Canadian Summit

The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, Sport for Life aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.

The 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit will take place January 23 - 25 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel, in Gatineau, QC, Canada.

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 Sport for Life Canadian Summit News & Updates

Theme – Working Together

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Working Together”. If we want to give participants in sport and physical activity the best possible chance to succeed, then we must ensure collaboration within the sport system and across the recreation, education and health sectors. Partnership and working agreement are needed at all stages of development. Given multisport athletes are more likely to thrive later in their chosen sport, what are we doing to collaborate at the early stage? This year’s Summit seeks promising practices to share with the delegates. There are great examples of ‘Working Together’ so now let’s work together to share and utilize them to create systematic change.

Pre-Summit Workshops - January 23, 2018
Full Day Workshops                                              $95.00
Half Day Workshops                                             $55.00

*See descriptions in Pre and Post Conference Workshop drop down bar*

Sport for Life Canadian Summit - January 24-25, 2018
Registration for the Sport for Life Canadian Summit gives you access to all sessions on January 24 and 25 as well as a grazing lunch on each day. The fee structure for the Sport for Life Canadian Summit is as follows:

Registration Dates                                                      Regular            Group**
Early Bird (Before Nov 24)                                           $359                 $339
Regular  (Nov 24 - Jan 10)                                              $389                 $359
Final / On-site (After Jan 10)                                     $419                 $389

**Group rate applies to groups of 5 or more people from the same organization. Contact us for your special group registration code.

Open Now - Room block at Hilton Lac-Leamy
August 25, 2017 - Notification of presentation acceptance
September 11, 2017 - Registration opens
September 11, 2017 - Brief program announced
November 17, 2017 - Detailed program released
November 24, 2017 - Early bird registration deadline
December 22, 2017 - Room booking at the Hilton Lac-Leamy after this date will result in the special room rate subject to availability.
January 23, 2018 - Pre-Summit workshops and sport-specific LTAD meetings
January 24, 2018 - Sport for Life Canadian Summit starts
January 25, 2018 - Sport for Life Canadian Summit ends
January 26, 2018 - World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium

Alan Ashley

Alan Ashley was named chief of sport performance for the United States Olympic Committee on Sept. 1, 2010, after previously serving as managing director of sport performance since January 2010. Prior to that, Ashley served as a team leader in the sport performance division beginning in November 2006.

 In his current role, Ashley oversees the USOC divisions tasked with providing targeted resources and support to the National Governing Bodies and top athletes competing internationally in pursuit of sustained competitive excellence.

Ashley joined the USOC after spending 16 years with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, where he was a key contributor to the rise of the U.S. ski and snowboard teams, having most recently served as the vice president of athletics.

 Prior to his work at the USSA, Ashley served as the director of skiing for four years at his alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Ian Bird

From the moment Ian joined Community Foundations of Canada in 2011 he embraced its ‘all for community’ vision and immediately began exploring opportunities to mobilize its diverse network to achieve greater collective impact in communities across the country.

A two-time Olympian in field hockey, Ian was well known in the sport community for his ability to bring groups together to affect change. He quickly began doing the same at CFC. From expanding the organization’s circle of champions to include new voices and expertise, to building new partnerships based on common interests and outcomes, Ian has worked hard to find new ways for the movement to address complex community issues.

Under Ian’s leadership, CFC established a landmark Smart & Caring Communities initiative to help build a smart and caring Canada. This vision continues to shape CFC’s engagement with the 150Alliance and other partners towards a pluralistic and reconciled Canada in 2017 and beyond. CFC has also played an integral role in founding and incubating the Rideau Hall Foundation, with Ian at the helm as its first Executive Director.

Dedicated to his community, Ian founded and coaches the Chelsea Phoenix Field Hockey Club in Chelsea Quebec, where he lives with his family.

Amanda Visek

Amanda J. Visek, PhD, CMPC, CC-AASP is a sport scientist and Associate Professor at The George Washington University, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. Her federally funded applied research includes the FUN MAPS – the latest sport science advancement capturing attention from local grassroots communities to national and international sport organizations.

The FUN MAPS are the scientific blueprints for the fun integration theory, the first-ever fully conceptual framework for optimizing youth’s positive sport experiences in childhood and through adolescence. Her work has been featured in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CBS Radio, ABC News, NBC News, FOX News and others, and has also been featured in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Poland, and India.

She has authored over 25 peer-reviewed papers, 7 book chapters, and given more than 118 refereed and invited talks. The recipient of early career achievement awards from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and the American Psychological Association’s Division 47, she is committed to leveraging children’s physical literacy via the most fun sport experiences possible.

Lanny McDonald

Lanny McDonald, best known for his outstanding 16-year NHL career, was not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a dedicated family man, community leader, philanthropist, and successful businessman.

Drafted fourth overall in 1973, McDonald enjoyed 16 prolific seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames. McDonald retired as a champion shortly following the Flames’ Stanley Cup victory 1989. Calgary remains his home today. McDonald has been recognized as a leader throughout his career. He was honoured as a Chief of the Blood Indian Tribe in 1983, was the inaugural recipient of the King Clancy Memorial award in 1988, was honoured as the NHL's Man of the Year in 1989, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2015, he was named Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

During and following his hockey career, McDonald was proud of his involvement in many charities. The dearest to his heart will always be Special Olympics, of which he has been a part of since 1973. Lanny is also very involved with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities which has recently announced their commitment to greater access to sport and play to Canadian children with disabilities.

Lanny’s approach to life and hockey can be summarized by the following: live, work, and play with integrity, honesty, and dedication; focus on the positive; search for and protect what is beautiful; be in tune with nature; rise to meet each challenge, and live each day to the fullest.

Bestowed with many accolades throughout his life, McDonald will tell you that his crowning glory is his family: his wife, children and grandchildren.

Combined Aboriginal Coaching Module and Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway Workshop

Facilitated by: Greg Henhawk & Dustin Heise

This joint workshop combines the Aboriginal Coaching Modules and Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway in a unique way to provide participants with training on both professional development training tools. The workshop is designed to help Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal sport and physical activity coaches and leaders across Canada enhance their understanding about how to support Aboriginal participants and athletes in their coaching and programming.

It will spend time developing an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and how that culture plays out in terms of engagement and sustained participation through the sport system. It will also provide participants with an understanding of the role of sport in Aboriginal communities, how to positively influence the community in which you coach, and helping those you coach make healthy lifestyle choices. The workshop will outline the key elements that need to be considered when coaching, as well as planning, developing and implementing programs for and with Aboriginal peoples and communities. This includes a focus on responding to racism in sport and supporting the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural needs of the individual to maximize their experience in sport and physical activity. Participants will learn how we can adjust the competition pathway and some of the policies within the sport system to ensure that we create a clearer pathway for Aboriginal participants and athletes.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be trained in the NCCP Aboriginal Coaching Modules and the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Aboriginal Sport Circle, Coaching Association of Canada and Sport for Life Society.

Date: January 26-27, 2018
Time: Friday 9:00 - 5:00pm; Saturday 8:00 - 12:00pm

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Building a Positive Performance Environment for Female Athletes

Facilitated by: Vicki harber

Effective training, competition and recovery programs promote strong athletic performances. Female athletes experience unique injuries and conditions that may interrupt their training and competition schedules. Although most of these injuries or conditions are preventable, some athletes will lose valuable training time or miss important competitions due to these injuries. For some the consequences are more extreme; early exits from sport or reduced lifetime involvement in physical activity are common outcomes. This session will discuss key features of creating a positive training environment for your female athletes and provide specific prevention strategies that will develop and maintain the health of female athletes.

Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm

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''Count me In'' Coaching Module

''Positive Behaviour Management in Sport''

Facilitated by: Justine Simmons and Meredith gardner

Count Me In is a 3-hour workshop* that educates coaches and instructors on best practices for including children and youth within sport programs. Learn to cope with challenging behaviour in a group setting and empower children and youth to self-regulate by providing a supportive environment.

1. Learn how to identify possible triggers when youth are challenged to participate.
2. Learn strategies to help support an individual to follow directions and regulate their own behaviour.
3. Learn what to do when more action is needed by communicating with parents about behaviour, and recognizing if an invisible disability might be the root cause.

Interactive activities have participants thinking about how they can integrate the strategies within their own coaching practice. Social activities, large and small group work, written work, self-reflection, games, PowerPoint slides, videos, audio recordings, and mini whiteboard activities are integrated throughout the workshop.

Additionally, the following handouts are used as take-home references:

1. Count Me In Coaches' Check List - for coaches to use to gather and record information
2. INCLUDE handout - seven recommended strategies form the basis of the training
3. Talking to parents - guidelines and examples of phrases to use
4. Further Resources - a listing of further reading and information links

Count me in was developed by Freestyle Canada in partnership with the Canadian Association of Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) and Freestyle Skiing Ontario with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Content was developed with the support of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN). *The Count Me In module provides 3 NCCP Professional Development Points.*

Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

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The Bearpark Foundation approved two scholarships to support two participants to take part in the Sport for Life Canadian Summit in the amount of $225 per person. To be eligible to apply for the Bob Bearpark Foundation Scholarship, you must meet these criteria:

  1. You're a resident of British Columbia
  2. You face barriers to access e.g. Geographic (live or work in remote or isolated communities), identify as Aboriginal, are a person with a disability, or live with financial hardship)
  3. You coach sport(s) at the community level and/or are in a position to enhance coaching or coaching education within your community in a chosen sport

Click here to download the application

The Summit will feature keynotes speakers, individual presentations, panel sessions, and interactive breaks. The streams to consider when submitting a presentation include:

  • Physical Literacy - This stream will explore physical literacy as the foundation of both participation in physical activity and excellence in sport, providing a gateway for being active for life. Views will be shared from multiple perspectives of multiple sectors such as Health, Education and Recreation.  Share how you approach physical literacy in your programs to develop confidence, competence, motivation and creativity in various indoor and outdoor environments, such as on the ground, in the air, in and on water, and on snow or ice.
  • Inclusion - This stream will discuss the topic of Inclusion and accessibility in sport and physical activity. How are you addressing barriers to participation? What successes have you seen and what strides have we made, and how can we improve? Share you experiences, perspectives and innovative ideas to increase the inclusivity of sport and physical activity.
  • The Timing of Excellence - This stream will focus on the Long-Term Athlete Development key factors of Specialization and Excellence Takes Time. What are the right and wrong times to specialize in any one sport? How does a multisport foundation help athletes excel? Discuss how athletes can achieve their full potential through quality sport training and competition over a period of time.
  • Keys to Development - This stream will discuss the Long-Term Athlete Development key factors of Developmental Age, Sensitive Periods, and Mental, Cognitive and Emotional Development. Discuss how developmentally appropriate training improves skills and abilities to the greatest effect. Learn about the mental, cognitive and emotional development of young athletes. Share your observations and approaches to developing life skills through sport.
  • Periodization & Competition - This stream will explore the Long-Term Athlete Development key factors of Periodization and Competition. Speakers will inform about managing training and competition time within annual and seasonal cycles. Experts will challenge delegates to prevent injury and burnout in athletes. Discussion will occur to determine how you can increase the amount of ‘meaningful’ competition.
  • Collaboration & Continuous Improvement - This stream is intended to focus on the Long-Term Athlete Development key factors of System Alignment & Integration and Continuous Improvement. Confer to learn how your organization is working with others to improve the delivery of quality sport and physical literacy. Get examples of how to foster collaboration, not just between organizations, but across sectors as well to build a system to have a collective impact. Share the successful changes you have implemented or experienced.

To submit an abstractclick here. Abstracts will be accepted until August 15. Early bird registration for the Sport for Life Canadian Summit will open September 11.

Tuesday, January 23

8:00: Registration Check-in Desk Open

Wednesday, January 24
8:30 – 9:00 : Welcome
9:00 – 9:30 : Keynote
9:30 – 9:45 : Break
9:45 – 10:45 : Sessions
10:45 – 11:15 : Break
11:15 – 12:45 : Sessions
12:45 – 13:45 : Lunch
13:45 – 14:15 : Plenary Address - Keynote
14:15 – 15:00 : Citius Vocem
15:00 – 15:30 : Break
15:30 – 17:00 : Sessions
17:00 - 18:00: Reception
18:00 – 19:00 : Town Hall

Thursday, January 25
8:30 – 9:00 : Welcome
9:00 – 9:30 : Plenary - Keynote
9:30 – 9:45 : Break
9:45 – 10:45 : Sessions
10:45 – 11:15 : Break
11:15 – 12:45 : Sessions
12:45 – 13:45 : Lunch
13:45 – 14:15 : Plenary Address - Keynote
14:15 – 14:45 : Citius Vocem
14:45 – 15:00 : Closing in a Good Way
15:00 – 15:30 : Break
15:30 – 17:00 : Sessions

Friday, January 26
World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium

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Sponsor and Exhibit Opportunities - Sponsors and Exhibitors can register now and secure your booth of choice! For further information, please contact us.

The 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit will take place January 23-25, 2018 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel.

The Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec, Canada, is adjacent to the spectacular Casino du Lac-Leamy, on the shores of Leamy Lake, only five minutes from downtown Ottawa, the Nation's Capital, home of the Ottawa Senators hockey club. The complex is also located only 25 minutes away from the Ottawa International Airport and 15 minutes away from the Ottawa Train station.

The region has many attractions that are just minutes away from our hotel in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec, including Parliament Hill, The National Gallery of Canada, museums, The Rideau Canal, the world's largest skating rink, Gatineau Park and much more.

The Hilton Lac-Leamy hotel is a superb location in the heart of a region renowned for its culture and green spaces - it happens at the Hilton!

Hilton Lac-Leamy
3, Boulevard du Casino
Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec
Canada J8Y 6X4
Tel: 1-819-790-6444
Fax:  1-819-790-6408

  1. Book online!
  2. Book via phone by calling toll free 1-866-488-7888 and quote the Sport for Life Summit Booking Code CUD.
Room Rates

Rooms are provided on a Run of House basis at the rates listed below.
 Note: The cut off date for reservations is December 22, 2017. After this date, the following rates cannot be guaranteed.

Room Type Rate
Classic guestroom* $169
Executive guestroom** $234
Junior and Murphy Suite** $294
Junior suite (whirlpool)** $319
Junior suite / Executive floors** $344
Junior suite (whirlpool) / Executive floors** $369

*$25.00 per additional adult, to a maximum of four (4) people per room,
**$40.00 per additional adult to a maximum of four (4) people per room.

Additional Information
  • Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. All guests arriving before 4:00 p.m. will be accommodated as rooms become available.
  • Check-out time is noon.
  • High speed internet connection included.
  • To ensure you receive a non-smoking room, please request at the time of booking.

Meeting Space - plan your meetings around the  Sport for Life Canadian Summit.

Motivate Canada presents - ViaYouth Summit

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A Youth Driven Development™ initiative of Motivate Canada.

Motivate Canada's inaugural ViaYOUTH Summit will bring together up to 50 diverse Canadian youth between the ages of 16 and 26 in an exciting new summit format - empowering delegates to embark on a journey of personal and community transformation utilizing the power of sport and physical activity.

Register here!