Conference Itinerary


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November 21, 2017

Welcome Reception

FULL – please note that the reception is now FULL. Due to the location and venue restrictions, only those registered for the reception ticket on Eventbrite and speakers will be able to attend. 



November 22, 23, 2017

Conference Dates


Please note that the below information may have changed as this electronic program will no longer be updated until after the conference. For most up to date information on presenters, sessions and topics please see the final program attachment at the top of this page.


Conference Day 1: Trails Education

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 1 of the conference focuses on trails education. learn about the various trails programs, strategies, issues and priorities being discussed throughout the nation. We have a dynamic and engaging lineup of trails professionals lined up to discuss topics related to trail development, tourism, economics, policy and more.

7:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am

Opening Remarks: Louis Carpentier and Patrick Connor

9:00 am

Plenary: Mr. Akaash Maharaj

Ceo of Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption; former CEO Equine Canada

An Understanding of Effective Governance and Policy Development at the National Level

9:45 am

Networking Break

10:15 am

National Directions in Trails Tourism (EDU1)

  • Effective National Trail Marketing and Promotion Strategies
    • Michael Haynes (Hiker Haynes)
  • Certification of Outdoor Trail Activities
    • TBA Outdoor Council of Canada
  • The Introductory Impacts of “Floating Classrooms”
    • Garth Potruff (Owner Operator Grand River Outfitters)

Moderator: Jane Murphy (Terminus Consulting Inc.)

National Directions in Motorized Trails (EDU2)

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Dirt Bike Trails in Canada
    • Dave Millier (CEO Sentry Metrics; President, Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada)
  • Understanding the Value of ATV’ing for Communities and for Sport
    • Carolyn Richards (VP All Terrain Quad Council of Canada)
  • Current Realities of Canada’s 150.000+ Kilometers of Snowmobiling Trails
    • Dennis Burns (CEO, Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations)
  • TBD
    • Oksana Buhel (Manager, Rider Federations and Industry Partner Services
      Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV))

Moderator: Wayne Daub (CEO AQCC)
11:15 am

National Direction in Trail Management (EDU3)

  • Introduction to Trail Information Management Systems and their Application to User and Visitor Experience
    • Veronique Pelletier and Michel Blais (Parcs Canada, Trails and Visitor Experience Officers)
  • Developing an Inclusive Trail Master Planning Strategy
    • Terri LeRoux (CEO Credit Valley Conservation Foundation)
  • Minimizing User Conflict through Applied Management
    • Deanna Cheriton, MA (Supervisor, Greenspace Conservation, Toronto Region Conservation Authority)

Moderator: Alexandra Brodka, RPN (Executive Director, Hamilton Burlington Trails)

National Direction in Economic Development (EDU4)

  • Developing Quality Trails Products as Tourism Assets.
    • Jane Murphy-McCulloch (Principal, Terminus Conculting Inc.)
  • TBD
    • M. Serge Joly (Sentier Prescott Russell Trails)
  • Mountain Biking, Infrastructure, Activity, and Metrics, a Study on the Impacts of Mountain Biking to the Canadian Tourism Economy
    • AJ Strawson (Executive Director, International Mountain Biking Association of Canada)

Moderator: Patrick Connor, (Canadian Trails Federation)
12:15 pm


1:00 pm

Plenary: Mr. David Read

East Coast Greenway Alliance Board of Trustees

Trails as Park fo the Community Development Agenda

1:45 pm

Trails Policies (EDU5)

  • Development in Ontario Trails Policy; provincial trails act and the trails strategy
    • Carol Oitment (Policy Advisor, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Ontario))
  • Development of British Columbia Recreation Trails Policy
    • Tennessee Trent (Trails Manager, Recreation Sites and Trails BC)

Moderator: Robert Ramsay (CEO Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council)

Active Transportation (EDU6)

  • Developing a Provincial Cycling Network
    • Julia Barnes (Ontario Ministry of Transportation)
  • Developing a World Class Trail System that Provides Active Transportation Options
    • Louis Carpentier (Vélo Québec)

Moderator: Bruce Devine (Invited) (Manager, Greenspace and Pathways, National Capital Commission, Ottawa)
2:45 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm

Risk Management (EDU7)

  • Trail Based User Safety Systems; assessing and applying risk management tools to trails
    • Jeff Jackson (Algonquin College)
  • Best Practices in Trails Risk management: underwriter and broker perspectives
    • Barb Sczctza (Frank Cowan Company)
  • Understanding Trails Risk and Mitigating Issues for Safe Trails
    • Patrick Connor (CAE, Canadian Trails Federation)

Moderator: Mark Schmidt (Parks Canada)

Trails Building & Development (EDU8)

  • The Art and Science of Tails: a trail builders perspective on sustainable trails
    • Zane Davies (TREADscape)
  • TBD
    • Jerome Pelland (Sentier Boralis)
  • A Trail Runs Through IT: protecting the place we love through outdoor recreation and education
    • David Miller (Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A)

Moderator: Bill Goulding (Principle, Sustainable Trails Inc.)
4:00 pm


Film Screening: Surviving

Surviving the Fundy Footpath is an adventure doc that follows mega-novice Bruce Persaud, a city slicker from Toronto, with zero camping experience, as he attempts to complete one of Canada’s toughest multi-day hikes, the treacherous Fundy Footpath. Follow along as Bruce and his team of guides climb in and out of nineteen steep ravines, traverse stunning Bay of Fundy mega tidal zones, and navigate their way through 65 kilometres of dense old growth Acadian fog forest.


6:00 pm

Dinner & Social



Conference Day 2: Trails Strategy

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 2 of the conference focuses on the Trails Strategy. Attend several working groups throughout the day to contribute your expertise to formulation policy priorities and highlighting issues and concerns faced in those sectors. At the end of the day, attendees come together to present on the findings and policy directives of each working group which will assist in the facilitation of what is hoped to be a National Trails Strategy.

8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am

Opening Remarks – Jane Murphy McCullough with Patrick Connor

9:00 am

Policy (WG1)

Facilitator: Paul Ronan (CEO Ontario Parks Association)

Active Transportation and Trails (WG2)

Facilitator: Lois Carpentier (Ceo Velo Quebec)
9:45 am

Risk Management (WG3)

Facilitator: Patrick Connor (CAE SSA; President Canadian Trails)

Trails Building (WG4)

Facilitator: Zane Davies (TREADscape Trail Builders)
10:30 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

Tourism and Marketing (WG5)

Facilitator: Jane Murphy (Terminus Consulting)

Mixed Use Trails (WG6)

Facilitator: Wayne Daub (All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada)
12:00 pm


12:45 pm

Lunch and Learn: “Towards National Trails Data” 

Panelists: Alex Brodka, Holly Woodill, Deanna Cheriton
Moderators: Jane Murphy, Wayne Terryberry
1:30 pm

Moving Towards a National Trails Strategy

3:00 pm Closing Remarks – Louis Carpentier and Patrick Connor.
All posted sessions, presenters and content are presented as a guide to event content. Actual presenters, sessions and content may change depending upon circumstance and availability. Thank you.
Toutes les sessions postées, les présentateurs et le contenu sont présentés comme un guide du contenu de l’événement. Les présentateurs, les sessions et le contenu peuvent changer selon les circonstances et la disponibilité. Je vous remercie
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