Maybe “big” doesn’t even cover it – it has been a breathtaking summer under the Maple Leaf for sporting events and Concur is right in the midst of it.
Jason Day wins the Open
Jason Day, whom Concur sponsors, is prominently featured on the PGA tour website after winning the RBC Canadian Open in the suburbs of Toronto. (You could not miss the Concur logo on his shirt, by the way!) The PGA pointed out that Day birdied his last three holes to win in dramatic fashion. The win was particularly sweet for Day, who had a rough outing during the British Open at St. Andrews the week before. “It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week” Day told the PGA, “The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”
Pan Am Pride
Shortly after Day completed his Open win, the 2015 Pan American Games was wrapping up in Toronto, about a 45-minute drive along Lake Ontario from the Glen Abbey Golf Club. For more than two weeks, from July 10-26, the world’s elite athletes, from baseball to volleyball, converged for the world’s third largest international multi-sport event. As soon as Toronto was announced as the host city, I knew I had to be there. I also knew I wanted to share this experience with my family, friends and co-workers. So I took the Concur SMB Canada team to see the games for a day. It was an incredible experience.
Toronto is a proud city; proud of our people, our businesses, and most importantly, our culture.Our culture is what attracted the Pan Am Games to our city. It’s a culture of both individuality and unity. It’s a culture that supports each other’s differences. It’s a culture that opens its arms to people from all countries. Businesses in Toronto, and Canada for that matter, are no different. They support free thinking, innovation, and constructive opposing opinions. As one of those businesses in Toronto, Concur felt the Pan Am Games were a great place to take our growing team – a place where we could support our home team while cheering for other countries that have a close place in our hearts. We had a chance to see teamwork at its best. We saw the results of relentless dedication to one’s craft.We saw success and defeat. Most importantly, we experienced it as a team.
Canada finished 2nd with 217 medals in total, of which 78 were Gold! And the pride continues: the Parapan American Games are held August 7-15.
“To a Greater Goal™”
That was the official theme for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, which arguably set the tone for the Canadian summer sports spectacular. By now, most of the world knows the dramatic story of the U.S. team’s ascent to the top of the victory podium with its 5-2 victory over Japan, which had edged the USA with a penalty kick four years ago. While Canada did not make the top four, hopes for the future of the mostly teenage team are bright. Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan earned the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. At 19, the 5’7” defender from Toronto should have a long, distinguished career ahead of her.She told FIFA.com:
“We came so close to a place in the semi-finals, but our main goal was to make people proud of us and inspire a nation. We achieved that goal, at least.”
“Year of Sport, 2015”
Last October, Governor General David Johnston proclaimed 2015 the “Year of Sport” in Canada. This summer, it is absolutely living up to that proclamation. If travel and entertainment around a sporting event are part of your business plans, Concur can help you keep it simple, with expense reports that virtually write themselves. You can download our essential guide to managing expenses or learn more at Concur.ca