2023 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show

Date:   Mar 28, 2023 - Mar 29, 2023
Time:   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:   Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON

2023 PRO Educational Forum & Trade Show

March 28 - 29, 2023

After four long years of virtual events and online meetings, we're back in person! The 2023 PRO Forum features sessions, panels, and active sessions that frame thought leadership on engagement, sustainability, operations, management, and more. Come back to the PRO Forum to connect, learn, and engage.

Trade Show

Interested in seeing the latest in recreation and aquatics goods and services? The 2023 PRO Trade Show will run from March 29 to 30 with over 35 booths to visit. Make sure to pick up a bingo card and visit every booth for a chance to win exciting prizes! PRO Educational Forum delegates will have the opportunity to visit the Trade Show and meet with vendors on March 29 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

PRO Forum Program*

Day 1: March 28, 2023

Time Session
9:00 am - 10:00 am Registration Opens 
9:00 am - 10:00 am Continental Breakfast and Mingling
10:00 am - 10:10 am Conference Opening
10:10 am - 11:20 am Keynote Speaker: Waneek Horn Miller
Indigenous Reconciliation, Finding Common Ground Through Dialogue
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Concurrent Sessions
Building Teams, Building Communities

Kim Gilhespy, CIRA Ontario
Envisioning the Future of Pickleball in Canada

Matt Cunningham,  Pickleball Hamilton Association
OK Boomer: How Gen Z and the Pandemic Created Opportunity for Change

Heather Davidson, Jenna Kempf, Katelyn Burns, City of Hamilton
Re-creating Recreation: Reimagining Traditional Programs to Engage Diverse Communities

Catherine Vincelli, Sheldon Dixon, City of Toronto
12:20 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch and Launch Event for Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Responding to Community Needs: Shifting to an Equitable Camp Delivery Model 

Serena Bebbe, Jodie Gilvear City of Ottawa
Digital Transformation Projects & Engagement Tools

Howie Dayton, Daniel Fusca, City of Toronto
Barefoot Paths: An Affordable, Adaptable, Recreation Experience

Manuel Spiller, University of Guelph and 1 Bench 1 Tree
Building an Accessible Playfround for Children of all Abilities

David Woord, Envision Tatham, Dean Collver, Town of Collingwood
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Partnership Power: Leading the Way in Tennis Access

Anita Comella, Tennis Canada
Engaging Youth: Stoking Curiousity and Building Accessibility in Recreation Programming

Angel Suarez Esquivel, Mia Maceasik, The Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology

Placemaking and Bill 23: Implications for Parks and Recreation

Amanda O'Rourke, 8-80 Cities, Natalie Brown, Park People, Pari Rajagopalan, PRO
Innovative Approaches to Active Aging and Social Inclusion

Sue Lantz, Collaborative Aging, Kelsey Lecappelain, The Village Collective Impact Project at Canadore College, Bruno Viacava, City of Burlington
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Capital Projects: Getting to the Root of Successful Planning 

Troy Sykes, Todd Reichardt, Xyst Canada 
Healthy Aging: Recreation for an Older Population 

Steve Di Ciacca, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) 

Co-Participation: An Innovative Approach to Sport Programming

Katie Misener, University of Waterloo, Erin Sharpe, Active Together Family Sports, Marie Malcolm, Township of Woolwich

Best Practices for Youth Friendly Communities

Ryan Lo, Urban Minds
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Delegates go to Dinner in Hamilton
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Awards Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)
9:00 pm - 1:00 am Social

Day 2: March 29, 2023

Time Session
9:00 am - 10:00 am Registration Opens
9:00 am - 10:00 am Continental Breakfast and Mingling
10:00 am - 11:00 am Jan Wilson, CEO, Parks and Recreation Ontario, in conversation with Martin Sampson, CEO, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association on the Future of Parks and Recreation
11:10 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
The Power of Mindfulness: Strategies and Practices

Heidi Bornstein, Angela Ventrice, Mindfulness Everyday
Putting the FUN back in Work: Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

Anthony De Laurentis,  City of Toronto
Community Engagement: The Key to Strong Community Spaces

Jeanne Ng, Melanie Taylor, and Timothy Belanger, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)
Leveraging Innovation in Outreach: Reengaging Recreation Participants Post-Pandemic

Marcia Vona, City of Richmond Hill
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Trade Show Luncheon
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Trade Show Open to Delegates
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Green Energy: Innovation in Aquatics

Scott Bowron, Clear Aquatics and Els Vanbeckevoort, SanEcoTec
No Hassle Teambuilding: Material-Free Activities for the Workplace

Anthony De Laurentis,  City of Toronto

Geofencing: Data Collection for Parks and Recreation

Dr. Martha Barnes, Dr. Julie Stevens, Brock University

Busch Systems Product Experience Sponsor

Rae-Ann Dos Reis, Busch Systems

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Designing and Building the Future of Recreation

Robert Allen, Tarisha Dolyniuk, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) and Gary Sanger, City of Toronto
Data: How to Make it Work for You

Darryl McWilliam, Scott O’Donnell, Town of Oakville

Adaptive and Inclusive Programming: Where We Are and Where We're Going

Joannah Campbell, Francesca Gable, City of London

Double length session:

Understanding and Applying Anti-Oppression

Parul Pandya, Community Impact Consulting

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Concurrent Sessions
Conversations in EDI: Building a Better Team

Uzma Shakir, Lisa Boyce-Gonsalves, Kristina Zietsma, Director of Recreation, City of Mississauga
Beauty and Wonder in Planning and Designing Parks and Open Spaces for Community-Oriented Public Buildings 

Hyaeinn Lee, Maclennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA)

The Mixed Ability Model: Taking a Universal Design Approach to Quality Participation

Adam Fitzpatrick, Kelly Kasper, Abilities Centre
4:50 pm + Conference Closing

Learn more about the 2023 PRO Educational Forum program here!

*Program subject to change.

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