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Stay Tuned for 2019 Speakers. Below are the 2017 Conference Speakers

Jennifer Moss

CoFounder and Chief Communications Officer, Plasticity Labs

In her role, Jennifer speaks publicly about happiness and its impact on innovation, individual and workplace performance, profitability and overall organizational success. She teaches leadership teams how to measure their happiness initiatives as a…

Lorraine Lafrenière

CEO, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

Her passion for sport goes back decades to when she saw the incredibly powerful role athletes play in inspiring younger generations to stay active and healthy while making a contribution to society. She began…

Richard Way

CEO, Sport for Life Society

Richard has facilitated the use of Long-Term Athlete Development for over 30 sports in more than 50 countries, and co-authored the book, Long-Term Athlete Development, with Istvan Balyi and Colin Higgs. Richard serves on…

Gilmore Junio

2014 Olympian - Master of Ceremonies

Transitioning from hockey to speed skating at the age of 13, Gilmore has developed into one of Canada's premier sprinters on the ice, winning multiple Word Cup medals and proudly representing Canada at World…

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves

CEO, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)

Having spent the past decade as a senior director with Free The Children—a leading global youth empowerment organization—Allison is well versed in the strategy and practice involved in creating a national movement that successfully…

Brandy Tanenbaum

Sunnybrook Heatlh Sciences Centre, Play Safe Initiative

She has 20 years of experience working at local and provincial levels in sport and recreation with a specific focus on creating safe and healthy experiences. Since 2009, Brandy has been a program coordinator…

Richard Monette

Active for Life

Richard currently leads Active for Life, an initiative dedicated to mobilizing the grassroots about the importance of physical literacy for children. Richard is also part of the leadership team at B2ten, a privately funded…

Mark Tewksbury

Co-founder, The Great Traits - Host

Mark has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances, was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City, and was…

Carolyn Trono

Director of Long-Term Athletic Development, Sport for Life Society

She has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level in the areas of strategic planning, LTAD implementation and coach education. She has worked with many National Sport Organizations development…

Jim Moss

CEO, Plasticity Labs

Jim is a former gold-medal winning, professional athlete, and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee. His high-level understanding of sports psychology and education in positive psychology, became Jim’s catalyst for the start-up. Jim educates and…

Peter Niedre

Director, Education Partnerships, CAC

He also served as high performance director in 2012. He holds a Masters in Human Kinetics specializing in Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor in Human Kinetics, and a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education from…

Laura Watson

Senior Coaching Consultant, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

She is a Level 3 certified and Competition – Development coach for ringette where she has coached from grassroots to international level. Her previous hats include being the Director of Sport for viaSport and…

Adam Sollitt

Sport Consultant - Sport Development, ASC

After extensive work abroad with the International Ice Hockey Federation, Adam now oversees the coaching portfolio with Alberta Sport Connection, and acts as the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative for the Province of Alberta.

Heather Ross McManus

Sport for Life LTAD Expert Consultant

Career highlights include an individual 5th place and Canadian team bronze at the 2003 World Championships, as well as 5 World Cup silver medals and a 6th place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games.…

Ron Wuotila

RW Sport Performance Consulting

Ron has twenty years of coaching experience and exposure from youth to the NCAA to the Olympic Games. He has experience in three different countries as well as the full spectrum of financial support…

Todd Jackson

Director, Insurance and Risk Management Hockey Canada

In 2016 he completed his Canadian Risk Management Designation at Sprott School of Business in Ottawa and as Director of Insurance and Risk Management now oversees the Hockey Canada accident/dental insurance program, AD and…

Vicki Harber

Sport for Life

She is a member of the Sport for Life Management Group and Leadership Group, and is helping to shape athlete development programs for young females across Canada.  She holds a Sport Nutrition diploma from…

Donna Hately

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

She is also a World Cup FIS A level Freestyle Ski judge and serves on the Senior Leadership group with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Board in Red Deer. Donna’s motto is Believing in…

Kathryn Schneider

Sports Injury Prevention Research Center

Her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of individuals with dizziness, neck pain and headaches following concussion. She completed her PhD at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary…

Stephen Norris

Canadian Sport for Life

Within Canada, Stephen has worked with Canada’s Winter Olympic Sports for the past 4 Olympic cycles.

Georgia Sapounas

Digital Director, Canadian Olympic Committee

Her portfolio includes Team Canada’s digital content, properties, analytics, innovation projects and platform partnerships. Her and her team saw exponential growth and engagement within all Canadian Olympic Team channels during Sochi 2014 and Rio…

Reid Bilben

ASDC Coordinator, Instructor, Mount Royal University

His passion for sport led him to the University of Saskatchewan where he earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Sport & Leisure Management, while playing volleyball for the Huskies. In his current role, Reid manages…

Michael Cook

Head Coach, AIM Sport Conditioning , University of Alberta

During this time he was very fortunate to be mentored under some of the world leading sport scientists and strength and conditioning professionals at Northumbria University in Newcastle. This then sparked his passion for…

Jim Loughlin


We are excited to have Jim Loughlin facilitating the Core Training for Master Coach Developers Workshop. Jim is a by-product of the Alberta Soccer player and coaching development systems. He has played soccer at…

Jackie Cool


Jackie started out as a Swim Coach for Hinton Water Devils back in 1982. After 3 successful seasons of provincial record holders, multiple medalists and team trophies she learned this could be a career…

Leigh Goldie


Leigh has dedicated his life to sport. He has taught in the department of Physical Education and Kinesiology at Grande Prairie Regional College for the past 40 years retiring in 2016. In his time…