October 23-24, 2021
Hosted by Videoconference

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The 2021 AthletesCAN Forum will be hosted virtually from October 23rd-24th, 2021. The annual AthletesCAN Forum is the largest and most inclusive gathering of Canada’s national team athlete representatives outside of competition. It brings together Canada’s high-performance athletes and sport leaders to learn about the sport system, develop leadership skills, share ideas and network through interactive workshops, seminars and presentations. The 2021 AthletesCAN Forum will feature some of the country’s top sport leaders discussing crucial topics currently impacting the Canadian sport landscape. Sessions in this year’s program will cover topics including safe sport, diversity equity inclusion, mental health, and athlete funding. Forum will be delivered virtually, with complimentary registration for all AthletesCAN members and sport system leaders.

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AthletesCAN Forum: Building for the Future

Program (Subject to Change) Saturday, October 23, 2021

Safe Sport: Introduction to the Independant Safe Sport Mechanism
12:15-1:15pm ET 

What’s next for safe sport in Canada? In this session, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada will provide an update and overview of the development of the new independent safe sport mechanism including available resources, athlete representation, and how to continue to advocate for a safe, inclusive, and welcome sport environment. This session will include an opportunity for direct engagement.

Round Table Discussion and Q&A

1:15-1:45pm ET

Exploring Intersectionality & Identity Through Storytelling

2:30-:3:30pm ET

This session features a fireside chat exploring intersectionality and identity through sharing of experiences, an introduction to key concepts, and discussing practical approaches to taking an intersectional approach in your sport journey. 

Round Table Discussion

3:30-4:00pm ET

Join this roundtable discussion to network with your teammates, reflect on key questions, and discuss on ways we can take a more intersectional approach in our sport. This discussion will be followed by a Q & A with the panelists. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Fireside Chat: Innovators of the Athlete Influencer Marketplace 

12:15-1:15pm ET

This session features a discussion on bridging the gap between athletes and corporations to build partnerships that matter. Learn from expert panelist on topics including trends in the sponsorship marketplace, gain critical knowledge to be successful in promoting your brand, and discover skillsets to hone to help fuel your career. 

Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

1:15pm-1:45pm ET

Join this session to network with fellow athlete leaders on all topics athlete funding and reflect on lessons learned from the previous session.

Your Story Matters: Athlete Experiences of Mental Health 

2:30-:3:30pm ET

Roundtable Discussion: Moving Towards a Rich and Meaningful Life
3:45-4:15pm ET

In this breakout session will introduce athletes to Choice Point – a framework that athletes can use to more consistently move towards the people and things that matter to them. Lisa and Krista will help attendees (1) identify their values, (2) learn how to better use those values to guide, motivate, and inspire them to move towards the life they want to build, and (3) develop skills to disengage from difficult thoughts, feelings, and memories that pull them away from their idea of a full, rich, and meaningful life.