Robinson, along with the other recipients, share a common thread: determination, drive and the ability to succeed in both business and community-based ventures. "Aaron has been a key contributor to Senators Sports & Entertainment for a number of years,” said Cyril Leeder, chief operating officer of Senators Sports & Entertainment. “He brings passion, professionalism and commitment to everything he does. Nowhere has that been more evident than in his work in developing the Bell Capital Cup into the world's largest – and best – hockey tournament."
With Robinson at the helm, the Bell Capital Cup, the world's premier Atom and Peewee hockey tournament, skated its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 as the planet's largest ice hockey tournament with the participation of 510 teams. Robinson has played a key role in establishing more than just a tournament in Hockey Country; he has created a festival celebrating the game of hockey across the nation’s capital attracting hockey players from around the world.
Robinson’s position in the Senators organization gives him the opportunity to contribute to many local charities, but he also supports various charitable initiatives out of the office by donating most notably to the United Way of Ottawa and Roger’s House. "I'm honoured,” he said about receiving the Forty Under 40 award. “From my own point of view, it's as much an organizational distinction as an individual award. It demonstrates the support and commitment Senators management and staff has to giving back to our community. I'm fortunate to be in a position that I thoroughly enjoy, with an organization that has allowed me to grow professionally and assist in making our community a better place to live."
The 2009-10 season will be Robinson's fourth year as director of fan and community development and his sixth as general manager of the Bell Capital Cup. He was elevated to his dual role in the organization in 2005.
The selection was made by a committee including Rogers Communications Inc. regional vice-president Robin McIntyre; Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation’s Michael Burnatowski; Nick Quain, the CEO and co-founder of Cellwand Communications; OBJ publisher Michael Curran, and OBJ editor Jim Donnelly. Robinson, along with the other recipients, will be recognized at a gala dinner at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel on Thursday, June 25. The event will also raise money for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation through a charity draw.
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