The morning starts bright and early as your conference hosts preview the day and we welcome a representative from the Enoch Cree Nation which is a proud First Nations situated on Treat No. 6 territory in central Alberta, bordering the city of Edmonton’s west side to bring greetings.
Host – Alberta Sport Connection
Natalie Durand-Bush – Co-Founder: Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport
Anastasia Bucsis – 2010 / 2014 Olympian
In this session, Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush; a sport psychology professor and Co-Founder of the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport along with Anastasia Bucis; a two time Canadian Olympic Speed Skater will discuss a number of aspects related to mental health and sport. The differences between mental health, mental illness and mental performance, the prevalence of mental health challenges/mental Illness in sport vs. the general population and Duty of Care; why coaches should care about athletes’ mental health and their own mental health will all be examined. Anastasia will provide insight into her story as an Olympic Speed Skater and the effects mental health have had on her throughout her career and how she has been able to transition into her role with the CBC. The session will conclude with insight into how a culture of positive mental health is being created with specific action items and takeaways that can be incorporated into our daily lives.
Host – Kate Moorhouse – Manager, Education, Diversity and Inclusion – Canadian Olympic Committee
Rosie Cossar – 2012 Olympian – Consultant, Sport Inclusion – Canadian Olympic Committee
Isabelle Cayer – Manager, Diversity and Inclusion – Coaching Association of Canada
Stephanie Shostak – President Alberta Volleyball Officials Association / You Can Play Ambassador
Kieran Block – Former Canadian Sledge Hockey Team Member / You Can Play Ambassador
In this session, Dr. Tom Hinch will highlight the synergistic relationship between the two global phenomena of sport and tourism. The advantages of sport as a tourist attraction are then discussed along with a typology of sport tourism that that can be used to formulate strategic plans.
The session will then close by identifying resources that you can use to capitalize on the opportunities that sport tourism provides to your organizations and communities.
Blair McIntosh a long-time amateur sport leader will bring greetings in his new role as the President of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.
Sport Tourism is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism industry and Canada is seen as a preferred sport tourism destination. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance promotes the development of partnerships between event rights holders and host cities, measures the economic impact of sport events and enhances the profile of sport tourism.
Blair will share his overall assessment of the inaugural Alberta Provincial Sport Tourism Conference and make an announcement in regards to the 2020 Sports Events Congress.
In this fast paced session attending delegates will have the opportunity to rotate through and participate in a series of round-table discussions on the impact of sport hosting at the regional and municipal level throughout Alberta.
Sport Tourism Leaders and Representatives from Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray / Wood Buffalo, Leduc, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge along with Hockey Alberta will lead the discussions. Topics will include Building a Sport Tourism Portfolio in your Community, Formalizing the Bidding Process, Working with the Sport Organization after you have won the Bid, Community Building and Engagement, Community Building from a Volunteering perspective and how Hockey Alberta has developed their Provincial Championships bid packages and assesses proposals from communities through their hosting allocation process.
An exciting way to learn about what a community can do for your sporting event
This business to business marketplace allows destinations and sporting event rights holders to quickly meet and explore hosting opportunities in a fast, efficient, and fun environment. For this session, you will be assigned a set of appointments (5-7 ‘dates’ lasting 12-15 minutes each).
A maximum of two people from your sport organization may sit together at your table and take part in the appointments.