Laurel Walzak is a senior strategic and innovative professional with twenty years of experience serving the sports, health & fitness, and consumer goods industries.Laurel is results-focused and possesses a track record of consistent achievements in: business operations; commercialization of assets; and cultivating mutually beneficial corporate alliances, all of which contribute to increase shareholder value and to ensure the voice of the shareholder is heard.
EXPERIENCE: Early in her career, Laurel distinguished herself by carving out a unique position in the sport’s industry, where she positively impacted her organizations’ economic growth in both start-ups and large established multi-level organizations.Laurel’s experience included roles at Fitneff Inc., the National Hockey League, Molson Coors Canada and as an intern at the National Football League.
GOVERNANCE: In 2013, Laurel was appointed by the Government of Ontario Public Appointments Secretariat of the Ministry: Training, Colleges and Universities, to the Board of Governors of George Brown College.In 2015, she was elected as the Vice Chair of the Board’s Academic & Student Affairs Committee.Laurel also currently serves on: Fitneff Inc.’s Board of Directors; The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Board of Directors, as of August 2017, she serves as Chair of the Board; and was appointed by the City Council of Toronto to serve as a public member of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Board (TPASC) for a 2-year appointment ending 2018, and also serves on its Finance and HR Committee.
RECOGNITION: Laurel’s recognitions include being the Recipient of the 2017 Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award, George Brown College, 2016 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Immigration and International Trade and Citizenship for 5-Years of Service at George Brown College and being nominated for the 2011 Ontario Premiers’ Awards (Hon. Dalton McGuinty) for Outstanding College Graduates in Business.
EDUCATION: Laurel is a graduate of Western University, has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College, a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s Smith School of Business and holds a Certification of Achievement in the Chinese Global Business Economy from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Shanghai, China.
Today, Laurel is an Assistant Professor in RTA Sport Media at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, and specializes in Sport Business and Sport Media research from both an applied and a practical perspective.