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 28-31, 2021  


The annual conference will be held from January 28 to 31, with the 2021 Semi-Annual Meeting taking place on January 31. 

Links to access conference sessions are sent to registrants in daily emails.

Registration is FREE* for all members of Rowing Canada Aviron. Non-members can also join sessions for a small fee through our registration system. Deadline to register is January 22, 2021. 

*NCCP Make Ethical Decisions is offered at a reduced rate of $35.00.


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Keynote Speakers

Cath Bishop

Business Speaker, Coach, Consultant and Author
The Long Win: Redefining Success to Create Inclusive Growth in Our Sport 
Saturday January 30, 2021 | 8:00-9:15am PT | 11:00am-12:15pm ET 

Dr. Cath Bishop is an Olympian, former diplomat, business coach and author.  

She competed in rowing at three Olympic Games, winning World Championships gold in 2003 and Olympic silver in Athens 2004. As a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, Cath specialized in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq. Cath now works as a business consultant, leadership coach and author, and teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and is a Visiting Professor at Surrey Business School.  

Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, high performing teams and cultural change. Her first book The Long Win: The Search for a Better Way to Succeed’, published October 2020, was described by the Financial Times as “a deep and rewarding exploration of human motivation in sport, politics, business and our personal lives” and was listed in their Top 10 Business Books for 2020. @thecathbishop 

Ian McCarthy

W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Operations Management, Director of the CPA Innovation Centre
What Next for Rowing? Exploring the Discontinuous Side of Continuous Change 
Sunday January 31, 2021 | 9:15-10:15am PT | 12:15-1:15pm ET 

Ian McCarthy, Ph.D, is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Operations Management, and the Director of the CPA Innovation Centre at Simon Fraser University. He is also a Professor of Innovation Management at the Luiss Center in Leadership, Innovation and Organisation (CLIO) in Rome, Italy. He has also worked in engineering roles for Philips and Alcan. He received his Ph.D from University of Sheffield and was previously a faculty member at the universities of Sheffield and Warwick. He was appointed a Canada Research Chair, and was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ian is also an award-winning teacher, who has taught in executive education programs for companies and universities across the world. His work on innovation, social media and misinformation has been featured in the media numerous times. In terms of sport, Ian played for British University Football (soccer), and has been involved with youth soccer in Vancouver as a parent, coach, Club Director and District President.

Vendor registration for the 2021 Conference is now closed.