OTTAWA, ON: Hundreds of skating delegates are headed to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2016 Ice Summit. The conference will take place from May 25-28, 2016 and will include a variety of opportunities for members at all levels within Skate Canada. The Ice Summit was formerly known as the Skate Canada Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM) and National Coaches’ Conference (NCC).
Attendees will have the chance to Converge, Connect and Collaborate through a wide range of activities, with over 40 workshops, daily networking sessions and nightly social activities. The workshops focus on everything from branding and programming, to off-ice and mental training, to skating essentials, creative movements, edges, spins, and jumps.
Over the four-day event, attendees will be able connect with some of the greatest skating minds in the country. The on-ice workshops feature top coaches and choreographers, including Bruno Marcotte, Joanne McLeod, Anne Schelter and David Wilson. Two-time World Pair Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will also lend their expertise. Keynote speakers Elvis Stojko and Dr. Stephen Norris will both be featured during separate social networking functions.
The annual Skate Canada Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet will take place on Friday evening. The gala celebrates the accomplishments of skaters, volunteers, officials and coaches who made significant contributions to progress the quality of skating in Canada.
Saturday’s activities include the inaugural edition of The Ice Den. Based on the popular TV show, Dragon’s Den, Skate Canada will be hosting a similar segment designed to generate new and innovative ideas. The event will conclude on Saturday with the 103rd Annual General Meeting of the association. Members will again be able to participate remotely as the AGM and voting will be available via live stream.
This marks Skate Canada’s first return to St. John’s since 2005, when the city played host to Skate Canada International. St. John’s hosted the Skate Canada ACGM/NCC last in 1985.