Russell Reimer, MCS
Russell is the president of Manifesto Sport Management and a consultant specializing in sport and cause marketing, Olympic, pro and action sports athlete management, and major event bid strategy and fund development.
An active member in Canada's sport scene, Russell developed an award-winning program to promote tobacco-free lives to youth (Sport For Life), founded a growing community movement promoting FREE sport discovery for kids (All Sport One Day), led successful bids to bring major sport events to Canada, and served as the chair of the Country's first civic sport policy steering committee in Calgary.
Russell has worked successfully with world leaders in sport for the past 18 years – including eight World Championships, nine Olympic Games, over 25 World Cups and the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid – as an executive event volunteer, athlete brand and marketing advisor, national sponsorship activation lead, sport content producer, lead writer, event fund developer and bid strategist.
Russell has received several recognitions and awards in content development, marketing and sport tourism including:
- Awarded a special documentary screening at TIFF 2018 for the Exclusive Theatrical Premiere of Unbroken: The Snowboard Life of Mark McMorris
- Recipient, Mayor’s Award for Corporate Excellence in Sport (Calgary) for client Intact Insurance (2011)
- Finalist, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) Sport Event of the Year Award for clients Travel Alberta/WinSport Canada (2010)
- Recipient, Canadian Sport Award for Corporate Excellence in Sport for client Intact Insurance for Speed Skating Canada activation (2010)
- Recipient, Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2009
- Finalist, ALTO Travel Alberta Industry Award for client WinSport Canada (2009)
- Recognized by U of C as one of "40 Students that will Wow the World” (2006)
- Sport For Life received the inaugural Barb Tarbox Award for Excellence in Tobacco Prevention (2005)
His clients and projects include: X Games Calgary, Rock the Rink, Canadian Olympic Committee, Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation, The City of Calgary, Freestyle Canada (CFSA), Organizing Committee Calgary (Speed Skating Canada), CBC Sports, Tourism Calgary, KidSport Canada, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, PGA TOUR Champions Shaw Charity Classic, AthletesCAN, Red Bull Canada and Red Bull USA, Burton Snowboards, ING Canada, Canada~Snowboard (CSF), WinSport Canada, Sport Calgary, AADAC, TSN/Bell Media, SaltLake2002.com, NBC Sports, Quokka Sports, NBCOlympics.com and ABC Sports/ESPN.
Manifesto represents an accomplished group of Canadian sport personalities including Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue, Jon Montgomery, Rosie MacLennan, Hayley Wickenheiser, Denny Morrison, Adam van Koeverden, Kaillie Humphries, Maëlle Ricker, Erica Wiebe, Meaghan Mikkelson, Natalie Spooner, Marielle Thompson, Dara Howell, Justin Kripps, Charles Hamelin, and Brady Leman.
We also manage endorsements for Blue Jays third baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr.; Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore; Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner; NHL MVP Taylor Hall; Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman; Canada's fastest man Aaron Brown; World Champion Erik Guay; visionary coach John Herdman; downhill mountain bike ruler Finn Iles; X Games silver medalist Noah Bowman; X Games gold medalist and Paralympic Champion Josh Dueck; NHL superstar Shea Weber; Blue Jays second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr.; second-overall NHL draft pick Nolan Patrick; selfless Olympian Gilmore Junio; rising beach volleyball star Taylor Pischke; world-number-one ranked beach volleyball team Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson; World Championship silver medalist (800m) Melissa Bishop; snowboard personality Craig McMorris; and 6-time X Games gold medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Mark McMorris.
Russell is a passionate athlete advocate and leading supporter of the Olympic movement in Canada. His contribution to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s athlete engagement and marketing programs including the We Are Winter campaign, the Athlete’s Voice Initiative and Game Plan has been invaluable and demonstrates his genuine vision for Canadian high performance sport.
CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee
Russell represents my interests when it comes to finding and negotiating sponsorships. Not only does he know the landscape better than anyone in the business, his ability to create opportunities through smart marketing initiatives and storytelling has brought to fruition partnerships that would have never materialized otherwise.
Olympic Champion, Skeleton
Host, The Amazing Race Canada
I have worked with Russell for a number of years now and every single conversation leaves me with a little fire burning. His attitude and work ethic are contagious and his ability to make all parties in a deal happy always amazes me. I can say all this but when it comes down to it, you simply have to look at the numbers: Almost all major Canadian Olympians have sought him out to handle their careers, on and off the field. It's simple, the best want the best and that's what you get with Russell Reimer.
CBC and ESPN Personality
Co-Founder, The McMorris Foundation
Russell has developed sponsorship opportunities and content projects that have supported my growth as a professional athlete and an Olympian so I can keep my focus on continually progressing as a snowboarder. I’m super-proud that Russell is part of my team.
17-Time X Games Medalist
Two-Time Olympic Bronze Medalist
Russell has been, and continues to be, an integral part of the successful bid to bring Red Bull Crashed Ice to Edmonton for the first time in March of 2015. Combining his professionalism, extensive network and inherent understanding of sport tourism, the “Crown Jewel” of Red Bull’s event portfolio will now reach a whole new audience in one of the biggest hockey towns in Canada.
Red Bull International
As volunteer Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications for the Organizing Committee Calgary for over 10 years, Russell Reimer has been a tremendous addition to our team. His creativity and vision have not only contributed to the overall success of the World Cups and World Championships but have played a role in increasing the profile of speed skating in Canada.
Volunteer Chair, Organizing Committee Calgary
Russell has been an integral part of our team for some time. He has provided strategic insight, creative thought and a meaningful value-add to many of our recent major event bid wins. All of which is predicated on a genuine passion to build a great city through sport – whether it’s for economic benefit or quality of life. He’s made a significant and important contribution to our team’s effort.
Marco De Iaco
Executive Director, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority