Breakout Sessions

Focus conference features interactive workshops for hands-on learning and practical insights, covering topics such as organization and infrastructure, community diversity, sustainable tourism, business growth, future adaptation, and health.

FOCUS 2024 CONFERENCE | AUG 23/24

Strengthening SPORT in Communities Across Ontario

ORGANIZATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Are You Aware of and Compliant with Current Regulations?

Navigating the complex landscape of regulations and requirements is a significant challenge, especially for community sports groups and not-for-profit organizations run by volunteers. This breakout provides crucial information on identifying and adhering to relevant regulations, helping you cut through the red tape. Stay informed and compliant to ensure your organization runs smoothly and effectively.

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY AND INTEGRATION

Creating Innovative Diversity and Integration

What are you doing to promote diversity, integration, and social equity? Engage with your community through innovative social strategies and leverage relationships to foster a healthier, more caring, and inclusive community. Learn about multicultural initiatives and how sport and recreation can serve as catalysts for social change. This workshop offers a roadmap to community engagement, highlighting the importance of diversity and integration in community development.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM INITIATIVES

Engaging in Sport Tourism

Explore how to develop and sustain sport tourism in your community. This session covers leveraging community assets, promoting capabilities, and effective communication strategies. Learn about hosting and bidding for events, creating legacy programs, and rebounding from challenges such as COVID-19. Share experiences and gain insights into making sport tourism a profitable and sustainable venture. Discover the key drivers of sport tourism and how to provide oversight and engagement in related initiatives.

GROWING YOUR ORGANIZATION & BUSINESS

The Future is Now! Adapting to the Future

In a rapidly changing world, adapting to the future is crucial. This breakout session focuses on how organizations can unlock their potential by keeping pace with evolving technology, utilizing social media and marketing strategies, and enhancing employee engagement. Learn about the role of AI, infrastructure developments, and community allocation strategies. Explore the do’s and don’ts of technology adoption and how to serve your customers better through internal systems and processes.

ADAPTING TO THE FUTURE

Future Infrastructure and Capacity Requirements

What will the future look like in 5, 10, or 20 years? This session delves into scalable planning, financial stability, and recurring revenues necessary for future growth. Learn about sustainable activity and strategic thinking to create a healthier, innovative community. Discuss how to adapt to short, mid, and long-term challenges, and explore platforms for positive, collaborative change. Understand the importance of mission, strategies, and objectives in preparing for the future.

CHALLENGES IN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Dealing with Physical and Mental Health

How are you and your organization addressing physical and mental health? This breakout covers physical training, development, outreach, and engagement strategies. Delve into mental health issues, meaningful conversations, and bridging cultural differences. Learn how to broach sensitive issues, provide support and services, and foster cultural innovation. Gain insights into creating an understanding and compassionate environment within your organization, ensuring the well-being of your community.

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