The 2021 RCA National Conference will be held virtually. Stay tuned for details.

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 24-26, 2020  
Ottawa, Ontario – Brookstreet Hotel 


The two-day annual conference will be held from January 24 to 25. The 39th Annual RCA Excellence Awards will be held on January 25, with the 2020 Semi-Annual Meeting taking place on January 26. The 2020 RCA Performance Coach workshop will take place January 23 to 25.

Opening the conference with a keynote on “The Future of Mental Health in High Performance Sport” will be Dr. Tom Patrick, Senior High Performance Manager with Australia’s New South Wales Institute of Sport.

In addition to the plenary sessions on mental health and gender equity, the conference sessions will be divided into streams for coaches (from beginner to advanced) and community leaders and administrators.

*New in 2020*

  • Two-day conference format designed to provide more value in less time
  • Conference mobile app powered by ePly and MobileUp
  • Complimentary child care option (contact us for more info)


Early Bird pricing available until December 4, 2019
Registration closes January 15, 2020

  Full Conference Early Bird Full Conference Regular One Day Early Bird One Day Regular
RCA Member $395 $450 $195 $220
Non-RCA Member $450 $500 $225 $250



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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Tom Patrick

  • Keynote – The Future of Mental Health in High Performance Sport
  • Session (Coach Stream) – Stress, Recovery and Coaching Performance
  • Panel Facilitator (Coach Stream) – Optimizing Athlete Progression and Performance: A Review of International High Performance Systems

Dr. Tom Patrick is an experienced high performance leader and sport psychologist who has worked extensively with national sport organizations, high performance systems, coaches and athletes from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, Argentina and Qatar.

Dr. Patrick currently serves as the Senior High Performance Manager for Australia’s New South Wales Institute of Sport. He has previously held the positions of High Performance Manager with the South Australian Sports Institute, Director of Sport Performance with the Canadian Sport Institute – Ontario, and High Performance Director with Triathlon Canada.

Next Gen Men

  • Keynote – Building a Safe, Diverse and Inclusive Rowing Community
  • Men in Rowing Breakfast

Next Gen Men is a non-profit organization redefining what it means to “be a man” by promoting positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity in schools, communities, and workplaces across Canada. Next Gen Men takes a strengths-based, pro-feminist approach to masculinities that celebrates what it means to be a man while acknowledging issues facing men and boys and the communities they exist within.

Act now to secure your vending space at the 2020 RCA National Conference! Vending space will be allocated to businesses and retailers on a first come, first served basis.  

Vendor registration for the 2020 RCA National Conference is now closed. If you are interested in attending the 2020 Conference as a vendor, please contact Liz Montroy.


Vendors confirmed for the 2020 Conference

Brookstreet Hotel

525 Legget Drive
Ottawa, ON K2K 2W2

The Brookstreet Hotel is Ottawa’s leading four-diamond hotel, resort and conference centre. On-site amenities include two restaurants and a café, a spa, a full workout fitness studio, an indoor saltwater pool and hot tubs, and more.

Booking Accommodation

A special rate of $159.00/night is available for Double Queen/King rooms (for single/double occupancy, triple/quadruple accommodation is available at an additional cost of $25.00 per person per night). Please contact us if you would like to request a Barrier Free King room.

Reservations must be made by January 3, 2020, to qualify for this rate.

This rate includes complimentary WiFi, complimentary access to the Flex Fitness Studio and complimentary access to the Zone 525 Games Room.

To book, contact the Brookstreet Hotel Reservations Department at 1.888.826.2220 or (identify as being with the Rowing Canada Aviron Conference 2020), or book online here.   

Click here for directions to the Brookstreet Hotel.