Pfizer Canada will sponsor the VISTA 2017 conference ©CPC

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Canada have been announced as the title sponsor for the VISTA 2017 conference in Toronto.

The agreement was announced by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, along with Pfizer Canada.

Held bi-annually by the IPC, the VISTA Conference is the world's leading sports science conference focusing on Para-sport.

The CPC, who are hosting this edition with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, have praised Pfizer Canada’s continued support to Paralympic sport.

"Having recently celebrated the 20-year anniversary of our partnership with Pfizer Canada, their sponsorship of VISTA 2017 is testament once again to the outstanding support of Paralympic sport that they bring to the table," said Karen O'Neill, CPC chief executive.

"Pfizer Canada's sponsorship of VISTA 2017 will help create the opportunity for leadership dialogue and development.

“It will advance the Paralympic sport science and sport medicine agenda and will showcase best practices and thought leadership of the international Paralympic community."

Around 300 international sports scientists, sport medicine practitioners, classifiers, coaches, athletes and sport administrators are expected to attend this year's event in Toronto, which will be held from September 20 to 23.

The theme of the event is "Opportunities and Challenges in Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine Support."

This year's VISTA Conference will take place in Toronto ©Getty Images
This year's VISTA Conference will take place in Toronto ©Getty Images

It is hoped the event, first held in 1993, will provide a platform for sport scientists and researchers to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with impairments.

The event will take place at the Chelsea Hotel and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

"We are extremely proud to support VISTA 2017 and are looking forward to this unique opportunity to connect with the Paralympic community, build awareness and advance our support of the Paralympic movement and high performance sport," said Rhonda O'Gallagher, vice-president of Corporate Affairs at Pfizer Canada.

"With less than one year to go before the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, VISTA is an exciting and cutting edge chance to be involved with a marquee Paralympic event in Canada in 2017.

“We believe strongly in the Paralympic Movement and are thrilled to be supporting the conference."