Future Leaders Development Program

The Future Leader Development Program is designed to develop and train post-secondary students in the area of coaching. Areas of focus include proper instruction, administration, leadership, technical and tactical skills in hockey, so that the future leaders can carry those skills into our communities.

The Future Leader Development Program runs April 28-30 in Sylvan Lake.

Selected future leaders start with a weekend session, usually in the spring, where they are trained and mentored on and off ice through classroom sessions that include: skill development, leadership, team building and off ice training. Along with classroom sessions and tasks, future leaders will work with a mentor to plan and deliver on-ice sessions for a Hockey Alberta Development Camp. The Future Leaders Development Program helps to provide a base of enthusiastic coaches that will play an active role in Hockey Alberta programs and within their communities for years to come.

Included in the Future Leaders Development weekend is:

  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Hockey Alberta track suit & apparel package
  • Coach resource package
  • National Coaching Certification Program – Coach Level 2- Trained Status

Following the Future Leader Development weekend, eight future leaders will be invited to work with a Team Alberta U16 program. The provincial camp provides a second stage of coaching development in practice and game settings, along with an opportunity to work with Alberta’s best athletes at the U16 level. All Future Leaders who participate in a summer camp are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. There is also an opportunity for two future leaders to receive an additional scholarship for achieving distinguished status.

Since the Future Leaders Scholarship program was established in 1998, Hockey Alberta Foundation has invested annually in the development of great leaders for the future of the game and our communities in Alberta. The scholarship program operates in alignment with the Future Leaders Development Program, which focuses on educating and training our post-secondary student coaches to be strong and effective on-ice leaders.

For more information, view the program video below:


2016 Future Leaders

Brady Bakke - Distinguished Future Leader
Tricia Van Vaerenbergh - Distinguished Future Leader
Carlin Boey
Colin Minardi
Juila Murrell
Jordan Stimpson
Garrett Turner
Sarah Weninger


For general inquiries, please email Drew Dixon, Manager, Coach Development for Hockey Alberta, or phone at 403-342-6777.