Coaching Association of Canada

Networking and Social Events

Take advantage of many on- and off-site networking opportunities at #SLS19 to connect and socialize with fellow sport leaders. Nearly 30% of our delegates each year are attending the conference for the first time, so whether you are new or returning, we guarantee you will expand your network of friends and contacts!

  • Special Networking Events

    The Welcome Reception
    Presented by Red Bull canada

    Thursday, November 7th
    Richmond Olympic Oval
    6111 River Road
    4:00pm – 8:00pm

    Join us for an evening of networking, live entertainment, and a chance to get active! Hosted on the courts at the Richmond Olympic Oval, this year’s Welcome Reception presented by Red Bull Canada will include a live DJ, an e-gaming zone, refreshments and appetizers, and will take the annual pick-up basketball game to the next level!.

    All delegates are invited to hit the court, or cheer from the sidelines for a 3-on-3 Red Bull Reign basketball tournament. Individuals and teams can sign up on-site and will be placed into a bracket. Each team will be given Red Bull Reign jerseys and will have the chance to test their skill, teamwork and endurance during two eight-minute games. The top teams will advance to “The Finals”, with the winning team crowned the SLS19 Red Bull Reign Champs! There will also be open gym time before and after the tournament. Bring your game gear and your best cheers!

         o 4:30pm – Open Gym
         o 5:00pm – 3-on-3 Tournament
         o 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Open Gym

    Players will have access to showers and change rooms at the facility.

    Conference Recess
    Presented by Décathlon

    Friday, November 8th
    Westminster Salon
    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Join our host Décathlon and your peers to reflect on a great day of learning and to build and strengthen new connections during this networking event. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served.

    2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala
    Presented by Petro-Canada

    Friday, November 8th
    Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
    Britannia Ballroom
    6:00pm – 9:00pm 

    It’s Mission: Possible at the 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us as we celebrate the limitless potential of our athletes, and recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our coaches throughout the past competitive season and beyond.

    Often evading the spotlight, these dedicated individuals have earned the opportunity to be applauded and appreciated before their peers for their leadership, commitment, and their contributions to coaching and coach development in Canada.

    We look forward to an evening of fun and entertainment as we honour the coaches whose athletes made the seemingly impossible become possible.

    Dress Code for this year’s mysterious spy-themed affair: Business or cocktail party attire. Black bow ties and cocktail dresses. Catsuits and combat boots. Come dressed in your best operative outfits.

    Tickets are included for all registered delegates of the 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference if you RSVP’d at the time of registration*. You will receive your tickets at the conference registration desk upon check-in. Additional gala tickets are available for purchase* at a cost of $85 per person before October 24, 2019.

    If you did not RSVP for the Awards Gala at the time of registration and would now like to attend*, please email before October 24, 2019. *While quantities last.

    (This invitation will self-destruct.)

    Awards Gala After-Party

    Presented by Richmond Hotel Destination Association
    Friday, November 8th
    Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel Lounge, a short three-minute walk next door!
    7571 Westminster Hwy
    9:00pm – late

    Join your friends and colleagues at the After-Party following the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala. This is your chance to celebrate and congratulate the best and brightest!

    If you opted out of the Awards Gala, no problem! Meet up with everyone post-awards for an informal and fun get-together. Come as you are.

  • On-site Activities

    TeamSnap Coaches Lounge
    Westminster Salon
    Open daily during the conference

    The TeamSnap Coaches Lounge is THE place to be when it comes to connecting with your peers! Take advantage of the relaxing networking space, grab a cup of coffee, have an impromptu meeting, or catch-up with a friend.

    5K Walk, Run, Wheel
    Friday, November 8th
    Meet in the Sheraton main lobby

    Start your day with a refreshing 5K route led by CAC staff. All levels and abilities welcome.

    Rise and Shine Stretch 
    Saturday, November 9th
    7:00am – 7:30am

    New this year! Loosen up for the final day of #SLS19 with an accessible yoga class led by a local professional instructor. Morning smoothies will be available following the session.

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee! 
    Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th
    Westminster Salon
    7:30am – 8:30am

    New this year! We know you still have business to tend to while at #SLS19, so we invite you to grab a complimentary coffee or smoothie and get an early start in the TeamSnap Coaches Lounge.

    Trade Show
    Westminster Salon
    Open daily during the conference

    Take some time to connect with the organizations that support the sport community in Canada. Stop by the trade show to learn about our 2019 exhibitors, make new connections, and explore opportunities to work together for a common goal.

    Confirmed Exhibitors:

    • BMS Group
    • CAAWS - Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport
    • Canucks Autism Network
    • COPSI Network Advanced Coaching Diploma
    • Décathlon
    • Globe Awards & Promotions
    • HeadStartPro Performance Training
    • Hype Socks
    • Parachute
    • Petro-Canada
    • Québec City Business Destination
    • SDRCC - Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
    • Sport for Life
    • Sport Law & Strategy Group
    • Tourism Prince George
    • UBC Masters of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership
    • What Not to Yell Inc.
    • Whister Sport Legacies

    Professional Photo Booth
    Minoru Foyer
    Open daily during the conference - check booth for specific hours.

    New this year! A professional photographer will be providing complimentary headshots, available for all delegates on-site at the conference. Look for their booth set up near the tabletops in Minoru Foyer!

    Graphic Recording

    Back by popular demand, a graphic recording artist will be in all plenary sessions! Graphic Recording creates a fantastic visual image of each session that provides delegates with a lasting memory of #SLS19. Check out some of the #SLS18 graphic recordings for a hint of what’s to come.


  • Stay Connected at #SLS19

    TeamSnap Conference App

    Delegates will receive an email prior to the conference inviting them to join the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif team by downloading the TeamSnap app. Stay tuned for your invitation!

    The TeamSnap app is your go-to digital resource to view the schedule, communicate with your peers, and share event experiences.


    Complimentary Wifi Access

    Stay connected all conference long! Use the following login credentials to access the complimentary wifi services at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Location:

         Network: SportLeadershipsportif
         Password: SLS19

    Simultaneous Translation

    Simultaneous translation services from English to French will be available in all plenary sessions throughout the conference.

    Connect on Social Media

    Get ready for #SLS19! Be on the lookout for conference updates and social media activity before, during, and after the conference.

         - Like the CAC on Facebook: Coaching Association of Canada
         - Follow us on Twitter @CAC_ACE
         - Follow us on Instagram @coach_ca

    Official Conference Hashtag: #SLS19

    Text Messaging Service

    Register for the #SLS19 text messaging service to stay connected with event alerts, seminar updates, and social reminders.

         - To receive text message reminders in English, text the word SPORT to 767638.
         - To receive text message reminders in French, text the word SPORTIF to 767638.

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