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Coming Together for CANY Charities at the 2014 Maple Leaf Ball

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 14, 2014

(To see and download our photos of the event, please visit our Photo Gallery page.

The Canadian Association of New York (CANY) would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s Maple Leaf Ball, helping raise money for CANY charities including Hockey in Harlem, the Terry Fox Run for Cancer, and Canada’s National Ballet School.

“The support of our great causes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our guests – please accept my sincere thanks for your kindness, ” says Reena Bhatt, CANY vice-president and the chair of the event, who agrees that this year’s ball was one of the best yet.

“Your efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many well-deserving individuals,” she says.

From Left to right: Dean Keyworth, President of CANY, Reena Bhatt, Vice-President of CANY and Maple Leaf Ball Chair, former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor; author, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland; and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan

The event’s Arts and Letters award was presented to writer and artist Douglas Coupland, and the Maple Leaf Award of Distinction was given to former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.

James Lipton of Bravo’s “Actor’s Studio” introduced former Ambassador Ken Taylor.

Pat Kiernan, long-time morning anchor of New York was the events entertaining host who ruminated on Rob Ford, Justin Bieber and the importance of teaching Canadian kids living in NYC “O Canada”.

Ken Taylor spoke about his long diplomatic career and world travels, and how fate brought him and his wife to New York City where even as a proud Canadian he “feels at home.” Douglas Coupland told the crowd it is an honour to be recognized by the Canadian community in New York.

The Maple Leaf Ball took place at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Attendees had a chance to bid on silent auction items including a private sunset sail in Upper New York Harbor, and tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Colbert Report – now coveted items with both shows wrapping up by next year.

Tyley Ross singing “O Canada”

Singer Tyley Ross of the East Village Opera Company kicked off the dinner and speeches portion of the evening with a beautiful rendition of the national anthems of both Canada and the US; he and his band the Low Light Luminaries provided dancing music afterwards.

The Maple Leaf Ball brings together Canadians and friends of Canada to raise money for charity

Reena Bhatt says that the ball just wouldn’t be possible with the help of everyone taking part.

“The Canadian Association of New York is an entirely volunteer-run organization and the Maple Leaf Ball is a testament to the tireless energy and commitment of the 2014 Maple Leaf Ball Committee volunteers,” says Reena Bhatt, CANY vice-president and the chair of the event.

“We hope to see you again at our next Maple Leaf Ball!”

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CANY’s Maple Leaf Ball on March 14 to honour two extraordinary Canadians

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Canadian Association of New York is extremely pleased to be honouring two outstanding Canadians at this Friday’s Maple Leaf Ball: two men who’ve made an impact in New York as well as in Canada. Our Arts & Letters Award is being given to author, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland. The recipient of our Maple Leaf Award of Distinction is Former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor.

There are still a few tickets left for our black tie dinner and we hope you can join us! The event is being held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and our MC this year is New York 1 anchor and WABC radio host Pat Kiernan. Music and entertainment is by Tyley Ross and the Low Light Luminaries

As well as being a great gathering for Canadians living in NYC, the money raised supports charities with a Canadian connection that help enrich lives here in New York.

Here’s a look at the careers of our two honorees:

Arts & Letters Award:

Author, Visual Artist and Designer
Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland is a Vancouver-based author and visual artist. Since 1992 he has written 14 novels and written and starred in a production with England's Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also written biographies of both Marshall McLuhan and Terry Fox as well as the 2011 Massey Lecture. He writes for the New York Times and currently has a regular column with the Financial Times of London.

In 2014 the Vancouver Art Gallery will hold a 10,000 sq-ft exhibition and retrospective of Coupland's visual work, and the show will afterwards travel to other museums in Canada and Germany. In a separate career as public artist he created the Terry Fox Memorial in Vancouver, and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.

In December of 2013 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Maple Leaf Award of Distinction:

Former Canadian Ambassador
Kenneth D Taylor, O.C.

A graduate of Victoria College of the University of Toronto (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (MBA), Ken Taylor served in the Canadian Foreign Service from 1959 to 1984. As a diplomat, his career ranged from trade development responsibilities in Guatemala, Detroit and London; foreign aid-related matters in Pakistan; crisis management in Iran and enhancement of Canada’s image in New York.

Since his resignation from the Foreign Service in 1984, his private sector experience has included six years as a Senior Vice President of both Nabisco Brands and RJR Nabisco. His primary, international responsibilities with those companies involved the formulation and implementation of policies to strengthen their $21 billion international interests and relationships.

During the 1990s, following his resignation from Nabisco Brands/RJR Nabisco as a result of a change in control of the corporation, he both independently and in partnership with the Ottawa consulting firm, “Global Public Affairs”, and with the New York based “Taylor and Ryan, Inc.”, counseled clients on issues of political risk, international marketing and government accommodation. His Board memberships are international in nature, and his worldwide speaking engagements have included discussions on diplomacy and conflict resolution.

He was Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto from June 1998 to May, 2004. When called upon, he serves in an advisory capacity to a number of universities and colleges.

In recognition of his rôle as Canadian Ambassador to Iran he has received many U.S. and Canadian honours, including the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Order of Canada (Officer), keys to the Cities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Las Vegas, the New York International Press Club’s “Man of the Year” award and honorary degrees from Universities in Canada and the United States.

You may purchase Maple Leaf Ball tickets here.

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CANY's Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament set to be best ever!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 12, 2014


This Saturday Feb 15, 2014 at 7am, the puck will drop at the outdoor Lasker Rink in Central Park launching CANY’s unique two-day hockey tournament: 16 teams of amateur hockey players from the US and Canada will be supporting charities that make a difference in the lives of children and their communities through the great sport of hockey.


Join us!

If you’d like to play in the tournament, there are a few spots left. Come and watch the action at at Lasker Rink, or sign up as a volunteer for a few hours. We’ve also set up online donations and would appreciate any amount – please pass on the link to others in your network. And everyone is welcome to join our Tourney party on Saturday night at 7:30 at Van Diemens, 383 Third Avenue near 28th St. Visit our site for the 8th Annual CANY Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament for directions to Lasker Rink, starting times and more.

Supporting charities who help kids through hockey


The 8th Annual Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament is helping out charities like Ice Hockey in Harlem – it’s introduced hockey to hundreds of underprivileged kids in Harlem since the mid-1980s and made a difference in their lives: some have even gone on to scholarships at ivy league universities.



The Sled Rangers: giving kids with disabilities a chance to play hockey 

The tournament is also supporting the Wheelchair Sports Foundation’s Sled Rangers, a youth sled hockey team for physically disabled kids in New York City, and the Urban Hockey Foundation, which introduces street hockey to underserved neighborhoods across the city.


Here’s a great video that shows what the Sled Rangers are all about.


Players from Canada and the US


Many of the nearly 200 players taking part in the championship live in and around New York City others from Ontario, Quebec and upstate New York. The teams will play a 3-game round robin on Saturday Feb 15 extending into the night, with the winning teams will square off on Sunday in the final playoff game, battling for the "Stikeman Cup.”



The tournament this year is expected to raise about $40,000 through team sponsorships, and hopefully much more thanks to our online donation tool.

The lead sponsor this year is Stikeman Elliot. TD Securities and RBC Capital Markets are sponsoring the two Lasker hockey rinks. Others generously stepping forward are Winston & Strawn LLC, a long-time sponsor of the championship. The Canadian-based law firm Cumming & Partners LLC is backing the "Most Charitable Team” award, given to the team raises the most donations through their own networks.



Celebrating the win of the Stikeman Cup


The president of Ice Hockey of Harlem  is grateful for the funds the championship raises. This year it’s expected to break its fundraising records.

"CANY is an important supporter of Ice Hockey in Harlem," says John Sanful, the charity's Executive Director. "They're doing so much to help the children and families of Harlem, without question.”

"We see hockey not as a means to itself, we see it as a vehicle to expand kids' experience," explains IHIH program director Brad Preston. For example, the association’s hockey book reading group this year read "Jean Béliveau: My Life in Hockey” about the Québec-born Hall of Fame center who won 10 Stanley cups as a player. The kids learned more than 100 new words, and widened their view of the world.


How hockey can make a difference for kids

"What happens (with our program) is they learn about geography, about NHL capital cities, about time zones, " says Preston. "They learn about the difference between states and provinces, about science and ice… they are learning school subjects but getting more out of it because they’re having fun.”

For Bill Greenberg, a founder of the Sled Rangers and a team coach, the event helps support a charity that changes lives.


"When we began, none of the kids knew that they could play competitive sports. None of the parents knew that their kids could play competitive sports,” he explains. "As the practices and seasons progressed, I saw first hand the effects and benefits, for both the kids and their families, that I first saw with my own son. On the night of our first practice, one of our 10-year old players turned to his mother and said, "Mom, I'm FINALLY on a team."



For players taking part in the championship it’s rewarding helping the kids by playing the sport outdoors in the one of the most beautiful city parks in the world.


"As all good Canadians know, there is nothing better than playing hockey outdoors. To be able to do it in the middle of Manhattan is something really special. The tournament has an incredibly friendly atmosphere and the charitable aspect of it is the icing on the cake, says Gordon Cameron, who plays on the Stikeman team. "Supporting charities that help improve the lives of New Yorkers through our national sport is a great feeling.”


For more information about the hockey tournament:


Dean Keyworth, CANY President, event organizer

Tel: 212.525.3490


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You Are Invited: December 9th, 2013

Posted By The CANY Team, Monday, November 18, 2013


Holiday Party


Kick off the holiday season and enjoy some festive cocktails and conversation with CANY and your fellow Canadians!


Please join the Canadian Association of New York (CANY) for our annual Holiday Party and to launch our new website and URL


When: Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:30-10:30pm

Where: Union Square Lounge (29 Union Square West at 16th Street) 


Admission is $25.00 for CANY Members and $35.00 for Non-Members, which includes a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.  There will be prizes, party favours and more!


Cocktail or festive attire is suggested (but not mandatory)


Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today






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Welcome to the CANY Blog!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 13, 2013




We are very happy to announce the launch of CANY's new blog. Watch this space for coverage of CANY activities and news, as well as information on upcoming events. 


In case you missed the annual Canada Day bash at Joe's Pub, "Canada's Songbook" produced by Jeff Breithaupt, here's video of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" performed by Laila Biali and Greg Naughton.





For more videos from the event, visit the Canada Day YouTube page at:


The CANY team

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