The CPABC Whitecaps game night was held on May 10, 2019 featuring the home team against the Portland Timbers.
The evening started with a pre-game reception which was co-hosted this year by the CPABC Surrey/Langley/N.Delta Chapter. Held at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, located inside BC Place Stadium, the venue houses an extensive collection of BC sports history.
Kathy Rogers CPA CMA, Chapter chair, provided opening remarks to an audience of 100 CPA members, candidates, students and their guests.
Kathy was followed by Rachel Lewis, chief operating officer of the Whitecaps FC, who spoke about the growth of the league and plans for future expansion franchises in the USA. Rachel also provided her tips on what to watch for during the match.
Steven Reed FCPA FCA, a partner at Manning Elliott LLP in Vancouver and president of Soccer Canada Association, spoke next. He recounted for the audience the bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to Vancouver in 2015 (a first for Canada) and about the successful bid to bring the FIFA Men’s World Cup to Canada (as well as the USA and Mexico) in 2026.
A lot of preparation went into securing both bids and convincing soccer federations around the world that Canada would be able to host the games.
CPABC provincial board member Matt Murray CPA CMA and former CPABC CEO Richard Rees FCPA FCA assisted Carl Markwart CPA CGA, chapter vice-chair, in calling out the lucky winners of several door prizes donated by the Whitecaps FC, CPABC and the chapter. Fans then headed to their seats to watch the game.
The roof at BC Place Stadium was retracted allowing fans to enjoy a beautiful warm spring evening. Both teams started intensely with the home team pressuring the visitors early in the match. The Whitecaps took an early lead with the only goal in the first half scored by Fredy Montero (#12). The Timbers tried to equalize the match in the second half but we’re not able to do so – with the match ending 1-0 for the hometown favourite.
CPABC members can purchase tickets for upcoming games or for seasons passes by contacting Seth Gordon, senior account executive, at the Whitecaps FC at 604-484-7870. Thank you Seth for your many years of supporting CPABC’s Whitecaps Game Night event.
And, the Chapter has several upcoming PD, networking and student events. Check the website for these events and plan to attend. If you are interested in volunteering for the Chapter, contact your Chapter Chair to express interest.