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November 25, 2:00 pm  | Managing Inappropriate Behaviour by Creating an Environment for Children to Succeed 

Escalating demands on staff to deal with children’s challenging behaviours are something with which many organizations are struggling. And the introduction of in-person programs may intensify these behaviours. City of Ottawa staff will share their policy and tool they have created to for creating an environment for a child to succeed and remain in programs. This session will cover how this program went from initial skepticism to widespread acceptance with an overview of the policy and procedures, the statistics gathered in five years since implementation, new trainings based on those statistics, and results achieved—including more integrated planning with the city's Inclusive Recreation department.

Pat Daly, Portfolio Manager, City of Ottawa; Matthew Perkins, Recreation Supervisor, City of Ottawa

December 2, 2:00 pm  | Retention of Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity and CPRA Update 

What is gender equity and how can it make sport and recreation better? Join the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and Canadian Women & Sport to learn about this important topic. You’ll walk away with an understanding of key terms and benefits of gender equity. Plus, you’ll learn about some of the bumps that exist along the LTD pathway for girls and young women. Practical recommendations will be provided for coaches, recreation leaders, teachers, and sport administrators. Then learn what has happened and will be happening in parks and recreation at the national level. CPRA and its provincial and territorial (PT) partners have been working on Parks for All, the Parks Task Force, Green Jobs federal funding, an online national knowledge platform, the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, and the CPRA Professional Development Program.

CJ Noble, Chief Executive Office, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

December 3, 2:00 pm  | Synthetic Turf Sport Fields Essentials: The benefits for your community 

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, outdoor sport and recreation activities are booming and demand often exceeds supply. As the winter approaches, the time is right to consider how synthetic turf can enhance your sport fields for years to come. Requiring little recovery time, synthetic turf can increase field availability so more groups can play. And, synthetic turf is safer and more environmentally friendly than it’s ever been.

In this session you’ll learn about:

  • The unique properties of synthetic turf for your sports fields;
  • New organic infills that contribute to performance while addressing environmental benefits;
  • Quality control approaches, based on major sport federation requirements for product identification, stone base planarity and water filtration, and the sports/safety performance of the installed fields; and
  • Best practices in maintenance measures to extend product life.

Leave this session with a better appreciation of how natural and synthetic turf can be options for your community. 

Luc Poirier, Commercial Director, and Thomas Amadei, Technical Director, Labosport Canada

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December 9, 2:00 pm

The 5 Pillars of Diversity and Inclusion

Why is diversity and inclusion important in the workforce? There are many different cultures, lifestyles, and ethnic groups out there and the only way we can attempt to view the world from all perspectives is to have representation within. Diversity is strength and in this keynote, Harrison Browne, Canada's first Transgender Professional Athlete, will map out how to ensure your organization is strong from the inside out. He will share his experiences as a transgender individual in the work force and highlight the importance of being proactive rather than reactive in this expanding business world where inclusion is crucial to success.

Browne has a decorated hockey career, which includes representing Team Canada, Team Ontario and playing on the championship NWHL team the Buffalo Beauts. He has been a trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ rights, helping to form the first ever transgender policy in professional sports, being appointed the Inclusion leader for the NWHL advisory bord and has working with various Gay Straight Alliance leaders within schools and local communities. For his efforts, Harrison was recognized in 2016 by the Hockey News as one of hockey's 100 Top People of Power. 

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