Western Canadian Paddlesports Leadership Conference

Wednesday, 12 March 2008
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I'm very excited that I have been invited to speak at the 2nd annual Western Canadian Paddlesports Leadership Conference taking place May 2nd through the 4th, 2008 at Camp Columbia on Thetis Island, British Columbia.  The conference is filled with workshops, seminars, and panel discussions led by industry leaders and peers. The goal of the event is to provide up to date techniques, knowledge, and information for paddlesports professionals. 

Normally when I get invited to these types of events, I usually do some type of presentation on the water and something covering teaching technique. This time, I am changing gears slightly and I'm going to be on land. My discussion is going about to take advantage of the internet and social networks to strengthen the bond with your club members and students. A little bit of internet marketing but we are mainly looking how to effectively build a community of paddlers. I'm pretty excited.

I'm really looking forward to it because it's really going to be the "cream of the crop" or the "whose who" and the "bees knees" of outdoor educators in North America. That's good marketing speak!

Some of the presenters include:
Matt Hern - director of the Purple Thistle Centre and author of the books, "Watch Yourself, Why Safer isn't always Better" and "Deschooling our Lives"

Nevin Harper - researcher and instructor in the School of Child and Youthcare at the University of Victoria. His work focuses on the role of nature, wilderness, and outdoor activity in human growth and development.

Doug Alderson - instructor and author of the books, "Sea Kayaker Magazine's Handbook of Safety & Rescue" and "Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler"

Meaghan Hennessey - instructor with Ecomarine Ocean Kayaking Centre and SKILS

Michael Pardy - instructor, guide and Executive Director of the Trade Association of Paddlesports

Bryan Smith - instructor and filmmaker. He shot and directed the award winning film, "Pacific Horizons".

I hope that you are able to make it. For more information visit: www.wcpaddlesportsconference.org

I'm very excited that I have been invited to speak at the 2nd annual Western Canadian Paddlesports Leadership Conference taking place May 2nd through the 4th, 2008 at Camp Columbia on Thetis Island, British Columbia.  The conference is filled with workshops, seminars, and panel discussions led by industry leaders and peers. The goal of the event is to provide up to date techniques, knowledge, and information for paddlesports professionals. 

Normally when I get invited to these types of events, I usually do some type of presentation on the water and something covering teaching technique. This time, I am changing gears slightly and I'm going to be on land. My discussion is going about to take advantage of the internet and social networks to strengthen the bond with your club members and students. A little bit of internet marketing but we are mainly looking how to effectively build a community of paddlers. I'm pretty excited.

I'm really looking forward to it because it's really going to be the "cream of the crop" or the "whose who" and the "bees knees" of outdoor educators in North America. That's good marketing speak!

Some of the presenters include:
Matt Hern - director of the Purple Thistle Centre and author of the books, "Watch Yourself, Why Safer isn't always Better" and "Deschooling our Lives"

Nevin Harper - researcher and instructor in the School of Child and Youthcare at the University of Victoria. His work focuses on the role of nature, wilderness, and outdoor activity in human growth and development.

Doug Alderson - instructor and author of the books, "Sea Kayaker Magazine's Handbook of Safety & Rescue" and "Sea Kayaker's Savvy Paddler"

Meaghan Hennessey - instructor with Ecomarine Ocean Kayaking Centre and SKILS

Michael Pardy - instructor, guide and Executive Director of the Trade Association of Paddlesports

Bryan Smith - instructor and filmmaker. He shot and directed the award winning film, "Pacific Horizons".

I hope that you are able to make it. For more information visit: www.wcpaddlesportsconference.org


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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