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Keynote Speakers
Wednesday, July 22, 2:00 PM

Founder, Lakeview Aquatics Consultants, LTD.

Aquatics Lessons after COVID-19: Learning and Leading

In March 2020, Katie Crysdale started the free POOLaide Webinar Series to bring the aquatics industry together during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Over nine consecutive weeks 1,582 people from 10+ countries attended 27 webinars, creating one global aquatic community. Surprisingly, just three short years ago, this event would not have been possible. In this session, Katie will share business lessons learned since joining the private sector as a consultant after leaving her job as a municipal aquatic manager. In Parks and Recreation, we pride ourselves on consistently providing the same service year after year, but maybe a change and a spark of innovation is just what you need to stand out from the crowd. This session will also highlight many of the business and management practices we’ve learned adapting to COVID restrictions. What things should we continue doing and what should we leave behind forever?

About Katie Crysdale:
Katie has had a life-long commitment to the aquatics sector. She started as a lifeguard, then instructor, finally moving to be a pool supervisor at the University of Toronto. From there she headed west to be the Coordinator, Aquatic Services in Lac La Biche County, Alberta, and then to the Town of High River as the Aquatics Supervisor. Using her numerous and varied lived experiences, Katie founded Lakeview Aquatics Consultants Ltd where she provides her expertise, learns from the many diverse clients with whom she works, and passionately strives to share her knowledge to help the sector in its efforts toward continuous improvement and service quality. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2:00 PM

Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College 

Defining Play in the Aquatic Environment

Play is a powerful vehicle for children's healthy social and psychological development. “Play" is a word that we use commonly to refer to children's preferred activities and to some adult activities but play can go beyond this definition. In his Keynote Address, Dr. Peter Grey will provide a greater understanding of play as activity, and how that translates to the aquatic environment. He will explain how approaches to play can be intentional and embedded in your existing program planning. As a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education, Dr. Peter Grey will share why play came about, in natural selection, to promote children’s healthy physical, intellectual, social, moral, and emotional growth.

About Dr. Peter Gray:
Peter’s recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He is a founding member and past president of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education (ASDE) as well as being a founding member of the nonprofit Let Grow. He earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College and Ph.D. in biological sciences at the Rockefeller University.