is a leader on and off the field and is passionate about uplifting BIPOC voices in the community and at the university.  In her first year on the team, Soleil helped organize Black History Month education and led a teamwork shop and discussion. Soleil is a member of the Varsity Leadership Council as the women’s rugby representative and embodies all the values of our team – dedication, passion, respect, connection and trust.  As part of this council, Soleil is dedicated to being a voice for the BIPOC student-athletes.

Soleil is currently pursuing an undergrad in Indigenous Studies and is interested in going onto the post-degree professional program (PDPP) in the Faculty of Education.  She wishes to make a positive impact on the lives of BIPOC youth.

Outside of the Vikes rugby program, Soleil coaches with The British Columbia Grassroots Rugby Foundation, a rugby-centred community development non-profit organization that uses rugby as a tool for social good.  The community rugby program ensures that youth in priority neighbourhoods have opportunities to participate in rugby opportunities.  Rugby has been a huge part of Soleil’s life and providing positive opportunities to others is important to her.  She is dedicated to growing the game in our community, especially for BIPOC youth. I have no doubt Soleil will continue to be a leader on and off the field and achieve her goals.

QUEEN’S – Amelia Stapley

Year: 5, Program: Graduate Studies

Amelia is an incredible ambassador of our program, providing mentoring and guidance to our 1st and 2nd year team members, working actively to create a more inclusive Queen’s Athletics community, and balancing the demands of post-graduate studies and teaching duties. Amelia has also volunteered her time at her local rugby club, coaching mini-rugby and helping pass on her love for the sport.

GUELPH – Brianna Martey

Year: 4, Program: Psychology/Molecular Biology and Genetics

Brianna coaches Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute girls rugby team and

Coached the Guelph Rugby Club U18 team this summer.

She is on the “She’s Got Game” committee which builds the scholarship fund for female athletes at the University of Guelph, and is also on the EDI Committee at the Dept of Athletics to improve the experience of BIPOC athletes at Guelph

UPEI – Brinten Comeau

Year: 5, Program: Sociology

Brinten has been a co-captain for the Panthers the past three seasons.  She has been my top performer since she arrived as a rookie.

She gives countless hours back to the program each year, but especially this off season.  I can count on Brinten to take on any task I need and it’s always completed efficiently.  Whether it’s answering questions around strength and conditioning, volunteering in the community, team kit orders or setting up team/captains meetings.  She is someone I count on, on a daily basis.

Also, she was involved with the Nova Scotia Keltics U19 program this summer. She was the team manager/assistant coach.  She helped organize and plan a trip to the Atlantic championships in NL, where her team won a gold medal.

She’s had an incredible season!  She is my top defensive player, leads the team in dominant tackles, line breaks and rucks hit.  Brinten had a team high with eight try’s, was an AUS all star at back row, AUS MVP and will be recognized at the awards banquet tonight as a 1st All Canadian. Only the second time that’s happened in our program and not since 2006.  Also, she was an academic All Canadian.

ACADIA – Kenzie Cecchetto

Year: 1 (Graduate), Program: B.Ed

Kenzie is one of our Acadia team captains and assists in the organization of our team-led community events and provides mentorship for young rugby players  within our squad.

For her home club of Valley Rugby Union, she has been involved in coaching both rookie and junior levels- taking a grassroots approach to introducing the sport and fostering a love of rugby at a young age. She also assists in coaching at the high school level for her former school, Kings Edgehill, where she encourages her athletes to continue playing for their local club and at the provincial level. Provincially, she is an assistant coach for the U16 Keltics team, and she has captained the U23 NS Keltics provincial team as well as playing with the Sr. Women’s Keltics.

 

December 3, 2022 – Men’s Rugby

 The following rugby student-athletes were honoured at the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship (Canadian Rugby Foundation Board member Rick Bourne shown making the presentations):

CALGARY – Peter Wright

Year: 4, Program: Kinesiology

Peter is a phenomanal Human being with commitment and dedication that is unrivaled. He is a member of the exec and our equipment manager. He is the first to training and last to leave. He also organised the run for the cure this year and Gained another award for the University of Calgary as a top performer.

GUELPH – Collin Smibert

Year: 5, Program: Engineering

Collin is a vocal leader while also leading by example through his tireless work rate on and off the field.  He holds his peers accountable to their actions and sets academic and athletic standards.

McGILL – Owen Cumming

Year: 4, Program: Political Science

Owen has been the MURFC club president for 2 years and in that role organizes and oversees the leadership of our group. He is an outstanding leader both on the off the field. He is the chair of the MURFC Movember campaign and the leader of our academic mentorship program. He led the committee that hosted the 2019 Covo Cup weekend with Harvard University and leads our annual m24 fundraising campaigns. Owen volunteers with grass roots rugby in local schools and with local clubs and is a recipient of the Jean Beliveau athletic leadership scholarship at McGill.

VICTORIA – Jonas Robinson

Year: 5th, Program: Anthropology

Jonas is captaining the team for his second consecutive year as he finishes up his degree in anthropology. Jonas leads first through his actions, ensuring that he is demonstrating the traits necessary to success at a team level. When it comes to being a vocal leader, Jonas incredibly thoughtful in how he addresses the team. Simply put, when Jonas speaks, people listen, and there is an effect. Jonas is a champion for pushing conversations in our group beyond rugby. His willingness to address difficult, nuanced, and current evolving topics will leave a lasting impact on the culture of our program.

LAURIER – Dylan Di Girolamo

Year: 4, Program: Communication Studies

“He is just as determined to make a difference of the pitch as a leader on campus and in the community.

He created inventive ways to help out people in the community and had the drive to make it happen. Most notably, McNee and Di Girolamo organized a food and clothing drive for Optimism Place, a shelter for women and children, and delivered two pick-up trucks full of clothing and food for their efforts.  He was the co-recipient of the 2022 OUA Men’s Rugby Community Service Award along with his Teammate Adam McNee.”

MEMORIAL – Lucas Shortall

Year: 2, Program: Business

Lucas has been involved with Newfoundland rugby since U14 and is heavily involved at all levels of play over the last few years. He now volunteers coaching our mini rugby program, where he started. He provides our team excellent on and off-field leadership

TWU – Erik Nieburh

Year: 4, Program: Psychology with a Human Services certificate

On the field Erik is a powering leader, leading the way in tackles, strong carries and lineout precision. Off the field, Erik along with fellow teammate Fynn Murphy coached the D.W. Poppy Secondary Junior Boys rugby team. Along with coaching Erik is also heavily involved in his practicum at Wagner Hills Rehabilition Center. Finally, Erik is one of the leaders for the Men’s Rugby mandatory study hall.

UBC – James Bliss

Year: 1, Program: Arts

Having previously played for Durham University, the Pacific Pride, and representing Canada at the U20 level, in his first year with UBC, James has established himself as a first team player thanks to his on-field performance, leadership, and commitment to growth.

UBC coaching staff are excited about James’ potential and look forward to supporting his continued growth in a leadership role within the team in the coming years.

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

Introducing the David Robinson Memorial Award Fund

We are pleased to announce that The David Robinson Memorial Award Fund was established in today following the passing of noted Alberta and national Rugby official and educator David R. Robinson.

The Fund is intended to provide funding from its endowment for annual awards that further 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 award is presented annually to a rugby student-athlete entering or already enrolled in a university or college who has been actively participating as a rugby player, coach, official, administrator or volunteer at the club or high school level, and who has expressed an interest in continuing their rugby involvement as an official.

The David Robinson Memorial Award is named for David Russell Robinson.

David Robinson Bio

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, we lost David Robinson, an outstanding member of the rugby community. David was an active referee for 30 years in Alberta and British Columbia but was often found refereeing around the world. David never missed an opportunity to take his boots and whistle with him on his travels, creating a legacy of having refereed in over 20 countries. David was often seen talking to new match officials about his global referring experience. On the field, David was willing to help whenever and wherever he was needed, from his annual run at the Stampede Rugby 7s, shadowing new match officials, refereeing age-grade matches, or the highest level of Provincial tournaments and Provincial finals. David’s community involvement was not limited to the field. David never missed an opportunity to host a visiting match official. He opened his home, shared his family and community, and ensured everyone got the most out of their visit and the game of Rugby, which he loved. David was a founding member of the Rugby Alberta Match Officials’ Association (RAMOA) and sat on its first board, serving as both treasurer and president during his time. David’s connections during his travels played a key role in helping RAMOA set up ongoing Match Official exchanges in Northern California. ln recent years, David became World Rugby Educator, influencing hundreds of new match officials with his personality and style. ln addition he became a Citing Commissioner for World Rugby and Major League Rugby and has been involved in several tournaments throughout Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. Our thoughts and condolences go out to David’s family, friends and the community he tirelessly served. A life well lived in service of others is a life we should all celebrate. – Rugby Alberta

David was a founding member of the Rugby Alberta Match Officials’Association GAMOA) and sat on its first board, serving as both treasurer and president during his time. David’s connections during his travels played a key role in helping RAMOA set up ongoing Match Official exchanges in Northern California. David was often seen talking to new match officials about his global refereeing experience. David never missed an opportunity to take his boots with him on his travels, creating a legacy of having refereed in over 20 countries. On the field, David was willing to help whenever and wherever he was needed, from his annual run at the Stampede Rugby 7s, shadowing new match officials, refereeing age-grade matches, or the highest level of Provincial tournaments and Provincial finals. David’s community involvement was not limited to the field. David never missed an opportunity to host a visiting match official. He opened his home, shared his family and community, and ensured everyone got the most out of their visit and the game of Rugby, which he loved. – Rugby Canada

While details of the Award application process are in development, the selection criteria will include:

1. High school graduate from Alberta
2. Enrolled in or entering a Canadian university or college
3. Academic achievements
4. Rugby achievements and involvement
5. lnterest in officiating

To continue David’s legacy and honour his contributions to rugby, GO HERE TO DONATE TO THE DAVID ROBINSON MEMORIAL AWARD FUND AND SCROLL DOWN TO THE FUND NAME: