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SPOHOX™ – An exclusive interactive gathering of sport hosting industry professional

A new initiative, Spo Ho Xperience™, is bringing sport hosting professionals from Canada and the United States together for an exclusive, invitation only, gathering that will take place on October 11-12, 2023, in Ottawa, Canada.

SPOHOX™ was conceived through conversations with Canadians working in the sport hosting industry who are ready to tackle difficult topics and lead provocative discussions that will spark innovative approaches when it comes to bidding and hosting sport events in Canada.

The gathering is an unparalleled opportunity that will appeal to DISRUPTERSFORWARD-THINKERS, and CHANGEMAKERS who represent destinations, sport event organizers/rights holders, venues, hospitality & travel professionals, and the education sector of the sport hosting industry.

The Spo Ho Xperience™ program features some of Canada’s top talent in the industry. SPOHOX™ speakers will not shy away from difficult topics and uncomfortable conversations and have joined the line-up to shake things up.

Confirmed headliners include Oorbee Roy (aka Aunty Skates), a motivational speaker and skateboarding content creator; Justin Kingsley, author, strategist, creative director and photographer who was named one of Canada’s most creative people by Marketing Magazine; and Oluseyi Smith P.Eng, MBA, a retired two-time summer (London-2012) and winter (Pyeongchang-2018) Olympian in athletics and bobsleigh who is the founder of Racing to Zero, a sports-focused sustainability consultancy firm. The full speaker line-up will be announced soon.

Three respected members of the sport hosting industry are co-chairs of SPOHOX™: Janice Barresi, CFRE, Vice-President of Brand and Social Impact, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG); Gary Curgin, Consultant, Event Management & Sport Travel; and Wayne Long, Manager Economic, Tourism and Cultural Development, City of Charlottetown.

“Our industry is changing, and we need to be ready for whatever the future holds. The Spo Ho Xperience™ gathering is going to challenge all of us to stretch our minds and see different possibilities,” said Barresi. “I’m pleased to serve as a co-chair and honoured that there will be a fundraising initiative to raise money for the OSEG Foundation so we can continue providing opportunities for children and youth to play, learn and develop through sport.”

Tourism Mississauga is on board as a sponsor of the event. According to Katelyn May, Sport Tourism Coordinator, “Mississauga welcomes partnerships with forward-thinkers and change-makers. We are looking for ways to lean into our vibrant community and create experiences that provide value to our industry partners. We look forward to supporting the first edition of Spo Ho Xperience™ as partners, as well as immersing ourselves in the dynamic environment that is being cultivated in October.”

Other sponsors/partners of SPOHOX™ include ADRENALIN Magazine, City of Charlottetown – SCORE!, Nothers The Award Store, and Makatew Workshops.

Although the event is by invitation only, Spo Ho Xperience™ is currently accepting applications from sport hosting professionals who are motivated to come prepared to CHANGE the game and score BIG in the sport hosting industry to fill any remaining spots.

The application and more information is available at

Join us for York University’s 4th annual Women & Girls Leadership and Sport Conference, Aim High, Play Safe. We are back in person on April 28 at the Second Student Centre to discuss the intersection of high performance athletics and safe sport environments. Learn from celebrated Canadian Olympians Ellie Black and Allison Forsyth about their international sporting careers and the midday panel of experts about the latest research and policy advancements featuring Shauna Bookal,  Dr. Hilary Findlay, Dr. Jessica Fraser-Thomas, Dr. Gretchen Kerr, and Dr. Sabrina Razack.

From April 5-10 use promo code WGLSC25 for 25% off student and general admission tickets.

The annual AthletesCAN Forum is the largest and most inclusive gathering of Canada’s national team athlete representatives outside of competition. It brings together Canada’s high-performance athletes and sport leaders to learn about the sport system, develop leadership skills, share ideas and network through interactive workshops, seminars and presentations.

For more information or to register, please visit the National Coaching for Para sport Summit webpage.

On May 2-3, 2023, the University of Alberta in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), will host a nation-wide dialogue called “The National Coaching for Para sport Summit.”  This Summit will explore how to enhance
coach training to support coaches working with Para athletes as well as how to develop more accessible and inclusive pathways for all coaches.

This summit will bring together some of the world’s leading coaching for Para sport researchers and up to 50 of Canada’s key Para sport and coaching leaders, educators, coaches, athletes, graduate students, and future leaders. The purpose is to spark new avenues and connections for collaborative knowledge sharing and creation, using a Design Thinking process (Brown, 2008) to develop a user-centric, sustainable, and accessible National Coaching Framework for Para sport.

Key Themes & Topics include:

Day One of the summit will consist of presentations and panels aimed at knowledge mobilization of current research and the identification of knowledge gaps on coaching for Para sport. Day One is open to anyone who is interested in learning about Para sport coaching and inclusive coaching practices. Organizations and individuals who may benefit from attending could be coaches, athletes, leaders, volunteers, and/or administrators from:

Additionally, researchers and students from related fields are welcome to join.

Day Two will be a more focused working session with a smaller group of participants who will participate in a facilitated process to develop a draft national framework to guide inclusive coaching practices in Canada. This group will be more targeted to allow for deeper discussion and effective small group work.

Specifically, the organizing committee will seek to put together a blend of:

If you or someone in your organization could bring one or more of these lenses, please use the Day Two section in the registration form to express your interest.

Please note: Expressions of interest will be received until March 31st and selected participants for Day Two will be notified if they are selected by April 7th and will need to confirm in person or virtual attendance by April 15th. In person attendance is strongly preferred for Day Two participants although the virtual option is available. For in person attendees a group hotel rate will be available. A small number of travel subsidies will also be offered for selected NSOs.

Lastly, the organizers are seeking a few individuals interested in supporting the planning of the event. There is a section in the registration form where you can indicate your interest to help out and the organizers will contact you with more details.

We look forward to collaborating with you soon!

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and McLaren Global Sport Solutions (MGSS), with support from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), will host the 2023 Symposium on Competition Manipulation and Gambling in Sport on May 30-31, 2023, in Toronto, Canada.

Join us as experts discuss the state of sports betting in Canada and around the world. Through real-life case studies, delegates will learn about the risks to sport integrity associated with sport betting and competition manipulation, and best practices to mitigate these risks. Collectively, we will look to develop a common way forward that benefits sport and the gaming industry.

The symposium will bring together athletes, national sport organizations, multisport organizations, international sport federations, national and provincial governments, sport gambling operators and regulators, professional sport leagues, integrity units, and law enforcement agencies.

R.I.S.E. Academy Hockey Tournament and Summit

April 21, 22 & 23, 2023

Carleton University Ice House

Last year R.I.S.E. held its first Hockey Tournament with the theme of inclusivity.  We had the opportunity to have 65 youth and their parents engage in great hockey and meaningful conversation about the need for change in the sport that we love.  This year we are growing the event into a three day tournament with the goal of attracting 24 teams, approximately 400 youth and their parents as well as hosting a 1 day summit focused on making hockey more inclusive for all.  During the one day summit many stakeholders will come together that include players, parents, coaches, hockey executives, and the community where they will engage in hockey, fun, dialogue and a Call to Action.


Given hockey’s 2017 Declaration of Principles, the current and ongoing issues of maltreatment by players, coaches as well as spectators, and the long overdue need for positive culture change for the survival of the sport, the theme for the Hockey Summit is “Changing The Hockey Culture: The Challenge And The Opportunity”.


Through the Hockey Summit, the R.I.S.E. Academy seeks to:



8 am – 6:00 pm Hockey Tournament


8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Hockey Tournament

Activity Centre

9:30 am – Keynote Address: Kim Davis, Executive Vice President NHL

10:15 am – Panel  Discussion #1 for Coaches & Executives (Question: As hockey coaches and executives, what can you do to make the sport safer, more inclusive and welcoming for everyone?)

12:00 – 1:15 pm – Catered Lunch and Panel Discussion # 2 on Allyship  for Youth and Parents  (Question: When witnessing incidents of maltreatment – abuse, bias, harassment, racism, etc. – in hockey as a player or parent, what can you do to be an ally?)

1:15 pm – Hockey Tournament continues

2:00 – 2:45 pm – Follow up Workshop for Panel Discussion #1 Coaches & Executives

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Plenary Session (Feedback from Panels and Workshop)

4:00 – 5:00 pm – Summit Reception Refreshments

Post-Summit Information Package

Sunday April 23, 2023

8 am – 5:00 pm Hockey Tournament Finals

Sport for Life and the RA Centre are partnering to deliver the 2023 Sport for Life Summit in Ottawa on February 8 and 9 at the RA Centre’s Clark Hall.

The overarching theme of the Summit, which will be delivered in several communities across the country, is Thriving through Changing Times. In speaking to this theme, the Ottawa Summit will address four primary areas of focus over the two days:



The program features an excellent group of speakers, including our keynotes:

Register for the Ottawa Summit here.

The registration fee is $130 for both days or $75 for a single day. Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided on each day.

We look forward to having you join us for two days of knowledge sharing and interaction!

WADA’s 2023 Annual Symposium will take place on 14-15 March 2023 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. We are pleased to once again host in a hybrid fashion, enabling us to foster onsite interaction while retaining the option of virtual participation.

Under the theme ‘United toward a world of doping-free sport’ the Symposium will once again gather anti-doping practitioners from International Federations, National and Regional Anti-Doping Organizations and Major Event Organizations; as well as, Athletes, Governments, WADA-accredited laboratories, Athlete Passport Management Units, service providers, researchers, and the media – to help advance the global collaborative mission for doping-free sport.

This year’s edition will explore how, together, we can further advance anti-doping for the benefit of athletes worldwide. This will include a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, as well as discussions on some of the developing innovations in anti-doping.

As it relates to COVID-19, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our participants. We will continue to base our decisions on directives issued by public health authorities. The WADA team looks forward to welcoming you to the 2023 edition of its Symposium, either onsite in Lausanne or virtually.

After a three year hiatus, the Ontario Soccer Summit is back, and promises to be the best one yet! The 2023 Ontario Soccer Summit will feature three days of on-field and in-class sessions and include speakers from esteemed organizations from around the world. Explore multiple facets of the game including sessions designed for Technical Leaders, Match Officials, Community Leaders/Club Licensing, and Safe Sport.

It was the summer of the relays! Headlines such as “Canada crowned world champions in 4x100m relays” and “Canada wins women’s 4x400m relay gold “. Was this just a great year or years in the making of proper planning and technical analysis? Join Olympians Kyra Constantine, Brendon Rodney, Athletics Canada’s Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert and biomechanics expert Dana Way as they explain the process of success!