At SportNL, we understand the importance of quality programs, services, and training so our members and sports communities can thrive.
That’s why we are so proud to host an event that pushes progress and collaboration in sport:

The SportNL Summit!

This event brings together like-minded sports individuals and organizations, all with a shared goal to further sports education, discuss hot topics, and gain expert advice from professionals from across the country.


In our premier year, we partnered with Sport Law and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) through the Hope on the Horizon Tour to bring our members an extensive series of workshops – hosted in St. John’s and welcome to all!

The Fall Summit will focus on the theme “Safer Sport for Everyone”. Workshops will focus on supporting leaders who are an instrumental part of the Canadian sport landscape, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to better manage the increasing demand for creating an environment that promotes safety and how an organization can rise to meet the challenge. This is an in-person event.

Join us from November 17-18, 2023!
Connect with the sports community over good food, engaging conversation,
and enjoy our selection of skilled speakers.

The Event schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 17th, 6-9pm (Brewdock)
Join our Meet and Greet for food and great conversation.

Saturday, November 18th, 9am–3:45pm (Delta Hotel)
Join our Summit Workshop series, which will focus on equipping sport leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to better manage the complexities of creating Safer Sport for Everyone.

The SportNL Annual General Meeting will follow the Summit workshops beginning at 4:30pm.



The SportNL Summit will have a dedicated, enthusiastic, and talented selection of speakers to engage and educate all!
Their skills range from mediation to cultural transformation and much more in between.

Mark Smith

Keynote Session

Mark Smith has a wealth of experience leading high-performing teams to success in the workplace and on the ball field. As an athlete and coach of fastpitch softball, he is considered among the very best to ever play and coach the sport. He has led his teams to national and international championships including Olympic Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games podium finishes. In his career he has led the development and implementation of a wide range of programs at the provincial level with a focus on increasing sport and physical activity opportunities in marginalized communities and addressing systemic barriers. In his current role as Equity Diversity and Inclusion Advisor with Sport Nova Scotia, Mark ensures that Nova Scotians from marginalized populations can have access to and enjoy the many benefits of sport.

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves

Luncheon Session

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves is an experienced non-profit leader with a passion for social innovation that challenges the status quo. As CEO of Canadian Women and Sport, Allison is committed to achieving gender equity in society through the power of sport. She works extensively with organizations, governments and leaders to build knowledge, change attitudes, and develop capacity to create an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system. Previously, Allison spent a decade as a senior leader in a global youth empowerment organization where she helped to rapidly scale the organization’s impact around the world. Allison lives by the motto that our greatest potential lives just outside our comfort zone.

Dr. Janice Drover

Dr. Janice Drover is a Chiropractic Sports Specialist with an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). Since then Janice has been the chiropractor for numerous local, provincial and national sports teams, and gives lectures on sports injury management and prevention to different organizations. She has also been a guest lecturer at Memorial University in the Sports Injury Management course in the faculty of Human Kinetics and Recreation.

Dr. Carla Edwards

Dr. Carla Edwards is a Sports Psychiatrist whose practice focuses on the treatment of mental illness and psychological struggles in athletes. Her experience in competitive sport primed her for a career supporting athletes and culminated with induction into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. With a medical degree from Memorial University, she specializes in psychiatry and in her clinical practice, Dr. Edwards supports athletes from numerous National Sport Organizations, professional sports teams, Canadian Universities and youth sports organizations.

Andrea Carey

Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional who holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies and is a Certified Executive Coach. Andrea is the Chief Inclusion Officer for INclusion INcorporated and the Executive Director for OneAbility. Andrea has been working on diversity and inclusion projects at the local, provincial, national, and international level for the past 15 years, leading the development of many leading resources, training and programs that were co-created with, and developed to support equity deserving groups. Andrea spent ten years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and chaired the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Paralympic Pathways Committee.

Isabelle Cayer

Isabelle Cayer is the Director of Sport Safety at the Coaching Association of Canada. Her mission is to create a safer, more inclusive sport system for all. She provides leadership and expertise in the areas of Safe Sport and the Responsible Coaching Movement, develops programming and resources for Women in Coaching, and leads initiatives in research, policy work, education & training, equity, diversity, inclusion, mental health, and much more. She is an NCCP certified provincial coach and an NCCP Certified Learning Facilitator for Coaches Association of Ontario.

Kristin Noonan

Kristin Noonan has been involved in sport for over 30 years as an athlete, provincial coach, parent, and administrator. After transitioning from teaching into the National Sport System over a decade ago, Kristin has focused on athlete development and coaching, and has become an expert in safe sport. With experience at the NSO/MSO level, Kristin provides expertise and support to many organizations in safe sport implementation, through workshops, presentations, education, and resources for all levels.

Learn more about Kristin.

Marg McGregor

Marg McGregor has worked with the Canadian Olympic Committee for eleven years. The portfolios she oversees include diversity and inclusion, safe sport, Game Plan, and National Sport Organization enhancement amongst others. Over the course of her career Marg has served as the CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and the Canadian Association for Women and Sport. Over the years Marg has served on team management staff for a number of international competitions and major games.

Aaron Nutting

Aaron Nutting is the Senior Manager, NSO and Sport System Relations at the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). In this role he oversees supports and investments designed to enhance and accelerate National Sport Organizations’ ability to advance priorities of Safe Sport, Good Governance, Leadership Development, and Culture Change. His career in sport administration spans from leading a Provincial Sport Organization, to managing Provincial Government funding for sport, physical activity, and recreation, to his current role with the COC.

Register Today

Registration for the Summit is $75.00 per person. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register early but registration will remain open until we reach capacity. Fees must be paid in advance prior to the conference.

Registrants can also earn professional development credit through the Coaching Association of Canada (NCCP# required).


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