Thursday January 25, 2018

Kevin Reed will be in attendance at Saturday’s men’s hockey home game against the UQTR Patriotes, supporting his former team in more ways than one. Reed, who played defence for the Gee-Gees between 1988-91, will step out onto the ice to present a cheque to the team for $144,000, following through on his pledge to match the donations of all alumni, parents, and fans who gave to the program on Giving Tuesday.
“I've seen so many examples of people who have overcome obstacles and achieved great things. Successful student-athletes know this phenomenon very well,” said Reed when it was announced that he would match all Giving Tuesday donations to the men’s hockey team. “I believe in this team, this Coach and the Sports Services infrastructure that supports them. With this challenge, I am encouraging former players and their families to invest in creating a lasting impact on the lives of these and future student athletes.”
The response to Reed’s challenge was clear – the Belleville, Ont., native is matching $55,000 worth of donations which were submitted on November 28. The University of Ottawa is also matching $34,000 dollars of the donations, for a grand total of $144,000 dollars to support the men’s hockey team.
Reed, who had not publically revealed his identity as the matching donor until today, had already come to bat for the Garnet and Grey in 2015 as a part of the alumni advisory committee that helped to build a strong foundation of support for the incoming coaching staff and recruits. Sport has remained a large part of Reed’s life while he has built his considerable corporate portfolio from a part-time engineering business established with football alumnus Paul Butler while the pair was at uOttawa.
After that venture, Magellan Engineering, had grown into to a global leader in risk and emergency management, and his second company IE-Engine Inc., pioneered many technological advancements in insurance administration technology, Reed partnered with fellow Gee-Gees hockey alumnus Paul G. Smith to form the aptly named financial services firm Grey Horse Corporation.
Now in the agriculture and food distribution industries with Blue Goose Capital Corporation, working to capitalize on organic and natural food markets, Reed has sponsored Canadian Olympic athletes and was the Chairman of the 2016 Clarkson Cup which was held in Ottawa. He was also the campaign chair for Toronto’s Pan Am Games facility, the Goldring Athletics Centre.
The Gee-Gees will also welcome close to fifty members of its alumni group on Saturday, including members of teams from the 1970s through to the 2010s. Two alumni games are scheduled before the Garnet and Grey take on the Patriotes with puck drop for the varsity game at 7 p.m., following the cheque presentation