Athletics Ontario will be hosting weekly town hall conference calls for coaches, officials and club affiliates. Every Wednesday, Athletics Ontario CEO, Paul Osland, will provide coaches, officials, and club associates with updates on what is happening regarding relevant topics and some potential planning for the future, which they will be able to share with all of their athletes and club members.

The first town hall took place on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. Below is a summary of each week’s call as well as the recorded audio should you wish to listen to it.

Starting end of July, 2021 – Town Hall meetings will now take place on a BI-WEEKLY basis.


Wednesday, May 11th, 2022: coming soon

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022: Audio/Video

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022: Audio/Video


November 17th, 2021: Audio/Video

November 3rd, 2021: Audio Video

October 20th, 2021: Audio/Video

October 6th, 2021: Audio/Video

September 22,  2021: Audio/Video

AO’s CEO Paul Osland held an open discussion regarding Athletics Ontario’s vaccine mandate which requires proof of vaccination for all athletes 12+ (the discussion starts at the 41:00 mark in the video).

September 8, 2021: Audio/Video

August 25, 2021: Audio/Video 

August 11, 2021: Audio/Video

July 28, 2021: Audio/Video

July 14, 2021: Audio/Video 

July 7, 2021: Audio/Video


Officials Town Halls

January 25, 2022: – Audio/Video

September 21, 2021: Audio/Video

July 15, 2021: Audio/Video


Race Director Town Hall, July 7, 2021:

July 7th – Audio/Video

June 30, 2021: Audio/Video

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Nike’s Big Bet – Director Discussion with Paul Kemp & Alex Hutchinson
June 30th –Watch Now!



Wednesday, June 23, 2021:

June 23rd – Audio/Video

Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

June 16th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, June 9, 2021:

June 9th – Audio/Video

Re-Opening: Guidelines for AO Members in Stage One


Tuesday, June 8, Officials Town Hall:

June 8th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, June 2, 2021:

June 2nd – Audio/Video


Wednesday, May 26, 2021:

May 26th – Written Summary
May 26th – Audio/Video

Today’s town hall meeting included a presentation from AO’s Office Manager, Shehara Vanniasinkam on the updated insurance certificate request process.

Click Here to view the presentation.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021:

May 19 – Audio/Video

Today’s town hall meeting included a presentation by AO Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Robin Campbell, on the updated Safe Sport Policy Manual.

Speaking Notes re Revisions Safe Sport Policy Manual, May 19, 2021

CLICK HERE to view the full Safe Sport Policy Manual.
Revised May, 2021.
Click here for a summary of revisions.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021:

May 12th – Audio/Video

On this town hall we recognized our Manager of Programs, Services and Development, Anthony Biggar with an award for 15 years of service with Athletics Ontario! For more than a decade, Anthony has played an integral role in developing the organization into what it is today. We celebrate and thank Anthony for his 15 years of dedication toward the betterment of not only our organization, but athletics in Ontario as a whole!


Officials Town Hall – May 11, 2021:

May 11th Officials – Audio/Video


Wednesday, May 5, 2021:

May 5th – Written Summary
May 5th – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation on two club funding opportunities – the Community Sport Clubs Funding Support Grant and the Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Building Fund, as well as information on AO’s 2021 Canada Summer Jobs Application process.

Click here to view the presentation.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021:

April 28th – Written Summary
April 28th – Audio/video


Wednesday, April 21, 2021:

April 21st – Written Summary
April 21st – Audio/Video

The 2021 Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame Inductees were announced for the first time during today’s meeting. Check out the class of 2021 here.

Today’s meeting a presentation on the 2021 Canada Summer Jobs Program, including presented a brief outline of the program, tentative projects, eligibility and more details. That presentation is available here.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021:

April 14th – Audio/Video


Officials Town Hall – April 13, 2021:

April 13th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, April 7, 2021:

Today’s town hall was dedicated to the Class of 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees and included a special recognition ceremony.

April 7th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, March 31, 2021:

March 31st – Written Summary
March 31st – Audio/Video


Wednesday, March 24, 2021:

March 24th – Written Summary
March 24th – Audio/Video 


Wednesday, March 17, 2021:

March 17th – Written Summary
March 17th – Audio/Video

Todays’ meeting included a presentation on an upcoming athlete leadership opportunity, through the introduction of the AO Athlete Advisory Committee.
Click Here to view the slide presentation.


Officials Town Hall, March 16, 2021:

March 16th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, March 10, 2021:

March 10th – Written Summary
March 10th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, March 3, 2021: 

March 3rd – Written Summary
March 3rd – Audio/Video 


Wednesday, February 24, 2021:

February 24th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, February 17, 2021:

February 17th – Written Summary
February 17th – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation on Coaching Pathways, Certification & Professional Development presented by AO coaching staff Saheed Khan and John Stevenson.

Click Here to view the slide presentation


Officials Town Hall – February 16, 2021

February 16 – Audio/Video

This Officials Town Hall included a presentation on Social Media from AO’s Marketing & Communication Coordinator, Emily Sitarz.

Click Here to view the slide presentation


Wednesday, February 10, 2021:

February 10th – Written Summary
February 10th – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation from Streamline Athletes on Navigating Post-Secondary Recruitment through Covid-19.

Click Here to view the slide presentation

Additional Resources:
1) AO x Streamline Resource Page
2) Coaches Resource Page


Wednesday, February 3, 2021:

February 3rd – Written Summary
February 3rd – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation on Social Media from AO Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Emily Sitarz.
Click Here to view the slide presentation
Click Here to watch/listen to the presentation with slides


Wednesday, January 27, 2021:

January 27th – Written Summary
January 27th – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation on the AO Insurance Policies and Coverage from CEO Paul Osland.
Click here to view the slide presentation
Click here to watch/listen to the presentation with slides


Wednesday, January 20, 2021:

January 20th – Audio/Video

Today’s meeting included a presentation on the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Click here to view the presentation.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021:

January 13th – Written Summary
January 13th – Audio/Video

Due to the extensive conversation on the topic of further implications on training restrictions, we were unable to complete the presentation on the Ontario & Canada Summer Jobs programs. Please feel free to review the presentation, provided below, before next week’s meeting.

Canada Summer Jobs Presentation


Wednesday January 6th, 2021: 

January 6th – Written Summary
January 6th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, December 22nd – NO MEETING


Wednesday, December 16th Town Hall:

December 16th – Written Summary
December 16th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, December 9th Town Hall:

December 9th – Written Summary
December 9th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, December 2nd Town Hall:

December 2nd – Audio/Video


Wednesday, November 25th Town Hall:

November 25th – Written Summary
November 25th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, November 18th Town Hall:

November 18th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, November 11th Town Hall:

November 11th – Written Summary
November 11th – Audio/Video

Safe Sport Policy Manual Presentation
(Appeal Policy, Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy, Event Discipline Procedure, and Whistleblower Policy)


Wednesday, November 4th Town Hall:

November 4th – Written Summary
November 4th – Audio/Video

Safe Sport Policy Manual Presentation
(Complaints, Dispute Resolution and Discipline Policy)


Tuesday, November 3rd Officials Town Hall:

Officials Town Hall – Written Summary
Officials Town Hall – Audio/Video

Safe Sport Policy Manual Introduction for Officials


Wednesday, October 28th Town Hall:

October 28th – Written Summary
October 28th – Audio/Video

Safe Sport Policy Manual Presentation
(Summary Notes of Code of Conduct + Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy)


Wednesday, October 21st Town Hall:

October 21st – Audio/Video


Wednesday, October 14th Town Hall:

October 14th – Written Summary
October 14th – Audio/Video

Safe Sport Policy Manual Introduction
(Overview of the new and updated policies included in the manual)


Wednesday, October 7th Town Hall:

October 7th – Written Summary
October 7th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, September 30th Town Hall:

September 30th – Written Summary
September 30th – Audio/Video

Canadian Tire Jump Start & Kid Sport Funding Programs


Wednesday September 30th Athlete Town Hall:

With Austin Ingram

September 3oth – Audio/Video


Wednesday September 23rd Town Hall:

September 23rd – Written Summary
September 23rd – Audio/Video


Wednesday September 16th Town Hall:

September 16th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, September 9th Town Hall:

September 9th – Audio/Video 


Wednesday, September 2nd Town Hall:

September 2nd – Written Summary
September 2nd – Audio/Video

TTFC’s Updated Return to Train Communication and Return to Train Admittance Form for Fall 2020:
Return to Train – Communication
Return to Train – Admittance Form Fall 2020


Wednesday, August 26th Town Hall:

August 26th – Written Summary
August 26th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, August 19th Town Hall:

August 19th – Written Summary
August 19th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, August 12th Town Hall:

August 12th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, August 5th Town Hall:

August 5th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, July 29th Athlete Panel Town Hall:

With Brittany Crew and Sarah Mitton.
July 29th- Audio/Video


Wednesday July 29th Town Hall:

July 29th – Audio/Video

Thank you to today’s guest presenter, Richard Johnston, from Ottawa Lions T.F.C. Below is the technical package he presented for his upcoming meets, which includes safety protocols that will be set in place to minimize risk and ensure a safe sport environment for all participants.

Ottawa Lion’s Meet Technical Package


Wednesday, July 22nd Town Hall:

July 22nd – Written Summary
July 22nd – Audio/Video

Return to Competition Guidelines are now available! View now on our Return to Sport page!

On today’s call we were lucky to have four special guest speakers representing the AthletesCAN Athlete Council. Angela Whyte, Segun Makinde, Kate Van Buskirk, and Jillian Drouin formed an athlete panel to discuss race and racism in our sport.


Friday, July 17th Athlete Panel Town Hall:
With the Canadian Women’s 4x400m Relay team of Maddy Price, Aiyanna Stiverne and Alicia Brown

July 17th – Audio/Video 


Wednesday, July 15th Town Hall:

July 15th – Audio/Video


Thursday, July 9th Athlete Town Hall:

Featuring Maddy Price!
July 9th – Audio/Video
July 9th – Maddy’s Presentation
*Missed the meeting? No problem! Use Maddy’s presentation and follow along with the audio/video provided above!


Wednesday, July 8th Town Hall:

July 8th – Audio/Video


Thursday, July 2nd Town Hall:

*There have been recent changes made to the Ontario-Specific Return to Training Addendum! Please view the most recent document on our Return to Sport page.

July 2nd – Agenda & Discussion Topics
July 2nd – Audio/Video


Tuesday. June 30th Athlete Town Hall:

Featuring Caroline and Taylor Ehrhardt
Audio/Video – Coming Soon


Wednesday, June 24th Town Hall:

June 24th – Audio/Video
PPE Resources

Presentation Documents:
TTFC – Facility Opening Plans and Guidelines
Tentative Facility Opening Date: Monday, July 6th
Ottawa Lions COVID-19 Return to Training Strategy
*Thank you Julia Di Corpo and Richard Johnston for providing these documents!

Wednesday, June 17th Town Hall:

June 17th – Written Summary

June 17th – Audio/Video 

Example Documents: Best Practices for Club- Specific Return to Training
NOC Return to Training Guidelines
NOC Facility Distancing Plan
*Special thank you to Sharon Stewart from Niagara Olympic Club for providing these documents!


Wednesday, June 10th Town Hall:

Coaches, Officials, and Clubs – Audio/Video

Club Attestation and Waiver Completion – Written Instructions
Club Attestation and Waiver Completion –  Audio/Video Demonstration

AO Athlete Panel Town HallAudio/Video
With guest presentation from Streamline Athletes

Streamline Athletes: Navigating University Recruitment
Streamline Athletes: More Information


Wednesday, June 3rd Town Hall:

June 3rd – Written Summary

June 3rd – Audio/Video

AO Athlete Panel Town Hall – Audio/Video
With Team Ontario Athletes Aurora Rynda and Liam Mather.


Wednesday, May 27th Town Hall:

May 27th – Return to Training Updates

May 27th Audio/Video


Wednesday, May 20th Town Hall:

Today AO presented our return to training documents that are still in the developmental stages. Today’s virtual town hall meeting hosted nearly 140 Athletics Ontario coaches, officials, and club associates. We greatly appreciate all of the positive feedback we received from our coaches, officials, and clubs. AO staff will be working alongside the “Back on Track” task force to finalize return to training framework. Below are the slides that were presented to all participants, outlining the current status of our return to training protocols.

May 20 Town Hall – Return to Training Protocol Development
*This is a DRAFT document to outline the starting structure of our framework. At this time, no group activity or training will be sanctioned, nor endorsed by Athletics Ontario.*


Wednesday, May 13th Town Hall:

May 13th – Written Summary

May 13th – Audio/Video

Presentation from special guest speaker, Jessica O’Connell: Running Injuries – Prevention, Recovery, and Return to Training
Jessica also compiled her Tips and Tricks for Injured Runners with Performance Goals into an e-book called “The Back-Up Plan: A Guide to Cross Training”. Read more of Jessica’s story by visiting


Wednesday, May 6th Town Hall:

May 6th – Written Summary

May 6th – Audio/Video 
Presentation from special guest speaker Nicole Forrester, PhD: Managing in the time of COVID-19

CSIO – Motivating Your Sport Communities During COVID-19


Wednesday, April 29th Town Hall:

April 29th – Written Summary

April 29th – Audio/Video

Provided by guest speaker, Kevin Jones, of Odyssey Medical:
Situational Awareness – COVID-19 – Live Sporting Events
COPS Infographic


Wednesday, April 22nd Town Hall:

April 22nd – Written Summary

April 22nd – Audio/Video


Wednesday, April 15th Town Hall:

April 15th – Written Summary

April 15th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, April 8th Town Hall:

April 8th – Written Summary

April 8th – Audio/Video


Wednesday, April 1st Town Hall:

April 1st – Written Summary

April 1st – Audio


Wednesday, March 25th Town Hall:

March 25th – Written Summary

March 25th – Audio 

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