The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba and FIT Women and Girls have announced their plans to present the Keeping Sport Safe; Safe Sport Speakers Series from May 10 – 20, 2021.  Those who register will hear from experts across the country on the issues facing sport in Canada with respect to Safe Sport initiatives. As part of sport administrators and coaches responsibilities for training with respect to Safe Sport in our great country, we have put together the following virtual Speaker Series:

The Series Topic Schedule is as follows:

  • SESSION 1 Topic: Understanding the UCCMS - May 10, 2021 - 7 PM CST
  • SESSION 2 Topic: Reporting - May 11, 2021 - 12 PM CST
  • SESSION 3 Topic: Board Roles - May 12, 2021 - 7 PM CST
  • SESSION 4 Topic: Hiring Practices - May 13, 2021 - 12 PM CST
  • SESSION 5 Topic: Technology & Social Media - May 17, 2021 - 12 PM CST
  • SESSION 6 Topic: Grey Area Behaviours May 18, 2021 - 7 PM CST
  • SESSION 7 Topic: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion May 19, 2021- 12 PM CST
  • SESSION 8 Topic: Safe Sport Beyond Policy - May 20, 2021 - 7 PM CST


All sessions are virtual through the Zoom platform. Participants can choose to attend from one to all 8 sessions. Those that attend all 8 sessions receive a discounted price. Bulk tickets are available for an additional price reduction.

Session Format:

Each session will be approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by a Zoom question and answer and discussion period for approximately 20 – 30 minutes with the speaker and those attending through Zoom.

PD Points:

Coaches will receive NCCP Professional Development points for attending 3 sessions or more.

Session Descriptions:

Understanding the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)

May 10, 2021 - 7 pm CST

What is the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)? What is its purpose? How will it affect you in your role in sport? In this session you will learn the answers to these questions and much more. It will include reviewing and understanding difficult grey areas such as “what is illegal vs. legal but harmful?” Whether you have never heard of the UCC before or are well-versed, this session will be informative and thought provoking.


May 11 - 12pm CST

Reporting inappropriate activity is a very sensitive and complex action that requires many processes to be in place. This session will cover questions such as who to report to? What records to keep? What and when to report? Who to disclose to? Where should reports be kept? Come away from this session with tactical steps and best practices to ensure your organization is well prepared in the event of incident reporting. Not only to protect your organization but also to support the athlete or coach reporting.

Board Roles

May 12 – 7pm CST

This session takes a look at the impact of Safe Sport on Boards. What is the Board’s responsibility? In reporting issues? In policy? What training does your Board need around Safe Sport? What training does your staff need? Come away with this session with a checklist of things you and your organization can do to fall in line with best practices for Safe Sport.

Hiring Practices

May 13 – 12pm CST

Keeping sport safe requires much more than a clear criminal record check. In this session, you will learn key steps and measures to put in place when looking to hire. From the job description, posting location, hiring committee and screening interview questions, you will be given the tools to equip you to hire the best candidate who will be great fit for your organization.

Technology and Social Media

May 17 – 12pm CST

This session delves into the latest trends in dangers of social media and technology. From social media to chat rooms, texts and email, learn what is appropriate, what is not and what may seem like grey areas. Come away with tactical measures to put in place in order to protect yourself as a coach, your athletes and your organization. Also learn how to navigate “healthy touch” and how to use technology and social media as a catalyst to build positive and healthy coach-athlete relationships.

Grey Area Behaviours

May 18 – 7pm CST

Sometimes things may not be as clearly laid out as “appropriate” or “inappropriate” when it comes to safe sport. These “grey area” behaviours and circumstances are the ones with which we need the most help to navigate through. Using concrete examples and case studies, learn how to deal with these situations as a coach, athlete, parent and organization.

Diversity Equality Inclusion

May 19 – 12pm

Most sport organizations would say that they support diversity, equality and inclusion. However, is it just words? Learn what practical actions and steps you can take to be seen as an organization that welcomes and wants all people. That having a diverse and inclusive sport isn’t just about having a variety of people from different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles for the sake of it. Believing that diversity and inclusion are what will enhance and grow the organization. Learn what you can do to make your sport or club more welcoming to different groups, not only for athletes and parents but for Board members and staff as well. Leave with a checklist to see where your organization is in terms of DEI and what you can do to improve it.

Safe Sport Beyond Policy

May 20 – 7pm

Once you have all of your boxes checked off and best practices in place, what else can you do to promote Safe Sport? What type of culture do you need to ensure a safe sport environment? How do you create this culture? How do we get more people to understand what the issues are that face sport in this arena and why is it important? As a parent, what should you look for when choosing a sport or activity for your child? What can administrators and coaches do to discourage “predators” from seeking out their sport/organization? This session tackles these questions and you will feel empowered with the knowledge to make changes to ensure sport is safe for all.


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