Upcoming events

    • September 28, 2021
    • 10:00 - 11:00
    • Online

    Join Gary Vansickle from I.C.E Marketing, Dave Balamatowski and Justin Gevoga from CIMCO as they discuss getting your arena started, day to day plant maintenance, ice conditions and more.

    As arena's get back up and started after being dormant for most of the last 12 month's ensuring good conditions will be important for the safe return to the ice.

    Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, and or share their best practices.

    Have a question you want covered or are you looking for a specific resource, procedure or policy? Send it to info@recreationmb.ca ahead of time so we can cover it during the meeting.

    • October 05, 2021
    • 10:00 - 12:00
    • Zoom

    Session Description: 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.

    Bio:  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.


    • October 14, 2021
    • 17:00 - 19:00
    • Online

    Join therapeutic recreation practitioners on Thursday October 14 from 5pm to 7pm for the first communities of practice meeting.

    Recreation Manitoba has created Communities of Practice groups to assist individuals working and volunteering in the recreation and parks sector in learning and connecting.

    In Recreation Manitoba's case we host online Zoom calls open to anyone in the sector. Generally we invite one or two speakers to do short presentations on topics of interest to sector and then give those on the call an opportunity to meet and share information, ask questions and problem solve. The meeting agenda's are driven by the people in the sector and the information and knowledge they are looking to gain. For more info visit this link.

    Do you have a topic you'd like discussed? Email it to info@recreationmb.ca.

    An agenda will be posted closer to the meeting date.

    Can't make it for the whole meeting? Join when and for how ever long you can.

    • October 26, 2021
    • 10:00 - 12:00
    • Zoom

    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. 

    Participants will learn: 

    • Ways to make content more interesting and easier to create
    • How to join the conversation online 
    • Tips for a more effective, engaging social media presence

    About Kelly

    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.

    • November 03, 2021
    • 08:30
    • November 05, 2021
    • 16:30
    • Winnipeg
    • 7

    This 3-day certificate course will provide a comprehensive and rigorous in-class experience of those involved in aquatic facility operations.

    Areas Covered by the Course

    • Communicable disease prevention & control
    • Water circulation and filtration
    • Chlorine chemistry & water balance
    • Daily aquatic facility maintenance & operation
    • Troubleshooting and problem solving

    Instructor: Dan Repeta

    This is currently scheduled to be an in person class. Public health orders and facility rules may impact class size and other conditions. Please email info@recreationmb.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

    • November 08, 2021
    • 08:00
    • November 19, 2021
    • 17:00
    • TBD
    • 14

    Refrigeration Operator for Recreation Facilities Course

    Level 2

    NOTE: The course will be delivered online via Zoom from Monday November 08 to Wednesday November 10. It will be in person Thursday November 18 and Friday November 19 in Winnipeg. 

    We are proud to now offer the Refrigeration Operator for Recreation Facilities Level 2 course (formerly known as Arena /Curling Rink Operator Course). This course helps prepare students to successfully pass the Province of Manitoba Power Engineer Refrigeration Class exam.

    The course follows the SOPEEC (The Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee) Syllabus, which includes chapters on welding, air conditioning and electricity have been added. The course syllabus provides more detail on the new course material.

    View course outline.

    Students will receive 900 credit hours towards the required 1,800 hours to write the provincial exam, when they pass both Levels I & II course assessments.

    Course Materials

    In addition to the PanGlobal textbooks, the following items will be referenced throughout the course:

    Organizations are encouraged to purchase a set of books for their facility as they will be a good resource to have on hand and will be able to be used by other staff preparing to write the provincial exam. Textbooks are however available to rent for the duration of the course from Recreation Manitoba.

    Course manuals will be provided to each participant and are yours to keep.


    • Successful completion of Refrigeration Operator for Recreation Facilities – Level I
    • Minimum 900 working hours in a refrigeration class plant


    • Students should have a good understanding of Mathematics at the Grade 12 level
    • Familiarity with refrigeration plants

    Upon registering for Level 2 with Recreation Manitoba, the following two documents must be completed and sent to back to the Recreation Manitoba Office (info@recreationmb.ca)  before November 1 to be eligible to write the exam. 

    Application for Power Engineering Examination

    Employer Verification of Experience

    Credit Card Authorization Form (for payment of the $60 exam fee)


    Marc Halford and David Jordan


    • $450 (member) and $545 (Non-member)


    • TBD
    • November 09, 2021
    • 10:00 - 11:00
    • Zoom

    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.

    Over the course of an hour Steve will cover waivers, rental agreement, liability, employment standards and take questions from participants 

    Participants are invited to send questions ahead of time to info@recreationmb.ca 

Past events

September 21, 2021 Creating Welcoming & Culturally Safe Places for Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity for Newcomers
August 17, 2021 Aquatics Community of Practice Meeting
May 31, 2021 Refrigerator Operator Level 1 - ONLINE DELIVERY
April 23, 2021 Information Session on CPRA Youth Employment Experience
March 12, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - FRIDAY ONLY
March 12, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - KEYNOTE ONLY
March 12, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - PACM Keynotes
March 11, 2021 2021 Virtual Conference Trade Show Registration
March 11, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - THURSDAY ONLY
March 10, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - WEDNESDAY ONLY
March 09, 2021 TrueSport Lives Here Manitoba (Pre-Conference Event)
March 09, 2021 25th Annual Provincial Conference - FULL
March 09, 2021 Careers in Recreation (Panel Discussion)
January 20, 2021 Aquatic Operator Course - Online
December 15, 2020 2020 Professional Development Series
November 16, 2020 Refrigerator Operator Level 1
November 10, 2020 Arena Ice Maintenance
November 04, 2020 Aquatic Operator Course
November 03, 2020 Risk & Rinks Workshop
October 28, 2020 Managing Winter Risk
October 27, 2020 Free Asset Management Training
October 19, 2020 Refrigerator Operator Level 2
June 09, 2020 Town hall - Aquatics and Pools
May 13, 2020 Volunteer Management Primer (Webinar Program)
March 14, 2020 Aquatic Management Course
March 13, 2020 24th Annual Provincial Conference - Friday ONLY
March 12, 2020 2020 Conference Trade Show Registration
March 12, 2020 24th Annual Provincial Conference - Thursday ONLY
March 11, 2020 24th Annual Provincial Conference - Keynotes ONLY
March 11, 2020 24th Annual Provincial Conference - Full Conference
March 11, 2020 24th Annual Provincial Conference - Wednesday ONLY
March 10, 2020 2020 Parks & Trail Forum Tradeshow
March 10, 2020 2020 Municipal Parks and Trails Forum

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