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Business of Curling Symposium Itinerary

We are excited to announce that we have extended the deadline for people to sign up for the 2017 Business of Curling Symposium.

Delegates now have until May 18 to sign up for the symposium, although Curl BC can not guarantee late registrants a room at the host hotel, the Kelowna Best Western Inn and Suites.

There is lots to look forward to, including a workshop covering grant writing, best practices for teaching adult learn to curl and a talk on generating advertisers and sponsors. What’s more, there are great networking and mingling opportunities for club managers, volunteers, board members and recreation centre administrators.

The event takes place from June 2 to June 4, 2017, at Kelowna Curling Club and the Kelowna Best Western Inn and Suites. Due to low registration, the ice technician workshops scheduled for May 31-June 2 have had to be cancelled.

Anyone interested in signing up for the Business of Curling should register at https://www.curlbc.ca/2017-BOC/.

Speaker biographies and session details available here.

The content is all available for $215 per participant. The price includes one ticket to the 2017 Curl BC Awards Banquet, which takes place on Saturday, June 3.

The banquet is a great event to honour athletes, volunteers, curling centres and curling champions from across the province.

You do not have to attend the symposium to attend the banquet. Tickets are just $40.
To register for the banquet, visit https://www.curlbc.ca/2017-awards-banquet/.

The following day will feature more great professional development opportunities, plus the Curl BC AGM. All member curling clubs are encouraged to attend the AGM at no cost. Register at https://www.curlbc.ca/2017-curl-bc-agm/.

Symposium Itinerary
Friday, June 2
4pm-6:30pm Registration
6:30pm-6:35pm Welcoming & Opening Remarks - Scott Braley, CEO, Curl BC
6:35pm-7:30pm Keynote: Re-positioning curling in BC - Scott Braley & Danny Lamoureux, Director of Curling Club Development, Curling Canada
7:30pm-7:45pm Symposium Introduction - Danny Lamoureux
7:45pm-10pm Get to Know Curl BC over wine and cheese
Saturday, June 3
9am-10am Understanding Club Development 2035 - Danny Lamoureux How to get Championship Ice in your Curling Facility - Kimberly Tuck, Canada Curling Stone; Dave Loverock, Jet Ice; Dave Merklinger, Vernon CC
10am-10:15am BREAK
10:15am-11:15am Human Resources - Jack Bowman, Curl BC How to get Championship Ice in your Curling Facility continued
11:15am-12noon Marketing: Curling and Rental Fees - Danny Lamoureux and Jack Bowman How to get Championship Ice in your Curling Facility continued
12noon-1pm LUNCH
1pm-2pm Risk Management - Steve Indig, Sport Law & Strategy Group How to Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program - Anna Keller, Ottawa Curling Club
2pm-3pm Concussion and Helmet Policy - Steve Indig How to Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program continued
3pm-3:15pm BREAK
3:15pm-5pm BC Gaming Update - Caroline Miller, Director of the BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG) New membership system - Glenn van Gulik, Director of IT, Curling Canada
5pm-5:30pm BREAK
5:30pm-6pm Cocktails
6pm-7pm Awards banquet
7pm-9pm AWARDS
9pm Silent Auction Ends
9pm-9:15pm Silent Auction Awarded
Sunday, June 4
9am-10:30am Sponsorship - Robbie Westgard, Sierra Marketing and Consulting, Kelowna
10:30am-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-11:45am Event Hosting - Danny Lamoureux and Shannon Aleksic, Competitions Manager, Curl BC Liquor Licensing Update - Randy Brown, BC Liquor Control Board
11:45am-12noon WRAP UP & SYMPOSIUM EVALUATIONS - Danny Lamoureux & Scott Braley
12noon-1pm LUNCH
1pm-3pm AGM
3pm-3:30pm Board Meeting - voting & new member orientation

 

Speakers

Shannon Aleksic, Curl BC’s High Performance and Competitions Manager

Shannon-Aleksic-May-2017Shannon is in charge of all provincial curling championship events in BC. She is a competitive curler with a passion for ensuring the events are professionally run and enjoyed by athletes and curling fans alike.

In the session, Event Hosting, Shannon will co-present with Danny Lamoureux. The session runs on Sunday, June 4, from 10:45am to 11:45am, and will give participants the chance to learn how to leverage provincial, national and international championships and turn them into opportunities for growth for their curling centres.

Jack Bowman, Curling Canada and Curl BC Business of Curling Consultant

jack-bowmanJack, from Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island, has had many leadership roles on local curling club boards, was the Executive Director for the Pacific Coast Curling Association until amalgamation in 2004 and was elected to the Canadian Curling Association Board in 2006. During the 2010-11 season, he chaired the board. Jack was also a Canadian representative to the World Curling Federation. Jack became a Life Member of Curl BC in 2004, was inducted into the Canadian Curling Association Hall of Fame in 2011, received the CCA Award of Achievement as a Builder in 2014 and was elected and appointed a Member of the Governor General’s Curling Club in 2014. Jack has been a regular speaker at Business of Curling Symposiums all across Canada.

Jack’s session, from 10:15am to 11:15am on Saturday, June 3, will deal with Human Resources. Having the right people in the right roles is key to a success of a club and Jack will talk about how best to go about achieving this. Alongside Danny Lamoureux, Jack is also co-presenting the session on Saturday, June 3, from 11:15am to noon. The session, Marketing: Curling and Rental Fees, will cover the marketing of curling and some of the best practices when it comes to league and rental fees.

Scott Braley, CEO of Curl BC and Co-Chair of Curling Canada’s Operations Advisory Council

scott-braleyScott is a committed sport leader with 30 years of experience in the sport sector in British Columbia. Over the course of nine years with Curl BC, Scott has helped Curl BC evolve into a top-ranked provincial sport organization that leads the province in the area of educational sport programming.

During his presentation with Danny Lamoureux, on Friday, June 2, from 6:35pm to 7:30pm, Scott will discuss a new initiative that Curl BC is spearheading that aims to enhance the curling brand in BC, and to give it a higher profile. The initiative has the aim of capitalizing on an Olympic year to boost participation in our sport.

Randy Brown, BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Kelowna/Penticton

randy brownRandy is a Provincial Inspector in the area of Liquor Manufacturing with a specialty in Wineries, Distillers and Craft Brewers. With over 550 liquor manufacturers in BC, this position is to provide support and guidance to LCLB staff, industry and other stakeholders in the liquor manufacturing industry.

Randy's session, on Sunday, June 4, from 10:45am to 11:45am, will include details about the rules and regulations for liquor licensing, including how curling centres can partner with micro breweries and wineries and how they can be involved as sponsors.

Steve Indig, Sport Law & Strategy Group

steve-indigSteve is a lawyer based in Toronto who has worked with over 650 national, provincial, and local sport organizations providing consulting and legal services related to governance, employment, contracts, policies, disputes, and privacy. He is a regular guest speaker and presenter at AGMs, conferences, and workshops, and also acts as a mediator and adjudicator.

Steve’s sessions, Risk Management & Concussion and Helmet Policy, will take place from 1pm to 2pm and from 3pm to 4pm on Saturday, June 3. His first talk will cover the ways in which curling centres can mitigate against risk, including insurance must-haves and liability issues. His second session will cover the hot topic of concussions and what head protection protocols are advisable.

Anna Keller, Curling Canada Consultant, Ottawa Curling Club

anna-kellerAnna developed the Adult Learn To Curl program for Curling Canada alongside coach Earle Morris. The program, which has spread across Canada, developed into the Getting Started in Curling Program, which offers new curlers not just a day of lessons, but a full curriculum throughout their first year. Anna also created the "Train-the-Trainer" program, which teaches curlers how to be curling instructors.

Anna’s session, How To Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program, will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 1pm to 3pm, and is ideal for people who are currently running adult learn to curl programs or would like to start a program at their club. The session will take place both on and off the ice. Participants will learn the Adult Learn to Curl curriculum, on-ice techniques for teaching adults and get instruction on how to make a new curlers experience so positive that they will become enthusiastic members of your club.

Anna is a frequent instructor and speaker at Business of Curling programs and curling courses and is a consultant for both Curling Canada and the Ontario Curling Association. She is also a certified Level 3 Technical Curling Coach. When not curling, Anna is a practising lawyer.

Danny Lamoureux, Director, Curling Club Development & Championship Services, Curling Canada

danny-lamoureuxDanny is in charge of the Business of Curling Program across Canada. There is no aspect of running a curling centre that he is not familiar with, from teaching curling to marketing curling centres, to hosting a Season of Champions event. He has been working with Curling Canada since 1998, but prior to that, he was the general manager of the Ottawa Curling Club for 16 years.

Danny is presenting the Understanding Club Development 2035 session on Saturday, June 3, from 9am to 10am. The session will explore how curling centres can create a roadmap to success that aims to see them become hubs in the community with participants that are fully representative of the surrounding population. Alongside Jack Bowman, Danny is co-presenting the session on Saturday, June 3, from 11:15am to noon. The session, Marketing: Curling and Rental Fees, will cover the marketing of curling and some of the best practices when it comes to league and rental fees. Alongside Shannon Aleksic, Danny is also co-presenting a session on Sunday, June 4, from 10:45am to 11:45am, entitled Event Hosting. The session will give participants the chance to learn how to leverage provincial, national and international championships and turn them into opportunities for growth for their curling centres.

Dave Merklinger, Vernon Curling Club

DMerkDave Merklinger is one of the country’s top ice makers, making quality ice for national and international events. While not on the road for curling events, Dave is the manager of Vernon Curling Club. He is also a member of the Curl BC Ice Technician Team, helping to train new ice makers and mentor others.

Dave, known to most as Merk, will be leading the session on “How to get Championship Ice in your Curling Facility” which takes place from 9am to noon on Saturday, June 3. This session is aimed not only at ice makers, but also at curling centre volunteers, staff and board members who want to know more about the planning and delivery of great ice in a curling facility.

Caroline Miller, Director of the BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG)

caroline-millerCaroline has been involved with the not-for-profit world for 20 years, as a Director with the Vancouver International Dragon Boat Society & Bard on the Beach; as General Manager of the Okanagan Symphony, and as a member of a number of other not-for-profit boards. She is Manager of Policy & Business Development at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Caroline has sat on municipal peer assessment committees, and written cultural plans for a range of municipalities throughout BC. She is the Coordinator of the Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association, an organization she has been with since 2007. Based in Kelowna, she works with NFPs throughout Interior BC, delivering workshops and assisting multiple not-for-profit organizations in the region. She is President/Director of the Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio in Kelowna, a society she has been with since 2003. She is a volunteer elected Director of the BC Association of Charitable Gaming (BCACG) since 2014, and a member of its Executive.

In her workshop, running on Saturday, June 3, from 3:15pm to 5pm, Caroline will review the new Community Gaming Grant Guidelines (January 1, 2017); the new capital grants over $20,000 program (July 1, 2017); and the change of grant oversight from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development (summer 2016).

Glenn van Gulik, Director, Information Services and Technology, Curling Canada

glenn-van-gulikGlenn is an IT Professional who is part of the Senior Management Team at Curling Canada. He is the lead on the creation of Curling I/O and the new Curling Registration and Management System, and program set to streamline the way curling centres manage their registration and marketing. Previously, Glenn has created Curling Canada's scoring and results system as well as the volunteer management platform which successfully simplified volunteer recruitment and registration for Curling Canada's championship events.

Glenn’s session, New membership system, will take place on Saturday, June 3, from 3:15pm to 5pm. The session is ideal for people who want to learn more about how the Curling I/O system can help curling centres manage their membership registration and communications, as well as the myriad of other value added benefits that are included.

Robbie Westgard, Sierra Marketing and Consulting, Kelowna

robbie-westgardRobbie created and launched Sierra Marketing and Consulting in 1996 and has worked in several markets, including Vancouver Island and the Okanagan along with international markets. She does business consulting, project and event management and small business and non-profit development. Her long list of clients includes Ambrosia Apples, an important sponsor of curling.

Robbie's session, which will take place on Sunday, June 4, from 9am until 10:30am, will explore how sponsorship fits into a curling centre's revenue and event planning. Participants will also be able to get advice on how to develop a sponsorship plan and sponsorship documents, plus insight into delivering a pitch.

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