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2024 Annual Congress

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Welcome to the official webpage of the 2024 BC Hockey Annual Congress, hosted June 7-8 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort!!

Here you will find everything that you’ll need to know to stay informed and have a great weekend!

Keep scrolling to check out information including:

  • Schedule of Events
  • Schedule of Seminars
  • Seminar Synopsis
  • AGM Documents
  • Tradeshow Information
  • Maps

We look forward to a great weekend!

Friday, June 7, 2024 - Schedule of Events

Delegate Voting/Registration Foyer 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tradeshow Upper and Lower Foyer 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions Salon B/C 6:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Keynote Address: Mike Gillis Salon B/C 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Hot Stove Panel: Mike Gillis, Pat McLaughlin, Stephanie White Salon B/C 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Social - Reception Salon D and West Lawn 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

*The schedule is subject to change

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - Schedule of Events

Breakfast Foyer 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Delegate Voting/Registration Foyer 7:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Tradeshow Upper and Lower Foyer 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Workshops/Seminars Salon A, B, C & D 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Buffet Lunch East Ballroom 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Annual General Meeting East Ballroom 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-Gala Social East Ballroom 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Awards Gala East Ballroom 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

*The schedule is subject to change

Presentation and Workshops

Room 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Salon A/B/C

Hockey Canada and BC Hockey - Looking Forward Presentation

Participant Experience, Growth and Retention Workshop

*Suggested attendees for the presentations and workshops are association board members and administrators

The Hockey Canada and BC Hockey - Looking Forward presentation will be led by Hockey Canada COO Pat McLaughlin and BC Hockey CEO Cameron Hope.

The Participant Experience, Growth and Retention workshop will be hosted by Hockey Canada VP of Growth and Retention Scott Furman, in a collaborative discussion regarding the results and feedback from participants and associations. Click HERE to read Scott's bio.

Seminars

Room 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Salon D

The U15 Player Pathway

Officiating

*Suggested attendees for the seminars are specific administrators within minor hockey associations that are involved in coaching and/or officiating

Seminar Synopsis

Coaching (Intro to the U13 and U15 Hockey Canada Player Pathways)

The Hockey Canada Player Pathways are programming philosophies that align with Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model and focus on delivering hockey with an emphasis on enjoyment of the game and player development. Between 2016 and 2021, Pathways were created for the U7, U9, and U11 levels of play. Built on the foundations laid down by those previous documents, the newly created U13 and U15 Pathways are now available and serve as the next sets of age-appropriate teaching curriculum and skill-specific program delivery guidelines that Hockey Canada has created to support minor hockey associations. By utilizing the Hockey Canada Player Pathways and LTPD principles, Minor Hockey Associations (MHAs) can be confident that they offer systems and structures to their members that are consistent and ensure continuity as players move through the system from one age level to the next.   

This seminar will introduce MHAs to these newly developed frameworks, and provide coaches with direction and guiding principles for level-appropriate practice, game, and seasonal planning for both the recreational and competitive streams, player evaluation and selection protocol, ice time, position specialization parameters, skill curriculum and development focuses, and more. Following these recommendations provides players at these age categories with an ongoing opportunity to develop and refine their fundamental movement skills (skating, turning, acceleration), manipulation skills (shooting, puck control, passing), overall motor skills (balance, coordination, agility) and checking skills (stick checks, angling, body contact/checking) through a defined path of progressions in a fun and safe environment that promotes skill development through self-confidence.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (MovINg INclusion in Hockey) - Andrea Carey

Inclusion is on the radar and priority list of most organizations. Organizations and their leaders want to do something but they often struggle with where to start. Inclusion is a choice, it is an outcome of intentional work to create environments that support diversity and provide leadership for people to bring their whole selves to their work and play. This session will be your call to action, your opportunity to think about next steps. It will also connect some of the key areas across sport that leaders need to be paying attention to, such as safe sport, gender equity, and anti-racism.

Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies, and is a Certified Executive Coach. Andrea is the Chief Inclusion Officer for INclusion INcorporated and the Executive Director for OneAbility. Andrea has been a senior leader in sport and physical activity and champion of inclusion for more than a decade. Andrea worked on an appointment as a Special Advisor on Disability Inclusion for federal Minister Carla Qualtrough. She spent 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and chaired the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Paralympic Pathways Committee. Andrea is currently a Board Director with KidSport Victoria and sits on the Governance Committee with Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society.

Female Development (Women in Coaching) - Whitney Juszkiewicz

For the 2023-24 season, Women in Coaching will be a focus of promotion within female hockey. Whitney Juszkiewicz will lead seminar attendees through our thoughts and plans for women in coaching development opportunities. She will focus on the overall mentorship plan, seminars and workshops that will be offered and how a Minor Hockey Association (MHA) can start to get involved. This past season, Whitney was fortunate to run two pilot programs in Gibsons, B.C. and Dawson City, Yukon. Whitney will outline the great initiatives that occurred and will talk about how our MHAs can benefit from this program.

Whitney is in her second season as Female U18 Team BC Assistant Coach after she helped the team to a gold medal at the 2023 Canada Winter Games. She was also previously the Female Program of Excellence (POE) Coordinator and played integral roles with Team BC's bronze medal team at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and the 2017 Team BC which claimed a bronze medal at the National Women’s U18 Championship. Whitney has served as a leader in the National Hockey League Coaches Association (NHLCA) Female Coach Mentor Program. Whitney brings over 10 years of experience working with numerous MHA's in the Lower Mainland and is a Hockey Canada Skills Coach. She was awarded BC Hockey's Development Award - Coaching in 2022, and was named the BFL Female Coach of the Year for B.C. in 2021.

Indigenous Participation (Building Positive Relationships with Indigenous Communities) - Ryneld Starr

This seminar will have a focus on building connections for inclusion of Indigenous communities and building sustainable relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. This seminar will be presented by Ryneld Starr.

Ryneld is a member of the Gitxsan Nation, part of the Gisgaast (Fireweed Clan) and Wilps Wii Gyet (House of Wii Gyet). His background is in journalism. He has worked with some of B.C.’s leading news organizations such as CKNW Radio and CTV News. After leaving journalism, he spent two years as communications officer for BCAFN Regional Chief Shawn Ah-in-chut Atleo, culminating in a successful bid by Ah-in-chut as AFN National Chief. He worked with the Four Host First Nations and the Vancouver Olympic Committee during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics supporting coverage for the Aboriginal Pavilion, Artisan village, and Business Showcase. Following his Olympic experience, Ryneld returned home to the Gitxsan territories to work with the Skeena Fisheries Commission where he continues in administration and communications. Ryneld volunteers extensively for minor hockey, serving as President of Hazelton Minor Hockey Association for the past seven years. He also works with BC Hockey as Indigenous Liaison for all minor hockey associations in British Columbia.

Mental Health (Mental Health as part of Holistic Sport Development Systems) - Dr. Shaunna Taylor

Mental health has been at the forefront of discussions around the kitchen table and the boardroom table, particularly in recent years. High profile athletes and coaches have begun to speak up about the importance of honouring a holistic approach to mental health in sport. This session will introduce core concepts about mental health and wellness in sport, bust some myths about mental wellness, and will encourage attendees to develop an action plan for taking next steps in their programs across the province.

Dr. Shaunna Taylor is the Past Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and is a Professor at UBC Vancouver in the High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program. She is dedicated to holistic athlete and performer development through her work as the Executive Director of PacificSport Okanagan, and she sits as Chair of viaSport BC’s Girls and Women Advisory Group. She is also proud to provide mental health and performance support to a wide range of performers (www.shaunnataylor.ca) and she is a mental health service provider for the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport (CCMHS). She has been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the Olympic/Paralympic level for 20 years. She continues to operate her private practice and she has a special interest in creating systems that promote holistic athlete/performer development and honours 'duty of care' and a positive experience to all participants. She earned her doctorate in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and is a certified clinical counsellor. 

Officiating Assignments on Spordle Play

BC Hockey Members have been at the forefront of electronic game sheets integration with Spordle Play. During the 2021-22 season, BC Hockey’s High Performance Officiating Program piloted an enhanced Spordle Play feature which includes officiating assignments. This seminar provides BC Hockey Members with an opportunity to learn more about this feature.

During the 2022-23 season, many local associations switched to Spordle Play for officiating assigning. Due to integration with the Hockey Canada Registry and direct connectivity to existing schedules within Spordle Play, the use of the officiating assignment feature allows Members to easily manage all aspects of scheduling administration in one place. This eliminates the needs for exporting/uploading schedules to third-party platforms, tracking game changes and means no additional membership or licensing fees. Members can customize assigning methods, generate payroll report, with officiating assignments automatically being added directly to the e-gamesheet; plus many more integral management features.

Expanding the virtual administrative ecosystem will save administrator’s significant volunteer time, resources and allows Members to collaborate more efficiently. Ideally, if all Members utilized this assigning platform, officials from minor to junior hockey would be able to manage their personal schedules all on one profile, reducing inter-Member conflicts / double bookings and better coordinate officials’ availability. We highly encourage Members that do not use this feature to join the Spordle Team during for this seminar. For those that already use the feature, it will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge and engage directly with the developers. 

Safe Sport (Independent Third-Party Reporting System)

Led by BC Hockey Ombudsperson Dr. Frank Fowlie, BC Hockey will be advising seminar attendees best practices and processes regarding complaint intake specific to Safe Sport and Maltreatment.

This includes an in-depth discussion on Hockey Canada’s new Independent Third-Party Reporting System and provide insight to how BC Hockey members and participants can utilize the complaint intake process.

The seminar’s goal is to assist and educate members on maltreatment, safe sport and the processes in place at various levels of community sport. 

Tradeshow Vendors

Canucks Sports & Entertainment

The Vancouver Canucks and the Abbotsford Canucks want to build connections with the 60,000+ hockey players and 30,000+ hockey volunteers in the province.

Working closely with the hockey leaders throughout British Columbia, the Vancouver Canucks and the Abbotsford Canucks offer programs and opportunities that help support coaches, players, officials and parents within the province.

Supporting grassroots hockey programs will always be a priority for both Clubs.

LAGA Sports

LAGA Sports is a BC jersey manufacturer, with a specialty in custom sublimated uniforms for Minor Hockey programs all across Canada. All LAGA Sports products are proudly made in British Columbia.

Sandman Hotel Group

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your next adventure with family or friends! For a limited time only, you can save up to 30% off the Standard Rate with Sandman Hotel Group. Plus, members of their loyalty program, RSVP Rewards, save an extra 10%. If you’re not already a member, sign up here for free to unlock perks every time you stay.  

Shadow Agency

Shadow Agency is a Wholesale Distribution Company mainly focused in team sports such as hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.

  • Also offering in-house decoration services for team uniforms, apparel & bags.
  • 20 + year relationship & contract with BC Hockey.
  • Supplying Retail, Wholesale, & Team 
  • E-comm Website: lowrysports.ca 
Spordle

Spordle proudly serves as Hockey Canada Registry technology provider and offers a cutting-edge platform that empowers BC Hockey leagues and tournaments with top-of-the-line management tools for officiating, scorekeeping, statistics, and standings.

SportsPay

SportsPay is the premier payments partner for amateur sport in Canada. Our platform is designed with parent-volunteers, governing bodies, and leagues/associations in mind. Make collecting and reconciling fees a breeze along with the lowest partner rates in the country. SportsPay is proudly Canadian and has been serving our amateur sports communities for over 20 years.