Workshop Leaders

  • All
  • Active Adults
  • Coach Development
  • Competition Review & Restructuring
  • Implementation
  • Inclusion for Aboriginal Participants
  • Inclusion for Disabilities
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Physical Literacy
  • Sector & Community Engagement Strategies
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Specialization
  • Alex Wilson
    Alex Wilson
    Physical Literacy
  • Christian Hrab
    Christian Hrab
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Carolyn Trono
    Carolyn Trono
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Douglas Duncan
    Douglas Duncan
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Emily Rand
    Emily Rand
    Aboriginal and Newcomer Partnerships
  • Elisa Maruzzo
    Elisa Maruzzo
    Physical Literacy and International projects
  • Eugene Todd
    Eugene Todd
    Physical Literacy Community Mentor
  • Jessica Waterman
    Jessica Waterman
    Physical Literacy Program Developer
Alex Wilson
Physical Literacy

Alex is the Manager of Education and Evaluation for the Sport for Life Society. Alex monitors the progress of projects and builds educational connections for the Sport for Life movement.  She earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  Alex has been involved with a variety of projects supporting and encouraging physical literacy and a healthy lifestyle including Action Schools! BC, BC Wheelchair Sports Association and research projects in both education and health settings.  Alex enjoys being an active part of her community and volunteers regularly with the Take a Hike Foundation and Alpine Club of Canada.  She is an outdoor enthusiast who can frequently be found biking, hiking, paddling, and skiing to maximize her time in nature.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Physical Activity in Children and Youth
Christian Hrab
Long-Term Athlete Development

Christian is a member of the Sport for Life Leadership Team and was responsible for introducing a new coaching education program to Canada Snowboard, which incorporated the Long-Term Athlete Development model. From 1994 to 2010, he was an athlete, coach, and then director of the Canadian National Snowboard team. As a coach, he has lead numerous athletes, both able bodied and para, to World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic gold medal performances. As a performance advisor, Christian has worked with numerous summer sports at Taekwondo Canada and at the National Sport Institute. He currently leads the Canadians Association for Disabled Skiers and Snowboarders: CADS.

Expertise

  • Athlete development: Long and short term

Past Presentations

  • Sport Leadership
  • Sport for Life summits
  • Own the Podium
  • Snowboard Canada
  • Taekwondo Canada
  • Regional sport centres
Carolyn Trono
Long-Term Athlete Development

Carolyn is the Director of Long-Term Athlete Development for the Sport for Life Society. She has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level in the areas of strategic planning, LTAD implementation and coach education. She has worked with many National Sport Organizations development of their Long-Term Athlete Development frameworks and Competition Review and Restructuring Plans. Carolyn filled the role of Director of Coach Education for Rowing Canada for 15 years. As a Director for Sport for Life, she works extensively with national and multi-sport organizations as they move toward integration of Long-Term Athlete Development into their culture and programs. Carolyn is working extensively with a team of experts looking at meaningful competition. Outside of the sport world, she delivers workshops on the 3Ms - Performance,Change and Time Management.
In her volunteer time, Carolyn has started a newcomer sport & multi-sport academy, working extensively with various immigration organizations. She is heavily involved with 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg holding the volunteer position as the Sport Function Lead.

Expertise

  • Workshops and Speaking Topics
  • Strategic Planning
  • 3M's
  • Long-Term Athlete Development 101
  • Competition Review and Restructuring
  • Meaningful Competition
Douglas Duncan
Long-Term Athlete Development

Douglas is the Manager of Activation for the Sport for Life Society. He manages the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Legacy Project in partnership with the Canadian Soccer Association project. The project aims to reduce the rate of soccer injuries in Canada by supporting clubs to implement the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Warm-up and Sport for Life's Physical Literacy Movement Preparation program into regular club programming. In addition Douglas leads Sport for Life engagement in Quebec, supports a number of Sport for Life's Long Term Athlete Development Projects and is a consultant as part of Sport for Life's work with New York Road Runners.

Douglas has been a leader within the Canadian Sport for Life Movement since its inception. A former long track speed skater and national training centre coach, Douglas has had the opportunity to work directly with many of the coaches and athletes of Canada’s speed skating team during the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics.

He then moved into a series of sport development roles, both provincially and nationally, working to align athlete development, coaching education and competition with Long-Term Athlete Development. Before joining the Sport for Life team, Douglas served as Athletics Canada’s Director of Sport Development where he was responsible for a number of programs and initiatives including the Run-Jump-Throw-Wheel Program, coach education, and all club, school and road running programs. Douglas is a passionate believer in the ability of sport to change lives and the importance of collaboration.

Expertise

  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Competition Review
  • National/Provincial Sport Organisation Implementation
  • Sport Development
Emily Rand
Aboriginal and Newcomer Partnerships

Emily is the Manager of Special Projects for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She previously worked at Cancer Care Ontario in the Primary Care Engagement unit, and has also done extensive work as a health promotion researcher in the area of children’s physical activity and nutrition. She is passionate about movement and is excited to increase health knowledge and skill development in a variety of diverse populations through the special projects at Sport for Life. Emily loves to travel and explore the great outdoors, and has always been involved in a wide range of sports and activities, which now include running, biking, snowboarding, volleyball, CrossFit and yoga.

Expertise

  • Inclusion for Aboriginal Participants
  • Inclusion for Disabilities
  • Physical Literacy

Past Presentations

  • Developing Aboriginal Participants for Sport and Active Lifestyles (x3 in November 2016 at Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council Meetings)
  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion (University of Victoria, November 2016)

Press Releases

Elisa Maruzzo
Physical Literacy and International projects

As the Engagement Manager for Western Canada & International Partnerships, Elisa manages a portfolio of international projects, Physical Literacy for Communities, sponsorship, fundraisers, and the 60 Minute Kids’ Club program. Growing up playing a wide variety of sports and activities led her to study kinesiology at UBC with a focus on business and exercise science. Having worked with people at every stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, Elisa puts a focus on training leaders to progress people through the various stages using physical literacy as a foundation for being active for life. With strengths coordinating community engagement strategies and delivering workshops for service providers, Elisa puts an emphasis on implementation strategies to embed healthy habits and physical literacy best practices into curriculum, at home, and throughout the community.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Engaging communities
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Active adults
  • Multi-sector collaboration
  • Strength and conditioning
  • KidsCanMove
  • 60 Minute Kids Club
  • Live5210

Past Presentations

  • Delta Physical Literacy Summit (2016)
  • Physical Literacy training in Andra Pradesh (India, 2016)
  • International Physical Literacy Conference (2015)
  • Various physical literacy workshops for community stakeholders, parents, service providers, policymakers (2013-present)
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Community Leader Workshop facilitator
  • KidsCanMove facilitator
Eugene Todd
Physical Literacy Community Mentor

Eugene Todd is a community mentor and a member of the Engagement Team with the Sport for Life Society. Eugene has been involved in the recreation and sport movement for over 35 years. His professional career included an extended stint working in the area of athlete development with an emphasis on the organization and delivery of multisport games competitions. In addition, he spent more than 20 years as a senior recreation practitioner within the municipal sector. His current affiliation with Sport for Life is as a consultant working with community organizations and municipal staff as they travel along their physical literacy journey. He is the President of the Northumberland Sports Council and is on the Board of the Community Sport Councils Ontario. He is also currently the Co-Chair for the 2017 Ontario Plus 55 Winter Games.

Expertise

  • PL topics (101, Intro, 301 general etc),
  • Municipal Recreation
  • Trail Development

Past Presentations

  • Presentations/facilitations at past Parks and Recreation Ontario Conferences,
  • Physical Literacy National Summit and regional PL summits including Hamilton and Peterborough
Jessica Waterman
Physical Literacy Program Developer

Jessica Waterman is the Manager of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a BPE, a B.Ed, and an MA in Physical Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Jessica taught physical education for nine years to students from kindergarten to grade 12, and has coached a wide range of activities. Recently, she worked as a physical literacy leader with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence where a large part of her role was mentoring PE teachers. Jessica’s active lifestyle includes running and hiking along with a variety of recreational sports like hockey, basketball, football, and dragon boating.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy

Past Presentations

  • Delivering Physical Literacy in your Programs (October and November 2016, Aboriginal Community Leaders)

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