Outline of ACGM Events

Updated May 7, 2014

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Convention Package Pick-up and Delegate and Proxy Voting Registration

Location: Le Château Frontenac
Wednesday, May 28, 2014: 15:00 to 19:30
Thursday, May 29, 2014: 14:00 to 20:00
Friday, May 30, 2014: 07:00 to 08:30 and 16:00 to 17:30
Saturday, May 31, 2014: 07:00 to 08:30

Wednesday, May 28

Quebec Section hosted activity**
Time: 15:30 – 22:00
Le Château Frontenac
Cost: $75 all inclusive

Come and join the Quebec Section to take in an interactive experience in the streets of Vieux-Québec. The Promenades Fantômes will take you back to the time of New France, at one time the place of perdition of numerous criminals. During the course of this activity where you will be on foot, you will hear many stories from the past and discover the beauty of Vieux-Québec. When the activity is over, you will be able to enjoy an excellent meal at the Le Côtes-à-Côtes Grill that also provides a majestic view of the St. Lawrence River.

**This activity must be purchased separately by completing the registration form found on Members Only or by contacting the Quebec section office at 514-252-3073, extension 3473, or by email at annydesjardins@patinage.qc.ca. Registration deadline is Friday May 9, 2014.

Thursday, May 29

Skate Canada Finance Overview Workshop
Presenters: Bethany Tory, Chief Operating Officer and Bob Dillman, Director Finance and Operations
Time: 15:00 – 15:45
Location: Le Château Frontenac

This session is being undertaken to support transparency and offer an open conversation regarding the financial health of Skate Canada.  We look forward to sharing the audited financial statements for 2013-2014, discussing the budget development process, outlining the work of the Finance & Enterprise Risk Management Committee as well as answering questions as they pertain to the organization at large. This session is open to all conference participants, and pre-registration is not required – just bring your enthusiasm for financial queries!.


Skate Canada Technology Overview
Presenters: TBA
Time: 15:45 – 16:30
Location: Le Château Frontenac

Skate Canada’s Strategic Plan 2014-2018 relies heavily on intelligent new technological tools and services. We’re already moving at a fast pace to implement a diverse set of technology solutions for direct club support, more effective member services, organizational intelligence, and other improved efficiencies. Join us to get a sneak peak at what’s coming soon, and what’s already in place. Join the cutting edge where Skate Canada is working smarter to support every Skater, Club/School, and Section.


Meet your Skate Canada Board Member Candidates
Time: 18:30 – 19:30
Location: Le Château Frontenac

This is an opportunity to learn more about the candidates who are standing for election to the Skate Canada Board of Directors. All of the candidates will be present to speak to the delegates, to present their ideas for leading Skate Canada and to take your questions prior to the voting at the AGM.

Convention Opening – Canada Skates!*

Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Location: Le Château Frontenac, Ballroom
Cost: $30.00

Skate Canada’s 2014 Olympic team had one of the most successful Olympic Winter Games in our history and showed the world that, indeed, Canada Skates!  For the first time ever Canada had nine Olympic medalists in figure skating!  Join us and members of the 2014 Olympic team as our very special guests as we celebrate their stories of Olympic success and their tremendous determination and dedication that captured the silver medal in the first ever Olympic team event in Sochi, Russia.

A reception with cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres will follow.

Tickets must be purchased by 16:30 ET, Friday, May 9, 2014.

Friday, May 30

ACGM Workshop Program
Time: 08:30 - 16:45
Location: Le Château Frontenac

Workshop Schedule
Although workshops are designed with clubs, sections and coaches in mind, participants are not limited to one stream. Select any of the workshops which are of interest to you.

Simultaneous Translation
Canada Not-For-Profit Act Update
Administrating the New CanSkate program: Are You Ready to Go?
Sport Psychology: Skating Begins in the Mind
STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Update
Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success
Coach & Club Harmony
New CanSkate Marketing & Branding Update
Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success
Safe Sport (ENGLISH)
Officials Needed: Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club and Section
Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success
Sport Psychology: Skating Begins in the Mind
Moving Skate Canada Forward -Dissecting the 2014 to 2018 Skate Canada Strategic Plan
STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Update
Bullying in Sport
Administrating the New CanSkate program: Are You Ready to Go?
Club Operations : Workshop Discussion (Bilingual workshop)
Post-Sochi Panel
Officials Needed: Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club and Section
Coach & Club Harmony
Bullying in Sport
STARSkate Revisions: An Exciting Road Ahead
Club Operations : Workshop Discussion (Bilingual workshop)

Workshop Descriptions

Canada Not-for-Profit Act Update
Presented by Debbie MacMurdo with simultaneous translation

Changes to the Canada Not‐for‐profit Corporations Act came into effect in October 17 2011; federally incorporated non‐profit corporations have a deadline for compliance of October 2014.

The federal government’s motivation in revamping the Act was fourfold:

  • Modernize non‐profit governance
  • Strengthen member rights
  • Allow use of new technologies in governance
  • Reduce administrative burden on both corporation and governments

The strengthening of members’ rights has significant implications for the establishment of membership classes and composition of the board of directors.

The amendments being proposed to the Bylaws are necessary to enable Skate Canada to achieve compliance with the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA). The Association is revising its bylaws in two phases. The first phase involves reducing and consolidating the number of membership classes.

The Ad hoc Committee of the Board of Directors which has been working on the revisions consulted with Section Coordination Committee, clubs, coaches and skating schools to gain an understanding of the principles it should keep in mind in redefining membership classes. Additionally, the Committee has been conscious of the changes in governance approach being adopted by the board of directors and the more inclusive orientation of Skate Canada’s new strategic plan.

As membership rights are fundamental in any bylaw, revisions to membership classes require substantive changes to the bylaws.  This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications of the act on Skate Canada and additional bylaw changes that will be voted on in October.


New CanSkate Marketing & Branding Update
Presented by Mark Halliday & Jenna Toms with simultaneous translation

CanSkate the crown jewel of Skate Canada’s learn-to-skate programs is undergoing a refresh. Working with presenting partner Canadian Tire the CanSkate program creative is being revised from top to bottom. This workshop will take you through the exciting changes and give you a glimpse of the terrific new look.


Moving Skate Canada Forward Dissecting the 2014 to 2018 Skate Canada Strategic Plan
Presented by Skate Canada Chief Executive Officer Dan Thompson with simultaneous translation

Skate Canada has long been a world leader in skating. Now is no time to go on defence, in fact it’s time to go on the offense! Like any business we need to commit to continual improvement, reinventing ourselves and challenging the status quo.  This session will summarize input from over 6 months of stakeholder consultation and explain how we as a nation can bring our new vision to life:

“Inspiring all Canadians to embrace the joy of skating” 

We will also bring to life our new, mission, core values and explain how each of our five strategic imperatives (Skating to Win, Skating for life, delivery capacity, Brand and Partnerships) will work together to reach our collective goals.  As a nation we need to speak with one voice, be aligned to a common vision, align our resources, and work together on a seamless plan. Participation is critical for all section delegates, club representatives, coaches, officials and athletes in attendance.  Join CEO Dan Thompson and Skate Canada’s new Chief Officers as they map our future.

A not to be missed session!


Post-Sochi Panel
Presented by Dan Thompson and Sochi team with simultaneous translation

After a very successful Olympic Winter Games, with three silver medals and many extraordinary performances and placements, Canada’s skaters have so much to be proud of.  Our panel of Olympic team staff, officials and coaches will share their experiences, stories and learnings from Sochi as well as what is ahead for 2018.


Administrating the New CanSkate Program: Are You Ready to Go?
English - presented by Donna King & French - presented by Joanne Godin

As we gear up for the official launch of the new CanSkate program in September 2014 we will share some final policies, procedures, reminders and best practices on administrative items including registering skaters, pre-organization of the session, record keeping and paper work, promotion ideas, coach workload, additional resources available and more.


Teaching the New CanSkate Program: Keys to Success
English - presented by Monica Lockie & Donna King & French - presented by Joanne Godin
It’s all in the delivery!  The key to success with CanSkate is operating the program according to the proven delivery methods.  This session will provide an overview of the most important ones, including session set-up, format and station rotations, and teaching and evaluating on a circuit.  These tried-and-true methods proven by our pilot clubs over the last three years have skaters doubling their improvement rates.  Don’t miss this opportunity to check in, ask questions and make sure you and your club are running the best CanSkate program possible starting in September 2014!


Safe Sport
English - presenters TBA
Identifying and managing potential risks or vulnerabilities in your club or Section can be a daunting task. This session aims to equip our members with a toolbox of best practices, common risk factors and a set of successful approaches to risk management. You’ll also have the opportunity to share lessons learned with your colleagues while working towards an improved club or section strategy.


Officials Needed:  Recruiting & Retaining a Valuable Resource in your Club and Section
English and French - presented by Reaghan Fawcett-Fortin, Sally Rehorick, and Véronique Gosselin (french only)

Officials play an integral part in the sport of skating.  As volunteers who spend countless hours training, evaluating and judging at arenas across the country, officials are a key component of a skater’s technical development and long-term participation in skating.   Clubs and sections play an important role in recruiting and retaining officials, as it is typically at the club level that officials will begin their careers. Join International and ISU officials Reaghan Fawcett and Sally Rehorick who will discuss the importance and impact of officials in our sport, share their own rich and varied experiences, as well as provide key tips on recruiting and retaining officials in your club and Section.


Sport Psychology: Skating Begins in the Mind
English and French - presented by Dr. Sylvain Guimond

In this workshop, you as a participant will find out more about yourself via a personality test to discover who you really are.  Dr. Guimond will then discuss self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image. You will learn the importance of communicating with yourself and others, internal language, body and non-verbal language as well as how to visualize.


STAR 1-5 Competition Pilot Update
English and French - presented by Reaghan Fawcett-Fortin

What is the STAR 1-5 Competition System and how will it impact my skater/club/section?  Skate Canada is currently redesigning the system of competition for our youngest introductory level skaters and has begun pilots in six sections across the country.  This workshop will provide detailed information on what the system consists of, how it works, changes made since last season and the roll-out plan over the next two years.  Video examples of STAR 1-5 events will also be shared along with some key considerations for sections, local organizing committees and coaches. This will be an excellent information session for clubs, coaches and officials.


Coach & Club Harmony
English presented by Paul MacIntosh & French presenter TBA

A positive working relationship between clubs and their coaches is the most critical aspect of the delivery of great skating programs.  This relationship begins with building common goals and opportunities which allow the team to grow as a unit and enhance the business of the club.   This workshop will focus on what the club team can do to foster growth, harmony and provide a positive and nurturing environment for skaters as well as be a leader and positive force in the community.  Topics such as producing mutual goals and objectives, opportunities for coaches to take a greater role in club activities, professional development and sharing of expertise and resources will be explored.


Bullying in Sport
English - Presented by William Bridel, PhD.

Bullying: generally defined as, “unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance….It can include actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” Bullying can also occur through electronic means, such as social media, email, or texting. In this presentation, Dr. William Bridel will discuss what has been referred to as “bullying culture” and consider this idea within the context of skating in Canada.


STARSkate Revisions: An Exciting Road Ahead
English presented by Monica Lockie & French presented by Joanne Godin

As we continue to prepare for the eventual launch of the new and revised STARSkate Pre-Preliminary to Junior Bronze Tests in free skating, dance and skating skills, some excellent learnings have taken place and feedback received.  Pilot coaches are overall singing the praises of the new Pre-Preliminary tests, dance elements tests and revised skating skills tests, as well as the positive atmosphere created by the concept of coaches assessing their own skaters.  Join us for a summary of their experiences, observations and emerging strategies as well as further discussion of the roll-out plan over the next quadrennial.


Club Operations – Workshop Discussion – led by Bethany Tory & Norm Proft
Participants contribute in their language of choice with translation provided
Managing and administering a local Skating Club can be quite a challenge depending on which processes are already in place, and how transition between teams is managed. This session aims to provide an environment whereby club management teams are able to share what works and what doesn’t, best practices, and lessons learned. The discussion that takes place will also help Skate Canada identify opportunities to better support club administration through technology, shared documentation, training opportunities, or through direct member support.


Workshop Participants Contest
All ACGM or NCC workshop participants will have a chance to win two all-event tickets to the 2015 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships, compliments of Skate Canada. A draw will be held on Saturday during the AGM.

Achievement Awards Gala & Banquet*

Time: 18:30 – 19:00 Reception
19:00 – 22:00 Gala & Banquet
Location: Chateau Frontenac, Ballroom
Cost: $90.00 (includes dinner)
Dress: Formal / Black tie optional

Always a highlight of the Skate Canada ACGM and National Coaches’ Conference, the Achievement Awards Gala & Banquet is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of our skaters, volunteers, officials, and coaches who made a difference in 2013-2014. Come hear their inspiring stories and help us recognize these amazing individuals!

Tickets must be purchased by 16:30 ET, Friday, May 9, 2014.

Saturday, May 31

Annual General Meeting
Time: 9:00 – 15:00
Location: Le Château Frontenac

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for members of the Association to participate in discussions surrounding rule amendments and to direct questions to appropriate stakeholders within the Association.  The AGM provides delegates the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process of Skate Canada.

This year is of critical importance. Changes to the Canada Not-for-Profit Act have provided Skate Canada with an historic opportunity to redefine who we are and how we govern ourselves. Amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws have been put forth for consideration that take advantage of this opportunity.

Delegates will receive informative presentations relevant to the Association’s direction, most specifically the new mission, core values and strategic imperatives (Skating to Win, Skating for life, delivery capacity, Brand and Partnerships) built into the new Strategic Plan. This plan, based on 6 months of extensive consultation with a broad base of stakeholders will drive Skate Canada as it moves forward with its new vision, “Inspiring all Canadians to embrace the joy of skating”

Finally, delegates will have the opportunity to further inform the direction of the organization through election of members to the board of directors.

*These activities are not included in the convention packages and must be purchased separately. All convention and conference packages and social tickets must be purchased by 16:30 ET, Friday, May 9, 2014. No tickets or packages will be sold after this date.


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