Cary Kaplan has been a leading sports executive since 1995. As founder and president of Cosmos Sports in 2003, the company with the ambition to ‘Win the Business’, has rapidly established itself as an international industry leader in several areas including Team Training and Education, Career Management, Corporate Sponsorship and Ticket Sales, and Corporate Branding.
Cary has personally consulted for and trained over 400 teams and leagues including the National Hockey League (NHL), Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets (NBA), Canadian Football League (CFL), National Lacrosse League (NLL), Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers & Ottawa Senators (NHL).
Some current partners incude Toronto Rush of the AUDL, the CIS, the University of Toronto, the City of Kitchener and Cosmos remains a long standing preferred supplier of Costco Wholesalers.
While remaining at the helm of Cosmos, from 2005-2009 he served as the Chairman & Commissioner of Canada’s only professional soccer league, the CSL, establishing a much needed feeder system in the country’s largest participation sport.
Beginning in 2013, in an exciting development for Cosmos Sports, the company assumed all management and operational responsibilities for the Brampton Beast Hockey Club of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Cary personally serves as team President and General Manager. Major accomplishments with the Beast have included signing a multi year affiliation with the Montreal Canadiens (NHL), and securing an unparalleled $1.5 Million partnership with the City of Brampton.
For six years, and prior to founding Cosmos Sports, Cary was a proud employee of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, involved in the management of their AHL franchise, the Hamilton Bulldogs.
During his tenure in Hamilton, some of the highlights included The Bulldogs being awarded the Tourism Award of Excellence in 1998, 1999 and 2001 for the top marketed organization in Southern Ontario. In 1999, he personally Won the Ken McKenzie Award (1999) as the American Hockey League’s top business executive. Cary also championed the “Stay Dogs Stay” campaign in 2001, securing the long term sustainability of the hockey clubs future in Hamilton. The Bulldogs are the longest serving Canadian minor pro franchise.
Cary received an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and subsequently achieved his MBA specializing in Marketing and International Business from Dalhousie University.