Canadian Premier League Announces Expansion in Vancouver

Toronto, ON / Vancouver, BC (November 10, 2021) – Canadian Premier League (CPL) Commissioner David Clanachan formally announced they have awarded a CPL expansion club to SixFive Sports & Entertainment LP (SixFive) in Vancouver, British Columbia today. The ninth Canadian Premier League club plans to join the league for the 2023 season playing out of Vancouver.

“Expanding into a great sports city like Vancouver is exciting,” said David Clanachan, Canadian Premier League Commissioner. “We look forward to working with SixFive to continue to grow professional soccer in Canada and create a solid foundation that will be the pathway for players to develop and showcase their skills in front of passionate supporters.”

SixFive is a Canadian-based investment fund that seeks to establish a diversified global portfolio of professional sports teams and infrastructure centred around an engaged and intimate community sports experience. SixFive is led by financier and Knightsbridge Capital owner, Dean Shillington as well as former Canadian National Team and European League players Josh Simpson and Rob Friend and Starlight Investments. SixFive is focused on driving investment growth by creating a unique international network around sports and fan engagement. 

“We are excited to bring the Canadian Premier League to Vancouver,” says SixFive co-founder Dean Shillington. “We are currently speaking to several municipalities about a location and a potential new stadium for this club’s home pitch. Growing the league and investing in the Canadian game is our mission and we are thrilled to bring a new, fan-centric and energizing CPL team to Vancouver.”

The addition of a ninth CPL team in 2023 continues the League’s vision of giving fans and players a place to direct their passion for soccer from coast to coast while creating a pathway for our homegrown players to develop and showcase their skills in front of passionate supporters.

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About Canadian Premier League

Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s Tier 1 professional men’s soccer league that debuted on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that brings professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast. 

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About SixFive Sports & Entertainment: 

SixFive Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership is a Vancouver-based investment fund, led by Lead Investors Dean Shillington, Rob Friend, Josh Simpson and Starlight Investments. The fund is comprised of local Vancouver investors, as well as accredited investors from around the globe. SixFive seeks to continue building community infrastructure for youth development in Canada, and to be part of the journey toward increasing our country’s relevance in the football world. Connect with SixFive Sports & Entertainment at and on Twitter @SixfiveSports and on Instagram @ @SixFive_Sports

About Starlight Investments

Starlight Investments is a privately held Toronto-based, full service, multi-family and commercial real estate investment and asset management company driven by an experienced team of over 300 professionals. The company currently manages over $20.0 billion of direct real estate as well as real estate investment securities. Investment vehicles include institutional joint ventures, True North Commercial REIT, Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Funds, the Northview Canadian High Yield Fund and Starlight Capital Funds. Starlight Investment’s portfolio consists of approximately 70,000 multi- residential units across Canada and the U.S. and over 8.0 million square feet of commercial properties. Please visit us at and connect with us on LinkedIn at


For more information please contact:

Micki Benedetti

Canadian Premier League

(905) 466-2575


Kate MacDougall

SixFive Sports & Entertainment

+1 (604) 862-5191 / +1 (647) 930-7020