Why Sports? The Importance of Sports to Security and the Armed Forces

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Join our amazing panel as they discuss the important role that sports play in security and the rules-based international order.

About this Event

The NATO Associaiton of Canada is happy to announce our upcoming panel on the important role that sports play in security, cooperation, and rehabilitation. This panel will host four dedicated speakers who will discuss how they have used sports to integrate and interact with local populations and other armed forces, and how they have been used as a tool of soft-power diplomacy and to help injured service members recuperate.

Included in our panel is Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Edward Staiowski, who joined the Canadian Armed Forces after a 10 year professional hockey Career as a goalie sith the St.Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers.

With the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-Colonel Staniowski served on multiple operational deployments including United Nations / NATO missions in the Middle East (1991), Croatia (1992), Bosnia (1996), and as Canadian Contingent Commander to the International Military Advisory Team in Sierra Leone, West Africa (2004). His most recent overseas deployments were to Afghanistan with the International Stabilization Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2008 and 2010. Service with foreign allies has included training and operations with the armies of New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Sierra Leone, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and the United States.

Military sports participation included captaining the 1990 CAF Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) Pentathlon Team, coaching two CAF Regional Champion Woman’s Ice Hockey Teams (CFB Winnipeg and CFB Kingston), Coaching the CAF Solder On Team Canada at the 2014 NHL Outdoor Classic and again at the 2018 Memorial Cup Heritage Classic. In 2019 Lieutenant-Colonel Staniowski trained and coached the CAF Shooting Team at the NATO Military Shooting Competition Cologne, Germany. He is a dedicated ambassador for CAF regional, national and international sports.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our other amazing panelists!

About NATO Association of Canada

The NATO Association of Canada strives to educate and engage Canadians about NATO and NATO’s goal of peace, prosperity, and security. The NATO Association of Canada ensures that we have an informed citizenry able to contribute to discussions about Canada’s role on the world stage.