SEPTEMBER 20-24, 2018

AthletesCAN is hosting the 2018 AthletesCAN Forum featuring the 41st Canadian Sport Awards and KidsCAN School Day September 20th-24th in Ottawa, Ontario at the Brookstreet Hotel.

The AthletesCAN Forum remains the largest gathering of Canada’s athlete representatives outside of competition.  It brings together Canada’s high performance athletes and sport leaders to learn about the sport system, develop leadership skills, share ideas and network through interactive workshops and presentations.

The 2018 AthletesCAN Forum will examine current sport culture and feature some of the world’s top sport leaders discussing crucial topics currently impacting #AthleteRights in the Canadian and international sport landscape.  Sessions in this year’s program include but are not limited to: athlete agreements, athlete representation within governance, inclusion, human rights, anti-doping, safe sport, a national strategy for holistic athlete development and support, leadership elections and more!

Forum Program 

This year AthletesCAN is proud to be hosting as part of the Forum program:

Thursday, September 20th

  • Safe Sport Partners Workshop
  • 41st Canadian Sport Awards
  • MSO Sport Caucus Meeting
  • 2018 SDRCC Annual Public Meeting

Friday, September 21st

  • 13th annual KidsCAN School Day
  • 2nd annual NSO Forum with joint athlete-NSO sessions on effective athlete representation

Sunday, September 23rd

  • 4th annual Anti-Doping Advisory Committee Meeting in partnership with CCES

Monday, September 24th

  • 1st international meeting for existing and developing independent athlete associations

*AthletesCAN covers the costs of one able-bodied and one disabled athlete rep from each sport to attend the Forum.


For more information on the 2018 AthletesCAN Forum, please contact [email protected].

KidsCAN School Day is an opportunity for school children in the Forum’s host community to meet with national team athletes, try a variety of sports and learn about the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Since its inception in 2006, AthletesCAN’s KidsCAN School Day events have enabled over 370 national team athletes including Olympians and Paralympians, to reach over 24,000 school children from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fredericton, New Brunswick with messages of inspiration and determination.