The annual RCA National Conference is an opportunity for individuals from all facets of the Canadian rowing community to come together to network and gain skills for developing rowing across the country. The Conference welcomes leaders from around the world in the fields of rowing, sport science, and administration.
RCA National Conference & Semi-Annual Meeting
January 28-30, 2022
The annual conference will be held from January 28 to 30, with the 2022 Semi-Annual Meeting taking place on January 30.
The conference is FREE to all RCA members. Non-members are invited to join for a registration fee. Those who had previously registered for the in-person conference are automatically registered for the virtual conference and do not need to re-register.
Registrants will receive links to join sessions via email at the start of each day of the conference, and will receive access to session recordings in February.
Registration is open until 11:59pm PT on Wednesday January 26.
In “What’s on your ‘TO BE’ list for 2022?” on Friday January 28, leadership coach and educator Judy Riege (Connected Leaders) will invite participants to consider what it means to be a leader in our sport communities in 2022 and how we can become more connected and inclusive.
Matt Rostron, CEO of London Youth Rowing (LYR) will deliver the keynote presentation on Saturday January 29 titled ‘Will diversity grow rowing in Canada?’ Matt will share his experiences at LYR and offer practical examples to help organizations and clubs reach a wider, more diverse and inclusive workforce and membership.
On Sunday January 30, two-time Olympian and Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Christine Roper will share her journey to Olympic gold and the critical elements of team culture that contributed to the success of the women’s eight in Tokyo.
London Youth Rowing
Matt Rostron is the CEO of London Youth Rowing (LYR). Over the years, Matt has been responsible for developing LYR’s highly successful indoor rowing model, now called ActiveRow, and National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships, one of the largest indoor rowing competitions on the planet. He is now overseeing the organization’s expansion out of London to new cities and locations in the UK in an attempt to develop a model across the country to build participation and grow rowing so that it becomes a true reflection of all of our communities.
For over 25 years, Judy has been in the business of elevating leadership thinking and behavior for people who truly want to be world class in all they do. She is a thought leader on how to enhance leadership, emotional intelligence (EQ) and performance in individuals, teams and organizations. She is known as the “coaches’ coach”
Judy is known for her energy, her practical tips and her skill at holding space for confidentiality and real conversations. She tells the “kind truth” to change behaviour and elevate the know-how in individuals and in teams. For Judy, leadership and EQ are the superpowers that create winning teams and realize world class results.
As an expert in adult learning, she has designed leadership and team learning, team culture and Emotional Intelligence training experiences for many sport organizations in Canada: Swimming Canada, Hockey Canada, Rowing Canada Aviron, Canada Basketball, Curling Canada, CSI-Calgary, CSC-Atlantic and Coaching Association of Canada to name a few. In 2020-2021 alone, Judy acted as a leadership performance coach to over 20 Olympic and Paralympic coaches and programs.
Tokyo 2020 Gold Medallist
Christine Roper was a member of the women’s eight that won gold at Tokyo 2020. It was Canada’s first Olympic gold in any women’s rowing event since Atlanta 1996 and the first gold in the women’s eight since Barcelona 1992.
Roper moved to Canada from her native Jamaica after graduating university in 2011 to begin training with the national team. A year later, she made her senior international debut and won a pair of medals at the 2013 World Championships, taking bronze with the eight and silver with the four. She followed that up with world championship silver in 2014 and another bronze in 2015 as a member of the eight. Until a fourth-place finish at the 2016 regatta in Lucerne, she had also reached the podium at every World Cup event at which she had competed with the eight.
Roper made her Olympic debut with the eight in 2016, finishing fifth in Rio. She returned to the world championship podium in 2017, winning silver with the eight. Another silver followed at the 2018 World Championships, bringing her career total to five world championship medals in the big boat.
In 2019, Roper helped Canada qualify the eight for Tokyo 2020 with a fourth-place finish at the world championships.
Roper first represented Canada at the 2010 U23 World Championships where the eight won the bronze medal. A year later, Roper and the eight won U23 world gold. In 2012 she claimed a second U23 world title with the four. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Roper and the eight advanced to the A final, finishing fifth.