Speakers and Sessions
Friday – All The Right Moves to WINNING
Dr. Gordon Bloom
Session: Creating a Culture of Excellence (Friday 3:30 – 4:45)
Dr. Gordon Bloom is a Professor and director of the Sport Psychology Research Laboratory (http://sportpsych.mcgill.ca) in the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education at McGill University. Dr. Bloom has developed an internationally-recognized coaching research program related to the knowledge, strategies, and behaviours employed by coaches in terms of leadership practices, mentoring, and team building that are designed to develop successful and well-balanced athletes. Dr. Bloom has incorporated the findings of his research in his role as a sport psychology consultant with amateur, professional, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes.
He has also received numerous invitations from academic and sport coaching associations to present his research and practical experiences to scientists, administrators, and coaches at various levels of sport around the world. He currently works for the United States Olympic Committee as part of their National Team Coach Leader Education Program.
Creating a Culture of Excellence
Speaker: Dr. Gordon Bloom, Director of the Sport Psychology Research Lab at McGill University
Friday 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Increase your understanding of what highly successful coaches do to create and sustain a culture of excellence. This session offers a rare glimpse into the knowledge, behaviours and strategies used by high-performance coaches to maintain programs that achieve continuous success.
Session: Athletic Movement to Athletic Dominance: Movement Techniques for optimal Performance (Friday 5:15 – 6:30)
Clive Brewer is a world-recognized expert in high-performance sports conditioning, athlete development and applied sports science. He is the assistant director of high performance for the Toronto Blue Jays and has consulted with several other organizations around the globe, such as Manchester United FC, USA Football, Wimbledon tennis championships, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, Scotland National Rugby League, Liverpool Ladies FC, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and IMG Academy. As head of strength and conditioning with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club (2011-2014), he helped them achieve their highest Super League finish as a play-off team while reducing injuries by more than 18% each year. He has held lead roles as the head of human performance (strength and conditioning, science and medicine) with the Rugby Football League and SportScotland’s national program manager for athlete development.
Brewer is accredited by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences as a support scientist. He is a chartered scientist with the Science Council in the UK and an original member of the British Olympic Association register of strength and conditioning coaches. In August 2015, he was awarded the fellowship of the UKSCA in recognition of his contribution to the industry.
As the IAAF strength and conditioning expert editor, Brewer was Scotland’s first national strength and conditioning coach for track and field. He has worked in sports as diverse as tennis, soccer, rugby union, and bobsleigh at professional and international levels.
Athletic Movement to Athletic Dominance: Movement Techniques for optimal Performance
Speaker: Clive Brewer, Assistant Director of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays
Friday 5:15pm – 6:30pm
Session Details TBD… Stay tuned!
Saturday – All The Right Moves to. TRAINING
Dr. Ivan Joseph
Session: The Skill of Self-Confidence (Saturday 9:00 – 10:00)
Dr. Ivan Joseph, Ph.D leads individuals, teams and organizations to success. While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University (a century-old university in Iowa), he developed the soccer program from the ground up, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to a #1 national ranking and the men’s team to a National Championship – in just 5 years.
In his current role of Director of Athletics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Joseph is guiding the transformation of the athletic department, improving team performance while at the same time raising the academic average of athletes. Joseph spearheaded the $100 million renovation of historic Maple Leaf Gardens.
Born in Guyana, he grew up in Toronto. Ivan Joseph has a BA in Physical Education and Health from Graceland, a MS in Higher Education Administration from Drake University, and a PhD in Sports Psychology from Capella University.
The Skill of Self-Confidence
Speaker: Dr. Ivan Joseph, Award-Winning Performance Coach, Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert, Direct of Athletics – Ryerson University
Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 am
It takes confidence to get things to done. Join Dr. Ivan Joseph as he discusses how to hone in on self-confidence, a skill that can be trained and developed. Learn how to develop self-confidence in your athletes, give feedback that builds self-confidence and interpret failure that promotes learning.
Session: Eye on the Prize (Saturday 10:30 – 12:00)
Brenley Shapiro is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Sports Psychology & Performance Consultant. Holding an Honours degree in Psychology, a Specialized Honours degree in Fine Arts with a focus on Movement Therapy, and a Masters degree in Clinical/Counselling, Social Work, she brings a depth of knowledge and theoretical framework into her applied practice. Further advancing her knowledge base, Brenley has done additional Sports Psychology and Sports Vision certification and training, consistently staying on top of the most current trends, latest research, and advances within the field. Brenley is also an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Brenley has been in private practice for over 15 years, counselling individuals, children, families, and athletes, and is the founder of Heads Up Mental Game Coaching. Established in 2011, Heads Up is a comprehensive training academy focused on developing all aspects of an athlete’s mental game. Heads Up was conceived with the purpose of creating a superior standard of training and development for athletes, along with a system which ensures the evolution of the complete player. Her current scope of practice focuses on work with athletes, teams, coaches, parents, and organizations, helping them reach their overall performance goals.
Eye on the Prize
Speaker: Brenley Shapiro, Sport Psychology Performance Consultant and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Saturday 10:30am – 12:00pm
Join Brenley Shapiro as she offers unique insight into how and why the mind leads the body. Discover unique methods to enhance an athlete’s visual, cognitive, and motor skills to heighten sports performance. In this session Brenley discusses how the eyes are the gateway to the brain, and how enhancing the relationship between what the athlete sees and what the athletes does gives them the one second advantage it takes to win.
Session: Speed OR Strength: Analytics to Training Plans (Saturday 1:45 – 3:15)
Bruce is a consultant providing expertise in the areas of. Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis and Sport Physiotherapy .for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Sport Center Saskatchewan. Bruce and his wife Karen are proud owners of Craven SPORT services in Saskatoon.
Bruce has been involved with. Own the Podium’s National Sport Science and Medicine Advisory Committee. .He has also been the Integrated Support Team lead for the Canadian Paralympic Committee for the Canadian Sport Center Saskatchewan. Bruce is an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan and a Sessional Lecturer in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Speed OR Strength: Analytics to Training Plans
Speaker: Bruce Craven, Strength and Conditioning Expert
Saturday 1:45pm – 3:15pm
Sunday – All The Right Moves to. PLAYING
Session 1:. Measuring What Matters (Saturday 10:30 – 12:00)
Session 2:. “All Work and No Play”: The Death of the Multi-Sport Athlete (Sunday 9:00 – 10:00)
Matt Young is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in the allied health care sector. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Matt put his Human Kinetics degree and passion for health & sport to use in his first start up company; Innovative Fitness. This body of work led to a National & Provincial Top 40 Under 40 recognition in 2006 & 2011.
In 2010, Matt turned his focus to the not for profit sector where he founded a charity focused on supporting the development of physical literacy for youth. As the charity scaled nationally & internationally, Matt was challenged to create sustainable programs, products & services to support the development of physical literacy in community settings. In 2016, along with business partner Steve Podborski, Matt unveiled his latest venture; The Personal Sport Record and in 2017 he released his 2nd documentary short; The Cost of Winning.
Matt’s affinity for all things active has led him Varsity Football Conference All Star to the Sahara Desert to the Inca trails & Australian Outback. A two-time Ironman, ten-time marathon finisher and multi day adventure race competitor, his belief is where there is no challenge, there can be no adversity, hence authentic victory. A huge advocate of paying it forward Matt & his teams have raised over $6M for a variety of charities over the past two decades.
Measuring What Matters
Speaker: Matt Young, Executive Producer – The Cost of Winning
Saturday 10:30am – 12:00pm
How can we go beyond the game stats and raise the bar on quality sport experiences? Focusing on player and personal development ensures positive positive long term athlete development. Using measurable skill markers, you can put complete performance data directly into your hands. This session will give you the tools to measure both the quality and the quantity of your athletes’ performance.
“All Work and No Play”: The Death of the Multi-Sport Athlete
Panelist: Matt Young, Executive Producer – The Cost of Winning (Other panelists TBA)
Sunday 9:00am – 10:00am
When was the last time you heard a kid say “sign me up to work sport?” Kids don’t say that. Instead they say “sign me up to PLAY.” This multidisciplinary panel will discuss how the “win at all costs” attitude and early specialization are driving youth out of sport. What is your role as a coach in balancing winning with quality experiences in sport?
Session: That Little Voice (Sunday 1:00 – 2:30)
Natascha Wesch is a Mental Performance Consultant registered with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Natascha specializes in Mental Performance Training and Consulting and works with athletes and performing artists of all ages and backgrounds.
Natascha is a former international rugby, varsity hockey player and competitive gymnast, and currently serves as a high performance mentor coach with the Canadian Sport Institute. As a coach, Natascha has been involved at the high school, club, provincial, national, and international levels. She established and developed one of the most successful university rugby programs in Canada, was instrumental in the development of junior women’s representative rugby in Ontario and Canada, and led Canada’s National Senior Women’s Team to the first ever Women’s Rugby 7s World Cup in Dubai.
Natascha holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in Sport Psychology, a master degree (MA) in Counselling Psychology, and a master degree (MSc) in Exercise Biochemistry from Western University. As well, she completed a post-doctorate fellowship in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology at McMaster University working with individuals with spinal cord injury.
That Little Voice
Speaker: Natascha Wesch
Sunday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
How many times have you heard “I can’t do it,” “I’m too slow,” “I’m not strong enough,” and other negative statements from young athletes? We’ve all experienced that little voice inside telling us we’re going to fail. How can we as leaders positively influence that little voice? Instead of saying “think positive thoughts,” this session will teach you the most effective way to plant the seed of positive thinking to build a foundation for both short and long term success for your athletes.
Stay tuned for more Speaker and Session details over the coming weeks!