University of Guelph Equine Industry Symposium

Saturday, February 10, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Albert A. Thornbrough Building, University of Guelph
Peter Clark Hall (Basement), University Centre, University of Guelph

The Symposium will provide the opportunity for open discussion amongst industry professionals to address concerns within the industry. This year’s theme is "Joining Forces on Youth Engagement - Recruitment, Retention, Succession".

The objective is for industry sectors to collaborate and ‘join forces’ to determine ways to actively engage youth in the equine industry and ensure their ongoing involvement with equines. Selected inspiring speakers will communicate their perspective on the topic to facilitate discussion among attendees. Further details will be posted on the Facebook event page.

This is a free event open to anyone involved in any sector of the equine industry.

Advanced registration is required.

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8:30 a.m. – Registration (Thornbrough Building 1200)
9:00 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks by Akaash Maharaj and Malcolm Campbell
9:20 a.m. – Heather Ramey – Youth Involvement: Research Findings on Engaging and Retaining Youth in Activities
9:50 a.m. – Jenny Mayer, Agscape – Incorporating youth engagement through the school system
10:20 a.m. – Break
10:40 a.m. – Kim Leffley, Canadian Pony Club - Let’s get engaged! (Finding the “We” in the “iGeneration”)
10:55 a.m. – Pam Coburn, Ontario Equestrian - Youth engagement through industry initiatives
11:20 a.m. – David Reynolds, INAC Services – Tax benefit opportunities for engaging youth in equine careers
11:50 a.m. – Gayle Ecker - Equine Guelph on the “Power of Partnerships”
12:20 p.m. – Recap
12:30 p.m. – Lunch (Peter Clark Hall (PCH), University Centre - The afternoon's events will occur in PCH)
1:10 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions
2:30 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Theme recap
3:15 p.m. – Presentations of discussion summaries
4:30 p.m. – Closing remarks
7-10 p.m. – Equine Career Night