Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Coaching for Challenging Conversations Workshop


Coaching for Challenging Conversations is a two-day workshop hosted by the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) that helps coaches harness the positive aspects of conflict while keeping their emotions under control.

The workshop is delivered by Garry Watanabe of Performance Coaching Inc. (PCI), an organization that focuses relentlessly on enabling exceptional performance under pressure.

Date: Tuesday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 18
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (875 Morningside Drive, Scarborough)
Registration: Register online

Workshop Description

Of all the situations coaches face, confronting a coachee with a change they need to make is among the most uncomfortable. Yet, when handled effectively, these moments of truth can deliver the biggest performance improvements and are tremendously satisfying for the coach. This workshop provides both a practical map for confronting conversations and strategies for managing your emotions when things get heated drawn from PCIs work in sport psychology.

Workshop Outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • How to decide when it is productive to engage in conflict
  • Their personal tendencies in addressing conflict (using the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Management Instrument), and how to adjust in the heat of the moment
  • How to prepare for a confronting discussion using a custom planning tool
  • The common roadblocks to positive outcomes, and how to avoid them
  • How to bring emotions under control and listen attentively to others
  • How to achieve the balance between accessing skills and managing themselves during a conversation


Please direct any questions to Wendy Dobbin, Coach Development Lead at CSIO.

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Annual Events

Sport For Life Canadian Summit

Gatineau, Quebec

Sport For Life Canadian Summit

The Sport for Life Summit takes place annually at Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. The Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

Save the Date!

The 2018 conference will take place January 22-24.

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Ontario Coaches Conference


Ontario Coaches Conference

The annual Ontario Coaches Conference hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario is open to coaches of all sports at all levels and features nationally and internationally renowned experts in sport psychology, high performance sport, physical literacy and so much more.

The 2017 conference had an all-star roster that included:

  • Toronto Raptors coach, Jama Mahlalela
  • Physical literacy guru, Dr. Dean Kriellaars
  • NBA advanced scout and Canadian Basketball Senior Men’s National Team Head Scout, Joe Raso
  • Sport for Life expert, Dr. Stephen Norris
  • George Washington University “doctors of fun”, Dr. Amanda Visek and Heather Manning
  • Internationally recognized sport biomechanist, Bruce Craven

Save the Date!

The 2018 conference will take place April 20-22 in London.

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NCCP Super Clinic


NCCP Super Clinic

The NCCP Super Clinic is an annual coaching clinic hosted by Canada Basketball that provides coaches with the opportunity  to take part in various streams, including professional development, the six basketball-specific NCCP courses, multi-sport courses and wheelchair basketball.

Information about the last NCCP Super Clinic is below:

Date: May 19-21, 2017
Location: University of Toronto and Ryerson University (Toronto)
Schedule: View the 2017 NCCP Super Clinic schedule

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Ontario Physical Literacy Summit


Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

The Ontario Physical Literacy Summit takes place every September at Redeemer University College in Hamilton.

The Summit is open to coaches, parent volunteers, teachers or anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge and practices when working with children of various ages to develop their physical literacy, physical activity and sport experience.

The 2017 Summit featured a number of prominent speakers, including Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Dr. John Cairney, Brandy Tanenbaum, and many other experts. Participants learned about physical literacy, made connections and had fun in the process.

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Courses & Certification

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) eLearning module launched in Fall 2017.

The course is designed to provide coaches with knowledge to deliver quality, positive sport experiences for athletes, specifically those with behavioural, intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities.

The training will provide coaches with the ability to:

  • Explain the benefits of sport participation for persons with a disability;
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with, and regards to, persons with a disability;
  • Design positive, safe, and inclusive sport experiences for persons with a disability; and
  • Consider next steps in their professional development related to coaching persons with a disability.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability module is available for free throughout 2017!

As of January 1, 2018, the training will cost $15.

To take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, log in to or register for The Locker.

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Physical Literacy Instructor Program

The Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE® have come together to support recreation leaders, coaches and others in becoming a Physical Literacy Instructor. The Physical Literacy Instructor Program is a blended e-learning and in-person training experience that provides the opportunity for an individual to become a recognized Physical Literacy Instructor. The purpose of the four training modules is to equip front-line physical activity workers with the ability to design and deliver quality programs which effectively enhance the development of physical literacy. Upon completion of the Physical Literacy Instructor Program, participants will be able to recognize, use and implement quality physical activity programs which support the development of physical literacy.

The program has four training modules which combine text based information, video, interactive elements and in-person workshops for the learner to acquire the knowledge and understanding to develop physical literacy.

  1. Introduction to Physical Literacy (online)
  2. HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (in-person workshop) or HIGH Five Sport (in-person workshop)
  3. NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (in-person workshop)
  4. Quality Physical Literacy Experiences & Program Evaluation (in-person workshop)

Learners are required to successfully complete all four training modules and related learning activities to receive a certificate of completion.

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