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Rowing Canada Aviron – Rowing Canada Aviron is pleased to announce that registration for the 2019 Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) National Conference and Semi-Annual meeting is now open. The Conference will be held at the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Alberta  from January 24 to 26, 2019  with the Semi-Annual Meeting taking place on January 27, 2019.  

For full details, conference schedule and registration, check out our  Conference websiteEarly Bird Registration deadline is December 7th, 2018. Delegates who wish to book hotel rooms can do so through the link on the accommodation page before January 2nd, 2019.   
The conference theme is ‘Invest in our Best’ by ensuring the leaders of rowing in Canada are equipped with the tools needed on and off the water to enable our sport to thrive! We will benefit from technical experts who will provide us with the tools for developing successful rowers from grassroots to high performance. RCA is pleased to offer soft-skill leadership sessions in collaboration with the University of Calgary Continuing Education (UCCE) providing delegates with development tools to enhance their personal and professional skills.   
The conference will also include the 2019 Canadian Rowing Hall of Fame inductions on Friday, January 25th and the 38th Annual RCA Excellence Awards on Saturday, January 26th.  

This year’s conference is highlighted by two outstanding Keynote Speakers:  

Dame Katherine Grainger – Chair of UK Sport:  

Dame Katherine Grainger is the current Chair of UK Sport. Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete of all time and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Olympic Games.  These include a memorable gold medal in rowing at London 2012, and silver medals in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.  Following a two-year break from the GB Rowing Squad, Katherine returned to the team at the end of 2014. This move resulted in success when Katherine’s silver medal at Rio 2016 gave her the record breaking fifth medal at five Olympic Games. 

In November 2009, Katherine was named as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the “Emirates Lonsdale Trophy” by Commonwealth Games Scotland, the first female to win this prestigious award.   On retiring from rowing, Katherine was awarded the world of rowing’s most prestigious prize, the Thomas Keller Medal, for an Outstanding Career in Rowing.   

For services to rowing, Katherine was awarded an MBE in 2006 and a CBE in 2013.  She serves as an ambassador, patron or board member of various charities and sporting bodies. Rounding off an exceptional 20-year career in sport, she was named ‘Dame Katherine Grainger’ in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to sport and charity. 

Dr. Cari Din – Instructor, Leadership Behavior, Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology 
Dr. Cari Din holds a PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Leadership Behaviour.  She is an Olympic silver medallist, coach, NCCP Master Coach Developer and member of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology.  Cari teaches leadership that enables positive human development – with a specific focus on sport.  She is a CAAWS Women and Leadership facilitator and a member of the Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program, supported by the Status of Women Canada.   
She is deeply committed to creating environments that enable meaningful learning for participants. Cari has been nominated for and won the University of Calgary’s Teaching Excellence Award numerous times and is known for taking active learning risks in her classrooms to enhance student engagement.   
Her enthusiasm pervades her work – she is committed to developing leaders who support inclusive and meaningful physical activity.  Cari lives in Calgary with her family and appreciates the nearby mountains. 

Click HERE for all conference sessions and schedule.  
Click HERE to get involved as a vendor at the National Conference.
Click HERE to register for the conference. 

For general inquiries regarding the 2018 RCA National Conference and Semi-Annual Meeting, please contact  RCA.