November 21, 2017

Pre-Conference – Trails Training Worshop



Pre Conference Workshop: Parks Canada Approach to Trails Training

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This one-day learning event led by Parks Canada will focus on planning for sustainable and successful trail systems. Topics covered will include trail planning tools, public and stakeholder engagement tools, and engagement with indigenous communities. This session will be dedicated to learning these new tools, putting them into practice through concrete examples and learning tips and techniques for facilitating your own trail planning process. Participants will have the opportunity to put the information learned into practice with hands-on component of the workshop where groups will be asked to develop concept plans for their own trail systems. All participants will take away new knowledge, copies of the Parks Canada’s latest trail documents and a new network of trail experts with similar knowledge that can help their future trail planning projects

9:00 am  Registration
9:15 am Parks Canada Trail program: Overview of the Trail Program Planning for Sustainable and Successful Trail Systems
9:30 am Trails Planning Tools: Overview of the trail planning tools (trail principles, trail classification, market segmentation, trail concept planning process)
10: 30 am  Coffee Break
10:40 am  Public and Stakeholder Engagement Tools: Overview of engagement tools (engagement process, engagement activities).  Engaging With Others
12:00 pm


1:00 pm  Engaging Indigenous Communities: Presentation by Reg Sylilboy, Engagement and Consultation Advisor, Indigenous Affairs Branch, Parks Canada  Engaging With Others
2:00 pm  Case Studies: Presentation of Parks Canada’s projects where trail planning tools have been used.  Putting Tools Into Practice
2:20 pm

Coffee Break

2:30 pm  Breakout Sessions: Using concrete trail project examples, participants will use tools to plan for better trail systems. Putting Tools Into Practice
3:50 pm  Take Home Messages / Wrap Up  Wrapping Up
4:00 pm  End of Program / Wrap Up



November 22, 23, 2017

Conference Dates


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

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 hiking routes as ‘Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe
    • Liane Jordan (Co-ordinator of Certification, Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe; Vice-President European Ramblers Association)
  • 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)

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.)
  • Trails and Power Sports Tourism as a Sustainable Economic Driver, The Madawaska Valley, and Renfrew County Case Study.
    • Paul Nopper ( Former CDO Madawaska Valley)
  • 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)
  • TBD
    • Rob Barnes (Invited) (Managing Director, Ecology Ottawa)

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: Robert Ramsay, MS CAE (CEO, Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distribution Council)

Trails Building & Development (EDU8)

  • The Art and Science of Tails: a trail builders perspective on sustainable trails
    • Zane Davies (TREADscape)
  • Developing Tails in Resort Environments
    • Valerie Govette (Mont Tremblant MTB Trails Resort)
  • A Trail Runs Through IT: protecting the place we love through outdoor recreation and education
    • Richard Grover (Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A)

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


5:30 pm

Plenary: Jane Koepke

Carcross Taglish Mountain Bike Trails

Appreciation for People, the Land, and Heritage; an Opportunity for Trails

6:30 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

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

Netowrking 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


1:00 pm

Moving Towards a National Trails Strategy

3:00 pm Closing Remarks
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