Below is the 2019 summit schedule. Of course, the speakers and topics will change for 2020 but we wanted you to see the quality of the topics, speakers and format. Speaker and agenda items will start to be posted by March 31st.
Enjoy the beautiful setting of The Village at Canadore College – this will be your first chance to grow you coaching network and meet someone new!
Spend time in the shoes of a director & head coach of an Olympic gold medalist National Team, a strategist of the Canadian sport system and an international coaches mentor, and understand the power of mobilization. Each time Danièle gives a presentation, she captivates and inspires her audience, as she speaks about adversity and resilience, the notions of leadership and a winning team, and about what she has experienced, studied and applied.
In this keynote session, Olympic gold medal winning head coach Danièle Sauvageau will dig in to what makes a coach successful, regardless of the context they are coaching in. Her insights will be unique and she will share stories of her Olympic journey to six winter games as well as her life as an undercover narcotics officer for the Montreal Urban Police.
Daniele Sauvageau will inspire you, will guide you through the strengthening teamwork and leadership skills that will lead you to victory. Be prepared to be exposed to content such as: Adversity: knowing when to change course; Leadership in an organization; Secrets of coaching; Evaluating; Strategies of management; Components of a winning team; Winning: it’s about embracing change
Beth Barz was the 2013 Fox 40 Ontario Female Coach of the Year, and is the current Assistant coach of the men’s varsity rugby team at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Barz is a brilliant example of the power of coach development, education and being a life-long learner, making her a key leader in the Canadian sport scene.
Citing her evolving coaching philosophy, she continually focuses on challenging her own development, while supporting others to reach for their potential.
Beth has completed her NCCP Level 4 certification in rugby and is a Learning Facilitator and Mentor Coach for the Advanced Coaching Diploma program for the Canadian Sport Institute. She is also a Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator for Rugby Ontario and a Multi-sport Learning Facilitator for the Coaching Association of Ontario. Additionally, Beth is an International Rugby Board Trainer.
Nima Dehghansai is a senior PhD student at York University, one of Canada’s leading performance labs. His research focuses on talent identification and long-term athlete development, particularly in Paralympic contexts. Nima’s research explores the factors that impact athletes’ development across the pathway, from recruitment and identification to long-term development. Bridging the gap between research and practice is a focal point of Nima’s research program and many of his research partners are practitioners, coaches, and athletes, as well as the organizations that develop evidence-based policy (e.g., Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Paralympics Australia, Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Own the Podium). Working with these partners, Nima and the research team at York University try to bridge the gap between scientific research and practical application to inform policy, develop coach and athlete resources and support daily training environments to enhance athletes’ experience and maximize their potential.
Matt Allen works with a number of National, Provincial, and Club Sport Organizations on developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, policy development, and strategic direction to make their sport a safe place for all coaches and athletes. He is the C0-Chair of You Can Play Canada-East and a National leader in diversity and inclusion in sport in Canada.
During this keynote session Matt will discuss what diversity and inclusion really means, how coaches, club and associations can benefit from a more diverse and inclusive organization and simple ways to implement these strategies.
He is the Chief Innovation Officer with the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada, the Assistant Coach with the USA Men’s National Softball Team and the Head Coach for the Laurier University Women’s Softball team in Waterloo.
John Davis is a co-founder and co-owner of SYMETRICS – The Institute for Integrated Physical Rehabilitation.
Over the past 30 years John has continued to advance his knowledge and skills in the physiotherapy field with a keen interest in supporting athletes with many post-graduate courses.
John is a certified and leading Northern Ontario concussion practitioner through Complete Concussion Management (CCM). This program is designed to provide the same level of care professional athletes would receive. Through base line testing, the most current research in rehabilitation and strict return to play/work protocols any patient sustaining a concussion receive comprehensive therapy.
CCM analyzes leading research to develop best-in-class approaches to concussion care. The network and patient database enables large-scale research to advance concussion management, and ultimately, the long-term health and well-being of concussion patients.
After sustaining a couple of concussions as an amateur athlete, he can fully appreciate the importance of proper concussion management to ensure a full recovery before returning to play.
Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Don “Boc” Saunders was born and raised in Durham, Ontario, and enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1992. An experienced Aerospace Controller (AEC), LCol Saunders has served in both the Canadian and Alaskan NORAD Air Defence Sectors, culminating his tour in Alaska as the Region’s Chief of Command and Control Standards and Evaluation. LCol Saunders was an airspace security planner for Joint Task Force Games in Victoria, BC, where he helped develop airspace control measures for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
LCol Saunders graduated from the Joint Command and Staff Programme in Toronto at the Canadian Forces College in 2014 and upon graduation, was posted to the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, where he worked in the Directorate of Regional Plans, providing strategic advice for the Chief of the Defence Staff on NORAD files. In 2015 LCol Saunders was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Detachment at Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma where he led a dedicated team through multiple world-wide deployments. Post command, LCol Saunders was assigned to the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) where he currently serves as the Director of the Commanders Advisory Group (CAG).
LCol Saunders was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal for his duties while deployed to the CAOC in Vicenza, Italy, during Operation Allied Force (Kosovo) in 1999. For his flying duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Inherent Resolve (Syria), LCol Saunders was awarded the South West Asian Service Medal, the General Campaign Star Expeditionary and 2 United States Air Medals.
Frank St-Denis, a professional educator and certified Performance Coach-Indoor is entering his 14th season with the Ottawa Maverick Volleyball Club. Coach St-Denis is one of the most decorated coaches in the Club and province consistently winning medals at Provincials and Nationals at all age groups and developing athletes who are prepared for the challenges of “next level” training and competition. As a school coach, he heads the highly respected Sport-Études program and has won multiple OFSAA championships on both the girls and boys side of the ledger with E.s.p. Louis-Riel and E.s.c. L’Escale. He is also a proud father of two sons who both will represent Ontario this summer at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.
Dr. Cassidy Preston is the founder of Consistent Elite Performance and is a full-time Sport & Performance Psychology Consultant that specializes in working with elite athletes, teams, and businesses. Cassidy has an extensive background in elite sport as a former OHL & USPORT player. The approach Cassidy takes to consulting is informed by current sport psychology research and his extensive experiences in elite sport as an athlete, consultant, and coach. By combining current research with his experiences he is able to illustrate important concepts and ideas into effective strategies for his clients to apply. He focuses on helping his athletes play with confidence, focus, and poise so that they can enter the flow state, enjoy their sport, and achieve consistent elite performance. As a former coach, he is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of his clients and uses an autonomy-supportive approach to ensure his clients take ownership of their mental skills.
Dr. Stephen Norris is a leading performance consultant/conversationalist and applied sport scientist who is much sought after as pivotal speaker and presenter internationally. Stephen focuses upon the understanding and creation of sustainable systems and cultures aimed at performance and excellence. These are areas of attention for both sport and business endeavours as organizations move from early inspiration to continual implementation of specific processes, behaviours, and habits.
Long-Term Athlete Development is a phrase that is often heard within nearly all sports. In this session Dr. Norris will share with you the world leading research he and other Canadians have done to create the Canada Sport for Life model that is envied by many countries around the globe.
Stephen is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alberta SportConnection (the Crown agency responsible for sport in Alberta) and professionally works with Swim Alberta, the PGA of America, Hockey Canada, International Ice Hockey Federation and a select group of international corporations.
Rory Kosonic is an entrepreneur, strength coach, writer, and mentor. He has an extensive background in program development, education, youth coaching, business development/ownership, and has recently established a new training company in London, ON geared toward providing youth athletes with the knowledge and skills to pursue their athletic career. RPG Training Systems will be a force for change in athletic development as well as human health and performance potential. Rory currently works with over 100 athletes per week to build strength, speed, power, and perseverance. His company, RPG, is built on the value of reciprocity and will be donating proceeds from training to local schools to further the development of programs and outreach opportunities for youth struggling with their physical, mental and emotional health. He is a husband and father of 2.