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Business of Curling


Registration Fees for Curl BC Affiliated Clubs

  • 1 Delegate $250.00
  • 2 Delegates (5% discount) $475.00
  • 3 Delegates (10% discount) $675.00

Registration Fees for Unaffiliated Clubs

  • 1 Delegate $350.00
  • 2 Delegates $665.00
  • 3 Delegates $945.00

Business of Curling Registration: Click here to Register

Golf Tournament

Thank you to Mount Paul Golf for hosting our 2019 Tournament

All proceeds benefiting our Curling For Life Endowment Fund


Curl BC has secured a room block at The Plaza Hotel:

To Book your room call toll free: 1-877-977-5292.

For any other questions contact Jackie Bailey, Sales & Front Office Manager: ph: 250-377-8075 or frontdesk@theplazahotel.ca

For more information about the hotel visit: http://www.theplazahotel.ca

  •  The room block is listed under “Curl BC” and is available for booking until May 15, 2019.
  • Room Rates
    • Single/Double: $139.00
    • Triple: $ 164.00
    • Quad: $189.00
  • All of the guests who stay at the Plaza will enjoy the following complimentary amenities:
    – Free Hot Breakfast
    – Free WiFi
    – Free International Calling
    – Access to the YMCA Fitness Facility and Pool (only 2.5 blocks away)
  • Terms:
    • Canadian Funds – Net Non-Commissionable
    • Taxes: 7 % PST, 5 % GST, 3 % City
    • Check-in & Check-out: 3:00 pm check-out 11:00 am. Should you have any special requirements, please advise before arrival date.
    • Maximum 4 people per room. Extra person over double occupancy $ 25.00.
    • Booked Room Policy: All blocks are subjected to a release @ 30 days prior to arrival date, after that rooms will be opened back to the public, with no guarantee for availability.

If you are interested in shared accommodations, contact Curl BC and we will try to connect you with other delegates.

Alternate Accommodation Options include:

Schedule of Events

Golf Tournament: registration links above

Draft Schedule (Updated Tuesday May 28th): 

  • Golf Fundraiser
    • 12:15pm Golf Registration
      • Mini-Putt Challenge
    • 1:00pm First Tee Time
    • 4:00pm Post Golf Meal
  • BOC Friday Events
    • 6:00pm Registration
    • 6:30pm Welcoming & Opening Remarks
    • 6:40pm Keynote Speaker- Maureen Simons Lifecycle of an Organization
    • 7:45pm- 8:15pm Appetizer Break
    • 8:15pm-9:45pm Technical Safety BC Presentation
    • 9:45pm Social
  • BOC Saturday Events
    • 9:00am- 10:15am Strategic Planning Workshop Part 1
    • 10:15am10:30am Break
    • 10:30am-12:00pm Strategic Planning Workshop Part 2
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm Buzz Discussion
      • 1:00pm-3:00pm Curl BC AGM
    • 3:00pm-3:15pm Break
    • 3:15pm-4:15pm ROI Media Works
    • 4:15pm – 4:30pm Break
    • 4:30pm- 6:30pm Making Ethical Decisions
    • 7:30pm Dinner & Social Event
    • 9:00pm Silent Auction Ends & Prizes Awarded
  • BOC Sunday Events
    • 9:00am-10:30am: Accent Refrigeration
    • 10:30am-10:45pm Break
    • 10:45pm-12:00pm ABLE BC
    • 12:00pm-1:30pm Symposium Wrap-Up and Lunch

Meet the 2019 BOC Presenters

Cindy Piva - Thrive Business Strategies

Studies show that organizations who spend time creating a strategic plan and then using their strategic plan to guide their operations are a minimum of 12% more profitable. But the benefits don’t stop there. Leaders who use a strategic plan report they experience real and material benefits that go far beyond average organizations.

After this workshop you will leave with a simple yet transformational one-page strategic plan, and a 90 day action sheet to get you started!

Participants will learn why strategic planning is so important, yet often neglected; how being proactive and strategic can make a huge difference in your organization; how you can follow through on strategic planning and ensure a one-time event becomes a powerful year-round guide for your organization; and more!

Cindy Piva (B. Comm, MBC) is the owner and founder of Thrive Business Strategies, a company she created in 2009 so that she could work with business owners and company and organization leaders as a business coach, advisor, consultant and trainer. Cindy previously owned and operated Pineridge Golf Course for over 20 years. Cindy has completed training from the Professional Business Coaches Alliance and was one of the first Business Coaches to receive a Master Business Coach (MBC) designation.

More information about Cindy and Thrive Business Strategies can be found at www.thrivebusiness.ca

Art Sutherland - Accent Refrigeration Systems

At the Business of Curling Symposium, Art Sutherland will be discussing new developments in curling club mechanical systems, including new styles of systems, new refrigerants, new secondary coolants, new regulations and equipment safety issues, and will end with a Q&A!

Accent Refrigeration Systems was founded by Art Sutherland and Greg Hillman, and was launched with a mission to develop the most efficient and reliable refrigeration systems in the world. Accent Refrigeration Systems has completed projects on six continents for private, public, university and professional facilities as well as three Olympic Games, with custom-crafted refrigeration systems that have been rated as the most efficient in the world.

Art is a Journeyman Refrigeration Technician with North American Certification. He has an honours diploma in refrigeration technology, diplomas in Industrial Instrumentation and Industrial Pipefitting, and Industrial Refrigeration Energy Analysis certification. Art has over 30 years experience designing and installing industrial refrigeration systems.

More information about Art and Accent Refrigeration Systems can be found at www.accent-refrigeration.com

Krishna Lakkineni- ROI Media Works

 Founder & CEO of ROI Media Works

Krishna is a digital marketing entrepreneur, Amazon bestselling author, speaker, technology enthusiast with a passion for marketing, strategic business growth, and operations. He is the recipient of an Editor’s choice award, Quilly award and an Expy award in Hollywood from the National Academy of best selling authors, speakers and writers.
He is well versed on various digital marketing topics, successfully presented as a keynote speaker at the OMG social conference in Vancouver, Canadian museums association, Local Chamber of commerce and various local business associations. He is currently leading a team of marketing technologists at ROI Media Works, a digital marketing agency. He loves to spend time with his two beautiful children and in his spare time, he volunteers to mentor students and works with various non-profit organizations.

Presenting a strategy your centre or club can use as a blueprint for implementation to grow your online presence.

Click Here for additional information about what ROI is about

Maureen Simons- Verita HR Services

Maureen is a senior human resources and communication consultant with over 30 years of human resources experience. She established her own consulting business in 2011 and partnered with Verita HR services in 2012. She specializes in helping organizations achieve their business and organizational objectives through their people. An accomplished speaker and facilitator on employee communication and engagement. She volunteers time to help not-for-profit organizations with development challenges including strategic planning, volunteer and employee engagement.


 Jeff Guignard, Executive Director of ABLE BC (The Alliance of Beverage Licensees)

BC’s resident “liquor lobbyist”, Jeff is a dynamic leader and communicator with extensive experience in government relations, strategic communications, and association management. As Executive Director of ABLE BC — the leading voice for BC’s multi-billion-dollar liquor and cannabis retail industries — Jeff advocates for BC’s private liquor stores, neighbourhood pubs, bars, nightclubs, and hotels, as well as licensed retailers of non-medical cannabis.

Initially from New Brunswick, Jeff spent a decade working in Ottawa as senior staff to several Members of Parliament before moving to BC in 2014. He is currently the Chair of the Coalition of BC Businesses and Chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Outside of the office, Jeff is competitive curler and an avid motorcycle enthusiast.


Technical Safety BC

Techincal Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization that oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across the province. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, the organization works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

Gabriel Lim, Product Leader
Gabriel is a product leader for operating permits at Technical Safety BC. He has spent that last six years working in product management creating value for clients.

Alina Urloiu
Manager, Training Provider & Technical Learning Programs
Alina is responsible for managing the training provider approval program which is fundamental to duty holders achieving and maintaining their technical qualifications, and she is also responsible for managing the credentialing and learning and development journeys of safety officers at Technical Safety BC.

Technical Safety BC

2019 BOC Sponsors

More about the Business of Curling Program

The Business of Curling Program was developed and designed by Curling Canada. Its purpose is to help curling centres understand the business they are in. Over the past decade, curling centres have experienced a variety of problems when trying to adapt to a constantly changing environment. Meeting the challenge of survival in the marketplace has prompted them to adopt selected management tools from the private sector. These tools are helping them make a success of their facility and their programs.

Curl BC is pleased to work with Curling Canada in delivering Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Business of Curling Program.

The Business of Curling Symposium

The Business of Curling Symposium is a professional development and networking conference for representatives of curling clubs within BC and elsewhere. Included in the registration fee(s) are meals, conference package & resource material.

The Symposium is an ideal setting to:

  • share ideas and network with other curling centre managers, volunteers, members and board of director representatives
  • find out the newest trends in curling centre management, program deliverables, communication styles and more

Would you recommend that your Curl Centre/Club participate in future Business of Curling Symposiums?

“Absolutely. I wish they were all here.”

“…wish I could have attended all the sessions.”

“Well worth the cost. Many valuable ideas that can be implemented immediately for little or no cost to staff and resources.”

The Business of Curling Development Workshops

Phase 2 is available throughout the year and is separate from the Symposium.

  • Two Day Strategic Planning Workshop for 1-2 Curling Centres and their full Board of Directors
    • The entire Board must be available and committed to the 2 day’s in order to schedule the Phase 2 Workshop.
    • The Board of Directors must be committed to implementing the plan after the workshop.
  • Workshop Fees are $400 per club 

The workshop consists of making your road map to success!

  • The Board is guided through the planning process by our facilitator(s)
  • Envisioning where they want their centre to be 3-4 years down the road.
  • Analyze the current situation
  • Understand trends affecting the business.
  • Describe the steps or strategies for implementation

This part of Business of Curling is enjoying a good return on investment, as it allows our clubs to look more closely at their operation. It asks them to find out what their customers want; and, most importantly, it hands them a written plan they can follow to improve their business without taxing their volunteers.

The following testimonials highlight the benefits of this second phase of the Business of Curling Program.

“Exciting to see how quickly a ‘draft’ [strategic] plan could come together.
The format or agenda for the workshop was easy to follow and flowed nicely.”
~Participant 2011 Bunisess of Curling Phase 2  (club manager)

“Awakening creativity to make changes” ~Participant 2011 Business of Curling Phase 2

“..info that forces people to think about the things they do in a different way” ~Participant 2011 Business of Curling Phase 2

Request a Business of Curling Phase 2 Session

  • Contact Jack Bowman, former Canadian Curling Association Chariman, and Phase 2 Business of Curling Facilitator. jackbow@telus.net

Go ahead and Invest in Your Club!

Business of Curling symposium and workshop costs are subsidized to members.

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