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Training

Sport Law’s “Advancing your Game Training Series” will be offered throughout the year to sport leaders. Training topics have included good governance, leadership development, strategic planning, business planning, event management and marketing, legal issues, social media, and communications.

Each training is hosted by one or more members of Sport Law on a topic of importance to the Canadian sport community. We record our trainings. Previous training recordings can be obtained here.

Upcoming Training

Session 2: Activating True Sport at the National, Provincial/Territorial, and Community Levels

Thursday, May 9 - 12:00pm EST

We invite you to the second part of this webinar series to hear from sport leaders from across Canada who have created successful strategies to activate True Sport within their organizations.

You’ll leave feeling motivated by tangible examples of how to activate True Sport in your sport or community, helping to foster and create fair, safe, accessible, and inclusive sport for everyone!

Register here

Session 1: Implementing True Sport in Organizations and Communities across Canada

Thursday, April 18 - 12:00pm EST

We invite you to attend the first part of a two-part webinar series. Join us to learn more about implementing True Sport as an approach to values-based sport, and how this plays such a crucial role within safe sport.  

This session will provide an overview of True Sport, present promising practices for implementation, and spotlight True Sport resources and tools, while providing evidence for the many benefits of bringing the True Sport Principles to life. You’ll leave feeling inspired to help foster and create fair, safe, accessible, and inclusive sport for everyone!

Register here

Hosting Effective Member Meetings

Wednesday, April 24 - 12:00pm

Member meetings are critical to ensuring that your organization addresses the key strategic and business matters of a 21st century sport organization. In the course of conducting these meetings, member have several rights that must be maintained, which includes the right to an efficient meeting.  Organizations are generally required (and advised) to follow a recognized parliamentary procedure and they must also ensure that their meetings are compliant with their Bylaws and other governing documents. In this session, Certified Parliamentarian Jason Robinson will provide insights into how to host effective member meetings which will include how to properly prepare for member meetings, basic principles and rules that must be applied to member meetings, how to apply these rules and parliamentary procedures, and how to run fair elections. Jason will also share tips for navigating different types of meetings (annual vs special) and different formats (in-person versus virtual).

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Minute Taking Must Knows

Wednesday, May 8 - 12:00pm

The minutes of your meetings are an important official record of the key decisions that were made and the key actions that were taken on behalf of the organization.  It’s imperative that the minutes are accurate, timely, and capture the essential details, while also remaining succinct and comprehendible. 

In this session, Certified Parliamentarian Jason Robinson will outline the purpose and principles of the minutes, the role of the minute-taker, how to record various motions, and what belongs in the minutes (versus what does not). He will provide participants with a skillset that is often overlooked, but that is vital to effective organizational communication – how to take proper minutes.

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Hosting Effective Board Meetings

Wednesday, April 10 - 12:00pm

Board meetings help shape the stewardship and strategic direction of an organization. The formality of these meetings may vary based on the size and temperament of the group. In this session, meeting expert Jason Robinson will walk through the key principles and functions of a Board, how and when to apply varying levels of procedure, and guidelines for directors to help keep the Board on track. Jason will also outline how to process basic motions as well as provide tips for presiding at Board meetings, to contribute towards a more positive and effective team gathering.

Register now

Leaders' Edge 2024

Friday, January 26 -

As a leader who wants to continue to grow, you may find connecting with others helps your ongoing developmental journey. For those leaders who have completed the NOVA Profile, you already know how insightful the tool can be in helping us gain perspective and expand our awareness. For those that have yet to experience the NOVA, you will come to appreciate the gift of understanding different behavioural preferences, sourcing the wisdom of motivations, and how best to communicate with others. By connecting with others on a similar leadership journey, you will benefit from the wisdom of other leaders. By staying open, you will become more curious and humble. This is what sport needs now more than ever to respond to our increasingly complex environment. 

To respond to your evolving needs, Sport Law is once again launching a nine-session peer-to-peer leadership learning experience that will expand your knowledge of the NOVA Profile, uncover your assumptions, support your desire for deeper connection, and elevate your capacity to lead with purpose. 

What’s involved? 

  • Nine Monthly Virtual Sessions 
    Hosted on Zoom by Sport Law, the monthly virtual sessions will be held from 12PM to 2PM EST on the following dates: 
  • January 26, February 23, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, September 27, October 25, and November 29 
  • Each session will be structured as follows: 
  • Connected Check-In 
  • NOVA Knowledge Nugget 
  • Peer-to-Peer Session 
  • Connected Closure 
  • Coaching Conversation with Dina 
    One 90-minute coaching conversation with Dina to help you set the intention for this leadership experience. 
  • Team NOVA Profile 
    A team NOVA Profile will be completed for all participants to help us learn and support each other in this experience. 

How do I sign up? 

Sport leaders need a place where they can learn, connect, and evolve. 

If you are interested in joining our 2024 session, please email Dina at dblaroche@sportlaw.ca no later than January 12, 2024. First come first serve, space is limited. 

For those who have not completed their NOVA Profile, you can do so in advance of the session at an extra cost.  

Fees 

Regular fee - $2,500 + tax , Early Bird Fee* - $1,995 + tax   

*Save with Early Registration by signing up by December 15th, 2023. 

Grief and Loss Literacy Workshop: What sport leaders, coaches and athletes need to know

Wednesday, January 17 - 9:00am - 5:00pm EST

Grief is our normal and natural response to loss. Given the mammoth amount of loss in the sport sector, leaders need to understand and better relate to the deep sorrow that they may experience or to better accompany those that are suffering.

Why is becoming grief and loss literate so important for sport leaders, coaches and athletes? Our current culture is grief phobic and loss denying. We do not encourage people to recognize, honour, and express their grief. Too often, athletes, coaches and leaders are encouraged, nay rewarded, for staying stay strong, being stoic, and focusing on the future. This can leave people feeling disenfranchised and needlessly isolated which in turn can lead to unnecessary anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and burn-out. We must do better.

Have a listen to Players’ Own Voice Anastasia Bucsis and Sport Law Partner Dina Bell-Laroche as they explore unexpressed grief and how losses accumulate over their career, creating unnecessary burden and pain.

To better support the sport sector, Dina has been offering this workshop since 2021 with a view of equipping sport leaders with grief and loss essentials. Previous participants have walked away feeling inspired, motivated to address some of the many ways we are denying our pain, and put in place measures to proactively address systemic inequities that contribute to unnecessary suffering.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understanding grief and loss and important thanatological theories
  • Understanding the impact of grief and the many ways people cope
  • Exploring myths
  • Honing your capacity to better support people through loss
  • Inspiring change – creating more loss literacy in sport

What’s Included:

  • A welcoming learning environment from Dina Bell-Laroche, a Professional International Coaching Federation coach who has extensive training in grief and loss
  • A workbook and a list of resources to support your ongoing loss literacy efforts
  • Connecting with others who want to learn about grief and loss
  • A certificate of completion

The workshop will run from 9am-5pm EST on ZOOM, on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

Please note the registration fee for this event is $495 + HST.

To register, click here.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Dina Bell-Laroche at DBLaroche@sportlaw.ca

Sportopia
Sportopia
Episode 17 - Preparing to give the gift of feedback
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Episode 17 - Preparing to give the gift of feedback

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Sportopia
Sportopia
Episode 17 - Preparing to give the gift of feedback
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Welcome to Sportopia, the place to re-imagine the future of sport! This week’s episode welcomes a conversation about the gift of feedback. Hosted by Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig, partners of Sport Law, this episode talks about the importance of giving thoughtful feedback and the impact that feedback can have. Throughout the episode, our hosts talk about how you can prepare to give feedback as a leader or coach, the importance of trust in giving feedback, and more!

Check out more blogs from Sport Law to learn more:

Email us at hello@sportlaw.ca or contact us on social media @sportlawca to let us know what you want us to discuss next. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for new episodes every two weeks!

Hosts: Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig
Producer: Taylor Matthews 

Learn more about how Sport Law works in collaboration with sport leaders to elevate sport at sportlaw.ca

The Sportopia Podcast is recorded on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We wish to thank these First Peoples who continue to live on these lands and care for them, and whose relationship with these lands existed from time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live, work, and play on these lands. 

Sport Law is committed to recognizing, supporting, and advocating for reconciliation in Canada and to actively work against colonialism by amplifying Indigenous voices and increasing our own understanding of local Indigenous people and their cultures.

Sportopia
Sportopia
Episode 16 - Taking a pause for risk management
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Episode 16 - Taking a pause for risk management

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Sportopia
Episode 16 - Taking a pause for risk management
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Welcome to Sportopia, the place to re-imagine the future of sport! This week’s episode welcomes a conversation about the realities of risk management. Hosted by Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig, partners of Sport Law, this episode covers how you can identify, assess, manage, monitor, and communicate risk within your sport organization. Throughout the episode, our hosts talk about how values come into play when talking about managing risk and how the current sport system is amplifying risks for leaders, coaches, volunteers, and athletes.

Check out more blogs and learning opportunities from Sport Law to learn more:

Email us at hello@sportlaw.ca or contact us on social media @sportlawca to let us know what you want us to discuss next. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for new episodes every two weeks!

Hosts: Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig
Producer: Taylor Matthews 

Learn more about how Sport Law works in collaboration with sport leaders to elevate sport at sportlaw.ca

The Sportopia Podcast is recorded on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We wish to thank these First Peoples who continue to live on these lands and care for them, and whose relationship with these lands existed from time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live, work, and play on these lands. 

Sport Law is committed to recognizing, supporting, and advocating for reconciliation in Canada and to actively work against colonialism by amplifying Indigenous voices and increasing our own understanding of local Indigenous people and their cultures.

Sportopia
Sportopia
Episode 14 - Leading through change with the support of the NOVA Profile
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Episode 14 - Leading through change with the support of the NOVA Profile

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Sportopia
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Episode 14 - Leading through change with the support of the NOVA Profile
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Welcome to Sportopia, the place to re-imagine the future of sport! This week’s episode welcomes a conversation about the world of leadership coaching with the help of the NOVA Profile. Hosted by Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig, partners of Sport Law, alongside Certified Integral Coach, Lauren Brett, this podcast explores how leadership coaching is needed to support sport leaders through the modernization of the sport system. Throughout the episode, our hosts talk to Lauren about what she has been seeing lately as a leadership coach in sport and what is needed to get us where we want to go.

Check out more blogs and learning opportunities from Sport Law to learn more:

Lauren Brett is a Certified Integral Coach specializing in leadership coaching, cultural transformation, and interventions that support sport coaches. Learn more about Lauren here.

Email us at hello@sportlaw.ca or contact us on social media @sportlawca to let us know what you want us to discuss next. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for new episodes every two weeks!

Hosts: Dina Bell-Laroche, Steve Indig, and Lauren Brett
Producer: Taylor Matthews 

Learn more about how Sport Law works in collaboration with sport leaders to elevate sport at sportlaw.ca

The Sportopia Podcast is recorded on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. We wish to thank these First Peoples who continue to live on these lands and care for them, and whose relationship with these lands existed from time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live, work, and play on these lands. 

Sport Law is committed to recognizing, supporting, and advocating for reconciliation in Canada and to actively work against colonialism by amplifying Indigenous voices and increasing our own understanding of local Indigenous people and their cultures.

Sportopia
Sportopia
Episode 9 - What you need to know heading into your next Annual General Meeting
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Episode 9 - What you need to know heading into your next Annual General Meeting

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Sportopia
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Episode 9 - What you need to know heading into your next Annual General Meeting
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Welcome to Sportopia, the place to re-imagine the future of sport! This week’s episode explores “Special Meetings” and Annual General Meetings (AGMs) with the help of Sport Law team member, Jason Robison. Hosted by Dina Bell-Laroche and Steve Indig, partners of Sport Law, alongside Jason, a Certified Parliamentarian, this podcast discusses the purpose of special meetings, how a parliamentarian can take your special meeting to the next level, what special meetings trends are we tracking, and some caveats to avoid along the way.

Check out more blogs and webinars from Sport Law to learn more:

Learn more about Jason Robinson.

Email us at hello@sportlaw.ca or contact us on social media @sportlawca to let us know what you want us to discuss next. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for new episodes every two weeks!

Hosts: Dina Bell-Laroche, Steve Indig, and Jason Robinson
Producer: Taylor Matthews 

Learn more about how Sport Law works in collaboration with sport leaders to elevate sport at sportlaw.ca

Grief and Loss Essentials Workshop: What sport leaders, coaches, and athletes need to know

Tuesday, February 28 - 9AM-5PM

Grief is our normal and natural response to loss. Given the mammoth amount of loss in the sport sector, leaders need to understand and better relate to the deep sorrow that they may experience or to better accompany those that are suffering.

Why is becoming grief and loss literate so important for sport leaders, coaches and athletes? Our current culture is grief-phobic and loss-denying. We do not encourage people to recognize, honour, and express their grief. Too often, athletes, coaches and leaders are encouraged, nay rewarded, for staying stay strong, being stoic, and focusing on the future. This can leave people feeling disenfranchised and needlessly isolated which in turn can lead to unnecessary anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and burn-out. We must do better.

Have a listen to Players’ Own Voice Anastasia Bucsis and Sport Law Partner Dina Bell-Laroche as they explore unexpressed grief and how losses accumulate over their career, creating unnecessary burden and pain.

To better support the sport sector, Dina has been offering this workshop since 2021 with a view of equipping sport leaders with grief and loss essentials. Previous participants have walked away feeling inspired, motivated to address some of the many ways we are denying our pain, and put in place measures to proactively address systemic inequities that contribute to unnecessary suffering.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understanding grief and loss and important thanatological theories
  • Understanding the impact of grief and the many ways people cope
  • Exploring myths
  • Honing your capacity to better support people through loss
  • Inspiring change – creating more loss literacy in sport

What’s Included:

  • A welcoming learning environment from Dina Bell-Laroche, a Professional International Coaching Federation coach who has extensive training in grief and loss
  • A workbook and a list of resources to support your ongoing loss literacy efforts
  • Connecting with others who want to learn about grief and loss
  • A certificate of completion

The workshop will run from 9am-5pm EST on ZOOM, on Tuesday, February 28.

Please note the registration fee for this event is $495 + HST.

To register, click here.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Dina Bell-Laroche at DBLaroche@sportlaw.ca

Past Trainings

Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!

Mar 26, 2021 - 12:00PM

Sport Law has launched Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!  free online sessions with real time advice for sport leaders from Partners Steven Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche. The intention is to give back to the sport community that we been serving since 1992 by providing effective measures to deal with what might be keeping them up at night.  In light of current world events, this week's conversation will remain flexible, based on questions from participants, and hopefully leave sport leaders feeling informed and inspired to put in place measures to manage COVID-19.

Who: Sport leaders who have questions about all things sport management including legal matters, employment, crisis, governance, financial, risk management, communications, and so much more.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will have a maximum of 100 participants.

Flow: Each conversation will begin with the Partners welcoming everyone and offering a few comments on something topical that is affecting the sport community. They will then move into providing listeners with an opportunity to ask a question or share a perspective that they would like some advice on. Dina and Steve will create a safe and engaging environment for the listeners to address some very specific topics that will most certainly benefit the entire group.

Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!

Feb 24, 2021 - 12:00PM

Sport Law has launched Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!  free online sessions with real time advice for sport leaders from Partners Steven Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche. The intention is to give back to the sport community that we have been serving since 1992 by providing effective measures to deal with what might be keeping them up at night.  In light of current world events, this week's conversation will remain flexible, based on questions from participants, and hopefully leave sport leaders feeling informed and inspired to put in place measures to manage COVID-19.

Who: Sport leaders who have questions about all things sport management including legal matters, employment, crisis, governance, financial, risk management, communications, and so much more.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will have a maximum of 100 participants.

Flow: Each conversation will begin with the Partners welcoming everyone and offering a few comments on something topical that is affecting the sport community. They will then move into providing listeners with an opportunity to ask a question or share a perspective that they would like some advice on. Dina and Steve will create a safe and engaging environment for the listeners to address some very specific topics that will most certainly benefit the entire group.

Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!

Jan 20, 2021 - 12:00PM

Sport Law has launched Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!  free online sessions with real time advice for sport leaders from Partners Steven Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche. The intention is to give back to the sport community that we have been serving since 1992 by providing effective measures to deal with what might be keeping them up at night.  In light of current world events, this week's conversation will remain flexible, based on questions from participants, and hopefully leave sport leaders feeling informed and inspired to put in place measures to manage COVID-19.

Who: Sport leaders who have questions about all things sport management including legal matters, employment, crisis, governance, financial, risk management, communications, and so much more.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will have a maximum of 100 participants.

Flow: Each conversation will begin with the Partners welcoming everyone and offering a few comments on something topical that is affecting the sport community. They will then move into providing listeners with an opportunity to ask a question or share a perspective that they would like some advice on. Dina and Steve will create a safe and engaging environment for the listeners to address some very specific topics that will most certainly benefit the entire group.

Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!

Dec 9, 2020 - 12:00PM

Sport Law has launched Conversation Matters: You Ask, We Share!  free online sessions with real time advice for sport leaders from Partners Steven Indig and Dina Bell-Laroche. The intention is to give back to the sport community that we have been serving since 1992 by providing effective measures to deal with what might be keeping them up at night.  In light of current world events, this week's conversation will remain flexible, based on questions from participants, and hopefully leave sport leaders feeling informed and inspired to put in place measures to manage COVID-19.

Who: Sport leaders who have questions about all things sport management including legal matters, employment, crisis, governance, financial, risk management, communications, and so much more.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will have a maximum of 100 participants.

Flow: Each conversation will begin with the Partners welcoming everyone and offering a few comments on something topical that is affecting the sport community. They will then move into providing listeners with an opportunity to ask a question or share a perspective that they would like some advice on. Dina and Steve will create a safe and engaging environment for the listeners to address some very specific topics that will most certainly benefit the entire group.

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