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The Countdown Is On To The Ontario Soccer Summit

By OSA News, 01/03/17, 3:00PM EST

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The Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 is officially only two months away. 

Three keynote speakers have been announced and there are nearly 20 more additional speakers and subject matter experts on the way. 

Additional speakers and subject matter experts will begin being announced after the Early Bird pricing deadline expires Jan. 6. Interest in the Ontario Soccer Summit has already been pouring in from across Canada. 

This means that if you consider these three speakers to be worth the price of admission alone - which they clearly are - you still have a few days left to get in on the opportunity.

Jason deVos, Canada Soccer Director of Development, Lorraine Lafrenière, the Chief Executive Officer of the Coaching Association of Canada and Sheldon Kennedy, the co-founder of Respect Group will each highlight a day of activity as keynote speakers during March 3-5, 2017 at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Trent University.

DeVos will presenting on "The Development of Soccer in Canada."

"Education is a journey, not a destination. We can all learn at an event like the Ontario Soccer Summit, where the OSA brings together some excellent presenters from around the world to deliver leading edge content," said deVos.

Lafrenière was named as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport.

Her career spans more than 25 years, across many sectors, within the Canadian sport system including roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, National Sport Organizations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Petro-Canada, one of Canada's leading Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors.

“Canada's best coaches constantly seek opportunities to grow, it's just part of their DNA. They have a strong sense of self-reflection and access to events like the Ontario Soccer Summit allows them to develop and evaluate their current competencies,” Lafrenière said.

A former National Hockey League player, Kennedy has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled.

A victim of abuse himself during his career, he is the co-founder of Respect Group, which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.

“It’s hard to find a coach, official or parent volunteer that got involved in soccer for any other reason than to enhance the lives of our young people and give back,” Kennedy said. “Each of these individuals wants to be the best they can be and events like the Ontario Soccer Summit gives these leaders an opportunity to learn, participate and improve their skills on and off the pitch.”

As mentioned, Early Bird pricing will only be available until Jan. 6, so attendees are encouraged to act quickly to secure the best price.

Additionally, there are reduced rates for those booking groups of 5-20 attendees and even greater discounts for those booking 20 or more.

Also, the 2017 event will feature reduced pricing for youth (under 18 years of age) attendees. In addition, Female Mentorship Program participants, Learning Facilitators and District Administrators all receive special pricing.

The Oshawa Civic Centre boasts an international FIFA size 100 metre x 70 metre artificial turf playing field that can be configured into two or four fields for on-field learning.

Trent University, which is steps from the Oshawa Civic Centre, will offer an intimate setting, which is optimal for the immersive Soccer Summit learning experience.

Tickets are now on sale for the Ontario Soccer Summit and can be purchased here.

Find all your Ontario Soccer Summit news, including speakers as they're announced, podcasts as they're released and more information here.