Past Webinars

Recreation Manitoba hosts webinars throughout the year which provide tools, resources and best practices for parks and recreation practitioners in Canada. We partner with many national and regional organizations to offer information on a variety of topics. Below is a listing of the webinars we have hosted.

The Law and Recreation: A Roundtable Discussion with Steven Indig

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Over the course of an hour Steve will cover waivers, rental agreement, liability, and employment standards.


Steve Indig, BRec, LLB, began his career with Sport Law in 2003, immediately after being called to the bar as a lawyer. Steve has had the opportunity to work with over 650 national, provincial, and local sport organizations providing consulting and legal services related to governance, employment, contracts, policies, disputes, and privacy. He is a regular guest speaker and presenter at AGMs, conferences, and workshops, and also acts as a mediator and adjudicator.

PowerPoint Slides

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Social Media Strategy for Recreation Professionals

Tuesday, October 06, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 1200 PM CT

Social media strategy for recreation professionals with Kelly Thibodeau

Social media. Love it or hate it, it’s where you need to be. In this workshop, we focus on the fun stuff and the messy stuff — how to identify your target market, create engaging content (what is a hashtag anyway???), deal with the haters, build goodwill and grow your community. Social media can feel like one more thing on a long to-do list or a fun part of your day to day. Don’t let the fear of something going wrong hold you back from becoming part of the online conversation. Bonus: attendees will receive a social media voice and tone tip sheet and editorial calendar template. 


Kelly is a technical writer turned digital marketer turned entrepreneur. She’s helped entrepreneurs, business professionals and community groups connect with their audiences online. She teaches digital + social media marketing at the University of Winnipeg and is a Certified Usability Analyst.

Kelly helps organizational leaders in traditionally conservative industries think differently. She believes that customers want to do business 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.

Kelly is the Founder & Director of Squarely Social.

PowerPoint Slides 

Social Media Tip Sheet

Empathy map worksheet

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What I Have Learned In 50 Years in this Field: Brian Johnston

Wednesday, October 06, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 1:200 PM CT

Brian says that the great thing about being a consultant is that you are exposed to a wide range of communities and ways of doing things. You have to learn quickly and keep learning. And, you soon learn that while every community is unique, there are many common threads to the field of parks and recreation that apply universally. Nearing the end of his career, Brian has looked back and synthesized 50 years of learning into a single session of practical applications in the hope of passing on to participants the benefit of those lessons.


A Manitoba native, Brian went to the University of Manitoba (B.P.E.) and then Loughborough University in England (M. Sc. In Recreation Management) before a short career with the Province of Manitoba as Facilities Consultant and as a Regional Recreation Consultant. He started a private consulting firm (PERC) in 1975 and merged that firm with RC Strategies in 2015 where he is now a partner. Brian has worked on a wide variety of recreation research, planning and consulting contracts over the past 46 years in hundreds of Canadian communities big and small. He has been a guest lecturer often and has published broadly. His main areas of work and influence have been in public policy, long range planning and facility feasibility issues.

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    Information and resources from Brian Johnson’s Presentation
      1.     The file called A Rationale for the Delivery of Public Leisure Services anchors the notion of public good and “what business we are in” as the title suggests.
      2.     The ppt file called Eastman and Interlake Workshop for Elected Officials is a summary of the rationale document above in a presentation format but without all the speaking notes.
      3.     The file called Excerpt from Dawson Creek Master Plan shows how the Rationale can be used as a basis for analysis and planning.
      4.     These two files relate to performance measures. The Word file (Technical Issues and need-demand) summarizes my point about the difference between technical issues and the ppt file (Workshop on Performance Measures) is a summary of several points from today’s presentation.
      5.     Workshop on Public Consultation file is from a workshop on public engagement which has several reactive and proactive techniques.
      6.     These file (2019-04-18 RDCK Fees and Charges, POCOF&C, AND 2019-03-12 RDCK Fees and Charges Final Report) Fees and Charges Policies from two communities show how the fundamentals in the Rationale can be applied to setting fees. They include the benefits continuum
      7.     This file (Public Private Partnerships BCRPA Journal) includes more on partnerships and contracting out. It includes reference to the Surrey Outdoor Pool contract

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      Re-opening Sport Webinar – What do you need to know?

      Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

      Return To Play plans, COVID-19 guidelines, and Provincial health recommendations – oh my!

      We’re here for you! We’ve crafted an info session for Recreation Partners to answer some of your big questions that will leave you feeling more confident in hosting safe sport activity. We will explain the return to sport process and leave you with best practice materials to help you get back to sport this summer.


      Janet McMahon has worked in Sport Administration for over 30 years playing various roles. Currently, she is the Director of Sport at Sport Manitoba. During COVID she has worked closely with Provincial Sport Organizations in development and review of Return to Sport plans and protocols.

      Kylo Harris has worked in the sport and recreation industry for 21 years working within large urban centres, rural regions and northern remote communities. As Partner Development Manger for Sport Manitoba Kylo communicates with sport partners on various topics including the implementation of Return to Sport plans and protocols.

      PowerPoint Slides

      Poster Templates

      Sport Manitoba Facility Protocol 

      Managing Risks from Budgets Decimated by COVID-19

      Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

      As parks and recreation departments try to wrestle with the challenges of shrinking budgets, it is vital that an understanding exists regarding to the impact these changes may have on the risks facing park users.

      To meet these challenges, we have developed a program developed to assist parks and recreation departments in implementing strategies to improve park safety while decreasing costs to the department. Municipalities may also become designated as Smart Parks communities which will help reduce costs of risk and heighten awareness of park safety initiatives in the community.

      We are very pleased to be able to partner with Doug Wyseman to offer training on this topic by way of a webinar on Tuesday, July 7th. All participants will be provided a unique training experience, as well as a PDF copy of our Smart Parks manual.

      This session will provide information regarding:

      • recommendations on dealing with liabilities during COVID
      • requirements for updating policies
      • proper use of volunteers and ensuring protection
      • amendments to Facility Use Agreements
      • identifying available free sources of assistance
      • and more

      ABOUT THE PRESENTER - Doug Wyseman

      With more than forty years of experience, Doug Wyseman has been recognized as an expert in risk management for parks and recreation. He presents Risk Management Schools for parks and recreation for provincial and state associations and has acted as an expert witness in numerous court cases across North America.

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      6 Things to Know about Benchmarking for Recreation

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020      12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

      Why Invest in Benchmarking? Is it worth the time and effort? How can you use this information to make defendable, strategic decisions for your organization?

      Please join us to discuss how benchmarking can help your organization be a part of a community of practice and how to navigate some of the common mistake’s organizations make when starting out.

      Organizations who have benchmarked have experienced a great return on investment, by using their information to develop performance measures and KPI’s. Municipalities have also used the information as a communication tool to support operational decisions and counter unreasonable demands and suggestions of poor performance. Performance can be compared with industry medians, or directly with similar organizations so that realistic responses can be given.

      We will also discuss how benchmarking can:

      • Identify, plan and improve your strategic goals and direction
      • Record your operational costs against a variety of criteria
      • Undertake financial performance reviews and cost estimating
      • Help to determine a sustainable level of service for your community
      • Lobby for additional resources
      • Identify trends, issues and prioritize areas for improvement


      Troy Sykes 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.

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      RCM Aquatics and Pool Townhall

      On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 RCM hosted a town hall virtual meeting on reopening pools and aquatic services in Manitoba. Representatives from Lifesaving Society of Manitoba and Red Cross facilitated the discussion by bringing updates from their organizations and allowing a question and sharing period.

      This was a free event!

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