Past Events

Take a look below at some of the events we have hosted in the past and others that our members have taken part in.

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Athletes First: The Promotion of Safe Sport in Canada

Hosted: June 16th – 18th, 2021

This forum and series of panels focused on the harassment and abuse of athletes, and the lack of administrative action in these instances, that have been highlighted in recent cases in the media and the courts. Additionally, acknowledging that the long term negative ramifications for athletes and sport at all levels is a significant issue that needs discussion, discourse, and action.

That’s where we came in.

The Centre for Sport Capacity’s 2021 Forum, Athletes First: The Promotion of Safe Sport in Canada had an athlete-centred focus. Topics for the virtual event included: athlete advocacy, governance and policy development, legal ramifications of harassment and abuse in sport, and coaching education.

Panelists:

  • Allison Forsyth – AthletesCAN
  • Georgina Truman – AthletesCAN
  • Erin Willson – AthletesCAN
  • Dr. Peter Donnelly – University of Toronto
  • Dr. Gretchen Kerr – University of Toronto
  • Dr. Bruce Kidd – University of Toronto
  • Dasha Peregoudova – Aird & Berlis
  • Bobby Sahni – Ethnicity Matters
  • Kate Scallion – Jones, Emery, Hargreaves & Swan
  • Isabelle Cayer – Coaching Association of Canada
  • Kasey Liboiron – Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
  • Peter Niedre – Coaching Association of Canada
  • Moderators: Drs. Michele K. Donnelly, Hilary Findlay, and Michael Van Bussel

Event Schedule:

JUNE 16, 2021

  • 12:00pm-12:30pm – Opening Remarks
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – Panel 1: Athletes’ Voices (Allison Forsyth, Georgina Truman, & Erin Willson – AthletesCAN; Moderator: Dr. Michele K. Donnelly – Centre for Sport Capacity)
  • 2:30pm-2:45pm – Breakout Session Overview
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Breakout Session – Athletes’ Voices
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm – Day One Announcements and Adjournment

JUNE 17, 2021

  • 9:30am-9:45am – Announcements and Welcome Back
  • 9:45am-11:15am – Panel 2: Governance and “System Re-Engineering” (Drs. Peter Donnelly, Gretchen Kerr, & Bruce Kidd – University of Toronto; Moderator: Dr. Michele K. Donnelly – Centre for Sport Capacity)
  • 11:15am-12:15pm – Breakout Session – Governance
  • 12:15pm-1:30pm – Lunch Hour
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm – Panel 3 – Legal Implications (Dasha Peregoudova – Aird & Berlis; Bobby Sahni – Ethnicity Matters; Kate Scallion – Jones, Emery, Hargreaves & Swan; Moderator: Dr. Hilary Findlay – Centre for Sport Capacity)
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Breakout Session – Legal Implications
  • 4:00pm-4:15pm – Day Two Announcement and Adjournment

JUNE 18, 2021

  • 9:30am-9:45am – Announcements and Welcome Back
  • 9:45am-11:15am – Panel 4: Coach Education (Isabelle Cayer – Coaching Association of Canada; Kasey Liboiron – Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport; Peter Niedre – Coaching Association of Canada; Dr. Michael Van Bussel – Centre for Sport Capacity)
  • 11:15am-12:15pm – Breakout Session – Coach Education
  • 12:15pm-12:45pm – Closing Remarks – Moving Forward – Adjournment

CSC Safe Sport Forum - Athletes' Voice Panel

CSC Safe Sport Forum - Governance & “System re engineering” Panel

CSC Safe Sport Forum - Legal Implications Panel

CSC Safe Sport Forum - Coach Education Panel

Women in Sport & Leadership Forum

Hosted: November 21, 2019

The Women in Sport & Leadership Forum brought together leaders in the non-profit sport sector to discuss and share triumphs and struggles on the path to achieving gender equity in sport.

The forum included presentations, workshops, and a Keynote Address from Katrina Galas, the Global Sport Strategist for In Common Consulting.

The purpose of the event was to bring together sport management scholars and industry practitioners to discuss the real issues faced when sport organizations create and operationalize gender equity plans.

Furthermore, the event provided an opportunity to forge networks of like-minded individuals who will champion gender equity initiatives and create a working plan to help remote gender equity initiatives taking place in the Niagara Region and beyond.

Panelists:

  • Lindsay Walsh, Senior Director of Basketball Development, Ontario Basketball
  • Greer Gemin, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, C.A.A.W.S
  • Alex Grey, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, C.A.A.W.S
  • Dr. Shannon Kerwin, Associate Professor, Brock University
  • Dr. Michele Donnelly, Assistant Professor, Brock University
  • Dr. Dawn Trussell, Associate Professor, Brock University
  • Dr. Katie Lebel, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Ann Pegoraro, Professor, Laurentian University

Event Schedule:

8:45 a.m. – Registration, Coffee, and Networking

9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address

10:30 a.m. – Presentation 1 – CAAWS, What is Gender Equity? Introduction of the Same Game Project Model

11:30 a.m. – Workshop 1 – Sport Management Researchers, Navigating Data Collection

12:45 p.m. – Lunch

1:45 p.m. – Workshop 2 – Sport Management Researchers, Creating buy-in and changing culture.

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – Presentation 2 – Sport Club Exemplar (Ontario Basketball), We have a Champion/Funding…Now What? Promoting Buy-in

3:45 p.m. – Mapping a Plan

4:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up

7:00 p.m. – Social (Brock University Women’s Hockey Game)

Spotlight 2019: Women in Sport Leadership Forum

Niagara Tennis Forum

Hosted: April 14, 2019

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The forum was held on April 14th, 2019, with the support of the Centre for Sport Capacity and People First. The goal was to identify priority areas in which movement could be made with a united effort to increase tennis’ presence in Niagara.

40 individuals gathered for the forum who were representative of a cross section of the sport of Tennis in Niagara. A uniting theme was an agreement that the sport of Tennis is not advancing in Niagara as it is throughout Canada.

Key areas identified for change included facility improvement, youth participation, and league play for adults across the region.

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Innovation and Creativity in the Sport Industry 

A PRESENTER SERIES HIGHLIGHTING HOW DIFFERENT SPORT properties HARNESS INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY TO ACHIEVE ORGANIZATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Hosted: March 24th, 2022

On March 24th, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EST), the CSC hosted a Webinar called Innovation and Creativity in the Sport Industry.

This webinar generated a conversation about sport organizations and entrepreneurs harnessing creativity within their respective fields. Our panel of speakers, ranging from analytical and private sector backgrounds, provided case examples regarding innovative processes within their organizations.

Webinar Recording


Sport and the Environment: Tackling Environmental Issues in Canadian Sport

Speaker Dan Wilcock discusses how canadian sport organizations can foster environmental sustainabiltity

Hosted: March 3rd, 2022

On March 3rd, 2022, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EST), the CSC hosted a Webinar called Sport and the Environment: Tackling Environmental Issues in Canadian Sport

This webinar examined the impact of climate change on Canadian sport. Dan Wilcock, who has served in numerous leadership roles for Canadian sport organizations and has championed sustainability across many policy levels, shared his experiences in bringing about effective long term change to Canadian sport organizations.


Sport Gambling

A panel discussion on the emerging sport gambling industry in Canada

Hosted: February 9th, 2022

On February 9th, 2022, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (EST), the CSC hosted a Webinar called Sport Gambling 

This webinar examined the recent legalization of single-game sports betting in Canada. Our experienced group of speakers brought a unique perspective to the conversation: Dr. Michael Naraine, an expert in digital, revenue generation and business development in sport, was joined by Nic Sulsky at PointsBet Canada and Amanda Brewer from Kindred Group Plc.

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Sport & The Environment: Politics, Practices and Preferred Futures

Speaker David Goldblatt discusses political decisions  surrounding sport in the context of the climate emergency.

Hosted: February 3rd, 2022

On February 3rd, 2022, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST), the CSC hosted a webinar called Sport and the Environment: Politics, Practices and Preferred Futures

This webinar examined the current state of the climate emergency and sport’s impact on climate change. Author, David Goldblatt shared his knowledge about the sport industry and the political actions that governing bodies are currently taking to limit sports impact on the environment, creating a more sustainable future for all.

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Unveiling Esports

A panel discussion on the direction and growth of a billion-dollar industry

Hosted: November 17, 2021

On November 17th 2021, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, the CSC hosted a webinar called “Unveiling Esports: A panel discussion on the direction and growth of a billion-dollar industry”

This webinar examined the world of Esports and took a dive into the innovative and unique opportunities the industry provides. An exceptional group of panelists with firsthand experience in various areas of Esports, with roles in major organizations such as Ontario Post-Secondary Esports and OverActive Media Group. They share their knowledge and answer questions on appealing discussions topics  that will give you the chance to go behind the scenes of this billion dollar industry and learn from seasoned professionals.

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Planning and Building Through Challenging Circumstances

A conversation about coaching team culture during COVID-19 with Margot Page and Willy Manigat

Hosted: March 23, 2021

On March 23rd 2021, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm (ET), the CSC hosted a webinar called “Planning and Building Through Challenging Circumstances: A Conversation about coaching team culture during COVID-19 with Margot Page and Willy Manigat”

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all of those in the sport industry. This is especially true for coaches and players, who have had to find ways to adapt during this difficult time through remote and reduced programs. Some of the areas that have been hardest to adapt are soft skills such as teamwork, culture and individual character. Brock University varsity coaches, Margot Page (Women’s Hockey) and Willy Manigat (Men’s Basketball) took time to speak to their experience coaching soft skills during COVID-19, and key lessons learned.

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Starting at Love: (Re)discovering Tennis as a Lifelong Sport – A Tennis Story with Gianluca Agostinelli

Hosted: December 2, 2020

On December 2nd 2020, from 2:00 – 3:15 pm (ET), the CSC hosted a webinar called “Starting at Love: (Re)discovering Tennis as a Lifelong Sport – A Tennis Story with Gianluca Agostinelli.”

The Italian Studies Program of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) at Brock University invited Gianluca Agostinelli to speak to students of Italian Canadian Studies and the community on sports industry in Canada in anticipation of the Summer Canada Games in Niagara. Agostinelli, growing up in an Italian family of athletes, focused on his career as a top-ranked junior tennis player in Canada, as a former member of Team Ontario and Tennis Canada, and his return to tennis at Brock University.

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Pivoting Youth Sport and Recreation Programming in the Wake of COVID-19: Recommendations and Resources

Hosted: November 25, 2020

On November 25th 2020, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (ET), the CSC hosted a webinar called “Pivoting Youth Sport and Recreation Programming in the Wake of COVID-19: Recommendations and Resources.”

This webinar included three panelists who examined the programming decisions and adjustments made by youth sport and recreation organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Erin Graybiel, the General Manager of Day Camp and Youth Outreach for the YMCA of Niagara, shared how the YMCA is pivoting their approaches to youth engagement and programming and highlighted lessons that they have learned as they adapt in real-time during the pandemic. Harry Bell, Regional Manager Hamilton-Niagara and SWO at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, provided insights about how his organization continues to support programs in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada with various resources and funding opportunities. Corliss Bean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University and member of the Centre for Sport Capacity, then spoke about how evaluation, now more than ever, is a powerful strategy to enhance program delivery by understanding how to adapt, improve, and meet the needs of youth. She shared some feasible evaluation practices and discussed supports and capacity building opportunities available to stakeholders in the sector.

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A Panel Discussion on Soccer in Ontario

Hosted: October 28, 2020

On October 28th 2020, from 3:00-5:00 pm (ET), the CSC hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Italian Studies program from the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) Department, called “A Panel Discussion on Soccer in Ontario.”

Paul Stalteri, pro soccer player and coach, and Carmelina Moscato, Olympic Bronze medalist and coach, spoke to students of Italian Canadian Studies and to the community on the topic of sports industry in Canada in anticipation of the Summer Canada Games in Niagara. Stalteri and Moscato focused on their own careers, the access of their trainings to coaches and managers, and the path they took that lead them to national and international levels. MLLC course instructor Teresa Russo moderated this event.

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Understanding Same Game: The Self-Guided Gender Equity Toolkit

Hosted: September 30, 2020

On September 30th, 2020, as part of the Centre for Sport Capacity’s Webinar Series, the CSC hosted the Understanding Same Game: The Self-Guided Gender Equity Toolkit webinar.

CSC member Dr. Shannon Kerwin in collaboration with Greer Gemin and Jenny Lim from Canadian Women & Sport, walked attendees through the Same Game toolkit, the research behind why it works, and answered questions about how it can across organizations/clubs.

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COVID-19 Legal Issues Facing Sport and Recreation Organizations

Hosted: April 30, 2020

On April 30th, 2020, the Centre for Sport Capacity hosted this free webinar, presented by Centre member Dr. Hilary Findlay, LLB, PhD.

In the webinar, Dr. Findlay shares her thoughts, from a legal perspective, on what should be done now and in the future to prepare for the resumption of sporting and recreation activities after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building Resilience in Your Athlete

Hosted: September 18, 2018

On September 18th, 2018, Centre member Dr. Kirsty Spence, along with Meg Salter and Jim Grabb, delivered the Building Resilience in Your Athletes webinar as part of our Sport for Life webinar series.

Business Breathers: Sport & Economic Development

Held: February 14th, 2022

Dr. Julie Stevens, Special Advisor to the Brock University President for Canada Summer Games discusses how sport can play a role in economic development. In this webinar she highlights the value of sport, recreation and wellness in relation to economic prosperity in a community. “By positioning sport as an economic driver, new perspectives and possibilities for economic growth strategies emerge and we can begin to dialogue about the ways we might capture these new opportunities for our Niagara community,” Stevens said.

The session is geared towards people who work in economic development, chambers of commerce members, business improvement associations, business owners, sports organizers and anyone looking to connect sport and business.

Parks and Recreation As an Essential Service

Held: June 9, 2021

This latest policy brief, #51 in the NCO series, was created in partnership with the Centre for Sport Capacity and addresses the role of parks and recreation as an important policy tool to address broad society-level crises facing all Niagara communities. It is written by Dr. Julie Stevens, Dr. Martha Barnes, Sarah Ane, and Dr. Carol Phillips.

We had a great turnout and discussion on our latest research, Parks and Recreation as an Essential Service: Using a health equity lens to strengthen provision in Niagara. Thanks to our panel: Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik; Commander, Mobile Integrated Health for Niagara EMS, Marty Mako; and Niagara Falls Director of Recreation & Culture, Kathy Moldenhauer.

Saskatchewan Women in Football Summit

Held: March 25, 2021

In the virtual Saskatchewan Women in Football Summit, CSC’s Dr. Ryan Clutterbuck spoke about his experience coaching with the Canadian Women’s National Team in 2017, where he worked as Offensive Coordinator, and the upcoming International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championships, where he is Head Coach of Team Canada.

Women in Leadership Event: Challenges and Successes Women Face in their Struggle for Equity in Sport

Held: November 10, 2020

In the virtual Women in Leadership meeting on Tuesday November 10th, the Centre for Sport Capacity’s Michele Donnelly, Ph.D., looked at the challenges and successes that women face in their struggle for equity in sport.

You can view the video below.

This session was delivered as part of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Women in Leadership initiative. To learn more, please visit https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/wil/692-2/

Blockers & Attackers: Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership

Held: October 3, 2020

The Centre for Sport Capacity proudly sponsored Niagara Chapter – Native Women Inc. in their fundraiser called, “Blockers and Attackers: Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership.” This event engaged the audience in Indigenous culture and significance while bonding over a shared interest of sports, and featured Indigenous female panelists including Amy Wilson-Hands (volleyball coach and athlete), Keynote Speaker Waneek Horn-Miller (water polo medalist), and Guest Speaker Jessica Ghosen (roller derby athlete). The event also experienced beautiful performances from the talented Nicole Joy-Fraser. The afternoon was then wrapped up with a live Q&A session for participants and each participant was provided with a swag bag to commemorate the event.

Football Manitoba Coach2Coach Online Speaker Series

Held: June 25, 2020

One of our members, Dr. Ryan Clutterbuck, presented for the Coach2Coach online speaker series hosted by Football Manitoba.

Dr. Clutterbuck spoke on National Team Offensive Systems on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 Central Time.

Women in Leadership Meeting

Held: June 17, 2020

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On June 17th, 2020, Centre member Dr. Laura Cousens spoke at the online monthly Women in Leadership meeting. Dr. Cousens shared her insights on how she bridges leadership and value-driven initiatives to create opportunities for women and disadvantaged groups in society using examples from her career in academia and parks and recreation.

Physical Literacy Movement Preparation – Coach Workshop

Held: February 9, 2020

On February 9th, 2020, Centre Coordinator Cole McClean hosted a coaches workshop to showcase Physical Literacy Movement Preparation. Physical Literacy Movement Preparation is an enhanced training program performed as a warm up before practices and games to improve performance and durability.

Participants completed two e-Learning modules before their mentor-led practical in-person peer teaching session supported by instructional materials.

The training helped better prepare the participants to assist in the development of better movement skills in their athletes through a developing physical literacy approach.

The workshop was supported by Sport for Life, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Soccer, and Ontario Soccer.

Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) Symposium

The purpose of this plenary was to facilitate dialogue with panel experts and conference attendees on a key Niagara Region industry, Sport Tourism. Further, discussion around the opportunities a major games context offers to management researchers was facilitated.

Concussion and Sport Panel

Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research hosted a free talk as part of their speaker series, in collaboration with the Centre for Sport Capacity and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Hosted by Dr. Charles Tator, the talk was titled, “Concussions – What are they and what should I be doing?”. Centre member Dr. Hilary Findlay was a part of the panel discussion and spoke to the legal implications of concussions in sport.