Workshops


About Our Workshops


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With over 80 incredible speakers, OCA’s 2019 Annual Conference includes camp professionals, consultants, lawyers and industry leaders who have extensive knowledge and experiences to share.

The program schedule includes a large variety of topics and will cover the following streams:

  • Trends & Current Issues
  • Camp Director ABC
  • Program: Evolution and Revolution
  • Summer Senior Staff
  • Getting More Kids To Camp
  • Recruiting, Training & Keeping Excellent Staff

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Prickly Pickles and Sweet Relish: Creative Recipes for LGBTQI2S+ Challenges and Opportunities

Kate Moore and
Karen B. K. Chan

Vital Shift Consulting
and Fluid Exchange

The Curiosity Project: Building Better Relationships Leadership

Sue Abuelsamid
Constant Journey Coaching

Cultural Safety for Camp Programmers and Administrators

Kyle Rich
Brock University,
Recreation & Leisure Studies

Camp Games to Facilitate Nature Connection

Tamara Anderson
Grand River Conservation Authority

Move from ‘Good to Great’ with Stakeholder Input About Your Product!

Joanna Warren Smith
Camp Consulting Services

Having Difficult Conversations and Doing It Better Than You Ever Have Before

Ruby Compton
Ruby Outdoors &
Camp Code Podcast

The Impact of Cannabis on the Summer Camp Workplace

Erin Gratton
Gratton Consulting

Learning Café: New Full Time Camp Pros

Robyn Hochglaube
Adventure Valley


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Wednesday, January 23, 2019

HLM Panel:
Sharing Camp Director Stories

Facilitator:
Rob Heming

Realty Executives

Adventurous Leadership - A New Perspective

Sue Abuelsamid
Constant Journey Coaching

The Awesome Advantages of Marketing Your Day Camp

Travis Allison
Go Camp Pro

Taking Our LEADership (LIT/CIT) Programs from Two Years to Four

Shannon Henderson
Camp McGovern

Disruption vs. Destruction: Be a Social Influencer to GenZ and Gen Alpha

Susanna Rothschild
Coriphery Holistic Consulting Solutions

Intentional Welcome: The Importance of Providing an Intentional Welcome to Your Camp Culture

Chantal Jackson
Match Impact

When #MeToo Goes to Camp

William Goldbloom
and Megan Forward

Rubin Thomlinson LLP

From Opposition to Opportunity: The Future of Marketing Your Camp to Teachers, Principals and School Boards

John Galbraith and Brock Rowlands
Tripsi


9:45 – 10:45 a.m. – Friday, January 25, 2019

Being an Ally to Your Campers and Peers

Beth Ward
Adventure Valley

Managing Parental Expectations and Communications

Jacqui Raill
Camp Ouareau

Tips and Tricks for Managing and Running a Great Adventure Program

Shawn Stetson
Adventureworks Associates, Inc.

Camps and the Ministry of Labour –
Legislation, Inspections and Powers

Robin Squires and Stephanie Young
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Evaluating Your Camp Operation Using Business Intelligence Strategies

Jane McCutcheon and
Stephane Richard

ThinkMuskoka and Stephane Richard Development Consulting

Management 101 for Those Supervising Others for the First Time

Ruby Compton
Ruby Outdoors &
Camp Code Podcast

Promoting Positive Mental Health in Camp Staff

Ruth Mills

Equity and Diversity Ambassador Training
Part One

Facilitated By:
Michelle Dowling and Ayla Lefkowitz

jack.org and CANVAS Arts Action Programs


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Friday, January 25, 2019

Creating an Environment Which Fosters Self-Esteem in Teenage Girls

Beth Allison
Go Camp Pro &
Camp Code Podcast

Rethinking Challenging Behaviours in Campers

Ruth Mills

Workplace Harassment: What It Means for Camp Staff

Robin Squires and
Stephanie Young

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Education

Hailey Higdon
Natural Curiosity

Marketing and Communications Lessons from CCA's #ThanksToCamp Campaign

Stephane Richard
and Gabrielle Raill

Stephane Richard Development Consulting and Camp Ouareau

Waterfront Policies, Procedures and Staff Training

Peter Mumford and Bruce Hollowell
York University Campus Recreation
and Toronto Police Service Marine Unit

Supporting Staff Mental Health

Michael Waxman
Waxman Counselling and Consulting

Equity and Diversity Ambassador Training
Part Two

Facilitated By:
Michelle Dowling and Ayla Lefkowitz

jack.org and CANVAS Arts Action Programs


2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Friday, January 25, 2019

New Efforts to Look at the Gap between OPHEA and OCA Standards: Where Are We Going and Why Are We Doing This?

Dr. Ryan Howard,
David Hawker-Budlovsky
and Brandon McClounie

Imagine This! Adventures in Wilderness Canoe Tripping

Mike Sladden and Emily Schoelzel
Camp Pathfinder and Keewaydin Camp

Operations Speed-Dating

Evan Roth
Camp Northland-B’nai Brith

Save your Assets - Internet Security

Bill Dungey
CTSIT

Recruiting International Campers

Janice Greenshields
Camp Kandalore

Twelve Leadership Training Tips to Save The World

Beth Allison,
Ruby Compton and Gabrielle Raill

Go Camp Pro & Camp Code Podcast

LGBTQ+ at Camp

Michael Waxman
Waxman Counselling and Consulting

Equity and Diversity Ambassador Training
Part Three

Facilitated By:
Michelle Dowling and Ayla Lefkowitz

jack.org and CANVAS Arts Action Programs


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Friday, January 25, 2019

Best Practices in Risk Management Planning

Dr. Ryan Howard
ALIVE Outdoors

Camp Admins Unite: Let’s Chat About All Things Financial

Jeff Bowman, Angela Dudych, Patrick Birnie, Josh Darrach and Eric Musselman

Senior Staff Panel

Dana Leahey
Camp Scugog

Looking for the Tech Addiction Reset Button on Today's Campers

Michael Jacobus
Reset Summer Camp

What’s Old Is New Again! Team Building and Leadership Activities That Work

Brian Lisson
Adventureworks Associates Inc.

A Brave Space for Operating in a #MeToo World

Gabrielle Raill and
Ruby Compton

Go Camp Pro & Camp Code Podcast

Evidence Based
First Aid Kits

Ken Piercey
Wildmedkits

Equity and Diversity Ambassador Training
Part Four

Facilitated By:
Michelle Dowling and Ayla Lefkowitz

jack.org and CANVAS Arts Action Programs

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