Curl BC welcomed 80 delegates from more than 30 BC curling centres to our 2017 Business of Curling Symposium in Kelowna.

The weekend was a resounding success and featured an exciting itinerary with a range of great speakers and topics, an awards banquet and great networking opportunities.

The weekend kicked off with a keynote address featuring Scott Braley, Curl BC CEO, and Danny Lamoureux, Director, Curling Club Development & Championship Services at Curling Canada. The pair talked about re-positioning curling and the focus on marketing and club development that will be needed in the coming years.

Danny, who is in charge of the Business of Curling Program nationally, said: “Even though we were at the end of a long (and successful) curling season and though summer was beckoning, the Business of Curling Symposium ignored the call for rest with an incredible weekend full of enthusiasm for sharing terrific ideas, and renewed energy to network with fellow club administrators, managers etc. It was a terrific way to end this curling season!

“As we prepare for the 2017-18 season, Curling Canada is looking forward to seeing successful implementation of your great ideas as you work at building your businesses and positioning yourselves in your communities as a active partner.

“Thanks to all for taking time from your busy lives to join us in sharing and encouraging these new ideas and concepts to help grow our sport at the grassroots level!

“We owe each of you a debt of gratitude for what you do for our game.”

Other speakers included Steve Indig, Sport Law & Strategy Group, who ran a great session that covered Risk Management & Concussion and Helmet Policy.

Anna Keller, Curling Canada Consultant, Ottawa Curling Club, led an energetic session titled How To Run a Successful Adult Learn to Curl Program.

Other great speakers included a group who did a talk on getting Championship Ice at Your Curling Facility. The group was comprised of Dave Merklinger, one of the world’s best icemakers from Vernon Curling Club, Kimberly Tuck from Canada Curling Stone, Dave Loverock from Jet Ice and Art Sutherland from Accent Refrigeration.

A talk on how to secure sponsorship was led by Robbie Westgard from Sierra Marketing and Consulting, while Jack Bowman, Curling Canada and Curl BC Business of Curling Consultant, led a session on Human Resources. There were also sessions on Liquor Control Board rules, applying for Gaming money and setting curling and membership fees.

Scott Braley said: “Curl BC would like to thank everyone who attended the symposium and the Awards Banquet that took place on Saturday evening. We are delighted that so many of you took the time to travel to Kelowna to celebrate curling, to learn and to share your expertise with all of us.