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1-on-1 With


Kevan Pipe, Field Turf

The Interview

Describe your past experience in the sports industry and your current role with Field Turf.

I am the past Chief Operating Officer of The Canadian Soccer Association (1985-2006) and for the past 11 years have been a sport/project consultant to a number of key clients including FIFA (2007-2016), CONCACAF and FieldTurf Tarkett, to this day. I liaise with clients primarily across Western Canada and Ottawa assisting them in the planning and developing of FieldTurf playing fields as well as Beynon running tracks.

Why is it important that your company invests in research into player safety on turf?

Investing in the research and development of our product line and supporting empirical research which demonstrates the safety of our artificial turf playing fields is a priority for FieldTurf, for the benefit of our clients and players who compete on our surfaces.

As a sponsor of the 2018 U SPORTS University Athletics Tradeshow, describe your experience at the event.

The event was a major success for FieldTurf Tarkett and we were delighted to be a lead sponsor, present our research and interact with Universities across the country.

Describe your experience working with U SPORTS University Athletics Tradeshow Management Company, The Building Blocks Group on the Tradeshow.

Working with The Building Blocks Group on this project was a delight. Professional throughout, both the planning and execution of the event went extremely well. We will be back in 2019!

About Field Turf


When it comes to artificial turf sports fields, FieldTurf is the most trusted brand in the industry. With global headquarters in Montreal, whether its football, soccer, baseball or any other sport, FieldTurf fields provide athletes with the safety and performance they need to perform at their best, while giving field owners the durability they want to maximize the value of their investment. A FIFA, World Rugby and FIH Preferred Producer, FieldTurf is the world leader in artificial turf with over 20,000 installations worldwide including fields across Canadian Universities, A sample of these include University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, McGill University, Universite de Montreal, Universite de l’Outawais, Concordia University, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University and Acadia University amongst close to 400 other fields located in all ten provinces across Canada.

Beynon Sports, the leader in track surfacing across North America, is represented in Canada by Playteck Enterprises. Playteck has been installing, innovating and transforming the Canadian track market over the last 30 years. Alongside their nation leading 5 Class II IAAF certified tracks, Playteck is the trusted supplier to Universities across the country. This includes installations at University of Alberta, the University of Guelph, University of Victoria, University of Lethbridge, University of New Brunswick (SJ), St Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie University, University of Cape Breton, Canada Games Center at the University of Prince Edward Island and countless University, College and city projects across Canada. Canada’s newest Class ll track and the largest, at 12,000 square meters, across the country is being installed this summer at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex in Saskatoon.