Sport Forum

WHEN: Saturday, November 24, 2018

TIME: 9am - 4pm

WHERE: Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, NT

WHAT: There will be Sport North updates and various workshops to attend. A detailed schedule of events will be posted in the coming weeks. TSOs are able to register using the below link.

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Draft Agenda (as of November 8)



8:30 - 9:00 am Semi Annual Meeting Registration
9:00 - 9:15 am
Call to Order of Semi Annual Meeting & Sport Forum

- Welcoming Remarks

- Introductions & Roll Call

- Review of House Rules

- Approval of the Consent Agenda

       - 2018 Annual General Meeting Minutes

9:15 - 9:45 am Sport North Update
9:45 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 10:45 am Partners in Sport Panel Discussion
10:45 - Noon
Workshop A1

- The Reality of Social Media

Social media is everywhere and constant.  Questions arise as to how to use it, how to manage it and how to handle it when it goes wrong.  This workshop will discuss the role of social media within sport, the coach-athlete relationship, and the law around social media.  Some useful guidelines and strategies for managing social media will be shared.

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Workshop B1

- Tips and Guidelines for Selecting your Athletes to Major Games

This session will explore best practice for Territorial Sport Organizations to select athletes to Major Games, including what needs to be included in Selection Policies, making selection decisions and handling appeals.

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Noon - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:15 pm
TSO Best Practice      

In every community, there are people with intellectual disabilities who would benefit from the chance to participate in local sport and to compete with their athletic peers. Jack Duffy of Special Olympics NWT will be sharing information on creative ways that SONWT could work with TSO's to allow these potential athletes to be more involved in community sport, even if they are the only Special Olympics athlete in their home town. 

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Workshop A2

- Financial Literacy for Staff, Volunteers & Board Members

This workshop will demystify the world of financial management by explaining some of the common language used in accounting, discuss some of the various aspects of a financial system and then walk through a sample set of financial reports.  Specific considerations relating to the roles & responsibilities of Board members will be reviewed.

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Workshop B2

- Safe Sport: Policies and Improvements to Make Sport Better for All

This session will address current and complex issues surrounding making sport safe for all, including how Territorial Sport Organizations can address various situations through policies and in practice. Integral to this session will be practical discussions on screening and how TSOs can ensure that they are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of their sport’s participants.

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2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop A3

- Board Diversity and Inclusion

It has been shown that the more diverse a board is, the more effective and innovative they are at being able to meet the needs of the organization and its members.  Whether it is recruiting for a gender balance or ensuring that the board reflects the demographics of the participant population, this workshop will discuss some strategies that organizations can use to enhance their ability to recruit and retain of these vital volunteers. 

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Workshop B3

- Cannabis and Sport

This session will address how Territorial Sport Organizations can navigate the legislative and anti-doping landscape surrounding the recent legalization of cannabis by the Federal Government. Topics to be covered include how an organization’s existing policies may need to be modified, whether new policies need to be created, how to address cannabis in the workplace, and what athletes, coaches and sport administrators need to know about cannabis from an anti-doping perspective.

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3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions

Delegates can expect a series of brief, engaging and participant-driven

discussions on relevant topics in the Sport Community. This is an opportunity

to share and exchange ideas.  Facilitators will guide each discussion.

4:30 pm
Closing Remarks / Adjournment