The fourth Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference and Trade
Show will be held on May 27-May 29, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel in St.
John’s, NL. This year’s theme is “Focused on the Future”. The theme
invites us to be forward thinking when it comes to anticipating changes
in the recreation and facilities sector. The conference will provide an
opportunity to explore current practices and new ideas that may shape
ongoing practices and standards in the sector. As always, the Atlantic
Recreation & Facilities Conference and Trade Show is brought to you
in partnership by Recreation PEI, Recreation Nova Scotia, Recreation
Facility Association of Nova Scotia, Recreation New Brunswick and
Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.
This exciting Atlantic gathering dedicated to Recreation and
Facilities will have keynote speakers, sessions and roundtables focusing
on professional development and growth, a trade show focused on
programming and purchasing opportunities, along with nightly social
events – creating opportunities for collaboration and networking.
The purpose of this conference is:
Presenters are lined up from across North America. Series sessions
have been developed for aquatics, arenas, recreation programming and
students. Social events are planned for every night – includes a trade
show and a pre-conference outing. There’s something for everyone!
Participants will represent all facets of the recreation
and facilities sectors from both rural and urban centres: including
facility managers and operators, leaders in the field of recreation
including programmers and event planners, parks, trails, sport, health
and health promotion, municipal and provincial government
representatives, non-profit community groups and organizations, planners
and designers, volunteers, students, educators, academics and
researchers, from across Atlantic Canada.
Opening Keynote speaker: Dr. David Scott
Presentation: “There is no one so blind as someone who can see but has no vision” Tips on how to make good decisions.
This presentation will focus on various approaches that groups and
individuals can use when promoting well-being both in themselves and in
others. Strategies that encourage better decision making, promote
positive thinking, and help deal with setbacks will be outlined.
Bio: Dr. Scott is an associate professor of sport
psychology in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New
Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
He completed a B.A.(Hons.) and a P.G.C. E. (teaching degree) at the
University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and an MA in Sport
Psychology, an MA in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise
Psychology from the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British
He teaches and does research in the area of sport and exercise
psychology. Maclean’s magazine has named him as one of the most popular
professors at UNB and the Globe and Mail recently named him as one of
the outstanding professors teaching in Canada.
He has been a consultant with a large number of government
departments and private companies in addition to being a sport
psychology consultant with a number of teams and organizations
including, the Vancouver Canucks, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the
Florida Panthers of the National Ice Hockey League, the Louisville
Panthers, the Manitoba Moose, the Rochester Americans, the Hamilton
Bulldogs, and the St. John’s Icecaps of the American Ice Hockey League,
the Canadian Men’s National Gymnastic Team, Bowls Canada, the Canadian
National Archery team, Swim Canada, and the West Indies Cricket Team. He
is currently a consultant with the Montreal Canadiens of the National
Hockey League, the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League, Fribourg
of the Swiss Hockey League, and the Acadie-Bathurst Titans of the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League.
Closing Keynote speaker: Stuart McReynolds
Presentation: Building Inclusive Communities: An Abilities Centre Model
Building communities that are accessible and inclusive is critical to
raising health and wellness, quality of life and economic participation
for healthier, happier and more prosperous communities.
Abilities Centre began with the opening of our 125,000-sq.-foot
facility in Whitby in 2012. As a community hub, research lab and
inclusion incubator, we engage more than 5,000 members and 100,000
visitors each year in local and regional programs, lead research and
advocacy on accessibility & inclusion issues, and develop innovative
frameworks for programs that are replicable, scalable and customizable.
This session will demonstrate how by creating fully inclusive and
accessible environments, you not only cater to every member of your
community, but you can also realize significant economic and social
Bio: Stuart is a passionate advocate and champion
for inclusion and is committed to challenging society’s perception
towards persons with disabilities and marginalized groups, and in
positioning the true value of inclusion for all members of society.
With extensive years of senior-level experience working in inclusion
initiatives in Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Europe,
Stuart brings a unique global perspective to his current
responsibilities as President & CEO.
An innovative, strategic-thinker, Stuart leads people-focused
organizations united in transforming communities into fully inclusive
and accessible environments.
Stuart holds a BA (Hons) degree in Sport & Leisure Management
from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the U.K. and a Graduate Diploma
in Secondary Teaching from the Auckland University of Technology in New
Zealand. Stuart is also member of the Ontario College of Teachers.
A huge THANK YOU to our 2020 Gold and Silver Sponsors!
Gold: CIMCO DB Perks Trane Silver: Fireworks FX Lifeguard Depot Jet Ice Architecture49 Accent Refrigeration Systems
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