Presenter Information

The application period is now closed for presentation outline proposals for NIRSA Canada 2020.

Information for your submission

In your initial presentation outline submission we're going to ask for the following information:

  • Presenters information & general bio.
  • Presentation topic areas.
  • Identify the target audience of your presentation.
  • Outline the general format of your presentation.
  • Select the NIRSA Core Competencies that your presentation aligns with.
  • Outline 2-4 learning outcomes for your presentation.
  • Provide a brief description of your presentation so attendees can plan which sessions they would like to attend.
  • Important Dates

    October 28, 2019 - Presenters will be notified of their accept/decline status

    November 22, 2019 - Presenters will be notified of their presentation date/time

Types of Sessions

The NIRSA Canada 2020 Program Committee is seeking presentations of the following formats:

General Education Session

General Education sessions can take a variety of formats from an engaging lecture or an interactive presentation. You will be asked to identify a primary and secondary (if necessary)  topic area that your presentation addresses. Also please note if there an academic research connection to your presentation.


Roundtable sessions should be designed around a general topic area for a small audience of 10-25 conference attendees. The intent is to facilitate a discussion among conference attendees about questions relating to the topic.

Networking Sessions

Networking sessions will focus on meeting new colleagues, or re-connecting with existing colleagues.  These will mostly be organized by the Program Committee, but if you have engaging idea that that is designed to bring people together, without necessarily specific learning outcomes, Networking sessions are for you.

Panel Discussion

Panel discussions should centre around a topic where a small group of panelists will discuss a mix of predetermined discussion topics as well as audience questions. Proposals for these sessions should include information regarding the moderator, panelists, and key discussion points.

Workshop Sessions

Workshops sessions are designed to provide attendees with hard or soft-skill training sessions on a specific topic or area.  Workshops are intended to be very interactive, and to teach a specific skill.

Please note that all presentations should be a maximum of 60 minutes in total, including questions where applicable.

Focus & Topic Areas

Focus Areas

The NIRSA Canada 2020 Program Committee seeks educational sessions that:

  • Change the way recreation providers are thinking about and implementing recreation on their campuses
  • Provide a wide variety of topics for attendees to explore.
Topic Areas

Prospective presenters are expected to design their presentations to address functional areas within the industry. Submitters will be asked to identify at least one focus topic for their presentation. The following topic areas are available for NIRSA Canada 2020 presentations.

  • Aquatics: Indoor or outdoor water sports including programs, facilities, and risk management.
  • Business Development:  Processes, Programs, or Procedures that have increased Business opportunities for your department.
  • Drop-In Programs: Informal programming in specific or generalized spaces..
  • eSports: Programs and facilities designed for organized video game competition.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Addresses principles of equality and solidarity in valuing human rights and physical abilities within a broad range of dimensions.
  • Facility Operation/Maintenance: Content focused on all aspects of facilities in the context of the built community.
  • Health & Wellbeing: Promoting techniques and programs that maximize individual potential across the health and wellbeing spectrum.
  • Indigeneity and Recreation: Programs or projects that are engaging the indigenous people on and around your campus.
  • Fitness and Instructional Programs: Fitness-focused programs, services, and equipment including those for group fitness and personal training.
  • Intramural Sports: Competitive sports programs involving many teams within institutions, at times progressing to competition outside of the institution. Includes officiating topics.
  • Marketing/Social Media: Promotion of programs, facilities, and services and the utilization of Social Media and other technology  in various aspects of collegiate recreation.
  • Staff Training/Development/Cultre: Skills and knowledge geared toward developing, managing, and/or training student or professional staff.
  • Sport Clubs: Competitive, instructional, or recreational groups focused on a specific activity for an extended period of time and that generally compete against other institutions.
  • Youth Programs & Camps: Programs, activities, and facilities designed for youth participation including summer camps.

Target Audiences

When you submit your application you'll be asked to identify who would be the best audience to attend your session. You can select more than one if you think it applies to more than one audience.
Small-sized School: <5000 enrolled students
Medium-sized School: >5000 but < 20000 enrolled students
Large-sized School: >20000 enrolled students
Recreation Management: This presentation would be best suited for people who are senior managers.
Recreation Professional or Coordinators: This presentation would be best suited for people who are mid-level managers or coordinators.
Students: This presentation would be best suited for students.

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