HISTORY OF SPORT ÉCHANGE OUTAOUAIS
The company was founded in 1991 by Malcolm Corcoran. Éric Corcoran, Malcolm’s son, quickly joined the team as an employee in 1991. He then became co-owner of the store in 1995. Since January 2008, Eric is now President and CEO of Sport Échange Outaouais.
Sport Échange Outaouais has grown rapidly to become a vast store-warehouse of new and used sporting goods of over 17,000 square feet, including a repair shop and a multisport rental center. The company also operate two other divisions, specialized in online sales and wholesale of sporting goods.
Sport Échange Outaouais is currently the largest store of new and used sporting goods in eastern Canada and has one of the largest workshops in Quebec; we repair and develop almost all sporting goods: skis, snowboards, skates, bicycles, etc.
We offer services of sale, exchange, purchase, rental, tune-ups and repairs of sporting goods.
Our multi-sport rental center is the largest of its kind in Quebec. We offer a rental service from a wide range of sporting goods, which can be rented by the day, the week or the season.
Prize of excellence
Sport Échange Outaouais earned:
The 2005 EXCELOR Award in the Distribution and Commerce category at the Business Gala of the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce on November 17, 2005.
The Bronze Award in the Small Business category at the National Bank’s Small Business Recognition Program competition held on October 29, 2004 at the Sheraton Hotel in Montreal.
The Gold Award from the National Bank of the Nation’s Capital SMEs Program on August 30, 2004.
The Prix d’Excellence of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Outaouais in the Small Business category in April 1995.
The winner of the Become a Entrepreneur-re contest in the Nation’s Capital region in April 1991.
In addition, Malcolm Corcoran, one of the store’s owners, was chosen Personality of the Month of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Outaouais in September 1998.
Sport Échange Outaouais is a member of several organizations:
The Gatineau Chamber of Commerce (CCG)
The Business Coalition of the National Capital (RGA)
The Outaouais Tourism Association (ATO)
Mission of the compagny
« Make the practice of physical activity more accessible and extend the life of sporting goods »
The Sport Échange Outaouais store sells, purchases, exchanges and rent new and used sporting goods.
Sport Échange Outaouais offers maintenance, tune-ups and repairs of sporting goods, as well as the rental of various sporting goods, by the day or the season.
The inventory of sporting goods of the store consists of 80% new items and 20% used items.
The many sizes, brands, models, colors and qualities of the new and used products of Sport Échange Outaouais make it a store where you can almost find everything.
We offer you a large selection of new items at a incredible prices.
Sport Échange Outaouais repairs and maintains most sporting goods. The sharpening of ice skates, the repair and tune-ups of bicycles, downhill skis, cross-country skis, snowboards, in-line skates, the installation of ice skate blades, are the main activities of the workshop. (See the Tune-ups and repairs section). A large selection of used parts is available to our customers.
Sport Échange Outaouais increases the longevity and durability of sporting goods and also contributes to the conservation of energy and the balance of the environment.
Sport Échange Outaouais also has an economic role in saving people, especially parents with young children who are growing up quickly.
The staff of Sport Échange Outaouais is qualified to advise you in your purchases of sporting goods. He is, also, very competent to evaluate the condition and value of used items that you bring to the store.
Sport Échange Outaouais, THE inexpensive way to do your sports !
Reuse! Repair! Recycle!
Éric Corcoran is a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Université du Québec in Gatineau, Quebec. He is co-owner, president and CEO of the company.
He has also developed two divisions of Sport Échange Outaouais, namely Sport-Exchange, a division specializing in the online sale of sporting goods, and SEO Distribution, operating in the wholesale of sporting good lots.
Malcolm Corcoran taught physical education for 20 years before founding Sport Échange Outaouais. He has worked as an outdoor guide on cycling, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing in Canada, the United States and Europe.
He has written several books on cross-country skiing that are published in Canada, the United States, Europe and Russia, in French, English and Russian.
In addition, he has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on various sports and outdoor activities. He has collaborated on a 10-minute, 2-minute radio-televised television series broadcast on CBC television on cross-country ski waxing.
He was one of the pioneers of volleyball in the Outaouais and beach volleyball in Quebec and Eastern Canada. He founded the Sun Open, a beach volleyball competition held annually at Lake Clay in the Outaouais since 1975.
He holds several diplomas and university studies: two years of study at the Faculty of Law of Laval University, Quebec, a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Laval University, Quebec, a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Université de Moncton , New Brunswick, and a Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Ottawa, Ontario.
He was involved in several community organizations including the Rotary Club of Hull, the Recreation, Sports and Community Life Committee of the City of Gatineau and the Macintosh Club of Outaouais.
As a ski author, he is a journalist with the North American Snowsports Journalist Association (NASJA) and the US Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA).