RED DEER – Dr. Stephen Norris will be the keynote speaker to open Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference and Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer.
The keynote address by Norris will kick off two days of sessions and discussions for members of the amateur hockey community in Alberta focused on “Building Your Team.”
Norris is a Consultant, Performance and Development with Hockey Canada, after previously serving as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Sport Officer at the WinSport Canada in Calgary. He played a key role as consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group in the five years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. And he was one of the five founding members and contributors to the ‘Canadian Sport For Life’ movement concerning athlete/participant development and the concept of ‘physical literacy’ within Canada.
Hockey Alberta’s Hockey Conference provides the opportunity for member Minor Hockey Associations, Senior and Junior Club teams, Sport Schools, league administrators, and other hockey industry people, coaches, parents and officials to participate in interactive sessions targeted at some of the hottest topics in the game today.
Following the keynote address on Friday, Norris joins a round table panel to continue the discussion about “Building Your Team”. The goal is help those in attendance develop techniques to:
- Influence people to embrace change and strive towards being an organization that provides positive experiences for all participants
- Educate on the reasons why change is beneficial by considering age/level appropriate programming
- Implement a structure that enables the organization to establish and operate successful programs.
The panelists bring expertise from the financial, sports and volunteer sectors: Lee Deary, Branch Manager, ATB Financial; Lyn Radford, Board Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games; and Rob Litwinski, Executive Director, Hockey Alberta.
On Saturday, the focus on “Building Your Team” will continue in two streams - one for Hockey Operations personnel, the other Hockey Development staff.
Sessions for Hockey Operations include Strategic Governance and Leadership (led by Scott Robinson, CEO of the 2019 Canada Winter Games), and Efficient Conduct Management (led by Jeremy Haluschak and Ray Boudreau from Hockey Alberta). Sessions for Hockey Development include Affecting the Athlete Experience through Coaching (led by Hockey Alberta’s Fran Gow), and The Athlete Development Matrix (led by Hockey Alberta’s Justin Fesyk). There will also be a joint session on Managing Change Within Your Community, which will feature representatives from several Minor Hockey Associations sharing best practices they have employed to build or restructure their organizations.