OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian skating community will be in Ottawa, Ont., this week for the 2019 Ice Summit. More than 400 skating leaders from across the country will meet up in Ottawa for the three-day conference, that will take place from May 23-25. The conference will consist of a wide range of opportunities for members at all levels within Skate Canada.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this past year’s accomplishments here in the nation’s capital at the 2019 Ice Summit,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “It’s always an exciting time when all levels of Skate Canada come together in one place to support development from the grassroots level to the world stage. We all have the same goal to continue to inspire Canadians to embrace the joy of skating.”

The theme of this year’s event is: Plan to Execute for Success. The 2019 Ice Summit package offers a broad spectrum of informative and interactive workshops specifically targeting coaches, choreographers, officials, clubs and skating schools, and Skate Canada sections. With over 24 workshops hosted by world-class experts and sports professionals, attendees will be able to select the workshops more relevant to their skating career.

The Ice Summit will welcome an unbelievable group of presenters, keynote speakers and moderators. The conference offers a selection of off-ice and on-ice workshops, of which the on-ice portions will be taking place at the Richcraft Sensplex facility. The on-ice workshops feature top coaches and choreographers, including Lee Barkell, Richard Gauthier, Lance Vipond, Carol Lane and others.

The Ice Summit will also host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association on Saturday. Members will again be able to participate remotely as the AGM and voting will be available via live stream.

The weekend will close out on Saturday evening with the annual Skate Canada Awards Banquet, where Skate Canada will celebrate success and honour the many accomplishments of key contributors in the skating community. The evening will be hosted by 2019 Canadian silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.