NIRSA Canadian Region East Conference2018-05-22T21:06:31+00:00

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The University of Guelph is pleased to host the NIRSA Canadian Region East Conference in Guelph, Ontario from May 30-June, 2018.  Intercollegiate recreation and fitness professionals and students will come together to exchange ideas and learn new and exciting trends in our industry.

History

This annual conference draws a number of recreational professionals and student leaders from Post-secondary institutions from across Western Canada, as well as a few colleagues from Eastern Canada and the Northern United States. Those who attend this conference are engaged and passionate about various areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.

In 2004, Hugh Hoyles, and his colleagues at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College initiated a Western Canadian Campus Recreation Conference. By the end of this highly successful Conference, it was decided by those in attendance that an annual gathering would be a worthwhile and valuable venture to continue.

Previous Hosts

2004…….. University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College
2005 University of Saskatchewan
2006 University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
2007 Mount Royal College and University of Calgary
2008 University of Regina
2009 University of Manitoba
2010 University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, NAIT, and Lakeland College
2011 Thompson Rivers University
2011 University of Saskatchewan
2013 University of Victoria
2014 University of Calgary
2015 UBC Okanagan
2016 University of Alberta
2016 University of Victoria
2017 University of Manitoba

By holding the NIRSA Canadian Region Conference in different location each year, delegates are provided the opportunity to explore other facilities and to experience new ideas, programs, services and methods of operation first-hand.

Registration Is Now Open

To register online, go to www.uoguelph.ca/connect and put the number 20102 into the search bar or search NIRSA.

If paying by cheque or a single payer for a group, please fill out the following FORM and someone from the University of Guelph will contact you to complete the registration.

Conference Prices

Students
From NIRSA Member Institutions
  • Early Bird (on or before May 6, 2018):  $100 (GST included)
  • Regular (after May 6):  $120 (GST included)
Non-member Institutions
  • Early Bird (on or before May 6, 2018):  $120 (GST included)
  • Regular (after May 6):  $140 (GST included)
Professionals
From NIRSA Member Institutions
  • Early Bird (on or before May 6, 2018):  $125 (GST included)
  • Regular (after May 6):  $145 (GST included)
Non-member Institutions
  • Early Bird (on or before May 6, 2018):  $145 (GST included)
  • Regular (after May 6):  $165 (GST included)
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Conference Schedule

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Wednesday – May 30, 2018
11:00am-5:00pm Check-in – Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre
1:00-4:00pm Concussion Symposium

Making Accessibility Accessible Guest Speaker & Round Table Sessions

4:00-5:30pm 4:00-5:30pm – Facility Tours

4:15-5:00pm – Active Sessions

6:00-10:30pm Conference Social 
Thursday – May 31, 2018
7:30-9:00am 7:30-9:00am – Registration

7:30-8:30am – Active Sessions

9:00-10:30am Keynote Session
10:45-11:45am Education Sessions
11:45am-1:45pm Lunch & Trade Show
1:45-5:15pm Education Sessions
6:00-11:00pm Conference Social – Woodbine Mohawk Park
Friday – June 1, 2018
8:30-10:45am Education Sessions
11:00am-12:00pm Roundtable Sessions
12:00-1:00pm Closing Session & Lunch

Session Descriptions (Sneak Peek – More to come and full descriptions!)

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Keynote Session

Making an Impact
Presenter: Sue Wigston, Chief Operating Officer, Eagles Flight

With over twenty years of experience with Eagle’s Flight, Sue is the Senior Executive accountable for the successful creation and delivery of Eagle Flight’s entire portfolio of programs and custom designed training solutions.

Sue’s vast facilitation and senior leadership experience has established her as a trusted partner and organizational development expert for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Sue has had the opportunity to personally lead sessions ranging in size from ten to one thousand participants. Sue plays a pivotal role as executive owner of several ongoing culture transformations with large North American and global companies. She has a proven track record in coming along side organizations, supporting their efforts in creating high performing, innovative, and engaged corporate cultures.

Sue’s passion for mentoring and coaching is an integral component of both her work and personal life. She values spending quality time with her family and friends. She is the Founder and President of a competitive youth volleyball club and has a successful coaching track record competing both provincially and nationally.

Conference Sessions (more to come):

Concussion Symposium

  • Update from CURIE
  • Presentation on Pilot Project on Concussion Education in Rec Programs
  • Presentation on Rowan’s Law from the Ministry of Ontario Tourism, Culture, and Sport
  • Presentation on Concussion Education from Medical field
  • Case Studies
  • Ask the Experts
  • Roundtable Discussions

Making Accessibility Accessible

  • Presentation from Jennifer Gillies, University of Waterloo
  • Presentation from Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Case Study Roundtables

RECSport: A model for post-secondary extramural sport
Sterling Ivany – Georgian College

Changes to Regulation 565 – what does it mean?
Paul Di Salvo, CPHI (C), MBA, Msc, Lifesaving Society, Ontario Branch

Increase your Impact
JaimeLynn Jelley, Parks and Recreation Ontario

From Student to Professional Staff
Karley Salsbury, Queen’s University

Connexus – Group Functional Circuit
Lynne Skilton Hayes and Sarah Turkstra, University of Guelph

“Another Brick in the Wall”: A roadmap to building the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) Rock Wall Centre
Justin Toth, University of Guelph

Better to Start Developing Habits Now: Perspectives on exercise participation Among Canadian University Students
Scott McRoberts, University of Guelph and Michelle Silver, University of Toronto

“Step It Up UTSC”: An Overview of Engaging Students Through Physical Activity in App-Based Competition
Gabriela Estrada, University of Toronto Scarborough

Move Your Mind: 2.0
Kristen Leal, University of Waterloo

Lets Have a Conversation: The Role of Athletics & Recreation Departments in Campus Wellness Conversations
Donna Rheams and Adam Steeves, University of Waterloo

Programming for the Female Student
Jennifer O’Neill, Wilfrid Laurier University

Hit Like a Girl: Pioneering Safe Space in Campus Recreation
Jaclyn Ziemniak, York University

Roundtables:

  • Fitness
  • Aquatics
  • Intramurals
  • Club Sports
  • Customer Service
  • Recreation Technology
  • Camps

For Presenters

Questions? Contact Grachella Garcia at grachella.garcia@ualberta.ca.

Hotel Information

The host hotel for this year’s event has been confirmed. The Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre is now available for booking. The block will be held until May 5, 2018, at which time any unused rooms will be returned to general inventory and the rate no longer honoured.

*Breakfast is included during your stay.

Call (519) 836-0231 and ask to make a reservation providing the group code: NIR

Alternatively, you can book online using the group code: NIR 
Book here >> http://bit.ly/2pyZkUY

Campus Accommodations

If interested in staying on campus in a residence, please contact Dave Trudelle at 519-824-4120 x 54297 or trudelle@uoguelph.ca and he will go over options with you.

Conference Trade Show

Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Time: 11:45am – 1:45am
Set-up: 9:00am – 11:30am

What is the NIRSA Canadian Region East Conference

The NIRSA Canadian Region East Conference brings together University and Collegiate Recreation Professionals and Students. The conference traditionally attracts between 80 – 120 delegates from Ontario and eastward in Canada. It also attracts some participants from Western Canada and the United States. It draws a wide range of decision makers within the recreation industry from Colleges and Universities located in Western Canada, Eastern Canada and the United States.

These individuals are always looking for new and innovative businesses to partner with to improve their programs and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Recreation Directors
  • National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Presidents
  • NIRSA Board Members
  • Program and Service Coordinators
  • Facility Managers and Operators
  • Recreation Educators
  • Student Leaders
  • Corporate Members
  • Special Event Coordinators
  • Aquatic Fitness Supervisors
  • NIRSA Student Representatives

NIRSA Canadian Region East will provide:

  • Access to Internet
  • Table 3’ x 6’
  • 3’ X 10’ booth
  • Power availability is limited

Trade Show Participants are Required to Supply:

  • Display Materials

Trade Show Participant Cost:

  • $300/vendor

Contact information:

Dave Trudelle
Fitness, Recreation, and Client Service Manager, University of Guelph, Department of Athletics
T. 519-824-4120 x54297 E. trudelle@uoguelph.ca

Volunteer!

The NIRSA Canadian Region East Conference Planning Committee is looking for enthusiastic and dependable volunteers to help us deliver a fantastic event on May 30-June 1. This annual conference draws a number of recreational professionals and student leaders from Post-secondary institutions from across Western Canada, as well as a few colleagues from Eastern Canada and the Northern United States. Those who attend this conference are engaged and passionate about various areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.

Volunteers are required for numerous roles including:

  • Welcome & check-in table attendants
  • Educational session moderators
  • Equipment & facility attendants
  • Social event attendants

Host Committee

Dave Trudelle
Fitness, Recreation, and Client Service Manager, University of Guelph, Department of Athletics

T. 519-824-4120 x 54297
E. trudelle@uoguelph.ca