CSS Legacy Series: ‘Critical Dialogues on Sustainability, Sport Events, and Impact Assessments’, Monday, March 9th 2020

The Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) is dedicated to improving understandings of the relationships between sport and human and ecological wellbeing, social and economic development, and cultural identity.

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the CSS is hosting a series of public dialogues focused on a range of topics and initiatives pertaining to how we understand the legacies and impacts of sport and sport events.

Join us on Monday, March 9th, for the opening event of the CSS Legacy Series, a panel entitled Critical Dialogues on Sustainability, Sport Events, and Impact Assessments. The speakers will include the lead researchers on the 2010 Olympic Games Impact study, a student representative of the UBC Sustainability Ambassadors program, a leader in the Recreation Facilities portfolio at UBC, and a longtime consultant in sport and sustainability management. The event will also feature a short presentation about the Sport Event Carbon Footprint Estimator Tool, a tool to help sport managers assess impact.

Date: Monday, March 9th 2020
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: CIRS Building, BC Hydro Theatre

Admission is free with registration: Event Brite Page

Hosted by the Centre for Sport and Sustainability with the support of the UBC Sustainability Ambassadors





Brian Wilson, Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of the Centre for Sustainability: Dr. Wilson’s research and writing focus on sport, social inequality, environmental issues, media, peace, and social movements. He co-authored The Greening of Golf: Sport, Globalization and the Environment, authored Sport & Peace: A Sociological Perspective and co-edited Sport and Physical Culture in Canadian Society.


Matt Dolf, Director, UBC Wellbeing: Matt has long been a passionate researcher and advocate of deepening our understanding of sport as a vehicle for positive change. He is co-creator of the Sport & Sustainability Event Toolkit; this was the first sustainability management guidance document for sports events and has been used by the International Olympic Committee and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Phoebe Autio, 3rd Year UBC student: Phoebe is a student pursuing a B+MM dual degree at UBC. As a former competitive athlete and a current member of the UBCSustainability Ambassador program, she hopes to lend her experiences and voice to any cause that explores the intersections of sport and sustainability.



Rob VanWynsberghe, Associate Professor, UBC Department of Education Studies: Rob’s research is focused on sustainability and the impacts of sport mega-events. He was the lead researcher for the very first the Olympic Games Impact study commissioned by the InternationalOlympic Committee.



Caitlin Pentifallo Gadd, Principal, Halcyon Sport and Event Consulting: Caitlin has worked in the sport, research, and academic sectors. As a director at viaSport BC, a legacy organization of the 2010 Games, she oversaw $15 million of the Province’s investment into amateur sport while leading the innovation, research, and granting teams. She has received grant-based funding from the IOC and FIFA and been on research teams studying the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2018 Grey Cup, and currently, the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships.


Kavie Toor, Director Facilities and Business Development. Kavi has been responsible for leading over $200M in capital projects at UBC including legacy projects such as the: UBC Aquatic Centre, UBC Thunderbird Park, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and many others. Kavie also played a lead role in UBC’s hosting of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games and led the UBC Olympic legacy strategy.