Coaching Association of Canada

The CAC is proud to have launched a webinar series in 2020 to support and reengage coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. This six-part monthly series of live webinars covered topics identified in consultation with coaches as being pertinent and useful in developing their skills while navigating a return to sport.  

Running from October to March, the format consisted of a 30-minute live webinar followed by a 30-minute discussion and Q&A with the guests in attendance. Topics were presented by a subject expert, in collaboration with a bilingual facilitator. 

If you wish to watch one of the webinars from the Coaching Through COVID series, please contact

How you can train your brain like an Olympian

Presented by: J.F. Menard

From effective work-at-home strategies to self-care, J.F. Menard challenges you to find life balance during the pandemic.

In Their Own Words: An Athlete Panel

Presented by: Lee Anna Osei and a panel of athletes

The session was moderated by Lee Anna Osei, Head Coach, X-Women Basketball at St-Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. It featured real life experiences and stories from Black athletes in Canada. 

Build a High-Performance Team!

Presented by: Dr. Ivan Joseph 

Sharing funny and moving stories, and research-based insights, Ivan inspires leaders and teams to achieve even their toughest goals. In this fast-paced, interactive session, leaders gain insights and techniques.

Feedback: The Art & Science of Giving and Receiving it Well

Presented by: Judy Riege, Connected Leaders

Return to Modified Training in the Absence of Competition

Presented by: Myriam Paquette, Ph.D Candidate in Exercise Physiology, INS Performance Planning Content Expert

With the uncertainty brought by the current health crisis, creating periodized training plans has become an even greater challenge. This presentation will address flexible periodization strategies that will help coaches and athletes adapt to their constantly evolving circumstances.  

Human First: How embracing your humanity can unlock performance and help you create unstoppable athletes 

Presented by: Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Toogood Consulting 

Emotions cannot be hidden, and fears and worries can no longer be pushed aside.  Instead, we need to acknowledge them, work through them, and learn to understand what it means in the context of performance.   

This rich discussion of the hidden humanity in sport includes real stories from the trenches and tools to empower coaches to dive into new territory such as psychological safety, mental health, and emotional well-being.