Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Conference

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 18:00 to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 16:15
Lakeview Gimli Resort
10 Centre Street
Gimli, MB R0C1B0

Sport Manitoba's annual Sport LeadHERship Conference is a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba. This year's conference will be held in Gimli, Manitoba at the Lakeview Gimli Resort on October 4-5, 2019.

The Sport LeadHERship Conference brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. Through a variety of lectures, panel discussions and interactive opportunties, participants will be enabled to build their networks and knowledge bases so they can empower and encourage the girls they work with to stay active and involved in sport.

Sport Manitoba aspires to increase female engagement in sport by providing an informative, inclusive, and inspirational environment.
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Highlights include:

  • Keynote sessions with Manitoba Olympians Cindy Klassen
  • Sessions with sport management professionals Megan Foster and Carolyn Trono


  • Early bird $60 (ends Sept. 20)
  • General $75 
  • Admission includes all Friday/Saturday sessions, plus lunch




October 4-5, 2019
Lakeview Gimli Resort - 10 Centre Street, Gimli, MB R03 1B0

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 4

6:00 – 6:45  - Registration

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Session A – The True Sport Principles (Grant Mcmanes and Carolyn Trono)

True Sport is Canada’s commitment to values-based and principle-driven sport. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport will present an overview of True Sport, why it’s important, how it creates good sport, and how to implement the True Sport Principles into sport programming.

Session B - Coaching Female Millennials (Dean Lowrie)

What is the latest generation of athletes wanting and needing from their coaches and how can we give them what they want in a meaningful, repeatable, and productive environment?

9:00 p.m. - Networking at the “Pier”

Saturday, October 5Cindy Klassen

7:30 – 8:30 – Aqua Fitness with Jan (Lakeview Gimli Resort Indoor Pool)

8:30-9:00 - Registration

9:00 - Morning Keynote Speaker – Cindy Klassen (6 time Olympic Medalist)

10:15 – Nutrition Break

10:30 – Morning Sessions

Session A - Quality Communication: How to Create a Successful Exchange (Megan Foster)

This interactive workshop is designed to help build confidence in conversational skills. Discover your own preferred communication style and ways to build rapport and explore situations using different methods. The focus will be on various communication styles, identify existing habits that may be limiting and discus how to communicate with confidence.

Session B  - Helping True Sport LIVE in Your Community! (Jocelyn MacLeod)

Developing sport in our communities has a tremendous impact on building healthy communities and especially building healthy and happy children and youth. This session will share and discuss practical, easy-to-implement ways to incorporate these value-based principles into your programs

12:00  Lunch and Panel Discussion – Engaging Females in Sport from Athletes – Leaders (Michelle Sawatzky-Koop, Janet McMahon, Kirby Cote, Kathy Stoesz and Laura Fridfinnson)

1:30 – Afternoon Sessions

Session A -  Importance of Mental Well Being (Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood)

Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood will be diving into strategies for living a meaningful life and how to incorporate these topics into your everyday routine.

Session B - The Importance of Mentors, and Positive Role Models ( Hailey Unger, Haylee O’Neill, )

Explore the importance of mentorship in sport and the positive impact it has on one’s life. Hear stories from three coaches, in three stages of life, and how their mentors shaped their future on and off the field of play.

3:00 – Networking Break

3:15 – Afternoon Keynote Speaker – Dr. Melanie Gregg - "Breaking the Glass Ceiling"

4:15 – Wrap up/Closing Remarks


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