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Business of Curling Symposium Itinerary

We are excited to announce that the itinerary has been created for the 2017 Business of Curling Symposium.

And there is lots to look forward to, including a workshop covering grant writing, on-ice learning about implementing mixed doubles at your club 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. Ice technician workshops are scheduled for May 31-June 2.

Anyone interested in signing up should register at

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

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

Pre-Symposium Itinerary
Wednesday, May 31
9am-5pm Level 2 Ice Technician Course - Dave Merklinger, Curl BC Provincial Ice Tech
Thursday, June 1
9am-5pm Level 1 & 2 Ice Technician Courses - Dave Merklinger
Friday, June 2
9am-5pm Level 1 & 2 Ice Technician Courses - Dave Merklinger
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 The Future of Curling Across Canada - Keynote Speaker
7:30pm-7:45pm Symposium Introduction - Danny Lamoureux, Director of Curling Club Development, Curling Canada
7:45pm-10pm On Ice - Mixed Doubles - Curl BC and Curling Canada speakers
Saturday, June 3
9am-10am Understanding Club Development 2035 - Danny Lamoureux How to Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program - Anna Keller, Ottawa Curling Club
10am-10:15am BREAK
10:15am-11:15am Human Resources - Jack Bowman, Curl BC Championship Ice Making - Kim Tuck, Canada Curling Stone; Dave Loverock, Jet Ice; Dave Merklinger, Vernon CC How to Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program continued
11:15am-12noon Marketing: Curling and Rental Fees - Danny Lamoureux and Jack Bowman Championship Ice Making continued How to Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program continued
12noon-1pm LUNCH
1pm-2pm Risk Management - Steve Indig, Sport Law & Strategy Group Investing in Our Youth - building a successful junior program - TBD, Curling Canada
2pm-3pm Concussion and Helmet Policy - Steve Indig Investing in Our Youth - building a successful junior program continued
3pm-3:15pm BREAK
3:15pm-5pm BC Gaming Update - Trevor Paul, BC Gaming New membership system - Glenn van Gulik, Director of IT, Curling Canada Club Coach Youth (off ice) - Will Sutton, Education Programs Manager, Curl BC
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 Club Coach Youth (on ice) - Will Sutton
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 Club Coach Youth (on ice) - Will Sutton
11:45am-12noon WRAP UP & SYMPOSIUM EVALUATIONS - Danny Lamoureux & Scott Braley
12noon-1pm LUNCH
1pm-3pm AGM Officials' Professional Development (on ice)
3pm-3:30pm Board Meeting - voting & new member orientation Officials' Professional Development continued



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.

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 9am to noon, 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.

Will Sutton, Education Manager and HP Development Coach, Curl BC

Will-SuttonWill is a certified coach who is passionate about the development of youth curling. Will runs the annual Rockslide Curling Camp in the summer, and teaches a wide variety of courses and clinics throughout the curling season. Outside of his work with Curl BC, Will has volunteered as a coach and has coached junior curlers from the Fundamentals level all the way up to the Train To Compete level.

Will’s session will run on Saturday, June 3, from 3:15pm to 5pm and then continue on Sunday, June 4,from 9am to 11:45am. Participants will learn how to create an environment in which kids will have a positive learning experience while gaining basic curling skills. This workshop is ideal for parents and volunteers involved in club-based junior curling programs. Youth as young as 14 years of age may register for this workshop.

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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