2023 PRO Aquatics Conference and Trade Show

Date:   Mar 30, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023
Time:   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location:   Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON

2023 PRO Aquatics Conference & Trade Show

March 30 - 31, 2023

After four long years of virtual events and online meetings, we're back in person! The 2023 PRO Aquatics Conference features active sessions, panels, and in pool activities that frame thought leadership on issues that are critical to the health and sustainability of the aquatics sector

This year, our keynote speaker is Peter Katz, a Juno nominated singer-songwriter with a passion for motivating and inspiring!

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 Aquatics Program*

Day 1: March 30, 2023



9:00 am - 10:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Mingling

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Trade Show Open to Delegates

10:00 am - 11:10 am

Conference Opening and Keynote Address with Peter Katz

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Panel 1: Reducing Energy & Carbon Footprint

Patrick D'Almada, Aquatic Associates Consulting Inc., Tim Hamel, Ted Watson, MJMA Architecture and Design, and Jeanne Ng, MJMA Architecture and Design Moderated by Beth Fisher

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Trade Show Luncheon

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Drawn to Water: Exposing the Relationship between Drowning and Autism

Ashley Arruda, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Ontario Health Code 565-2018: The Impact on Aquatics

Scott Bowron, Clear Aquatics

Help Reduce Harm Caused by Opioid Poisoning in your Community

Cory Lamb, Canadian Red Cross

Understanding and Applying Anti-Oppression

Parul Pandya, Community Impact Consulting

3:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

"Speed Dating" Networking Session


Facilitated by Beth Fisher

Roundtable Debriefs


Featuring conference speakers

Red Cross Session: Farewell to Red Cross in Aquatics

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Preventing Burnout: Decreasing Stress and Increasing Passion

Renee Kulinski-McCann, City of Burlington
Melissa Rydahl, City of Mississauga

Post-Pandemic Aquatics: Keys to Supervision and Management

Jen Knights, City of Windsor

Starfish Swimming Canada: Innovations in Aquatics Instruction 

Leslie Donavan, Starfish Aquatics Alliance

Take a Deep Breath: Addressing Aquatics Air Quality

Tom Schaefer, Clear Comfort



B-Boards: Fun Fitness for Youth and Adults 

Tamara Colaizzi, Blue Motion Fitness

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Delegates go to Dinner in the Hamilton

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Awards Cocktail Reception

9:00 pm - 12:00 am



Day 2: March 31, 2023



9:00 am - 10:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Mingling

10:10 am - 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions

Effective Online Training

Marek Holke, Lifesaving Society

The Smart Beach Project: Water Safety for the 21st Century

Becky Smith, Municipal Innovation Council

Aquatic Innovation: New Approaches to Old Problems

Kelly Martinez, City of Phoenix

Healthy Pools: Preventing Recreational Water Illnesses

Paul Di Salvo, Lifesaving Society

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

The Jeremiah Perry Drowning: The Story, Lessons Learned and the Implications for the Aquatics Industry

Gary Sanger, Eric Shendelman, Lifesaving Society

A Year of Training: Staff Training Modules for Aquatics Staff and Supervisors

Jen Knights, City of Windsor

Realizing Your Presentation Potential: Becoming a Strong Public Speaker

Kelly Martinez, City of Phoenix, Joey Rusnak, City of Barrie

Water Wellness: Serving your Whole Community


Alison Bonnyman, Canadian Aquatic Rehab

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm


1:20 pm - 2:10 pm

Panel 2: Staffing Shortage: Strategies for Long-Term Success

Steve Benning, Town of Milton, Ashley Hutchison, City of Brampton, Stefanie Lauppe, Town of Orangeville
Moderated by Gary Sanger

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Ducky Race

3:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Fireside Chat: The Future of Aquatics
Jen Knights, Lifesaving Society, Davina Lopez, Canadian Swim School Alliance, Christina Neumann, Holland Bloorview, moderated by Jan Wilson, PRO

4:10 pm +

Conference Closing

Learn more about the 2023 PRO Aquatics Conference program here!

*Program subject to change.

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