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Ontario Soccer Association – The Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada announced as second keynote speaker

December 6, 2016

Vaughan, Ontario – The Ontario Soccer Association is proud to announce that Lorriane Lafrenière, the Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada, will be a keynote speaker at the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017.

Lafrenière was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport.

Her career spans more than 25 years, across many sectors, within the Canadian sport system including roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, National Sport Organizations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Petro-Canada, one of Canada’s leading Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors.

“Canada’s best coaches constantly seek opportunities to grow, it’s just part of their DNA. They have a strong sense of self-reflection and access to events like the Ontario Soccer Summit allows them to develop and evaluate their current competencies,” Lafrenière said.

Prior joining the Coaching Association of Canada in November of 2013, Lorraine held the CEO position with Canoe Kayak Canada, one of two sports in Canada to produce three Olympic medals in London 2012.

She was also CEO with Cycling Canada from 2006-2008, where she contributed to re-establishing the organization’s financial stability and its high performance and development structure in order to improve Canada’s performances on the international stage.

“The Ontario Soccer Summit is about taking advantage of the thoughtful presentations and workshops, while intentionally engaging with the other leaders in attendance to build a collective network to improve sport in Canada,” Lafrenière said.

Lafrenière joins Jason deVos, the Canada Soccer Director of Development, as one of three Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 keynote speakers.

The third keynote speaker will be announced on December 20, 2017, followed by the complete roster of Ontario Soccer Summit speakers and subject matter experts in the New Year.

The host venue for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 is the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Trent University and event runs March 3-5, 2017.

The Oshawa Civic Centre boasts an international FIFA size 100 metre x 70 metre artificial turf playing field that can be configured into two or four fields for on-field learning.

Trent University, which is steps from the Oshawa Civic Centre, will offer an intimate setting, which is optimal for the immersive Soccer Summit learning experience.

Tickets are now on sale for the Ontario Soccer Summit and can be purchased here

Early bird pricing will be only available until January 6, 2017, so attendees are encouraged to act quickly to secure the best pricing.

There are reduced rates for those booking groups of 5-20 attendees and even greater discounts for those booking 20 or more.

Also, the 2017 event will feature reduced pricing for youth (under 18 years of age) attendees. In addition, Female Mentorship Program participants, Learning Facilitators and District Administrators all receive special pricing.

Check back regularly on the Ontairo Soccer Summit news page for updates on speakers, ticketing and events. 


Media Contact

Ben Rycroft | Ontario Soccer Association Communications Manager | 905-254-9390 ext. 255 | Email: brycroft@soccer.on.ca 


About the Ontario Soccer Association:

Founded in 1901, The Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) is the largest provincial sports organization in Canada. Its members include more than 650 Clubs servicing over 24,000 teams with 380,000 registered players, 70,000 coaches and managers, and 10,000 match officials. The OSA develops and delivers exceptional and sustainable programs and services throughout Ontario with the mission of providing leadership and support for the advancement of soccer in collaboration and cooperation with our membership, partners and other stakeholders. The OSA also operates League1 Ontario, a provincial pro-amateur men’s and women’s league, as well as the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL).