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LIVE WEBCAST - 2016 Facilities Operational Forum and Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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8:50 am • Welcome     

9:00 am to 9:45 am • The Latest Practices and Technologies For The Management of Open Spaces

Parks, sports fields and other managed open spaces are integral parts of communities and turfgrasses play a critical role in the function of these areas. It is crucial to manage these spaces in a way that is sustainable and this session will cover the latest practices and technologies that can contribute to sustainable management of the dominant plant cover for most managed open spaces. In addition, how proper management of our open spaces contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability of communities will be stressed.

Presenter:  Dr. Eric Lyons, Director, Guelph Turfgrass Institute

9:45 am to 10:30 am • Revenue Generation – Maximizing Marketing Assets

This session will show how forming partnerships and sponsorships with community businesses and organizations can increase revenues in all facilities and assets within our communities. Sponsorship, donations, and advertising revenue make it possible for municipalities to expand and enhance their programs, events, and initiatives, while mitigating the need for tax increases or additional user fees.

Learn to create a business case to assist your municipality to clearly define a path for Business Development, Partnership, and Sponsorship, identify the direction, and gain consensus among the parties involved.

See how the City of Pickering has taken old contracts and reviewed the value of a facility as a marketing asset, how to qualify the asset, and how to value your assets. See how to make sponsorship and revenue generation work, and who needs to be engaged in the process, both internally and externally.

Older facilities can continue to create revenue beyond the programming, rentals, and events we offer

Presenter:  Deanne Childs, Coordinator, Marketing Partnership, City of Pickering

10:30 am to 11:15 am • 2016 CORPORATE SHOWCASE   

11:15 am to 12 noon • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Medical Marijuana/Cannabis (MM) is a new and evolving workplace issue. In June 2013, the Government of Canada implemented the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). This Regulation authorized physicians to prescribe MM for treatment of conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, spasticity, HIV, MS, cancer drug-induced nausea, PTSD etc. Only licensed Health Canada approved producers can supply MM/Cannabis. The implications for the workplace include accommodation for medical disability balanced with cognitive and physical impairment after a “treatment”. Working with dangerous equipment/activities (e.g. driving) while impaired, is clearly a major health & safety hazard. Furthermore, other employees need to be protected from second-hand smoke from MM. Confidentiality, drug-testing and security issues will also be addressed. Employers need to educate themselves and staff on this issue and develop health & safety policies for MM, in conjunction with their Joint Health & Safety Committee.

Presenter: Jeff Pajot, Health & Safety Consultant- Government & Municipal Sector Public Services Health & Safety Association

12 noon to 12:30 pm • 2016 CORPORATE SHOWCASE   

12:30 noon to 1:30pm • Lunch and Annual General Meeting 


  • Approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Receive the President's Report
  • Receive the Treasurer's Report
  • Presentation of December 31, 2015 Audited Financial Statements
  • Confirmation of auditor/accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31st, 2016
  • Receive Awards Committee Report
  • Receive Elections Committee Report
  • Swearing In of Board of Directors for 2017-18
  • In-Coming President’s Remarks
  • Transact any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting . 

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm • 2016 Municipal Social Media Survey

Redbrick has tracked social media use by Ontario’s 444 municipal governments since 2010. The Municipal Social Media Survey gives an idea of how many of Ontario’s 444 municipalities are using social media, which ones are using it, and how they approach social media. In addition, Teri will speak to social media trends, challenges, and best practices. Expect to learn about:

  • Recommended platforms
  • The basics of social media policies
  • Resource allocation
  • Reporting structure
  • Risks, rewards, and realities of social media use

Presenter: Teri Clark, Social and Digital Media Strategist, Redbrick Communications

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm • Industry Watch – New & Emerging Topics

The ORFA continues to monitor a variety of topics that have or may impact the recreation facilities sector. This session will highlight topics that are currently being monitored for member awareness and general information.

Information will include, but not be limited to:

  • Technical Advisory Committee Updates
  • Guidelines and Best Practices Update Overview

Presenter: Terry Piche, CIT, RRFA, Technical Director, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc.