The Conference


Ask author and researcher Seth Godin what the most successful people have in common and he’ll tell you that they’re all great learners. The BC Sport Leadership Conference brings together a diverse collection of organizations, teams, and individuals with the singular purpose of improving our craft. Join us and others in a lifelong journey of learning.


Your role at the conference is the greatest task of all and involves connecting the material to the organizations, teams, and people you work with. The conference also provides opportunity to share previous experience, successes, and best practice with those of a familiar mindset. So while your brain is working on making it’s connections… you can too.


Our speakers are entrusted with delivering engaging content in their areas of expertise and we’ll admit… we think they’re great at it. They’ve also been asked to present you with usable material and key takeaways. These gems are provided for you to reflect upon and apply to your context. After all… what good is knowledge if we can’t share it?


There’s a proverb that suggests, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Our partners have enriched the BC Sport Leadership Conference experience by planning additional sport specific symposiums, clinics, and educational opportunities. Look for these sessions in our “Events” section and if your organization is interested in becoming a part of the conference weekend please contact us. Together we can continue to move the sport and leadership sector forward.

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Our 2018 Speakers

Jennifer Botterill

A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team from 1997-2011 and a graduate of Harvard University with honours. A four time Olympian, winning Olympic Gold in 2002, 2006, 2010 & silver in 1998. She is a five time World Champion and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments. Jennifer is currently a keynote speaker and works in television with CBC and TSN.

Natalie Cook

A five-time Olympian in beach volleyball, published author and successful businesswoman. She was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame and the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. An Olympic Gold medalist in 2000 & Silver medalist in 1996.Natalie Cook is one of the pre-eminent sports motivational speakers on the international public speaking circuit.

Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood

Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba. She has attended almost every multi-sport games from the Canada Games to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has traveled extensively with a wide range of teams.

Cindy Bristow

Founder of Softball Excellence and world-renowned instructor, clinician, and author. President of the National Softball Coaches Association, Director of Development for the International Softball Federation, induction into the National Fastpitch Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame, and work with three different Olympic Softball teams (USA, Greece, and China).

Terry Liskevych

Co-Founder, CEO and President of The Art of Coaching which currently includes formats in football, softball, and volleyball. Former Head Coach of the US Women’s National Team 1985-1996 (volleyball) winning Olympic Bronze in Barcelona 1992. Former president of Paragon Marketing and co-founder & president of ARK Digital Technologies.

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Conference & Events

Richmond Conference Centre

Conference Schedule

Sport Specific Symposiums


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Believe: Strategies & Practical Tips to Build Confidence in Individuals and Teams



Mental Well Being for Leading a Meaningful Life



Sunday Brunch service provided.



Success Secrets: The 5 Most Important Points I've Learned from 40+ Years in Coaching & Business



Coaching the Modern Day Athlete



Peak Performance: Sustainable High Standards for Excellence

Voices from the Past

“You have influenced someone to believe in themselves in a way that they couldn’t and I think that there’s an possibility for you to do that more often… and that’s why we’re here today.”

Lindsey Wilson | 2016 Speaker Founder - Positive Performance Training

“The things that you say and the things that you do, the things that come out of your mouth can stick with a kid for a lifetime… and you don’t get to pick and chose what they remember.”

John O’Sullivan | 2016 Speaker Founder & CEO - Changing the Game Project

“I’m on an adventure to discover and share the science of growth and development.”

Trevor Ragan | 2016 Speaker Founder - Train Ugly

Sample the BC Sport Leadership Conference. Revisit full length presentations from Trevor Ragan, Ashleigh McIvor-Demerit, John O'Sullivan, Jay Demerit, and Lindsey Wilson.

Our Partners