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 Brent Barootes

Brent Barootes is President and CEO of the Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists®, a national sponsorship marketing consulting firm assisting municipalities, facilities and sport, parks and recreation organizations to generate new monies for their properties. In the past 30+ years Brent has worked directly or indirectly with many large, medium and small sport, parks and recreation facilities and organizations as well as Canadian brands, corporations and businesses to develop, audit, enhance, design, and build effective sponsorship marketing and revenue programs. Brent is a thought leader and innovator in the sponsorship marketing industry in Canada.

Brent annually delivers over 20 keynote and workshop session across Canada including such organizations as Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference, Alberta Urban Municipalities Conference, SPRA Conference, Alberta Association for Agricultural Societies, ARPA Conference, Canadian Sport and Tourism Alliance – Sport Event Congress, Conference Board of Canada, BC Parks and Recreation Association and others.

Brent is also the author of Amazon.ca’s #1 Best seller in the Nonprofit Marketing and Communications category: Reality Check – Straight Talk about Sponsorship Marketing. Brent is a regular speaker at conferences and conventions as well as a TEDx presenter on “Busting the Work-Life Balance Myth”.


Sponsorship 101 for Municipalities and Non Profits

Thursday May 5th at  9:30am (in person)

This hands-on workshop has been designed to provide Recreation Manitoba members who sell sponsorships to facilities and events in generating more revenue! It will include elements around:

  • Understanding that there is an art and science to the modern sponsorship game, and it is more than counting eyeballs and numbers
  • Overview of the differences and similarities between sponsorship marketing, philanthropy and CSR
  • A delve into the new world of sponsorship – the relationship versus the transaction and how to play the long game
  • Review of Industry definitions
  • Understanding activation and other key elements of successful sponsorship
  • Review and comprehension of the roles of the property and of the sponsor
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Arista Ryback Arista Ryback is a high school physical education teacher at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate in the Louis Riel School Division. She has taught grade 9-12 physical education for the past 7 years in both the generic stream programming and special education classes. She was most recently awarded the Manitoba's Excellence in Education Award for Outstanding Team Collaboration with her teaching partner in 2021, recognized by PHE Canada as being a "Gender Equity" success story at the end of 2020, and was awarded the PHE MB Innovator Award with her teaching partner in 2018. Arista is passionate about creating a learning environment where all students feel comfortable and able to participate to the best of their abilities without judgement. She focuses on encouraging students to find activities that they enjoy and offering choice-based classes for students to be active by following the Circle of Courage. 

Gender Equity and Inclusivity in Physical Education

Thursday May 5th at 9:30am (in person)

This session will be about how Arista has transformed her classes, assessment practices, and focus for her classes. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their own programming, examine the Circle of Courage, and collaborate with their peers to challenge their "next steps" in their own practices.


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Brenda Robinson

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.

Writing for the World of Work

Thursday May 5th at 9:30am (in person)

Take this opportunity to join Brenda Robinson of the Robcan Group to explore and discuss methods, approaches and ideas for effective writing skills at work.

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Corey Greenham

Principal at LM Architectural Group with over 15 years of project experience within our Civic, Cultural, Commercial, Recreational and Transportation sectors. Working closely with Clients, leading user/stakeholder consultations and integrated project delivery Corey works within a very collaborative working environment with an emphasis on sustainable design practices. Corey was born in Twillingate, Newfoundland but mostly raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is passionately involved in local community sport programs coaching hockey and volunteering within his local community club. 

Designing Recreation Facilities

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The presentation will focus on the process, the decision making from a design perspective and the impact of those decisions related to design outcome. Outcomes defined by the value to the project, income potential, flexibility of the building and most important the experiential quality of recreation spaces as they nurture our communities.

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Kelly Thibodeau Kelly is a technical writer turned digital communicator turned entrepreneur and the founder of Squarely Social. She helps people use online marketing to reach and connect with their audiences through social media strategies, workshops and 1:1 coaching. As a content strategist, facilitator and instructor with over 25 years of experience in corporate and post-secondary settings, Kelly’s work helps organizational leaders think differently. She believes that people want to engage with companies that show the relationship means as much as the transaction and that curiosity, empathy and integrity make you stand out in today’s marketplace. Kelly’s been on LinkedIn since 2006, and has had too many browser tabs open ever since.

Top Ten Social Media Myths

Thursday, May 5th at 11:00am (in person)

At the end of this presentation, you'll leave with some new ideas for starting and growing an online community, building trust with your audience and an understanding of how to use social media in your online marketing plan.

 

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Wendy Yates (YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg)

 

Wendy is the Aquatic Manager for the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg and has worked in the field of aquatics for over 20 years. Wendy has experience in all aspects of staff recruitment, training & development, as well as creation and facilitating of lifeguard and instructor inservice training. Wendy serves on the national Safety Standards Commission for the Lifesaving Society Canada. Wendy enjoys spending time outdoors and enjoying time with her family.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Aquatic Workplace

Thursday, May 5th at 11:00am (in person)

Ensuring that you have diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is increasingly important.  Aquatic facilities, however, have tended to lag behind in this regard when it comes to staff.  How can we change that?  Wendy Yates will bring her observations on how to make your staff more reflective of the community at large, while also making your facility more welcoming to the wider community.

Learning Outcomes: Organizational Management; Programming; Aquatics; Community Development; Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Best and Promising Practices

 
Stacey Manikel & Craig Perrett

Stacey Manikel is a member of Efficiency Manitoba’s Business Development Team. Her account base includes all national chains, all rural projects and all educational facilities across Manitoba. Her goal is to create awareness and adoption for EM programs and to work alongside her accounts to help them identify, facilitate and capture all opportunities for energy efficiency within their business

Efficiency 101: A Guide for Recreation Facilities

Thursday, May 5th at 1:15pm (in person)

Stacey and Craig will be presenting on behalf of Efficiency Manitoba – Manitoba's newest Crown corporation dedicated to energy efficiency. Efficiency Manitoba offers programs and rebates to help save energy, money, and the environment. Efficiency Manitoba is here to help recreation facilities become more energy efficient. If you operate recreation facilities in Manitoba, Efficiency Manitoba’s energy efficiency programs can help you save money! Learn about no-cost and low-cost opportunities to reduce your energy bills, energy efficiency upgrades, and available financial incentives

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Brenda Robinson

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba (Major in English) and her Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.

New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work

Thursday May 5th at 1:15pm (in person)

Take this opportunity to join Brenda Robinson of the Robcan Group to explore and discuss methods, approaches and ideas for improving and enhancing your skills in this new world of work!

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Sheena Kilpatrick

Sheena has been teaching fitness classes since 1997. She graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. She went on to complete her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in India. She is the principal instructor for a 200 and 500 hour Canadian Yoga Alliance Recognized Teacher Training in Manitoba. In addition to Sheena's yoga certifications she is also a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with additional training in pulmonary exercise therapy. She holds her Pilates, Tai Chi, Aqua fitness, Group Exercise, Resistance Training and Personal Training certificates. She is an Instructor- Trainer with the Manitoba Fitness Council, Ontario Fitness Council and Urban Poling Canada offering many of these courses online and across Manitoba.

Urban Poles: Programming for all Fitness Levels

Thursday May 5th at 1:15pm (in person)

Over 70% of Canadians have listed walking for exercise, but only 30% report walking as their regular form of exercise. For many walking can have increased risk of falls, for other walking may not provide an optimal training effect. Urban Poles are a great option for both demographics. For those with stability issues, poles provide new security. Posture improves, gait strengthens and confidence boosts. For those who want to progress Urban Poling burns 46% more calories and engages 90% of your muscles than walking alone. From beginner to advanced Urban Poles can elevate your training.

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Christa Costas-Bradstreet & Dr. Troy Glover

Christa Costas-Bradstreet

Christa Costas-Bradstreet has expertise in the area of physical activity and health promotion built on thirty years of employed and volunteer experience and an academic foundation in health care, physical education and applied health science. Christa spent 18-years with ParticipACTION (the original and re-established organizations) in a variety of roles including National Project Coordinator, Director of Health Communications, and Relationship Manager. Christa currently operates her own consulting business, working with a variety of government and non-government organizations in the physical activity, recreation and sport sector. She also currently serves as the Director of Partnerships and Policy for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Director of Partnerships for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD). Christa is a Registered Nurse, has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Physical Education and two certificates (Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counseling, and Sport Administration) from York University, and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (Health and Physical Education) from Brock University.

Troy Glover

Troy Glover is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo. Professor Glover's research explores the process of transformative placemaking that shapes the public realm to facilitate social connectedness and improve the quality of community life

Activating Neighborhoods

Thursday May 5th at 11:00am (in person)

This presentation will describe a new toolkit that is being developed by CPRA and the University of Waterloo that strives to get community members to re-think, re-purpose and expand their imaginations to activate their neighborhoods to support and encourage physical activity and social connectedness.


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Troy Sykes & Todd Reichard

Troy Sykes

Troy has 23 years’ experience working in Parks municipal government. He has a background in Parks operations and capital planning, as well as extensive knowledge in strategic Asset Management planning, as well as Asset Management implementation. Troy has established his own consultancy firm which specializes in asset management training. He is currently involved in the Canadian Parks Benchmarking program.

Todd Reichard

Todd joins as a Director of Xyst Canada, following a 29-year career within the Parks team of City of Calgary. He has held management portfolios for urban forestry, water management, business and asset strategies, festivals and events, cultural landscapes, park infrastructure and pathways. Todd has a highly developed entrepreneurial spirit and innovative business acumen; he looks to provide creative solutions for the benefit of communities. His background in entomology and zoology along with extensive experience in pest management led him to create and co-host a syndicated television show, Bugs and Blooms.

Todd holds a Master’s Certificate of Municipal Leadership, a Master of Science – Medical Entomology/Zoology and a Bachelor of Science of Agriculture – Entomology.

Parks Pandemic Story: International Addition

Thursday, May 5th at 1:15pm (in person)

This session will review how Yardstick benchmarking has been used internationally to research and communicate level of service trends during the pandemic. Troy will illustrate how Organizations defined their levels of service to create a clear line of sight between Corporate, Customer and Asset levels of service.

 

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Fotini Iconomopoulos

Nicknamed “the negotiator” since childhood, Fotini Iconomopoulos is an expert communicator with a passion for helping organizations and individuals get what they want. For the last decade, she has been helping Fortune 500 clients and audiences to achieve their business goals, increase profitability, and create a competitive advantage. She thrives in empowering people to navigate high-stake scenarios, and always leaves her audiences with tangible actions to immediately help them tackle their next challenge.

She was recognized with a Greek America Foundation Top 40 under 40 award for her achievements and philanthropic work, and nominated for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award presented by Women of Influence.

KEYNOTE: The Power of Pause to Get What You Want

Thursday, May 5th at 2:30pm (virtual)

Presented by Robertson College

 

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Darcy Granove

Darcy Granove is the founder and principal of Little Bluestem Landscape Architecture, and landED. With multiple decades of experience in landscape architecture, landscape design and physical enhancement, she has a wealth of experience on many scales and types of landscape architectural projects including nature-based playground design, recreational planning, streetscapes, park design, and urban spaces.

Darcy specializes in place-based design, and has worked with municipalities, economic development agencies, child care centres, Evergreen Canada and many school divisions. She has worked with teachers, administrators and divisions to deliver engaging playgrounds and learning campus environments. Her passion for outdoor education and a systems-based approach to design and learning led to the inception of the landED program.

She is an ally committed to reconciliation and actively advocates, seeks education and partnerships with Indigenous partners. Darcy has been recognized as a nominee for the CBC’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2020, Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation: LACF’s Annual Grants Program 2021 + 2022 recipient, Spirit of Winnipeg 2021 Reimagine WPG Award Winner Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and a finalist for this year's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Oct 2021).

Nature Play: Connected to the Land

Friday, May 6th at 9:00am (in person)

Through presentation, attendees will be introduced to the definition of nature play and an overview of its benefits, supported by design examples and LBLA projects. Nature play will be shown in contrast to “conventional play” areas, as well as “hybrid play” areas. Once introduced, we will extend this connection to landED, the land-based educational branch of LBLA, where we will explain how nature play can be incorporated into the Manitoba curriculum, and the importance of time for free play outdoors.

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Brent Barootes

Brent Barootes is President and CEO of the Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists®, a national sponsorship marketing consulting firm assisting municipalities, facilities and sport, parks and recreation organizations to generate new monies for their properties. In the past 30+ years Brent has worked directly or indirectly with many large, medium and small sport, parks and recreation facilities and organizations as well as Canadian brands, corporations and businesses to develop, audit, enhance, design, and build effective sponsorship marketing and revenue programs. Brent is a thought leader and innovator in the sponsorship marketing industry in Canada.

Brent annually delivers over 20 keynote and workshop session across Canada including such organizations as Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference, Alberta Urban Municipalities Conference, SPRA Conference, Alberta Association for Agricultural Societies, ARPA Conference, Canadian Sport and Tourism Alliance – Sport Event Congress, Conference Board of Canada, BC Parks and Recreation Association and others.

Brent is also the author of Amazon.ca’s #1 Best seller in the Nonprofit Marketing and Communications category: Reality Check – Straight Talk about Sponsorship Marketing. Brent is a regular speaker at conferences and conventions as well as a TEDx presenter on “Busting the Work-Life Balance Myth”.

Sponsorship Revenue for Your Organization

Friday, May 6th at 9:00am (in person)

This session will outline how to build that Case For Support to make sponsorship happen in your organization so you can generate way more revenue in sponsorships than you presently are. Come with your stories, your concerns and your questions. Leave with the answers to a successful sponsorship program.


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Christa Costas-Bradstreet & 

Dr. Tristan Hopper

Christa Costas-Bradstreet has expertise in the area of physical activity and health promotion built on thirty years of employed and volunteer experience and an academic foundation in health care, physical education and applied health science. Christa spent 18-years with ParticipACTION (the original and re-established organizations) in a variety of roles including National Project Coordinator, Director of Health Communications, and Relationship Manager. Christa currently operates her own consulting business, working with a variety of government and non-government organizations in the physical activity, recreation and sport sector. She also currently serves as the Director of Partnerships and Policy for the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Director of Partnerships for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD). Christa is a Registered Nurse, has a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Physical Education and two certificates (Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counseling, and Sport Administration) from York University, and a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (Health and Physical Education) from Brock University.

Tristan Hopper

Tristan Hopper is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Tristan completed an Honors BA in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Waterloo (2013), a Master of Arts in Leisure Studies from Dalhousie University (2015), and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta (2018). Tristan’s work involves respectfully engaging and mobilizing individuals (i.e., youth) who are often marginalized to address significant societal challenges, such as homelessness, social exclusion/inclusion, and mental health issues. Using a meaning-oriented and strengths-based approach, as a researchpractitioner his work primarily draws on the use of community-based participatory research methods and aims to build thriving communities and provide an effective support system through co-creating and co-implementing people-centered solutions through a social justice lens.

Rec on Wheels: The importance of accessible recreation programming among youth experiencing homelessness

Friday, May 6th at 9:00am (in person)

This presentation explores the Rec on Wheels curriculum, provides preliminary program evaluation findings, and offers practical solutions. As part of the larger, ongoing program evaluation, our presentation explores the Rec on Wheels program curriculum, preliminary data from our research alongside Rec on Wheels participants, and will offer practical solutions for those looking to better understand their role in shaping recreation experiences for youth experiencing homelessness.


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Rita Chahal & Marian Goldstone

Rita Chahal

Rita is currently the Executive Director of the Mood Disorder Association of Manitoba and had a Canadian connection very early on. Rita graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science and later moved with her husband to Winnipeg. She has lived and worked in Manitoba almost 40 years. Her career includes working in academia at the University of Manitoba, the corporate world and 25 years in the not for profit sector.

Over the years Rita has held key leadership roles in not for profit including serving as Executive Director of The Women in Media Foundation, Employment Projects of Winnipeg and as Executive Director of Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council where she provided provincial leadership for settling refugees during the Syrian refugee initiative. In 2017 she also played a key role providing services for refugee claimants arriving from the US.

Her community work includes serving on numerous local, provincial and national boards and committees, primarily in the role of chair or executive member. Under the previous provincial government she was appointed to a crown corporation board. She has served on the United Way Poverty Council and is currently a member of the United Way speakers' bureau.

Marian Goldstone

Marian currently works with Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. She lives in Brandon MB and has a lifelong history living in the Westman area. She considers herself to be a “rural” person….”right down to her little cotton socks”! While part of her role with Mood Disorders is that of MDAM Westman Regional Outreach, this past year she has also held the position of MDAM provincial program director as well. 

Marian also brings a strong academic background with five university degrees, three of them at the masters level: (B.A. (psych), B.Ed. (Spec. Ed.), M.A. M.Ed. (Spec. Ed.), M.Ed. (Counseling). Prior to MDAM, her previous career was in public school education as a special education and resource teacher, and also as an itinerant lecturer at the university level.

Individual and Community Well being

Friday, May 6th at 10:00am (in person)

This presentation explores indicators of wellness and "unwellness" (particularly mental wellness) in both individuals and communities, and offers suggestions for increasing the "wellness" capacity of communities. This presentation will also address community wellness from the timely perspective of immigration and community.

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Dawn Currie

Dawn Currie

Dawn learned the positive benefits of sport and recreation at an early age through participating herself…today she works to instill these same benefits to other youth. Her philosophy is simple “There are amazing young leaders in our communities. We owe it to them to provide and support leadership, training and skills so that they are able to make a difference in their communities.” This philosophy is shared by RPAN. Dawn brings more than thirty years of experience to her role with RPAN. She lived in Nunavut for ten years, where she worked in community recreation in Cambridge Bay, and then with the Government of Nunavut as Director, Sport and Recreation. She was the Director, Sport Development with Speed Skating Canada and worked with Sport Manitoba. She represented the Canadian Olympic Committee at the 2000 International Olympic Academy in Greece., and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she was part of the Speed Skating Canada management team. Her career has always had one common factor…providing opportunity for children and youth to grow through and participate in recreation and sport.

Get Happy Summer Day Camps

Friday, May 6th at 11:10am

RPAN piloted the Get Happy Summer Day Camp in 2015 with five Nunavut communities...today more than 15 communities participate, more than 100 Inuit youth leaders are trained and employed, more than 2,500 children benefit through quality programs! Today, this is a $550,000 program in Nunavut and our signature program!

RPAN has discussed with Recreation Manitoba the idea of piloting this program in Manitoba. RPAN will present the program to the conference delegates...how they started; youth leader training; partners; program overview; link to Rec North Youth Leadership certificate. Executive Director Dawn Currie, will provide a presentation that will get communities excited...and will hopefully enable RPAN and Recreation Manitoba to further a potential pilot partnership in the summer of 2022.

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Lise Brown

Lise Brown, Facilitator, and Owner, BRS, RSW, MSW, began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation in 2001, a Master of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy in 2012, and the Forest School Practitioner training in 2015. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide clinical direction, facilitate groups, and counsel individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity, and group cohesion. Lise is on the Forest School of Canada Facilitator team with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

Let curiosity lead: A forest school perspective

Friday, May 6th at 10:00am (in person)

An exploration into sharing the role of leader with the children and young people you work with. This experiential workshop is for individuals interested in inquiry and outdoor learning, child led play, and spending more time outdoors in natural spaces using Forest School philosophy. Participants should be prepared to be outdoors for the session regardless of the weather.


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 Steven Greyeyes  Steven Greyeyes is an Indigenous educator from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Steven lives in Winnipeg and has worked in public education and corporate training for over fifteen years. Thanks to his background as a history and native studies teacher, his presentations allow room for conversations and diverse views. When not at work Steven can be found gardening, harvesting food in his treaty area, dragging his bored children though museums.

Residential Schools and Reconciliation

Friday, May 6th at 10:00am (in person)

The presentation covers the history of the schools, student experience, reconciliation history, the TRC/NCTR, allyship, cemetery recovery, intergenerational trauma, and tools for individuals.

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Karin Whalen & Linda Brown

Linda Brown

Linda Brown is an Active Aging Consultant and Master Trainer with Active Aging in Manitoba. Linda’s background includes several years as a Trainer and Evaluator of Fitness Leaders in Manitoba. One of her greatest career achievements was being part of the small team that developed and opened the Wellness Institute. With 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry Linda brings a depth of knowledge in chronic disease management, and person-centered care. Linda is a certified Fall Prevention Educator, knowledge that is important in the outreach work she supports at AAIM. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for staying active and healthy aging in her roles with Active Aging in Manitoba. Linda graduated from U of M, Physical Education and Recreation Studies.

Karin Whalen

Karin Whalen is the Executive Director of Active Aging in Manitoba formerly known as Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba (ALCOA-MB), a position she has held since 2021. Prior to her involvement with AAIM, Karin had 30 years of experience in a variety of different roles related to healthy promotion and aging, including: Director of Community Services at the Wellness Institute where she worked for 24 years, participating as a board member on the Manitoba Fitness Council and acting as a Provincial Appraiser and Trainer of Fitness Leaders. Karin is a graduate of Physical Education and Recreation Studies at the University of Manitoba. She leads a healthy and active lifestyle and enjoys encouraging others to do so too.

AAIM in the Right Direction: Engaging and Programming for Older Adults

Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm (in person)

Learn about the importance of engagement and participation of older adults in your community to meet their physical and social needs better. Also, learn how to create messaging for older adults to elicit responses for meaningful participation for all.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn the benefits of healthy active aging and why engagement is essential for the community and older adult
  • Learn what appeals to older adults and how to attract them to get and stay involved
  • Learn about available resources for older adults and how you can embed them into your overall community recreation strategy

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 Megan Foster

For more than a decade, Megan has been leading individuals, businesses, government and non-profit organizations through energetic, interactive facilitation to generate action-based solutions. She began her professional career in the high-energy world of revenue development and quickly understood the importance of creative problem solving to overcome obstacles. Megan has been described as friendly, supportive, and driven and her style of facilitation is constantly referred to as engaging, creative, and fun. She is passionate about helping leaders inspire and energize their team members. As the founder of Mosaic Engagement, she is on a mission to motivate organizations to harness the expertise and creative power within their own team.

Outside of work, Megan has a Masters in Leadership Studies from Royal Roads University. She enjoys the challenge of maintaining fresh and current content and learning from every session she leads.

Time for Reflection: Where are we now, two years later?

Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm (in person)

During this interactive session participants will:

reflect on what they've experienced the last few years

identify how/where they might be feeling drained; and

brainstorm strategies they might put in place going forward

While this session will be engaging and interactive, it will be very individualized and reflective in nature.

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Alexandra Carriere (Rady Jewish Community Centre) & Christopher Love (Lifesaving Society Manitoba)

Alexandra Carriere

Alexandra Carriere has proudly tenured her lifeguard voice over the past 15 years. After completing her Instructor Trainer designation for both the Lifesaving Society & the Red Cross, she currently resides as the Aquatics Manager at the Rady JCC in Winnipeg

Alex has a passion to share her knowledge and help others grow within the aquatic recreation sector. With her years of experience in supervisory and managerial roles, she finds joy in training new lifeguards through the Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard program. Alex loves having the ability to guide employees to be the best version of themselves possible everyday.

She has worked individually and within a team to develop recruitment strategies, interview processes, onboarding, and ongoing training. With her unique perspective on operations in both Manitoba & Alberta, Alex has the hands-on experience from working at over 16 different aquatic facilities in both private and public, unionized, and nonunionized, for profit and non-for-profit environments.

She may be guilty of accidently inhaling a bit too much chlorine because to Alex, aquatic recreation is more than a job - it's a way of life.

Dr. Christopher Love

Dr. Christopher Love is the Water Smart & Safety Management Coordinator for Lifesaving Society Manitoba. He has over 30 years of experience in the aquatics industry in Manitoba having worked as a supervisor, lifeguard, instructor or trainer for many different agencies including the City of Winnipeg, Town of Dauphin, University of Manitoba, and YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. He is a Lifesaving Society National Trainer and a currently certified National Lifeguard. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the University of York.


Staff Recruitment and Retention in a Post COVID-19 World

Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm (in person)

How do you go about building up your staff staff post-pandemic?  What can do to attract and train them to provide you with the workers you need to keep operating?  Alex has experience working in facilities in both Alberta and Manitoba, while Christopher has a national perspective through contacts within the Lifesaving Society.  Together they will be sharing tips on how to engage and motivate your staff to be and do better.

Learning Outcomes: Organizational Management; Programming; Aquatics; Community Development; Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Best and Promising Practices









Jordan Dermo & David Balamatowski






Jordan is a new member to the Cimco Team, as a National Account Manager. In her previous experience she was the Rec Account Manager for several municipalities helping them manage and maintain their ice rink facilities. Jordan also played an integral role in developing their ammonia awareness program which she presented to a number of facility operators, local Fire Departments as well as industrial plants. While not at work, Jordan loves to fish especially on the ice, cook, and help out on the farm where she lives. One of Jordans goals at CIMCO is to help municipalities across Canada take advantage of the available government grants on their journey to Net Zero.

NET Zero

Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm (in person)

What is Net Zero? Does your community have a plan to reach the Net Zero targets? Is net zero even possible? The answer to that is yes! Did you know that Ice rinks are among the highest energy-consuming and GHG-emitting facilities in municipalities, making them an excellent place to start. As North Americas largest thermal refrigeration contractor Cimco has built over HALF of the world’s ice rinks, in order words, we can help!

Join us as we discuss:

· Cost savings of a low carbon approach to ice rinks vs. business as usual approach.

· Grant funding available to implement these changes at all municipal facility

·  We will show you how to engage Energy consultants to conduct buildings studies and will establish your emission base line

· Provide proven solutions to help improve overall efficiency and repurpose the waste heat from a refrigeration plant which can eliminate the need for gas heated furnaces and boilers

· Decrease operational costs and lower your GHG emissions to meet the Net Zero Targets! 

We will discuss how Cimco can/will design, build, install and support energy efficient, environmentally advanced refrigeration systems. Together we can do our part to combat global emissions while saving your community money!


 Judy Croon 

Judy Croon is Canada’s Keynote Humorist, motivational speaker, comedian, author and stand-up coach at Second City who entertains, informs and inspires.

She has worked with many celebrities including; John Cleese, Joan Rivers and Jon Stewart to name a few. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network. Judy has co-hosted morning radio shows on Toronto’s Mix 99.9, LA’s KFRG and XM Radio.

On the stage, Judy draws from her performance experience, wit, and insight to entertain, inform and inspire in her dynamic keynotes and half day workshops.

Judy is the author of ‘Stand Up in 10 Steps‘ and co-author of ‘From the Stage to the Page’

And Judy is a registered member of the ACTRA.


KEYNOTE: Using humor to deal with workplace stress

Friday, May 6th at 2:45pm (in person)


Presented by CIMCO

 

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March 3rd VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS




Roxanne Tackie & Rochelle Greaves

Roxanne Tackie, Co-founder of Story Point Consulting

Roxanne has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. As a former Executive Director, Roxanne's role as a nonprofit professional has included identifying prospects, grant and proposal writing, developing and implementing stewardship plans, and creating impact reports for donors. Roxanne currently provides coaching and training for nonprofit staff and volunteers, and consulting services aimed at increasing fundraising capacity for organizations. The best part of Roxanne’s work is learning about the diverse organizations within the nonprofit sector, and using her skills to help people develop genuine and long-term relationships with their donors.

Rochelle Greaves , Co-founder of Story Point Consulting

Rochelle has worked for over a decade as an analytics professional. She spent the majority of her career working for major financial institutions in Toronto where she used her knowledge to measure key metrics and trends. With a B.A. in Mathematics from York University in Ontario, she has excellent knowledge of statistical packages and analytics tools. Currently, as the co-founder of Story Point Consulting, Rochelle continues to use her skills to provide coaching and training for nonprofit staff and volunteers. She also consults with organizations helping them use their data to improve efficiency, reporting, and strategic decision making.

Fundraising Fundamentals for Recreation, Parks and Sport Professionals

Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00am (virtual)

 In this session, Roxanne and Rochelle will discuss the fundamentals of community fundraising to support your organization's work, and how developing a sound fundraising strategy can highlight the importance of recreation to the broader community.

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Marie Antaya

Marie is the Director of Eclectic Communications, a highly recognized training and consulting company. As an international speaker, author of four books and adult educator, Marie has shared her expertise with clients in private, non-profit and public sector organizations leading numerous program and course development projects. Using her combined experiences, Marie designs and delivers informative, practical online and offline programs tailored to the audience's needs.

Top 10 Ways to Support Performance Improvement

Thursday, March 3rd at 10:05am (virtual)

In this session, Marie will discuss the top 10 ways to support performance improvement in the workplace. She will review the key internal and external factors that affect performance. And through an exploration of real situations, look at how to identify performance gap issues and how to determine the best way to address them.

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Mike Roma &

Meaghan Carey

Mike and Meaghan are two of the firms’ project managers at RC Strategies. 

Mike has been consulting for 19 years and has spent his entire professional career with RC Strategies. He has an MBA from the University of Alberta specializing in Leisure and Sport Management and has held numerous leadership positions in the recreation and parks sector over the past 20 years. Mike is a past President of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and is currently the President of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. Mike has an active and “maturing” family with school aged children and lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Meaghan Carey has an interdisciplinary background, which is rooted in community and policy studies. Her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University focused on public sector management and community design, which was a steppingstone to her graduate studies and academic career that studied the role of sport and leisure amenities in community development planning. Meaghan has considerable experience examining and analyzing complex issues facing the leisure and tourism industries; particularly relating to issues of communication management, strategic planning, and policy development.  Professionally, she has worked in the academic, private, and public sectors and brings this breadth of knowledge and insight to all projects she is a part of. Meaghan has published several articles in peer reviewed academic journals, contributed chapters to edited book collections and authored policy papers.  

Master Planning 101

Thursday, March 3rd at 10:05am (virtual)

Master Planning 101 will provide participants an overview of what a Recreation (or Recreation, Culture, and Parks) Master Plan is, why a community might need one, how a community should/could go about developing one and how much it might cost to do.  They will also share some learnings from a consultants’ perspective about how to get the most value out a Recreation Master Plan planning process. 


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Tania Paracini Bio coming soon

Power Up Summer Camps

Thursday, March 3rd at 11:20am (virtual)

This presentation will explore the three main themes of the Power Up program, namely healthy eating, physical activity, and well-being, through various on-the-ground approaches. It will also examine a participant’s journey within the Power Up program

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 Jennifer Court

& Paul Ronan 

Jennifer Court is the Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and spends her time advocating for supportive policy and funding to make green infrastructure the new normal. She has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental space, working all across Canada on a range of issues including climate change, waste and the circular economy, environmental health, and of course, green infrastructure. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design, as well as a Master of Environmental Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Business & Sustainability from York University.

Currently the Executive Director of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA), Paul provides province-wide leadership in advocating OPA’s mandate of “Protecting Tomorrow Today”, as well as many aspects of parks training, strategic planning and sector best practices. Paul is the President of Greenspace Leadership Professionals Inc. and teaches landscape construction, equipment operation and maintenance and horticulture skills at Humber College and Vanier Women’s Correctional Centre. Paul has represented OPA on the National Parks Summit working group with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) where green infrastructure policies on innovation, preservation, cultural practices, health impacts, and performance based best practices are being developed and reviewed with a national perspective.

Paul is the co chair of Ecohealth Ontario and past co chair of Green Infrastructure Ontario. Paul is current co- chair of the CSA Technical Standards Committee relating to Playgrounds, former board Director with the Ontario Trails Council, and one of the founding members of Green Infrastructure Ontario.

The Value of Parks as Green Infrastructure

Thursday, March 3rd at 11:20am (virtual)

Jennifer and Paul, will talk about the valuable role that parks play as green infrastructure, highlighting the various co-benefits with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation, and economic benefits/valuation. They will also share results from GIO's latest report, focusing on strategies to support the funding, planning, and establishment of new parks.

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 Sam Anthony

Sam is a Client Consultant at Eco-Counter with a special passion for outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. Prior to working at Eco-Counter Sam worked a variety of outdoor tourism related jobs including leading polar bear expeditions in Churchill and operating a Whitewater canoe outfitter in Manitoba.


Checking in on the Trail Boom

Thursday, March 3rd at 12:25pm (virtual)

 In this presentation, Sam will present automated count data trends from Manitoba and across Canada to understand the lasting impact of the pandemic on park trail use and better understand the future implications for these ‘essential spaces’.

 
 Diane English
 

Diane English is a consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in media, arts, government relations, and municipal and non-profit parks and recreation.  

Prior to re-establishing her own management consulting company in 2020, Diane English worked for Parks and Recreation Ontario for 14 years as the Director of Public Policy and communications. Diane is now a consultant with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, leading work on CPRA’s the Bench and other initiatives including ReImagine RREC.

Diane holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia. Diane continues to enjoy a part-time career as a professional singer and she is also a certified fitness instructor.

 

The Bench: Connecting with the Parks and Recreation Community and CPRA Update

Thursday, March 3rd at 12:25pm (virtual)

Try this. Google “parks recreation policy.” Guess what: you get over 1 BILLION hits. Are you lost in the forest of information? You can unleash your Knowledge Superhero by tapping into the resources available free on CPRA’s online knowledge hub – the Bench. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to navigate the Bench and about the newest resources you can use. Learn how to apply the essential research from the recent ReImagine RREC project including tools to help you build a case for “Recreation as Essential.” You’ll also learn about other CPRA initiatives like the National Infrastructure Database.

 

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