Ryan Pelley Named SportWORKS Program Manager

Former SportWORKS Officer Now at the Helm of Program

OTTAWA – Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Pelley as Program Manager of the internationally recognized SportWORKS program, which operates in developing Commonwealth countries with the objective of delivering social and economic improvements through sport.

CGC is thrilled that Ryan Pelley, a former SportWORKS officer, returns to the organization as this Program’s Manager, bringing with him not only valuable on-the-ground experience with the program itself, but additional experience in senior leadership positions in Canadian sport, such as Executive Director of the Alberta Curling Federation and Hockey Players for Kids, to name just a few. Pelley, a holder of a Masters Degree in Sport Management, starts his CGC duties on January 8th.

“Ryan is the perfect candidate to join CGC as Program Manager of SportWORKS,” said Richard Powers, President of Commonwealth Games Canada. “With his background as a former SportWORKS Officer and significant experience in other senior roles in sport, he will bring a valuable set of skills that will help him continue to build the success of this international program.”

“I feel fortunate to once again become involved with the SportWORKS Program, now as Program Manager. The CGC is a leader when it comes to delivering positive social impact through sport. I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the continued growth of the Program”, said Ryan Pelley.

SportWORKS current program partners are Brock University and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program. QES is a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities.

Since 1993, CGC has integrated sport for development (S4D) and sport development programming, to promote community and social development, and build national sport capacity throughout the Commonwealth. Through the SportWORKS program introduced in 2001, over 2 million youth in Commonwealth nations and territories have been supported by Canadian SportWORKS Officers.


For information:

Commonwealth Games Canada

Brian MacPherson

Chief Executive Officer

613.244.6868 x226



Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. The mission of CGC is to strengthen sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a development tool. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca for information.


As part of CGC’s integrated sport for development (S4D) and sport development programming which began in 1993, SportWORKS was introduced in 2001, as an initiative which sends Canadian sport leaders into developing Commonwealth countries on up to one-year placements to design and deliver sustainable sport-related programs. Since the program’s inception CGC has sent over 200 Canadian SportWORKS Officers to 39 developing Commonwealth nations and territories to assist organizations to deliver sustainable social and economic impacts through sport via 120 programs. Visit www.commonwealthgames.ca/sportworks/programs.html for more information.


The Queen Elizabeth Scholars program aims to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. Visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca for more information.