The inaugural episode features the founder of Play On! Canada and mass participation event pioneer, Scott Hill. Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic led to the resuscitation of Canada's largest sports festival, the process of becoming a Guinness World Record holder, what keeps Scott going and more energized than ever, and all about the science behind the choice of the perfect ball for street hockey.
The podcast is hosted by an aspiring sport industry professional, Vince Capano and young media producer, Branden Scott. For more episodes and further information on Play On! Canada, visit playon.ca.
Scott is a sports event and operations visionary with decades of experience building and operating sport organizations and educational programs.
Scott got his start in the sports industry with the Edmonton Oilers. Later, he worked as a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice. His work at Deloitte included technology selection and implementation projects, and strategy & operations consulting work in the private and public sectors.
As Founder of Play On!, Scott led a team of over 100 contract staff and more than 2,000 volunteer workers annually. He was responsible for all aspects of the program and led Play On! as Chief Executive Officer for 15 years, until operations of the program were suspended in 2018, despite continued growth. Scott has been working tirelessly to bring this important event back to Canadian communities.
A happily married father of seven and an active member of his faith & community, Scott is also founder of TournPro, a technology platform designed to support mass participation sports events, and co-founder of the George W. Orton Foundation, an early stage charity created for purposes of building a multi purpose sport facility in South Western Ontario. He sits on multiple boards and community committees.
As a young man he served a two year volunteer mission in Taiwan, where he developed a love of serving community and also became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Scott has since become a Professor at the Ivey Business School (Western University) and The Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College, and has lectured at other universities worldwide. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta (BSc) and Western University (MBA) and completed further executive education at Harvard University.