CIS Annual general meeting highlights
OTTAWA (CIS) - Canadian Interuniversity Sport held its annual general meeting from June 14-16 at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa.

CIS President, Dick White chaired the meeting attended by representatives of the 51 member institutions.

"There is immeasurable benefit when our membership gathers to discuss the vision of the CIS and put into practice operational policies that will make us better at delivering university sport in Canada," says White, the Director of Athletics at the University of Regina.

Following are highlights of decisions, announcements and developments from the meeting.

Appointments and nominations

Don Wilson, Director of Athletics at the University of Calgary, was appointed CIS President Elect. Wilson will take over from Dick White as President of the organization at the 2007 AGM.

Diane St-Denis, Assistant Director, Programming at Simon Fraser University, was re-appointed as Vice-President Sport.

2006-07 Board of Directors

The members of the CIS Board of Directors for the upcoming year are:

Dick White (President / Regina), Don Wilson (President Elect / Calgary), Diane St-Denis (VP Sport / Simon Fraser), Murray Hall (VP Research & Development / Trinity Western), Pat Murray (VP Marketing / York), John Ryan (Chair of Finance / Cape Breton), Jean-Guy Ouellette (Chair of International), Coleen Dufresne (Canada West representative / Manitoba), Liz Hoffman (OUA representative / Toronto), Katie Sheahan (QSSF representative / Concordia), and David Murphy (AUS representative / Saint Mary's).

Championship hosts designated

The Bid Selection Committee heard bid presentations from potential CIS championship hosts. Successful bidders announced earlier this week include:

- University of Saskatchewan: women's basketball (2008)
- University of Regina: women's basketball (2009)
- Carleton University: men's basketball (2008, 2009, 2010)
- St. Francis Xavier University: women's hockey (2009, 2010)
- Lakehead University: men's hockey (2009, 2010)
- University of Windsor: track and field (2009, 2010)
- University of Calgary: wrestling (2008, 2009)

Plans and budgets approved

The CIS membership approved plans and budgets for the upcoming year.

Priorities for next year include hosting exceptional CIS championships, sending well-supported teams to the Universiades, continuing to raise the visibility of university sport through television and web/audio casting, and advocacy efforts.

Celebrating graduation rates, and Academic All-Canadians will be stepped up. The implementation of "destination of choice" projects with Swimming Canada and other National Sports Organizations will be emphasized.

Complete plans may be found at:

Professional development

Professional development sessions were held on marketing and branding, fundraising for women's sport, conflict of interest and bias, eligibility, and hazing.

Women's basketball moving to FIBA rules

CIS women's basketball is moving to FIBA rules effective in September 2006.

The decision was taken in response to Canada Basketball's strategic direction of rules unification at all levels of basketball in Canada, and in concert with a commitment for the CIS and Canada Basketball to enhance their relationship and work together to grow the game of basketball in Canada.

A phase-in approach towards FIBA rules is being discussed between the CIS and its Men's Basketball Coaches Association.

Recognition of retiring ADs

The CIS recognized the outstanding careers of two long-time Athletic Directors, Barb Mullaly of the University of Prince Edward Island and John McFarlane of Queen's University, who are retiring after many years of dedicated service to university sport.

Mullaly was a long-time CIS volunteer having served on the Board and chaired the Finance Committee for many years.

McFarlane worked at Queen's Athletics for 29 years, the last 11 as Chair of Athletics and Recreation.

Annual awards

The CIS handed out its three annual awards, celebrating individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Canadian university sport.

Sports reporter Serge Vleminckx from Journal de Montréal received the Fred Sgambati Media Award, presented annually to a member of media in recognition of his/her major contribution to the development and growth of Canadian university sport. Vleminckx, who had already been honoured by the CIS in 1992, became only the second two-time recipient of the award.

Long-time track and field coach Lyle Sanderson was honoured with the Austin-Matthews Award, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport, as demonstrated by his/her long term commitment and leadership as a coach, director, chairperson and/or executive committee member at the local, provincial and/or national levels of Canadian interuniversity sport. Sanderson stepped down from his post as head coach of the Huskies women's and men's teams after a tenure of 39 years at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Dr. Jean-Marie De Koninck received the L.B. "Mike" Pearson Award, presented annually to a distinguished Canadian citizen of outstanding achievements who, having participated in interuniversity athletics, has by his/her personal accomplishments exemplified the ideals and purposes of interuniversity athletics and amateur sport. De Koninck has volunteered with Laval University's swimming program for over 30 years, and is the club president since 1999.

Celebration of excellence

The CIS celebrated the highlights of an exceptional 2005-06 competitive season. The countless achievements highlighted include:

- Volleyball player Marylène Laplante from Laval University and basketball player Osvaldo Jeanty from Carleton University received the BLG awards as CIS female and male athletes of the year;

- The University of British Columbia led all CIS schools in '05-06 capturing four national titles, including their ninth consecutive crown in both women's and men's swimming, both CIS record streaks. The University of Alberta and the University of Windsor were not far behind, claiming three CIS banners apiece.

- No less than four teams won a first CIS title in school history in a particular sport: Alberta in women's field hockey, Victoria in women's soccer, Laval in women's volleyball, and Trinity Western in men's volleyball.

- The Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack began CIS play in basketball and volleyball in '05-06. The University College of the Fraser Valley Cascades will begin play in soccer and basketball in '06-07.

- Record television audiences tuned in for CIS football games last fall. According to Nielsen ratings, the Desjardins Vanier Cup drew an average of 493,000 viewers on TSN, with a peak of 660,000 in the fourth quarter. The previous week, the Mitchell Bowl established a new standard for CIS football semi-finals on TSN with an average of 348,000 viewers (473,000 combined with RDS).

- The CIS continued to offer international opportunities through numerous world university championships and the 2005 Summer Universiade in Izmir, Turkey where over 200 student-athletes represented Canada and brought home 12 medals, Canada's best medal haul at the Summer Games since 1993. Next on the horizon are the 2007 Winter Universiade to be held in Italy.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. 51 members, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie annually for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 27 World University Championships. For further information, visit




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