Canadian Basketball Speakers Forum

Canadian hoops is booming and with the CIS basketball finals in Toronto March 12-15 (hit up for more!) the hoops community is coming together to offer a special speaker series that will reflect on the past and look forward to a new era of hoops in the North.

Take the chance to hear from some legendary guest speakers and get in on the action with Canada’s top university basketball teams.


Via CIS Final 8 TO:

Presented by Ryerson University
Mattamy Athletic Center – 50 Carlton St East

As a unique kick off to the CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championship, Ryerson presents a speakers forum to discuss the culture of basketball, the business of the sport and the unique story that is Canada’s rise.

Speakers and moderators to date:


  • Masai Ujiri – President  & GM, Basketball Operations – Toronto Raptors – KEYNOTE SPEAKER
  • George Raveling – Director of International Basketball – Nike
  • Gersson Rosas – ‎Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations – Houston Rockets
  • Ed Tapscott – Director of Player Development & Player Programs – Washington Wizards
  • John Saunders – Journalist, Commentator and Host – ESPN and ABC
  • Stu Jackson – Former GM – Vancouver Grizzlies and NBA League Executive
  • John Bitove – Founder – Toronto Raptors
  • Glen Grunwald – Former GM – Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks
  • Michele O’Keefe – Executive Director – Canada Basketball
  • Mark Bayne – North America Field Rep – Nike
  • Mike George – NBA Agent – Excel Sports Management
  • Ro Russell – Founder – Grassroots Canada
  • Wayne Parrish – COO- Postmedia, Executive Director & CEO – Canada Basketball



3 panel discussions:

* Grassroots to the NBA- Toronto’s Story

* Globalization and Future Directions – On the Court and in the Boardroom

* Journey and Effect- 20 Years of the NBA in Canada

For Tickets – / Mattamy Athletic Center Box Office

Discounted price with the purchase of a Final 8 game ticket.


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