Esport Canada and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced an agreement that makes the EsportsTravel Summit the exclusive home to the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Esport Canada, a national organization dedicated to the development and promotion of esports in Canada. Esport Canada is a federally registered nonprofit and is recognized by the International Esports Federation as the national governing body for esports in Canada responsible for fielding competitive teams at IESF events.
Hosted by Destination Toronto, the 2023 EsportsTravel Summit will be held July 12–14 at the Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto. The EsportsTravel Summit is produced by Northstar Meetings Group and is the premier business conference focused on esports tournaments and events as well as the role of the travel industry in the continued growth of video gaming and esports.
Under terms of the agreement, event organizers from across the nation will be invited to attend the EsportsTravel Summit; an event that boasts unique opportunities to meet and collaborate with event destinations and suppliers to enhance their live-event capabilities.
Northstar will also provide Esport Canada with space for its 2023 Annual General Meeting that will serve as a hybrid event, allowing participation from members and stakeholders across the nation, while providing a physical gathering for those able to attend the in person.
“We are excited to begin this partnership with Esport Canada,” said Jason Gewirtz, vice president of the Northstar Meetings Group Sports Division and executive editor and publisher of SportsTravel. “This agreement will allow us not only to introduce our attendees to the many esports organizations across Canada, it will help in the development of Esport Canada to support the Canadian esports ecosystem by providing community, competition, advocacy and resources for all Canadian gamers.”
“Esport Canada remains committed to its mission of bringing together and supporting gaming communities across Canada as we advocate and promote opportunities for local talent and industry,” said Melissa Burns, chair and CEO of Esport Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with Northstar Meetings Group for our very first hybrid Annual General Meeting. This event will provide us with the opportunity to create a visible presence for many who are still unsure of this space, while uniting the community both physically and virtually to celebrate, plan, and strategize our goals for the upcoming year.”
The EsportsTravel Summit facilitates partnerships between esports organizations and the travel industry while providing educational programming, a marketplace with one-on-one appointment sessions and multiple business networking opportunities. The program for the 2023 EsportsTravel Summit includes off-site tours to several Toronto-based esports programs, including the headquarters of OverActive Media and the esports operations at Toronto Metropolitan University, an opening celebration and welcome to Toronto on the evening of Wednesday, July 12; educational programming and marketplace appointments on Thursday, July 13, and Thursday, July 14.