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2011 COF Conference

The COF conference is organized by the COF Board of Directors and held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity to bring Canadian orienteers together to share information and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priorities and projects of the COF and to provide your ideas and feedback. Ideas for future conference topics are always welcome.

2011 Conference Details
July 17 – 22, 2011
Sessions will be in and around Whitehorse, Yukon
No registration is required. Just show up!

SESSION A / MEET-UP: Junior programming
Sunday July 17
4:00 – 5:00 pm, prior to the potluck at Shipyards park in Whitehorse.
Location: Outside at Shipyards Park. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.
Facilitator: Jim Webster
This is an informal session for those who are involved with junior programming in your club/associations. Come share your ideas and successes and let’s discuss areas where we can work better together.

SESSION B / From the 2011 national junior team
Tuesday July 19
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Location:  where the Sass Peepre Camp is being held: Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre, Whitehorse
Join members of the 2011 national junior orienteering team as they recount their races and experiences at the 2011 world championships in Poland in early July. We will be holding this session in conjunction with the Sass Peepre junior camp. All are welcome to attend.

SESSION C / The mini-conference – Come to a few sessions, or come to them all.
Wednesday July 20
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
1:00 – 1:30 – Course setting essentials – what are the absolute most important things you need to know when setting sprint, middle and long courses. (Presenter: Adrian Zissos)
>Adrian’s presentation
>David May’s presentation that Adrian refers to
1:40 – 2:00 – The High Performance Training Centre Concept – hear about the 2011 High Performance Training Centre that’s been going on in Whitehorse this spring and summer. Where else in Canada can we do this in future years? Come learn more and share your ideas. (Presenter: Brent Langbakk)
>Brent’s presentation
2: 10 – 2:40 – Our orienteering specific Long Term Athlete Development model is ready to launch. Yeah! Come and learn about this great new resource and let’s talk about the next steps. (Presenter: Bill Anderson)
>Bill’s presentation
>Bill refers to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) poster
2:50 – 3:20 – The Arena Concept – what does that mean exactly? How can you incorporate the arena concept it into your club’s events – big and small. (Presenter: Magnus Johansson)
>Magnus’ presentation
3:30 – 4:00 – It’s been a busy and exciting year for the COF. Please join us for this COF update on our current and future priorities. Learn how the work of the COF benefits your club (Presenter: Charlotte MacNaughton)
>Charlotte’s presentation

Join us Wednesday evening at the sprint relay HPP fundraiser in Whitehorse.

SESSION D / MEET-UP: Calling all O-techies!
Thursday July 21
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Meet at Baked – the coffee shop on east end Main Street
Facilitator: Adrian Zissos
Drag yourself away from your laptop for an hour, and join us for this informal session for those who are developing/using orienteering software, web site templates, event software. Here’s an opportunity to share what you are working on and talk about the various projects under development.

SESSION E / PAINTING-O: Following in the footsteps of the Group of Seven
Thursday July 21
7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Presenters: Jim and Sue Waddington
Location: High Country Inn, Whitehorse – 4051-4th Avenue – in the ballroom
Entry by donation (to the Canadian Orienteering Federation)

Sue and Jim Waddington, lifelong orienteers from Ontario, have tried to locate some of the places that inspired the Group of Seven painters. They particularly like to search for sites that can only be reached by canoe and on foot. The talk will compare photographs of some of the 180 painting sites they have found with the corresponding artwork. They will discuss how they find the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters and their choice of painting sites.

Although the Group of Seven worked in all provinces and territories and produced many of the iconic images that we have of the north, there are very few photographs of the actual scenes that inspired them.

Sue is an artist – a traditional rug hooker. In 1977 she was making a rug hooking based on A.Y. Jackson’s painting “Hills, Killarney, Ontario (Nellie Lake).” During a canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park, Sue and Jim paddled to Nellie Lake with their family and were surprised to find that they could locate the exact spot where Jackson had sat when he did the painting. After this initial success, they have continued to search for other painting locations. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved. This is a type of orienteering except that one doesn’t have a circle on the map. In fact, one often doesn’t know which map you should be on.  For each of the 180 places that they have located, they have recorded what the view looks like now and have compared it with the artist’s impression of the same scene.

This talk will illustrate some of the works that were featured at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection exhibition “Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven”. Art works that were made in the beautiful La Cloche hills of Killarney Provincial Park and in Bon Echo Provincial Park will be presented along with the photographs of the same scenes.

>visit to get an idea of the Waddington’s project.

SESSION F / COF Annual General Meeting
Friday July 22
10:00 – noon
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
The AGM is the one time of year when the members of the COF (the provincial/territorial associations) gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of the association (such as electing board members, making changes to the constitution, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome.

SESSION G / MEET-UP: Orienteering marketing and promotion
Friday July 22
12:30 – 1:30
Location: Yukon College Room: Rm A2206 in the Academic wing. Parking in the Student Parking Lot and follow the signs.
Facilitator: Jim Webster
This is an informal session for those interested in promotion and marketing to get together and talk about ideas, best practices, suggestions for cooperative efforts. etc. We’ll be sure to spend time talking about social media and orienteering. And let’s talk about headcams and video as well. Bring your examples and ideas to share.
>Notes from the promotion session

And then we’ll see you Saturday night at the banquet. They’ll be lots of great items at the silent auction. And HPP member and musician Graham Ereaux will be performing at the banquet. It’ll be great fun!

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