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Workgroups for the Canadian Outdoor Summit

Prior to the Summit, working groups will develop recommendations and proposals pertaining to a specific topic. These will be presented at the Summit. Each workgroup will work independently of each other and of the Steering Committee. However, much effort will made to ensure coordination and communication between the workgroups and the Steering Committee. Workgroups will have co-chairs. These individuals will be accountable for their workgroup’s progress. Invitations to members of the workgroups will be sent between May and August 2019. First workgroup meetings are envisioned for mid-September.

Workgroup Outcome 1

This workgroup will have for mandate to reflect on the development of a consensus statement about the value of LOA in Canada.

Membership of Workgroup

Affiliated with workgroup

Chairs: Outward Bound Canada, COEO

One representative from a university with a program related to outdoor programming

PHE Canada, MÉES, CATS, ParticipAction

This list can grow. Please suggest additional organizations to contact. 


Workgroup Outcome 2

The membership and the mandate for this workgroup has not been fully defined yet. However, the reflections of the workgroup will revolve around best practices, structures, and systems related to LOA across Canada.


Workgroup Outcome 3

This workgroup will have for mandate to reflect on the development of a framework of national standards and competency training when offering LOA. 

Membership of Workgroup

Affiliated with workgroup

Chairs: OCC, Paddle Canada

One representative from a university with a program related to training outdoor leaders. 



AEQ, Land managers (parks), Québec outdoor  fédérations, Hike Ontario, Paddling certification bodies, SKGABC, Schools with outdoor programs, Outdoor training universities, Outdoor clubs, CQRHT, Scouts Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada,Hike Nova Scotia

This list can grow. Please suggest additional organizations to contact. 



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