2019 NIRSA Ontario Student Lead On

NIRSA Ontario Student Lead On

Brock University is happy to host the 2019 NIRSA Student Lead On to be held Wednesday October 16 to Friday October 18, 2019. We welcome students and staff from Colleges and Universities across Ontario and beyond. This year’s conference theme is Leading the Way Through Campus Recreation. Through discussions as well as conference sessions we hope to inspire attendees to look at recreation as a tool to lead change in their institutions, communities and everyday lives.

Come join us this year at the NIRSA Ontario Student Lead On!


Keynote- Brenda Herchmer

Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder and the owner of a social enterprise called Campus for Communities of the Future. She is a speaker, trainer, consultant, blogger, and the author of three books including Community Building for Recreation Practitioners. Previously she has worked for the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, the City of Niagara Falls, and was a Recreation Professor at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. Brenda won the 2016 Brock University Faculty of Applied Sciences Distinguished Graduate Award, and in 2017 became an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Society. Brenda has also been acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education.


Campus recreation isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a need-to-have. However, it will only be viewed as essential if we continue to maximize its power and potential to deliver significant individual and community benefits. Maximizing this impact will require a need to adapt because the game and the rules are changing. Tapping this potential may also require growing our own leadership if we are to effectively use recreation to lead change in our everyday lives, our institutions, and our communities. Learn more about embracing future-focused recreation that reflects trends, new opportunities, and a different kind of leadership; articulate what needs to be changed; and demystify the how-to’s for transformative change.


WednesdayOctober 16th
2:00pm-5:00pmRegistration, Climbing ($5), Facility Tours
6:00pmWednesday Night Social
ThursdayOctober 17th
8:30amRegistration Opens
9-11amWelcome and Keynote
1-2pmSession 1
2-3pmSession 2
3:30-4:30pmSession 3
6pmThursday Night Social on Clifton Hill
FridayOctober 18th
10-11amSession 4
11-12pmT-shirt Exchange


For any questions please email Megan Locker, mlocker@brocku.ca

NIRSA Registration

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Presentation Proposals

We are now seeking presentation proposals for the 2019 NIRSA Ontario Student Lead On Conference. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for Q&A.

If you are interested in presenting please submit your presentation proposal before September 27, 2019.

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For any questions regarding the conference please contact Megan Locker at (905) 688-5550 ext. 4699 or by email, mlocker@brocku.ca

Hotel Information

The preferred hotel for the conference is the Four Points by Sheraton (3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, Ontario, L2V4Y6). The hotel block will be held until September 21, 2019 at which point the remaining rooms will be put back into circulation.  The hotel is $112/night for a Double Suite with Sofa Bed. To book your hotel please do so online.