NWT Coach Development Conference

Thanks to everyone who attended our inaugural NWT Coach Development Conference at Yellowknife’s Chateau Nova Hotel on September 23, 2017.

Almost 40 coaches from across the Northwest Territories attended, representing the sports of hockey, soccer, volleyball, curling, cross-country skiing, swimming and more.

Attendees should have received a feedback form to help us deliver an even better event in 2018.

REMINDER: Coaches who attended the 2017 conference are eligible to receive funding assistance through Sport North for their registration costs. Click here to download the funding application form for reimbursement. 

Here’s what 2017’s conference included:

  • Seven sessions including workshops on community and development coaching, strength training, nutrition, and sponsorship;
  • Keynote from Peter Jensen, eight-time Canadian Olympic team member and high performance specialist;
  • Best practice Q&A with Wayne Parro, Coaching Association of Canada senior coach consultant;
  • Breakfast, dinner and snacks included in the price of your ticket!

The full schedule included:

0830-1030 – PETER JENSEN

Peter Jensen is a dynamic speaker with a PhD. in Sport Psychology. An authority on leadership, he is a renowned innovator – bringing coaching and personal high performance to organizations worldwide. He has attended eight Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian Olympic team, is a top-rated instructor at the Queen’s Smith School of Business, and is the founder of Performance Coaching Inc.

1030-1045 – BREAK


Funding is vital for sports teams and governing bodies with ideas and ambition. Ollie Williams, Mel Thompson and RBC community manager Yanik D’Aigle discussed best practices for securing sports sponsorship in the North.

1200-1300 – LUNCH

1300-1400 – WAYNE PARRO

Coaching Association of Canada senior coach consultant Wayne Parro discussed current trends and best practices for both community and development coaches, including the importance of a multi-sport approach for northern youth.

1400–1500 – LORIE CRAWFORD

Yellowknife-based holistic nutritionist Lorie Crawford provided a guide to sports nutrition for the North, focusing on basic advice to help athletes at all stages of development improve their diets no matter their home community.

1500-1530 – BREAK


Sport Performance Training’s Brad McNamara trains some of the top athletes in Canada in all speed/power sports, from the NHL, CFL, AHL, UFC, WHL and NCAA to Olympic and amateur sports. Certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) (Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach – RSCC), Brad discussed the importance of strength training for grassroots all the way to high -performance athletes.


Wayne Parro, Brad McNamara and experienced NWT soccer coach Mike Doyle came together for a Q&A session on how to get the most out of athletes, training sessions and major events, forming a shared learning opportunity with input from a wide variety of coaches at all levels of experience.

1745-1830 – DINNER


Peter’s keynote address ended the day, focusing on developing powerful relationships and helping athletes to reach their potential.