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Recreation Nova Scotia is pleased to present the 16th Annual Conference and Trade Show taking place October 22nd-25th at the Holiday Inn Waterfront in Sydney, NS. Plan to experience a top quality program, excellent networking opportunities and a professional trade show. Register for what will prove to be a memorable experience. You will leave the conference feeling energized, connected, informed and full of new ideas!

Conference Offers:

  • Your choice of breakout sessions
  • Research forum
  • Dynamic keynote
  • Great networking opprtunities for delegates and students
  • Trade show
  • RNS 2013 Awards Ceremony Reception and Dinner

Conference Streams:

1) Connecting Sport and Recreation

2) Connecting Programs and People

3) Connecting Sectors – Building Partnerships

For more information on the conference streams and sessions check out the Sessions Page.

Conference at a Glance:

Conference at a Glance



11:00am – 6:00pm             Registration
12:00pm – 6:00pm            Free Shuttle

1:00pm – 5:00pm              Golf Tournament

7:00pm – 9:00pm              Hockey Game

7:00pm – 9:00pm              Active Living

9:00pm – 11:30pm            Meet and greet



7:00am – 8:00am               Active Living

8:00am – 1:30pm               Registration

8:30am                                 Silent auction opens

9:00am – 10:45am             Opening and Keynote

11:00am – 12:30pm          SESSION 1

12:30pm – 1:30pm            lunch & live auction

1:45pm – 3:15pm              Plenary

4:00pm                                 Silent auction closes

4:00pm – 8:00pm              Trade Show

9:00pm                                 Regional Games

Evening Entertainment



7:00am – 8:00am               Active Living

7:30am – 9:00am               Breakfast

8:00am – 2:00pm               Registration

8:00am                                 Silent auction opens

9:00am – 10:15am             Keynote

10:30am – 12:00pm          SESSION 2

12:00pm – 1:30pm            Boxed lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm                Active Living

1:30pm – 2:30pm              Research forum

2:45pm – 4:15pm              SESSION 3

4:00pm – 6:30pm              Active Living /Free time

4:30pm                                 Silent auction ends

6:30pm – 7:00pm              Reception

7:15pm – 9:00pm              RNS Awards Banquet

9:00pm                                 Entertainment & dance



7:30am – 9:30am               AGM and Breakfast

9:30am – 11:00am             Session 4

11:15am – 12:00pm          Closing Ceremony



Dean Kriellaars

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Therapy. He is a member of Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. He works with the Sport for Life movement, PHE Canada, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, as well as the RCMP on community wellness initiative.

Driving the Movement: Physical Literacy through Recreation
Dr. Kriellaars will discuss the moral responsibility of the community in such matter and recreation’s niche therein. Finally, community based seamless integration of recreation, schools and sport will be discussed, with an emphasis on provision not promotion.

dougbrim350x467Doug Brimacombe
Principal of the Doepker-Brimacombe Group

Doug’s career has spanned more than 40 years. During that time he has held senior executive positions in municipal government and the not-for-profit sector. As well, he has operated his own consulting firms. Professionally, Doug’s passion is leadership and building individual, organizational and community capacity.

Fulfilling the Promise: Recreation and Parks in Your Community
Across Canada, spending on recreation and parks is amongst the highest of municipal expenditures. This level of investments is based on certain assumptions and an implicit “promise”. What are these assumptions? What is the “promise”?

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