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Beginning Monday, October 18th, all paid registrants will be reached by email with a request to sign up for the individual Zoom links needed to attend each session. This page will be updated as new presenters and sessions are added leading up to the Conference. Thank you for supporting our professional development initiatives!

5:30 pm

DAMIAN WARNER, Canada’s first ever Olympic Decathlon Champion, and his coach, GAR LEYSHON, will join us and they’ll also take some questions from our attendees.

At his third Olympic Games in Tokyo this past summer, Warner, of London, ON, caputured Gold and was also chosen to be our country’s flag-bearer at the Closing Ceremonies in Tokyo.

This month, Warner was announced as a 2021 inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Read Damian’s bio HERE and his 2020 Olympic Games expoits (from this past August) HERE.

Please join us and hear from “The World’s Greatest Athlete!”

6:00 – 6:45 pm

SLO-PITCH 101 With Arlene MacDonald

This session will focus on the different skills (throwing/catching/hitting) involved in slo-pitch. A sample lesson plan for PHE teachers/coaches along with some technical advice and videos with skill/drills will be provided. Arlene will also touch on where the sport is currently at and who is involved.  This session will also provide some ideas as to how to promote the sport.

Arlene MacDonald is a PHE teacher at Bishop Allen Academy as well as the coach of the girl’s slo-pitch team for the past 30 years.

7:00 – 7:45 pm

ULTIMATE 101 With Carla Difilippo

Our experienced and accomplished presenter, Carla Difilippo, will provide coaches with technical advice of the sport (sample drills, practice plans and skills education) as well as a focus on the spirit of the game, which is pivotal to the sport, and what this means for coaches and their training of athletes. The session will also provide an update of where the sport is currently in Ontario, Canada and the World!

Carla Difilippo has been playing ultimate since 2006. Quickly grasping the game and putting in the extra work needed, she won her first Canadian Nationals in 2009 with Lotus. Her desire and commitment to ultimate paid off once again in 2010 when she had the opportunity to play in the finals of the USAU club championships as a member of the Capitals. Building on this success, she was a member of Team Canada at the WUGC in Japan in 2012. In addition to playing ultimate, Carla dedicates much of her time to coaching at the high school and junior club levels in both volleyball and ultimate where she holds NCCP certification in both sports. In 2013 her high school girls’ volleyball team were OFSAA champions. She was also the assistant coach of the U23 women’s national team (Canada) who finished third at the World Championships. In 2014 she was the assistant coach of U20 women’s national team (Canada) which finished second at the World Championships in Italy. She is currently head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Team.

8:00 – 8:45 pm

NET WARRIOR (Gym-Based Net/Wall Activity) With Jeff Morgan

Learn about this in school activity that sees competitors move through Table Tennis, Badminton and Pickleball with the winner being determined by total points earned across the disciplines. Inspired by Racketlon, the competition is offered in singles and doubles. It’s a great choice as an intramural or as a culminating activity! Get tips on how to offer this new, progressive and engaging physical activity at any grade level.

Presenter Jeff Morgan is the Founder and Past President of Pickleball Hamilton. He’s also the Department Head, Health & Physical Education, H.W.D.S.B.

5:00 – 6:00 pm


What is limiting athlete performance? In this talk, Dr. Marc Bubbs will share the new science of how sleep, nutrition, recovery and mindset and how it’s helpful to propel athletic performance at all ages. Marc will also provide simple, actionable strategies for you to implement with your athletes to improve their health and performance.

5:00 – 6:00 pm

CIAAA Course: ADDRESSING STUDENT-ATHLETE STRESS, ANXIETY & OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES  With Cody Kelly of Westmount Charter School (Calgary, Alberta)

Student-athlete mental health, stress and anxiety is extremely common and not something to shy away from and is very prevalent in today’s society. This workshop will teach you how to identify anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues as well as how to address, work with and support the student-athletes as they work through these challenges. You will be given an opportunity to share and learn from others on what you have done in regard to student-athlete mental health.

6:15 – 7:00 pm


Developing agility, core strength and first step power with Michael Smith of Dundas Valley High School. Key areas of the presentation are: Dynamic Plank Reaches, AFL Shuttle Relay (lateral agility), Wall Ball Throws (core strength), First Step Jumps & Hops and Wickets.

6:00 pm

CIOS WORKSHOP (Coaching In Ontario Schools) With James Clarke (Part 1: 90 minutes)

CIOS is a program developed by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association to give teacher-coaches and community volunteers the special skill-set they need to coach effectively in the school environment. The three and a half hour course is NCCP accredited, and participants will also receive an OFSAA Certificate of Completion.

The workshop is led by James Clarke – a NCCP trained Learning Facilitator – and combines information required by coaches of beginner to intermediate athletes with skills they specifically need to work with student-athletes in the school environment.

This course is primarily designed for the secondary teacher-coaches, teacher-candidates and volunteer community coaches. Please note that the course is not sport-specific, but multi-sport theory and not active in nature. Additional information available at https://www.ofsaa.on.ca/programs/cios-coaching-ontario-schools

7:15 – 8:00 pm

SPORTS NUTRITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES: Recommendations And Practical Applications With Jon Davis of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Fueling, hydration, and repairing with protein are important components for athletes in order to prepare, perform, and recover from the demands of their sport. This becomes important to help athletes reduce fatigue and perform at their best on the field along with maximizing training adaptations in the off-season. Choosing foods that provide energy to support competition and training is essential but can also be quite challenging. This presentation will cover recommendations and practical applications for hydration strategies, providing energy with carbohydrates, and repairing with protein. The goal is to help provide practical tips that high school coaches, athletic directors and physical education teachers can use to communicate and incorporate with their athletes.

Session will be led by Jon Davis, PhD, CSCS, | R&D Associate Principal Scientist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute

8:00 – 9:00 pm


Providing a wide-range of opportunities for students to learn, practice, participate in, and enjoy physical activity is an important part of all students’ education experience and can provide many positive benefits.

Returning to the school setting has required careful planning and the implementation of new processes and procedures. As part of this planning process, it will be important to ensure students are re-engaged in a wide-range of school-based physical activity opportunities.

This session will discuss how both Ophea COVID-19 considerations for inter-school athletic activities and OFSAA event protocols were developed and how teacher-coaches can successfully implement them in secondary school athletic programs.

9:00 am

CIOS WORKSHOP (Coaching In Ontario Schools) With James Clarke (Part 2: two hours) – See course information listing for Friday, October 22nd

9:00 – 10:00 am

MENTAL HEALTH 101 FOR COACHES With Jennifer Misurelli, Executive Director, Canadian Centre For Mental Health in Sport (CCMHS)

The objective of this workshop is to increase coaches’ mental health literacy. It covers the following:
• What are mental health and mental illness? How do they impact us?
• The intersection between mental health and athletic performance
• Duty of Care: What is a coaches’ role when it comes to an athletes’ mental health?
• Creating a sport environment that promotes mental health and performance

10:30 – 11:30 am


This presentation is used to show the importance of live streaming in a Covid run world. We will outline what the OBS app is and how to use it to stream and save footage through youtube so our fans are able to watch from the safety of home or in their classrooms. Ideas will be shared on how to conduct real-time online sports competitions between schools. We will also discuss other potential uses of our film in hopes to help make our athletics more competitive.

Nick Hannah is a Nipissing University graduate and teaches at Espanola High School. Over the years, Nick has worked a variety of athletic programs including the Mens’ Volleyball National Championship program at Nipissing University. He hopes to bring high level athletics to rural settings. This past summer, Nick began studying for his Masters of Science in Athletic Administration with Grace College.

11:30 – 12:00 pm


Random draws will see five lucky attendees win a prize pack courtesy of OFSAA sponsors Baden, Molten, Yonex and Black Knight. You need to be on the Zoom session at the time to take advantage. Don’t miss out!