2020 AARFP Conference Red Deer
 

To Attendees, Exhibitors, and Sponsors,

To the 2020 AARFP Conference Attendees, Tradeshow Exhibitors, & Sponsors,

The health and welfare of the entire AARFP community is our top priority. As you know, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 AARFP Conference and Tradeshow which had been scheduled for April 26-29th in Red Deer. Due to the continued outbreak and expansion of COVID-19, we will not be re-scheduling the Conference in the 2020 year.

With the significant uncertainty, the institution of travel bans and restrictions, communities declaring a state of emergency, and the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, this is the most prudent course of action.

We will begin the process to provide full refunds to all registrants in approximately one week.

We share your disappointment in this decision, but we also share a common commitment to doing what is best and right for our professional community and for all those with whom we engage and interact with.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Our thoughts go out to all who have been and will be impacted by COVID-19.

Sincerely,

AARFP Board & Staff

 


 
 
 



 

 

Conference Speakers

Gerry Aquin
Managing Partner
Gerry Aquin, Managing Partner and founder of Bright Solutions Inc. Gerry founded Bright Solutions in 2003 with a focus on energy conservation. The initial direction of Bright Solutions was to offer recommissioning, carbon footprint analysis, audits and a number of other services. It quickly became apparent that lighting solutions was the greatest demand from Bright Solutions client base which dictated the need to focus strictly on lighting. Through lighting analysis, lighting design, project management, Bright Solutions quickly became known as the best all in one lighting company for sports and municipal facilities. With the philosophy of client first, continual client education and guidance, Bright Solutions has become the primary supplier for lighting solutions in western Canada.
 
Rachel Baird
Aquatic Safety and Standards Manager
Rachel Baird has worked as a Swimming Instructor, Lifeguard, Aqua-fit Instructor, Leadership Instructor, Supervisor and Manager in various Aquatic facilities across Canada for the past 16 years. Rachel was born and raised in Ontario where she achieved her Bachelor of Honours in Philosophy and Drama from Queens University. She is a certified Swim and Lifesaving Society Trainer, National Lifeguard Trainer, SEE Auditor, Aquatic Safety Auditor, Lifesaving First Aid Trainer, and Pool Operator. Rachel now works for the Lifesaving Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories branch as the Aquatic Safety and Standards Manager.
 
Elizabeth Bertram
Elizabeth graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Criminology from University of Calgary and later obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. For the past 10 years she worked as a team lead, manager and facilitator & trainer in a number of educational and mental health institutions in Calgary. Recently, she provided training and professional development sessions to ATESL, Tutela and Military Families. In 2018 she co-founded Learn with ME, a public speaking company that provides workshops and seminars on emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and communication strategies.
 
Nic Besseling
Principal
Since graduating from the University of Victoria’s Mechanical Engineering program in 2005, Nic has accumulated a diverse range of project experience working across Canada. After joining AME Vancouver’s office as a Project Manager, he quickly gained the respect of not only his co-workers but also key clients and other discipline team members resulting in his promotion to Principal in AME’s Calgary office. Nic brings in-depth knowledge of mechanical systems design over a diverse number of sectors including Recreation, Civic & Cultural and Post-Secondary. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional who is both personally and professionally committed to sustainability and stays current with leading-edge technologies and innovation in mechanical design. Nic takes responsibility for the project from inception to completion, maintaining an active role to ensure projects meet the best of industry standards. His experience with aquatic systems design and commissioning is extensive, which has been proven through the completion of numerous successful projects.
 
Chris Biensch
Facility Manager
Chris has been in aquatics for four decades, operating swimming pools across Saskatchewan & Alberta. He holds trainer certifications from the Lifesaving Society for National Lifeguard and Standard First Aid awards, and a Water Safety Instructor Award. His day job is in the Aquatic Strategies area of the City of Edmonton, recently completing a Privacy Impact Assessment for the FOIP office, of the Drowning Prevention Technology system of cameras at the Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre. Other projects include a complete content overhaul of the Pool Op II Course for AARFP that included a hundred-thousand-word manual re-write and the construction of five-hundred plus slides for instructors. He has developed operator training for the mechanical trades in the City of Edmonton. He currently is interested in lighting levels and codes compliance in City of Edmonton swimming pools, as well as heading an operational team responsible for the delivery of emergency response drills and training for several thousand aquatic recreation facility staff in 2020.
 
Peter Brown
Emcee
MC | Host | Media Personality
Peter is a much-sought-after Master of Ceremonies. His humour, his wit, and his sense of timing are perfect for any occasion. For two decades Peter hosted CBC Edmonton’s afternoon radio show, Radio Active. He’s also been heard on the national airwaves, hosting That Saturday Show and The Circuit: Your Summer Festival Pass, and as a correspondent for Q, Sounds Like Canada, the Roundup and Morningside. Peter may be the only person in Canada to appear on both The Debaters and Ideas. Peter also produced CBC Radio’s national sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show, which won a medal at the prestigious New York Festivals and two Canadian Comedy Awards. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan and Cambridge, Peter began working with CBC Saskatchewan as a reporter, host, and resident comedy writer. He then worked as a producer on The Arts Tonight, before moving to Edmonton in the mid-nineties. Peter has a background in comedy writing and performance. He’s performed at the Edmonton and Edinburgh Fringes (and was featured on BBC radio’s Best-of-the-Fringe showcase); he’s also a regular performer with the improvised soap opera “Die Nasty”. Peter can be seen as a regular Master of Ceremonies of prominent events in Alberta. His self-deprecating humour, his ability to roll with surprises, and his producer skills all ensure your event is entertaining, professional and runs smoothly. “Certainement”, Peter can even speak limited French when needed. Other hobbies include writing bios about himself in the third person. He enjoys that quite a lot.
 
Jacquie Clarke
Learning and Communications Leader
Jacquie Clarke has held diverse roles in the corporate, education, freelance, and not-for-profit sectors over the past twenty-five years. She began her career as a high school teacher in rural Saskatchewan. Her favorite role was in corporate head office as a leader of leaders. Recently, she managed a team of 12 employees. She has facilitated workplace team building workshops for over a decade. Currently, you know Jacquie as the Learning and Communications Leader in the RFP office. She is the editor and columnist for Leisure Lines and is focussed on creating memorable learning experiences for our RFP membership.
 
Todd Connelly
Account Manager
Multigas Detection
Todd Connelly has spent a total of fifteen years delivering life safety services to a variety of industry sectors. In the process of acquiring this experience throughout Canada, the United States, and Southwest Asia Todd has had the opportunity to spearhead teams delivering innovative solutions in the life safety field. Currently, Todd is an Account Manager with Multigas Detection, specializing in delivering flexible, scalable, integrated systems that deliver improved life safety performance, reduced energy usage, and the lowest possible lifecycle cost.
 
Adam Czarnecki
Principal
Adam Czarnecki (chair-net-ski) is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a recipient of the CPHR Alberta Award of Excellence and the Distinguished Teaching Award from Mount Royal University. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Senior Management team of a heavy-duty truck dealership group in Alberta where he is the Director of Corporate Services, responsible for Human Resources, Health and Safety, Information Technology and Payroll. He is an Instructor at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Merit Construction, Association and Mechanical Contractor Association of Alberta. Adam Czarnecki is an avid contributor to industry webinars, conferences and expert panel discussions related to human resources, trades and the Alberta employment pool, including a role as technology columnist for CPHR Alberta’s quarterly magazine, HUMANCapital. He is a past CPHR Alberta Board Member as well as volunteer with post-secondary institutions and various none for profit societies as a committee member, speaker on employment, corporate readiness and as a resume advisor to students. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of Calgary with a concentration in Crime and Deviance.
 
Joanna Dautel
JoAnna Dautel is the Aquatic Facility Manager for the Town of Westlock, and the AARFP Pool Stream Rep. She has been in Aquatics for over 20 years starting when she was 16 as a lifeguard at the Tri Leisure center in Spruce Grove moving to Medicine Hat, Slave Lake then settling in Westlock. She completed her degree in education and is always interested in gaining and sharing more knowledge. She is a trainer for the Lifesaving Society and a Pool Operator instructor for AARFP. She loves to swim, hike, fish, and mountain bike. She looks forward to networking and meeting recreation professionals from all around the province.
 
Roberta Dexter Robidoux, CMM
Senior Meeting Designer
Strategic Meeting Designs
Roberta Dexter Robidoux is the owner and founder of Strategic Meeting Designs, a full-service conference and meeting management company with clients across Canada and the US. Roberta has worked in the meetings industry for more than 10 years, has a certificate in Meeting Management and taught Special Event Planning at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is also a strong industry advocate and loves to teach people about meetings and events.
 
John Duiker
Manager, Strategic Business Operations
John Duiker has spent most of his youth and adult life in and around swimming pools. For the past twenty some years John has been working to create “fantastic water” through technology with Automated Aquatics Canada. Currently, John is the Manager of Business Operations, and has taken a significant interest in the areas of filtration, hydraulics, automation and water chemistry, and is now considered a leading edge expert in those areas. John was awarded the William Metcalfe award for his work with the newest European technologies here in Canada.
 
Chris Fish
Account Manager
Chris has been in Recreation for over 30 years. He started off as a part time arena attendant and progressed through the years to reach Manager of Community Services. Now having left the field, Chris is working for Industrial Machine Inc. as head of sales for Zamboni Alberta.
 
Justin Flunder
Workshop Leader
Justin Flunder is a leadership development specialist serving both business and entrepreneurial leaders. As a certified leadership coach and professional speaker Justin infuses his love for growth and development using his wide range of modalities, from in-house delivery to on-line training and coaching programs. For the past 15 years, Justin has developed as a master teacher in interpersonal communication and practical leadership delivery. Justin has B. Ed, a Masters in Educational Leadership, and is a Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Justin has helped equip many leaders in companies across industry lines, including Finning, Telus, Cervus Equipment, Apex Oil, and the Government of Alberta & Saskatchewan.
 
Scott Gailfus
Technical Sales Representative
Scott Gailfus is a CET with diplomas in Civil and Petroleum Engineering from SAIT.
 
John Greer
President
John, president of W.E. Greer Ltd. started with the company as a sales consultant in 1983. In John’s 30 plus years of experience has conducted custodial training seminars across Alberta to over 6000 custodians. John has CIMS certification and shares his knowledge on all aspects of cleaning procedures and cleaning products through training seminars and hands-on demonstrations. W.E. Greer Ltd is a Western Canadian manufacturer and distributor of cleaning products, equipment and supplies. With nearly 100 years of janitorial experience, W.E. Greer is Alberta’s longest running commercial cleaning product company providing high quality concentrated cleaning chemicals that are effective, easy to use and made for the Canadian environment. All Greer Chemicals are manufactured in our plant at our Head Office in Edmonton, Alberta.
 
Gavin Hooper
Gavin is an exhilarating comedian and powerful corporate entertainer who has been inspiring and entertaining people for over 28 years, he is truly a master in the field of hypnosis and entertainment. Both as a Certified Master Hypnotist and as an event entertainer, Hooper uses suggestion to create a fun and safe atmosphere allowing people on and off stage to feel outstanding, create changes and giving an anything is possible and experience to all who attend. It's been said that "laughter is the best medicine." If this is the case, Hooper has cured more than his share of participants and watchers alike! With a sense of humor that never stops and a intimate understanding of human nature, his hypnosis shows range from humorous and educational, to outright hilarious and just plain fun!
 
Craig Hrynchuk
Craig is a Shared Services Executive with over 20-years of progressive leadership roles in a variety of industry sectors such as utilities, aerospace, infrastructure construction, healthcare, and manufacturing – and is the current Executive Director for the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association. He has held leadership and change management roles for employers including EPCOR, ATCO, Forbes Bros. Infrastructure, and OEM Remanufacturing. Craig has a passion for Operations, and organizational governance which has been demonstrated in his appointment and participation in many Safety Association, Adult Education, and Government Boards, Committees, Council's, and Working Groups. He is a lifelong Alberta resident, who was raised on a small family farm. He is married to the long-time love of his life GraceAnn, has a twin sister, older brother and sister, and enjoys volunteering, traveling, and restoring antique vehicles in his spare time.
 
Kevin Jeroncic
Kevin is an Aquatics Specialist in the Environmental Public Health Department of Alberta Health Services. He has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors for 11 years and is a specialist in the field of recreational aquatics. Kevin received his Bachelors of Science with a Specialization in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and his Bachelors in Environmental Health (After Degree) with distinction from Concordia University of Edmonton. Kevin is involved in multiple interdisciplinary committees for the recreational aquatic field including the NSF Recreational Water Committee, Life saving Society Technical Committee and the Provincial Aquatics Subgroup within Alberta Health Services. Kevin is also a Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA )Instructor for the Certified Pool /Spa Operator Course. He was also involved in contributing and reviewing the Public Swimming Pools Regulation and Pool Standards.
 
Natasha Laviolette
Natasha has been working in Recreation for 2 years with the City of Brooks and loves to crunch numbers and see statistics. Natasha oversees the Booking and Allocation Policy and is a key liaison with schools, local organisations and sporting associations that frequent our facility. Natasha motto is have fun while getting work done.
 
Rick Lupul, CRSP
STG Training Solutions LTD
Rick has been a contract trainer for AMHSA since 1999, specializing in equipment operator, ATV/UTV training as well as most course offerings AMHSA provides. Rick is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and was the first person to achieve the Municipal Health and Safety Advisor designation from AMHSA when the program was first introduced. In 2006 Rick completed the University of Alberta’s Safety Certificate Program. Rick started working for Rocky View County in 2010 and is currently a Fire Captain at Springbank Fire station. Prior to working for the County, Rick worked for the Town of Cochrane from 1997 to 2010 where he started in Operations as an operator and quickly worked his way into the Health and Safety Coordinators position. Rick then developed the town’s health and safety management system. Rick also sat on the Calgary Regional Utility Damage Prevention Committee for 10 years. Prior to working for the town Rick worked as an equipment operator for a large landscape contractor working around buried infrastructure in the Calgary area. Prior to moving to Calgary in 1988 Rick grew up on a small farm east of Edmonton and worked operating equipment, working for gravel crushing contractor and for a large manufacturing plant in the Redwater area. Rick brings his life experiences to his sessions and shares them in a unique way through his humor and stories. What’s worked and what hasn't in relation to Health and Safety in general. In his spare time Rick enjoys the outdoor pursuits and his motorbikes. It’s not uncommon to see him show up to teach a session riding his bike!
 
Brad Maluta
Parts Department
I grew up on a farm always tinkering and surrounded by machinery. Riding motorcycles since 1983 and racing since 1989 I've built my own race engines more times than I can count. Spent almost 20 years in construction while the motorcycle industry was calling my name. Changed my career to full time powersports in 2016 and never looked back. From the parts desk to sales, service writer, and turning wrenches I enjoy all aspects of a dealership. My favorite is the parts desk though which just so happens to be my current "official" position. After work being a father and husband keeps me pretty busy. In my spare time you can find me at the drag strip or tinkering in the garage (usually trying to figure out a way to go faster at the drag strip). I also enjoy teaching my 4 year old son how to ride and properly maintain his motorcycle. Quiet time is spent camping with my awesome wife who puts up with all the engines, tools, parts, bikes, gas, etc.
 
Ross McEwen
Senior Sales Associate
Ross McEwen is a partner of Bright Solutions Inc., a consulting and direct sales LED agency focused on Commercial and Industrial LED retrofits with a specialty in optimizing LED lighting for interior and exterior sports facilities. Ross’ role at Bright Solutions has been instrumental in the consulting and designing of 100’s of LED lighting installations with over 40,000 LED fixtures being installed in Alberta alone. Prior to being involved with Bright Solutions, Ross co-founded Mission LED which is involved in the design, manufacture and importation of LED fixtures and bubs. Ross obtained a Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and invested 14 years in the Pharmaceutical industry in a variety of Sales and Marketing Management roles.
 
Randi McPhillips
Supervisor, Recreation Services
City of Brooks
Randi McPhillips has worked in a variety of roles within the recreation and parks sector for the past 15 years. Currently, as the Supervisor of Recreation Services for the City of Brooks, she leads the programming, marketing and customer service functions for the Recreation Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Alberta and a Certificate in Social Media Marketing from George Brown College. She enjoys watching hockey, running, and hiking with her rescue dog “Phoebe.”
 
Maria (MD) Millar
Founder
An experienced ESL/ELL teacher, Maria has worked in the settlement sector for the past 16 years in various capacities: ESL/LINC instructor, curriculum developer, program coordinator. She is a published author in the fields of ESL and literacy and a self-published author, running her own publishing and editing company in Calgary. Since 2009, she has provided training and professional development sessions to ATESL, Tutela and University of Calgary. In 2018 she co-founded Learn with ME, a public speaking company that provides workshops and seminars on emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and communication strategies.
 
DeeAnne Riendeau
President, founder
DeeAnne Riendeau is on this planet with a powerful and focused mission, to create more meaningful and fulfilled lives using holistic approach. Founder and president of Your Holistic Earth, the first of its kind, this holistic health care system promotes healing through mind body and spirit by providing connections, tools and resources for better living. Experiencing a life of chronic illness, and a near death experience, DeeAnne rebounded with 20 years of health education and a diverse healthcare career. She has appeared on Shaw TV, Global Television, and CTV and has been recognized as a visionary and business leader having been nominated 18 times for awards such as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and RBC’s Woman of Business. She is a popular speaker having spoken for 15 years to thousands of men and women with humorous thought provoking and insightful messages. She is also an international bestselling author, publisher, intuitive medium and radio host. DeeAnne will leave you changed for the better.
 
Elise Shelley
Elise has five children, two dogs and lives in Cochrane with her husband. She loves camping, quilting, singing, hiking and Wheel of Fortune! Lol! Elise has been in the Recreation industry for over 25 years, with 20 years of Supervisor/Director experience. Her background is in Aquatics and has instructed and trained large groups in Customer Experience, Work Culture and many department wide in-services. She has had the exciting opportunity to work with several Non-profit organizations in recent years, helping at-risk youth and women, and this has taught her a lot on retention of members. She understands the need for an authentic and positive Customer Experience that allows the customer to fully engage in all the wonderful services and activities an organization/business has to offer.
 
Stephen Soucy
Facility Operator
Great Chief Park, City of Red Deer
At 6 years old Stephen stood in his Detroit Red wing hockey gear tugging on a water hose asking Bobby and Dennis Hull to please hurry! Much to his surprise ice does not form instantly but a relationship with building ice was started. Stephen has built community ice rinks in Europe and across Canada in a wide variety of climates for over 50 years. His co workers have been as varied as volunteers, young offenders and paid professionals. His most recent challenge was as Lead ice maker for the Canada Winter Games speed skating oval in 2019. For the first time ever natural ice was being built on artificial turf. Proudly Stephen and his crew produced quality competition ice that resulted in 8 Games records. Experienced in both indoor and outdoor ice Stephen has spoken on a variety of topics over many years.
 
Greg Sundsten
Parks Foreman
City of Red Deer
Greg has worked for The City of Red Deer Parks department for 25 years. He started out as the guy making/maintaining ice rinks at our outdoor and indoor facilities before going into a foreman role. The later part as a foreman, he has been responsible for managing the crews, the equipment they use and the infrastructure at the facilities. This involves everything start to finish, from setting up boards in the fall, flooding, lighting and public safety, to putting it all away in the spring. Greg works with other departments/organizations for sharing equipment, managing sites, hosting public events etc. He feels and very lucky to have a very unique and extensive program in Red Deer.
 
Russ Tanner
Manager, Recreation and Facility Services
Russ Tanner has worked in various profiles of leisure services, and is currently leading the Recreation & Facility Services departments for the City of Brooks. He leads a team that oversees two large leisure centres and the building maintenance of multiple City owned facilities. Russ has overseen the construction of a number of recreation facilities. Facilities that include pools, arenas, spray parks, athletic fields and soon to be a multi-million dollar renovation and addition to the JBS Canada Centre. His past experience encompasses an extensive background in leading teams. Russ is currently the Past President for Alberta’s Association for Recreation Facility Personnel. Russ also enjoys coaching various athletic teams and is an experienced public speaker. His desire is that his passion for sport and recreation is noticeable and contagious.
 
John Tarantino
Vice President
-Asset Management Consultant -software developer -RFAM partner with AARFP
 
Paula Thulin
Red Cross Water Safety Ambassador
Paula has been passionate about swimming since she was a child and passed her older sister in swim lessons at a rural lake in beautiful British Columbia. She honed her leadership skills working for the past 25 years in Aquatics. Paula has been an Aquatic Centre Supervisor for the City of Delta, Red Cross Master Instructor Trainer and a Red Cross Water Safety Ambassador. Her passion has enabled her to participate in many Red Cross initiatives around the world from China to the many Provinces in Canada. When Paula is not at a swimming pool, she is often found laughing with her friends (they may be laughing with her or at her).
 
Daniel Ugwu
Project Engineer
Daniel Ugwu is a project engineer with Startec Refrigeration Service and is passionate about improving plant efficiency through condition-based monitoring of equipment and operational procedural change, rather than intensive capital expenditures. He is a professional engineer (P.Eng, AB) with 9 years experience in skid fabrication, refrigeration plant design, rotating equipment and equipment optimization. He also has certification in project management (PMP), reliability and maintenance of industrial plants (CMRP).
 
Taio Waldhaus
Principal
Taio Waldhaus has over 10 years of experience in the field of engineering. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo with a specialty in heat transfer and fluid dynamics. He began his career in research and development at an HVAC controls manufacturing company, tekmar Control Systems, where he helped develop control systems that operate many of the mechanical systems and equipment that exist in today’s buildings. He joined the AME Consulting Group in 2012, became an Associate in 2017, and a Principal in 2019. Taio’s diverse portfolio of projects in sectors including recreation, institutional, pre and post-secondary education, retail/commercial, agricultural, and hi rise residential. He has a wide range of experience, from building audits to detailed design of complex energy efficient buildings. However, his passion resides in recreation facility design and his extensive experience in this field has contributed to over 40 projects in this sector. Taio has expertise in pool filtration design, pool hydraulics, natatorium dehumidification, hi efficiency building HVAC system design, refrigeration heat reclaim, and integration of these systems through various heat recovery methods. With this combined expertise, he is proficient at providing a holistic approach to recreation facility system design, which can significantly reduce building energy use. Taio maintains complete involvement in projects from the idea stage to completion. He strives to provide collaborative and detailed coordination through project design, seeking out opportunities to innovate. He takes a hands-on approach to construction administration, engaging with contractor teams, and contributing to successful project builds. Taio engages with the recreation community as a member of BCRPA, RFABC, and AARFP, where he frequently contributes through speaking opportunities and workshops. He is dedicated to sustainable construction as a certified Passive House Designer and contributor to numerous LEED, Built Green, and CaGBC projects.
 
Trevor Warner
While playing junior college baseball in Tennessee, one of Trevor’s jobs within his team was to maintain the sports field. He enjoyed it and had found he had a knack for it. When Trevor returned to Canada for summer break, he found a job at the sports complex maintaining sports fields for the City of Welland, Ontario. Upon his completion of college, he was then fortunate enough to work and learn from some of the best in the southeastern United States sports field construction and renovation industry. A year and a half later, he returned to Ontario to become the head groundskeeper for the Niagara Stars which were part of the Canadian baseball league. He was also responsible for completing all the major renovations in Quebec for the league. From there, he connected with Marco Clay products and worked there for 10 years, further expanding his sports field skills. While at Marco Clay, he completed the sports turf managers short course at the Guelph Turf Institute through the University of Guelph and received his certificate. He then decided to make the change to the municipal environment with the City of Woodstock Parks Department in 2014, where he gained a full time position as their sports field skilled labourer on August 10th, 2015. Today he’s here to share his commitment, drive and expertise for ball diamond maintenance best practices.
 
Franziska Wessely
South Fish Creek Rec Association
Franziska Wessely is a Sport and Event Manager and oversees the Rentals department at Cardel Rec South in Calgary. Prior to this role, she has worked on Organizing Committees of three World Men’s Hockey Championship; spearheaded the 2009 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship and a Women’s Olympic Qualification tournament. She ran two of Alberta’s biggest spring hockey tournaments and has extensive background with non-profit companies and events. Franziska is a German native, mom of three and passionate about everything Hockey! Together with her husband, they own and operate Okotoks’ most popular ice cream shop.
 
Jamie Woodfin
Jamie Woodfin Band - Jamie Woodfin is one of those rare musicians whose creative energy allows him to play and produce rocking outlaw country that breathes new life into the genre. He's backed by a tight band well-known across the Canadian county music scene. He’s a 2017 two-time Alberta Country Music Awards: Male Artist & Song of the Year nominee. 

He recently released his latest single "You Were That Night" to Canadian Country Radio which has had tremendous response across Canada!  He continues to tour and has had the opportunity to share the stage with top acts such as Toby Keith, Emerson Drive, Brett Kissel, Bobby Wills, Corb Lund, Gord Bamford and Tom Cochrane for his first ever arena show at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer.
 
Pat Zelenak
Pat Zelenak has been in the playground industry since 1992. Pat has approximately 27 years’ experience as a playground designer. At PlayWorks, Pat is the go-to person for playground safety standards. Pat has presented seminars on playground design, installation and safety standards at conferences throughout Alberta. Pat was involved with the first CSA course offered in 1996 and has maintained his certification to this date. He is also a Certified Surface Impact Tester using the Triax System.