New Website

1/22/2009

(Pickering, Ont. January 22, 2009) – The Ontario PGA Board of Directors are pleased to announce that a new and improved ontariopga.com website which will be launched next week for CPGA members, partners, media and the entire Ontario golf community. The new website will focus on functionality for all users and the incorporation of web 2.0 concepts.

“The office staff have been working diligently on this initiative for close to a year,” said Ontario PGA President Chris Miranda. “The new site will be more efficient for members and staff and will help us run a better operation from top to bottom.”
 
The main focus of the new website will be a member’s social network. Canadian PGA Members and Apprentices in Ontario will have the ability to update and maintain their professional profiles as well as communicate with one another while abiding by current privacy laws.

“One of the biggest challenges our members have had from an Association perspective is adapting to the Privacy Act,” said Director of Operations, Heather Howell. “The new website will help give members a great medium to communicate with one another while complying with PIPEDA”.
 
Some of the other key components to the website include a fully automated registration system for Ontario PGA Tournaments and Events. Additionally the website will have a full listing of Canadian PGA approved facilities in Ontario. Facilities will then have the option of populating their own profile with key information such as women specific golf programs, junior clinics along with other noteworthy information about their facility. 
 
Partners of the Ontario PGA will also have the opportunity to create their own profiles. Partner profiles will focus on key contact information as well as any messages and information that are deemed to be relevant for golf professionals in Ontario. Members of the media will also have access to the website and the ability to populate a profile and keep Canadian PGA Members updated on their specific information.
 
"Despite this being an era of technological advancement communications, database management and networking can still be a fragmented process. With this website initiative the Ontario PGA has streamlined a number of processes and added enhanced value to its members, its partners and the media," said Rick Young, President of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. "It provides a full network of end users with a well conceived information portal and communications tool. Having access to a web-based concept like this is a tremendous advantage."
 
The new site which goes live at midnight on February 1, 2009 was built and designed by two Toronto area companies, Vigorate Digital and TAG Idea Revolution. Vigorate Digital handled the back end portion of the site while TAG Idea was in charge of the creative concepts, design and layout.
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