Guest Speakers

Join us for the FOCUS 2024 Conference, featuring a fantastic lineup of guest speakers, including leading experts in community sports providing valuable insights, innovative strategies, and inspiration to help advance community sports across Ontario.

Steve Indig
Sport Law, BRec, LLB
Governance/ONCA Compliance:

Steve Indig, began his career with Sport Law in 2003, immediately after being called to the bar as a lawyer. Steve has had the opportunity to work with over 1,000 national, provincial, and local sport organizations providing consulting and legal services related to governance, employment, contracts, policies, disputes, and privacy.

Steve graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors of Recreation degree and a successful five-year career as varsity athlete in swimming. Steve attended three CIS National Championships, was named the CIS Athlete of the Month, and qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials. Steve was inducted into the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Allison Forsyth
Generation Safe, 2-time Olympian
Safe Sport

Generation Safe Founder, Allison Forsyth is the leader in ground-breaking education and awareness in the Canadian Safe Sport landscape. Allison’s ‘real-talk’ educational approach has resonated with over 50 sport organizations and 5,000 people nationwide. Recently named ‘Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada in 2023’, Allison’s guiding principles have been instrumental in helping organizations turn their Safe Sport policies into practice. Allison previously co-founded ITP Sport, Canada’s only full-service Safe Sport programming and consulting agency. The 2-time Olympian and 8-time National Champion (alpine skiing) offers a unique and critical perspective, as a survivor of sexual abuse in the sport system. Recently haven taken a role with Canada Soccer as their Safe Sport Officer, Allison will serve to ensure a trauma-informed systemicimplementation of Safe Sport practices and procedures from the National to grass roots level. Allison currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with her 3 active children – her inspiration for a future ‘Generation Safe’.

Julie Stevens
Centre for Sport Capacity, Director – Brock University
The Active Community

Julie Stevens, is a full professor in the Department of Sport Management, and the Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity, at Brock University. For over 30 years, Julie’s research has focused upon change and system integration. She draws upon a unique interdisciplinary background that combines managerial perspectives to explore transformation within the sport system, as well as within contexts where sport crosses into other industries.

Her most recent work examines the value of an active economy – which includes sport, recreation and tourism – upon the economic prosperity of a community. When sport is understood as an economic driver, new strategies for economic growth emerge for a wide range of businesses across several sectors.

Carol de Ville
The Branding Company, President
Growing Your Organization and Business

Carol de Ville, MAS, has been a part of the Canadian promotional products industry for more
than 20-plus years. Prior to Opening TBC, she worked for Canada’s largest financial institution and was the VP of sales and business development for an Ontario based leading promotional company. 

She has also served as CHAIR of the board and finance director for Promotional Products Professionals of Canada, past President of the Ontario PPPC chapter and President of IMA (Incentive Marketing Association Canada). Inducted into the PPPC Canada Hall of Fame and
was awarded Women of Distinction by the American Specialty Association in 2021. 

The Branding Company has been honoured with PPPC Image awards annually since its inception and proudly holds 21 of these awards in Canada. Carol has been instrumental in developing and delivering educational seminars in Canada, the U.S., México and was invited to moderate and facilitate the international panel in Coventry, England. Her passion is TBC and her unbelieve TEAM and making the impossible possible

Kevin Arnsdorf
CSCO Chair – CSCO Projects
Community Sport Sector survey & National Sport Trust Fund

Kevin Arnsdorf has over 40 years of experience in sport and recreation management across public, private, and non-profit sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Ottawa and an MBA in Public Relations and Communications Management from Royal Roads University.

Kevin has made significant contributions in Alberta and Ontario, particularly in event management, organizational development, and community-based sport program development. His notable achievements include founding a regional games movement in Northwest Alberta, establishing a regional training center in Grande Prairie after the 1995 Canada Games, and playing a key role in the success of those Games, leaving a lasting legacy in northern Alberta’s sport community.

Since October 2020, Kevin has been the Chair of CSCO, enhancing opportunities for community and accessible sport councils in Ontario. He is dedicated to fostering inclusive and innovative approaches to sport, advocating for participation at all levels. His career underscores his belief in community-driven sport development to improve the quality of life for all residents.

FOCUS 2024 CONFERENCE | AUG 23/24

Strengthening SPORT in Communities Across Ontario

Focus 2024 Presenters

Interactive workshops for hands-on learning

James Murphy, ED ParaSport Ontario

Enhancing ParaSport Opportunities

Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario, James brings progressive leadership experience from both the healthcare and non-profit disability sport sectors. James has comprehensive knowledge in program evaluation, strategic planning, and research, and has demonstrated leadership in project and change management, developing and implementing new processes and technologies to achieve strategic goals.

Jeff Carmichael, CSCO GTA Regional Director/Board Member

History of Community Sport Councils in Ontario

As a Former member of the CSCO Board of Directors, a supporter of “Get Active and Play” and Managing Director of Sport for Development Group, Jeff believes in our collective ability to build local capacity for the development of healthier and more liveable communities through sport and recreation.

Clay Melnike, Senior Manage Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario

Enhancing Indigenous Opportunities in Ontario

Clay completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees early in his career, specializing in sport and recreation development, marketing, and business planning. He is currently dedicated to three areas he is deeply passionate about: sport, youth, and Indigenous program development.
Currently, Clay serves as the Senior Manager for Programs Development and Special Projects at Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO).

Sara Restani, Kidsport Ontario

Funding Kidsport

Sara Restani is the Executive Director of Kidsport Ontario, a charity providing grants to help children participate in sports. With nearly five years at Kidsport, she initially served as Program Manager. Sara is also the president of the Halton Field Hockey Club and a former Director on the Community Sport Councils of Ontario Board. She holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing Management from Athabasca University and a Business Marketing diploma from Mohawk College.

Katie Misener, UofWaterloo

Building capacity in sport organizations

Dr. Katie Misener, an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada, brings her extensive expertise to the 2024 CSCO conference. With a primary research focus on enhancing the capacity and social impact of nonprofit community sport organizations, Dr. Misener explores how these organizations can improve sport service delivery and foster social engagement.

Jonathan DiPasquale, President

Instant Risk coverage

Jonathan Di Pasquale has served as the President of Instant Risk Coverage (IRC) for the past four years. As one of the founding partners, Jonathan has been instrumental in shaping IRC’s mission to make insurance easier, more affordable, and highly efficient.

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