Coaching Association of Canada

The Canadian sport community reunites in Ottawa to discuss the power of influence

Ottawa (November 8, 2018) – More than 500 attendees have converged on Ottawa for the opening of the 2018 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference (#SLS18), Canada’s conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators. Organized by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), it runs from November 8-10 at the Westin Ottawa.

At this year’s conference, sport leaders and influencers are invited to consider how their actions can continue to grow and have meaningful impact for their sport and organization.

“Every year, we welcome a variety of coaches, leaders, administrators, and researchers to our conference,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “Their power and influence foster positive change in the Canadian sport system. They are differentiators in our system and they have the power to transform themselves and their peers, along with our athletes and participants throughout the country. This conference is meant to support them in their growth and impact throughout their careers.”

The speakers presenting at this year’s conference come from varied backgrounds and experience. They include, among others, keynote speakers Jim Moss, Chief Executive Officer of Plasticity Labs, and Nova Browning Rutherford, Mindfulness Facilitator & Wellness Expert on CTV’s The Social. Other speakers include Karen O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium Chief Executive Officer Anne Merklinger, and Rugby Canada’s Manager of National Coach Development Paul Hunter.

Canada’s top coaches and sport leaders will also be celebrated at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala on Friday, Nov. 9th, at the Shaw Centre.

#SLS18 is presented in partnership with Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, which has been championing Canadian athletes, coaches, and their families for more than 30 years. “This community of coaches is so important to the development of athletes across Canada and we are delighted to continue our support in bringing them together,” says Kristina Schaefer, director, Petro-Canada brand development, Suncor. “We are looking forward to recognizing and celebrating this year’s award recipients.”

For more information about the conference, including a detailed schedule and full list of speakers, please visit www.coach.ca/sportleadership.

About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Suncor
Suncor is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates more than 1,500 retail stations and 290 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-PointsTM, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.ca.

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For more information, contact:
Michel Hachey

Manager, Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613.235.5000 x 2382
613.858.0242 (Nov. 8-10)
mhachey@coach.ca