Call for Proposals

2023 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop

October 26, 2023 - October 28, 2023

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The ARPA Conference Education Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposals for the 2023 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop by April 30 at midnight to be considered as a speaker at the conference.

This years theme is "Inspiring Creativity and Community"!

Recreation and parks are the heartbeat of our communities. Our spaces have the power to inspire creativity and bring all people together in meaningful ways. However, recreation and parks are more than just programs, places and activities; they are also about art, culture, and community development. That's why we are excited to invite you to this year's conference, which will have a special focus on these vital aspects of our collective work. This conference is a platform for recreation and park professionals, elected officials, FCSS, culture and others within our sector who have an interest in recreation, parks, art, culture, and community development to come together and share their experiences, knowledge, and ideas.

With the theme "Inspiring Creativity and Community" this conference is an excellent opportunity for everyone interested in making a positive impact on their community. It is a call to action for us to think big, push boundaries, create unique partnerships and collaborate with our community members.

The education program will cover the diversity of the recreation and parks sector and will include content that connects to a broad range of focus areas. Whether you're interested in trends in recreation programming, parks and open spaces, environmental stewardship, or cultural and artistic programs, there will be something for everyone.

Together, let’s inspire creativity in our communities and build stronger, more vibrant places to live, work, and play.

Call for Presentations Speakers Terms and Conditions

Please ensure that your submission complies with each of these guidelines. Failure to do so could result in submission errors or rejection of the submission during the review process. Click here to view the entire call for proposals. 

  1. Completed proposals must be received by midnight April 30th. Your submission must contain complete information to be considered.

  2. Handouts and Presentations: If your session is chosen, all handouts and the complete presentation must be submitted electronically to Caleb Boorse ( no later than August 31, 2023. 
    1. All session presenters must provide a presentation for review by the conference committee by August 31, 2023 to review the approved session material.

  3. Speaker Substitutions: Sessions are chosen in part to the speaker listed and that speakers prior speaking history, knowledge, and/or expertise. Due to this, no speaker substitutions will be allowed. 

  4. Session Length: All program sessions will be 60 minutes in length. Speakers agree to plan their session content accordingly (this would time frame would need to include presentation time and question and answer periods). 

  5. By submitting a presentation, you are acknowledging that ARPA may use this proposal to fill future speaking needs as well. ARPA may review your proposal and use it for additional opportunities within 1 year of the proposal being submitted. ARPA will be in contact with you if the presentation is being considered for future use. 

  6. Information collected will be used by the Conference Committee for the determination of successful presenters, and to assist in the marketing of the 2023 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop. Your presentation will be saved in a event platform and accessible to those who have attended the conference for up to 6 months after the conference dates. There will be the ability to download your presentation, only the ability to rewatch within the event platform.
  7. Speakers will be given a $200 renumeration that can be put towards travel costs or a discount off of their registration. 
Submission Deadline is April 30, 2023