Wednesday at OCA Connects 2020


Schedule Overview

8:00 AM

Registration Opens

New Delegate Reception

10:00 AM
Brunch
11:30 AM
Grand Rendezvous Opening
12:45 PM OCA State of the Union
1:00 PM Opening Keynote - Dr. Deborah Gilboa
2:45 PM
Workshop #1
4:00 PM
Workshop #2
5:00 PM Break
5:30 PM

Reception, Dinner, and Presentation of Awards

International and Out of Province Reception to follow


Opening Keynote - 1:00 PM
Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Internationally respected parenting and youth development expert, Deborah Gilboa, MD, is the founder of AskDoctorG.com. Popularly known as Dr. G, she is an industry leading speaker, author, social influencer, and media personality. She inspires audiences with relatable stories and easy tools to develop crucial life skills in children, teens and young adults ages 2-22.

As a television personality, Dr. G gives straightforward advice (with a dose of humour) that helps wade through the stress, doubt, and guilt that ALL parents feel at one time or another. She is a regular on NBC’s TODAY and has appeared on numerous other local and national television talk shows and News programs throughout the U.S, including The Doctors, The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family, Good Morning America, Fox News, The Rachael Ray Show, Additionally, she regularly contributes to Today.com, Huffington Post Parents, Your Teen magazine, Parents magazine and MSNBC.com.


Workshop #1
2:45-3:45 PM

Presenter Room Title

Session Description

Dr. Deborah Gilboa Butternut/Holly How to Talk to Kids about Tough Topics Kids ask all kinds of things, and difficult important topics often arise. Staff members need to know how to create strong relationships and help campers with challenging questions without crossing boundaries that make them uncomfortable or give inappropriate information. Keeping the lines of communication open allows campers to feel the support they need, and provides relief from the stress kids and teens feel to know everything - or pretend they do. Dr. G will outline strategies for addressing these questions when they arise- and for bringing up sensitive issues when needed while keeping a respectful environment.
Maciej Lipinski Maple Employment Standards Changes Coming soon!
Jim Cain CC2 Team Building or Team Bonding - Which one is right for you and your staff? The difference between team building and team bonding are subtle. Learn which one is best for your staff training this year!
Stephen Fine and Tad McIIwraith Evergreen Director Survey of Indigenous-inspired Camp Programs: Many summer camps are steeped in an apparent homage to the Indigenous peoples of North America, but as role models and leaders of youth, a contemporary cultural awareness and reconciliation with these diverse communities must be addressed and entered into. A presentation of findings from the 2019 national camp director's survey administered through  the Canadian Camping Association and the University of Guelph.
Diana Bloom CC1 Leading from the Middle Middle management can be a funny place. Senior enough to make big decisions and lead teams, but not the power to make organizational change. In this session, Diana Bloom will address the challenges of “Leading From the Middle” and offer ideas and tools for middle managers to succeed. We will explore what “managing up” means and doesn’t, why managing up matters, and guidelines for managing up. Come to discuss strategies on how to proactively build productive relationships with supervisors in order to obtain the best possible results for your manager, their boss, and your organization.
Stephanie Meades
Walkerton Clean Water Centre
Orchid Drinking Water Training Course Updates Drinking-Water Training for camp owners and operators is an essential tool for providing safe drinking water. This presentation will review training requirements for small drinking water systems; discuss updated small system courses and workshops; review resources the WCWC has available.
James Shi
(Our Kids Media)
Primrose All About The Journey - Guide Your Prospective Campers from Discovery to Validation We all are too familiar with the pre-summer rush, where camps fill the screens and airwaves with last-minute ads to fill their spots. Come to this session to learn about tools you can use to increase registration throughout the year, and build a waiting list for your upcoming summer.
Noam Eppel Violet Information Technology for All - Making Sure Your Website is Accessible and Inclusive

 This session will explore current best practices related to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Current data shows 1 in 5 people have a disability. If your site is inaccessible, you could be excluding 20% of your potential customers. We will discuss the following:

  1. Why is it important to have certain features on your website?
  2. Does your website meets basic standards?
  3. If not, what you can do about it?
This session is helpful for any camp directors or IT camp personnel who are interested in improving web accessibility for recruitment purposes and for ethical reasons.

Workshop #2
4:00-5:00 PM

Presenter Room Title Session Description
Dr. Deborah Gilboa Butternut/Holly How to Put Young People in Jobs They're Not Quite Ready For: Leadership Development at Camp Summer camp offers tremendous on-the-job learning for staff. As we train college-age students for and then guide them through “the hardest job they’ll ever love,” we have an eye towards next summer, trying to figure out who should be groomed to take leadership roles. But we also can create leaders THIS summer, giving them the skills and the challenges they need to take control and give support in their current jobs. Dr. G will outline where we’re missing opportunities to build the staff we want for this year and the next, and sharpen the work we're doing now to create those who will lead the camp industry in just a few years.
Diana Bloom CC1 Keys to Effective Task Management and Delegation As a supervisor, do you struggle with managing your own task list and keeping track of delegated tasks? Would you like to raise your own level of accountability as well as the level of accountability of those that work with and for you? In this session, Diana Bloom will teach take-away actionable systems that can be implemented immediately to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of a camp organization. Back by popular demand, today’s session will provide systems and processes to prioritize, delegate and track work with less stress. Participants will learn techniques to achieve total clarity in tasks management, how to prevent tasks from falling through the cracks, and how to track work to completion while creating a Totally Accountable culture.
Finance Committee CC2 2021 Membership Fee Structure Consultation Over the past couple years the Finance Committee has been considering various options with the current Membership Fee Structure. The ultimate goal being to have a structure with additional levels that more fairly reflects the current allotment of individual camps members and multi-camp members within our Association. The committee wants to share the proposed structure and hear feedback from you. Please join the committee in reviewing the proposed structure for 2021.

Health Care Committee

  • Pearl Bell
  • Barb Gray
  • Fran Sugawara
Evergreen  Health Care Round Table A roundtable discussion focusing on hot topics and burning questions in camp health care. 
Daniel Girlando Maple Privacy Spam Data Breaches Coming soon!
Thomas Appleyard Orchid Things Look Different from Over Here! Receiving and Benefitting From Feedback Management training often includes skill development in providing coaching and performance feedback. Crucial Confrontations training has become pervasive in workplaces. In this session, management consultant Thomas Appleyard outlines the skills required to be in the other chair. These include listening for, requesting, and responding to feedback of all kinds. These skills also include how to deal with being confronted on our behaviours, and how and when to use the precious gift of an apology in the workplace. Whether you or the people you work with receive feedback from families, staff, managers or boards of directors – this session is for you.
James Shi
(Our Kids Media)
Primrose Evaluating your marketing results - the modern approach to ROI measurement If you’re like most marketers, your marketing approach consists of more than one tool or platform. Whether it’s digital ads, social media, print, or even out-of-home advertising, you’ll need a framework to accurately measure both the direct and indirect return on investment of each platform. In this session, we’ll share best practices for collecting your data, interpreting it, and understanding how to track both direct and indirect results.
Eric Shendelman Violet Canada's Drowning Prevention Plan Updated Drowning is a major cause of death in the world.  On average, Over 370,000 documented cases occur each year. In Canada, there are typically 500 drownings per year and the majority are preventable.  In this session, participants will be updated on world / Canadian drowning prevention plans and how policies and protocols can be added to camps with pools and/or waterfronts. The speaker will also share his experience and presentation at the World Drowning Prevention Conference held in South Africa in October 2019.