Tuesday, January 19, 2016


The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is happy to announce a three-year agreement with TOERSA Security Inc. This agreement includes the 23rd annual edition which will be held from June 23-26, 2016 at Mooney’s Bay Park, Ottawa. The agreement also includes the 2017 edition when the Festival will be helping to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial and 2018 which will be the Festival’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.

“The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is experiencing incredible growth every year and this agreement with TOERSA Security reflects the importance the Festival places on providing a safe and secure environment for our patrons and the complete confidence we have in TOERSA’s ability to help us deliver that for what will be three very big celebrations in the Nation’s Capital” says Director of Operations Antony Cooper.

Festival CEO John Brooman adds “Every year thousands of athletes, converge to battle it out in Mooney’s Bay while thousands more cheer them on and enjoy the variety of family friendly entertainment and free concerts. The Festival has worked with TOERSA for many years to ensure participants and attendees alike can safely enjoy their experience at one of the Nation’s premier events. This agreement is a result of the positive relationship our organizations have and our satisfaction in TOERSA’s service over the past seven years.”

At the completion of this agreement TOERSA and the Festival will have partnered together for an incredible 10 years. This partnership positions both organizations to present the public with a safe family friendly experience over the next three exciting festivals. TOERSA Security Inc. President and CEO Chris Ibey said "It is a real pleasure and a privilege to work with the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival and to see their growth and success over the years. TOERSA takes the responsibility of partnering with them in providing a safe and enjoyable festival going experience to heart and we are excited to continue to work with an organization that has such a positive impact on the community and attracts thousands of people to the races, entertainment and free concerts!"

About the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is a multi-day celebration of the arts, sports, culture and heritage that attracts over 75,000 visitors each year. The Festival, boasts 200 teams in competitive, corporate and community categories, is one of the hottest sporting and entertainment events in the Nation's Capital. Recognized as North America's largest dragon boating festival the event offers free admission to multiple stages with world class entertainment, marquee concerts, amusement attractions, sports demonstrations, a variety of artisans, exhibitors, delicious culinary treats, beach-side bar, children’s area and non-stop racing. The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is made possible by the continued support of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Celebrate Ontario and the City of Ottawa Partnership Program.

About TOERSA Security

TOERSA Security specializes in the handling of alcohol related issues at events and festivals. “TOERSA” is an acronym for two of the services we provide, Training and On-site Enforcement of the Responsible Service of Alcohol. Through pre-event training of all staff members and on-site enforcement, TOERSA greatly decrease the likelihood of any problems related to the sale or service of alcohol. TOERSA’s primary focus is major events and festivals that serve alcohol to the public in Ottawa and the surrounding area. The key benefits to working with TOERSA include their in-house training and certification program and their focus on customer service at a competitive price. TOERSA security guards are also trained and equipped to perform in other capacities such as security at access points, site and perimeter patrols and 24hr site security.


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