St. Catharines, Ontario (July 23, 2013) — SMG Canada, the Canadian arm of SMG, the worldwide leader in public assembly facility management, is pleased to announce that Ken Noakes has been hired as General Manager of the new St. Catharines Spectator Facility in St. Catharines, Ontario. Noakes was recently the General Manager at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON and has been in regional position with SMG Canada, supporting business development and consulting efforts in the region and throughout Canada.
“Ken is a valuable member of our team and has done a great job leading our efforts in Kingston and with other assignments throughout Canada,” said Harry Cann, Senior Regional Vice President of Operations at SMG. “He is a seasoned industry veteran and we look forward to Ken contributing to the success of the new venue in St. Catharines which we are all very excited about. The City will benefit substantially from Ken’s expertise and leadership.”
“We are pleased Ken has joined our team,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “Ken brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise, which will prove to be an asset for attracting world-class events and entertainment to our community.”
Noakes brings over 20 years of facility management experience to the job, with his most recent position being General Manager of the 5,000-seat K-Rock Centre in Kingston. He has served as General Manager of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C. and the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, and also held positions at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, and the SkyDome in Toronto.
Although Noakes was only recently appointed General Manager, he and other SMG Canada staff have been assisting City staff throughout the project. Noakes is currently working with staff and Ball-Rankin Construction to finalize interior designs for the Spectator Facility, and will soon begin developing its operating plan and recruiting support staff.
“Having been part of the pre-opening services provided by SMG in St. Catharines over the past year, I am very much looking forward to coming on board full time and working with City staff, local businesses and the community to achieve the City’s goals for the new venue and helping to position St. Catharines and the regions as a destination of choice for businesses, visitors and residents,” said Noakes. “This venue will be a tremendous centerpiece asset for the community and I am ready to hit the ground running.”
The new downtown 5,000-seat multi-purpose facility will be built at 55 McGuire St., formerly known as the lower level parking lot. The facility, with a total project budget of $50 million, will be able to host a range of entertainment event offerings, including OHL hockey. The facility is scheduled to be completed in September 2014.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com