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Ep. 31 - Michael Cvitkovic

"I saw a business counselor, and he said, 'I want you to name me five people that you've looked up to in your career.' He says, 'Okay, so of those five, how many have lost a job?' And the answer was four. It was fascinating."

Michael Cvitkovic feels his communications background has served him well even as his career has grown beyond public relations. He has used those skills as he has taken on a number of leadership roles, including his current position as President of the Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. In this episode, Michael shares how not just communications but also relationship building has been key to his professional growth. He also discusses how several of his career stops, such as the Pan Am Sports Centre and the North American Indigenous Games, have included legacy projects. Michael also shares how throughout his career mentors have helped advise him as well as insights into the challenges of taking on leadership roles.

Listen to the episode here and find Show Notes below.

Michael Cvitkovic


Ottawa BlackJacks

York University Athletics

Paul Jones

Mark Jones

Toronto Raptors

Vince Carter

Chris Bosh

Tennis Canada

Rogers Cup (Toronto)

Coupe Rogers (Montreal)

John Lashway

Golf Canada

Curling Canada

Hockey Canada

RBC Canadian Open

World Junior Hockey Championship

Milos Raonic

Denis Shapovalov

Genie Bouchard

Michael Downey (Follow link, click on Leadership)

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Davis Cup

Billie Jean King Cup (Formerly Fed Cup)

David Stern

Yao Ming

ATP Tour

WTA Tour


Daniel Nestor

Gina Clement

Isabelle McLemore

McLemore on Credentials Only

Serena Williams

Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

Match Point Canada

Ontario Basketball Association

Roger Martin

Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto

Rogers Communications

2008 Beijing Olympics


2010 Vancouver Olympics

Pan Am Sports Centre

2015 Pan Am Games

Aviva Centre (formerly Rexall Center)

North American Indigenous Games

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Richard Peddie

Pikangikum First Nation Reserve

Tredeau drinking water pledge

International Masters Indigenous Games

Canadian Elite Basketball League

Ottawa BlackJacks Named Seventh Franchise

Cvitkovic Named President

CEBL Commissioner Mike Morreale

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group


Ontario Hockey League



Everything That Happened Inside the NBA Bubble, ESPN

TD Place

Karl Hale

New York Yankees

Buffalo Bills

Katie Spellman on Credentials Only


Sports Pro Daily

Ottawa Tourism


David Baldacci

John Grisham

Richard Peddie's River Bookshop

21 Leadership Lessons by Richard Peddie

My Dream Job by Richard Peddie

House of Cards

The Crown

Bills Super Bowl losses (ESPN 30 for 30)

Vanier Cup

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