As Canadians were planning to celebrate the nation’s 150th anniversary, the year 2017 started with great promise for CIMA Canada’s community initiatives.
A successfully completed CIMA school cricket program helped over 5000 school children across the GTHA and plans were under way for a 12 member CIMA Mayor’s Youth cricket team to travel to Trinidad and Tobago and play a Canada 150 celebration cricket match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
The plans for the 13th annual CIMA Mayor’s Trophy was in place with an exciting line of players for the ceremonial opening game Mayor’s XI Vs. CEO’s XI.
Through our media partners CIMA Canada arranged an advertising campaign on Pattison Digital Outdoor Media, TTC and the Globe and Mail to promote the event. Mayor John Tory, MP Adam Vaughan, British Consul General Kevin McGurgan, Former City Councillor Doug Ford were among some of the prominent Torontonians confirmed to attend the event.
CIMA’s Global President David Stanford made a special trip to Toronto as it has been the practice for Presidents of CIMA since the inception of the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy in 2005. However, all plans came to a screeching halt when CIMA board received a call on Friday (June 23) afternoon from the City of Toronto, indicating that all City Park permits have been cancelled, and that the City parks are closed due to very heavy overnight rain.
This caused tremendous problems for CIMA volunteers, having to contact various vendors, community partners, special guests etc. For the first time in our 13 year history, the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy had to be cancelled due to bad weather.
We thank our sponsors, community partners, special guests and participating teams for their understanding and look forward to continue the event in 2018. Please see the 2017 promotional campaign and the program book prepared as part of the CIMA Mayor’s Trophy 2017.