Media Release: February 20, 2014


THUNDER BAY, ON (February 20, 2014) — The organizing committee of the Thunder Bay Golf Classic announced today that they have garnered additional local support by confirming Tbaytel as presenting sponsor for what will now be one of the biggest community events of the summer.

Headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ont., Tbaytel has joined as presenting sponsor as part of a three-year deal that will see the event stay in Thunder Bay at the renowned Whitewater Golf Club.

Scheduled to run from July 14th to 20th, 2014, the new addition to the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada tournament lineup will be one of the most anticipated events of the year and promises to be an unforgettable week of golf, celebrations and fun.

As Canada’s only municipally owned telecommunications provider for over 100 years, Tbaytel has been a key part of the city’s business landscape and proud supporter of civic events and initiatives for many years. The agreement to come on board as presenting sponsor is a reflection of the Tbaytel’s key brand value –“we take care of our neighbourhood” – and serves to solidify the company as a key contributor to the economy and quality of life of the city of Thunder Bay.

“Tbaytel is pleased to be partnering with the Thunder Bay Golf Classic on PGA TOUR Canada not only as presenting sponsor but as the event’s telecommunications provider as well,” said Tbaytel president and CEO Dan Topatigh. “We are committed to supporting regional economic development through innovation, opportunity and renewal and we are excited about the benefit the tournament will have for much of northern Ontario.”

As host to the 1995 World Nordic Games, 2010 World Junior Baseball Championships and 2011 Special Olympics, to name a few, Thunder Bay is a city with a long history of support for professional and community-based sports events.

The 2014 Thunder Bay Golf Classic is no exception. As one of the latest additions to the newly expanded 2014 PGA TOUR Canada schedule, the tournament offers an unmatched sporting experience for all constituents of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.

Scott Smith, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay Golf Classic, said they are excited to be partnering with Tbaytel and look forward to a fruitful partnership over the next three years.

“The anticipated economic impact of this PGA TOUR Canada event will serve as a tremendous boost to the local economy, and continue Thunder Bay’s long standing reputation as a premier sporting event destination,” said Smith.

“Having Tbaytel come on board as presenting sponsor is a really exciting development. Given their long history of community support we think they’re a great fit for a tournament of this caliber. We can’t host an event like this without community support and we are extremely happy to be making this announcement today.”

While golf is certainly the main attraction, the impact of PGA TOUR Canada is felt far beyond the fairway. “Making a positive impact in communities where PGA TOUR tournaments are held and players live has always been an essential element of the TOUR’s charitable mission,” said Scott Pritchard, Director of Tournament Affairs for PGA TOUR Canada.

Each year, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans of the PGA TOUR, Champions TOUR, Tour and PGA TOUR Canada team up off the golf course to contribute millions of dollars to thousands of local charities each year. He majority of the funds raised are directed back into the local community where the tournament is held, which means there isn't one specific beneficiary of the PGA TOUR. Instead, there are nearly 3,000 charities and countless individuals worldwide who are touched by the TOUR’s charitable goal of giving back.



Tbaytel is dedicated to delivering telecom solutions that ensure people, businesses and communities in northern Ontario have multiple points of access to the global communications highway. Tbaytel offers the region’s largest 4G HSPA+ digital cellular coverage area with extensive products and services in many neighbourhoods that include data, voice, wireless, Internet, security and digital TV. With over a century of contributing to the quality of life, infrastructure and economic health of the north, Tbaytel’s understanding and commitment to northern Ontario is unparalleled.

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