Monday, November 16, 2009

Ultimate Canada Conference 2009- Weekend of Progress


This weekend I attended and presented at the annual CUPA conference. Dubbed the Ultimate Canada Conference, it was held in Montreal.

The location and venues were appropriate. The conference was held on site at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) campus in downtown Montreal. The academic setting was perfect for the informative sessions, and it represented ultimate well- Good central location that was economical and practical. Ultimate doesn't need to pay to host their conference in the main ballroom of the Hilton.

Here were the highlights for the 50+ delegates that represented the NSO/PSOs and member city leagues..

-CUPA has voted to change their name to Ultimate Canada.
-Amazing delegate package featuring shorts and hoodies from 5 Ultimate, Jersey from VC Ultimate and disc from Daredevil
-Great presentations on topics such as youth development, innovative ultimate programs like the carbon flip and wheelchair ultimate
-Group brainstorming session regarding national plans and priorities
-A pickup wheelchair ultimate session participated in by all delegates

In the coming weeks, I will try to ensure that the conference presentations are available via the web, and I'll dedicated some posts specifically to discuss and highlight some key parts of the weekend.

Overall, outside of the fun/antics, this was the results of the weekend
  • We had a record number of delegates
  • We had an amazing chance for stakeholders of the game to meet and get to understand what is going on outside our region
  • Our leagues throughout the country got many opportunities to learn and provide feedback on what they see and what they want to see from the NSO moving forward
Thanks to Montreal Ultimate for once again being a great host.


json said...

I wish i'd gone for the delegate package alone. sounds like this could only be good for the canadian scene. loving the progress.

Bobo Eyrich said...

I have to admit that I do prefer the name "Ultimate Canada" to CUPA. Any news on the potential U23 world championship idea that I've heard to be floating around.

Sport Management Steven said...

Bobo (and Jordan Meron who asked earlier),

Sadly, there doesn't seem to be anything on the WFDF site for 2010.

However, I hope that something can put put together for 2011. That year is open for championships and gives organizers proper lead time.

Sport Management Steven said...


The delegate swag was indeed quite impressive.

As for the progress, I can say the conference impressed me. Lots of great people I didn't know working at the local levels who are really helping the game.

jordomeron said...

huge bummer!