April 24, 2021

Press Release – For Immediate Release

The Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows (CNSS), owner of the GREAT ONTARIO SALMON DERBY (GOSD), is pleased to announce the sale of the GOSD asset to Jim Stevenson. (STEVENSON).

CNSS was immediately and irrevocably damaged on March 12th, 2020 when the COVID19 virus forced the closing of two of CNSS’s largest shows (Quebec City and Edmonton) followed by the announcement on March 13th that the 73-year-old Toronto Sportsmen’s Show was also cancelled. Subsequently, in June of 2020, CNSS was forced to sell its outdoors shows to another reputable Canadian show producer. The GOSD asset was not included in that sale.

Peter Lockhart, the former CEO of CNSS comments on the sale of the GOSD to STEVENSON: “Throughout the last half of 2020 and into 2021 we diligently searched for the perfect candidate to take over the iconic Great Ontario Salmon Derby that we ran for 23 years. In the end we found the perfect group of business minded avid Salmon anglers to take over the iconic Great Ontario Salmon Derby.

STEVENSON is led by Jim Stevenson, a Mississauga business owner with a commitment to the Lake Ontario Salmon fishery. Jim is supported by Scotty Richardson, a business owner from Oshawa and Bowen Sandercock from St. Catharines. We all wish the STEVENSON group great success in producing the GOSD in 2021 and beyond.”

Jim Stevenson comments on the purchase of the GOSD from CNSS:
“Our group is very excited to run the legendary Great Ontario Salmon Derby. The Derby has always generated revenue for all communities across the North Shore of Lake Ontario and in addition has contributed over $300,000 in funding to River clean ups, Chinook pen projects, and the raising of Chinook over the last 23 years. We look forward to continuing this legacy. Scotty Richardson a supporter of Lake Ontario pen projects will, with his great knowledge of the Lake Ontario fishery, assume the title of GOSD Derby Director. Bowen Sandercock, who has been guiding on Lake Ontario for over 15 years, will assume the title of GOSD Derby Operations Manager and will look after the day-to-day management of weigh scales and marina relations. Together the whole STEVENSON team has the passion, experience, and knowledge required for continuing the success of the Great Ontario Salmon Derby.”

A core group of ex-CNSS GOSD employees are poised to provide critical support to the new group as they produce their first Great Ontario Salmon Derby this summer from June 26th to August 21st on Lake Ontario.

The excellent GOSD website will soon be updated with new and exciting details as well as sponsor confirmations. Most importantly, we are pleased to announce that long supporting Great Grand Prize provider, Ontario Toyota Dealers Association, a primary GOSD sponsor since 2008, is returning in 2021 as the Presenting Sponsor. John Attrell, President of the OTDA comments on the sponsorship. “We are very happy to support the Great Ontario Salmon Derby again in 2021.” OTDA will be supplying a lucky winner of the overall largest salmon caught in the derby with a 2021 Toyota 4Runner in Barcelona Red.

For further information please contact: Jim Stevenson C: (905) 965-3825