2016 ARPA Conference & Energize Workshop

October 20-22, 2016
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Check out the conference brochure for details on this year's sessions and speakers!

Keynote Speakers

Tom O’Rourke - Opening Keynote

Tom O’Rourke is the Executive Director of the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission and responsible for the oversight of the over 10,000 acre park system consisting of a wide array of parks, programs and services.

Tom currently serves as a member of the Clemson University School of Health, Education, and Human Development Advisory Committee and also the College of Charleston School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Board. He is also active in the NRPA Education, Training, and Professional Development Committee and is currently serving on the NRPA Revenue Task Force. As a past member of the NRPA National Forum Committee he is a strong advocate for the profession.

Charles Montgomery - Connecting through Research Keynote

Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist, and leader of a consultancy building more happiness into cities. He has advised and lectured planners, students, and decision-makers across the USA, Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. He also creates experiments that challenge us to see our cities – and ourselves – in entirely new ways.

Montgomery and his team have turned the lessons from his book, Happy City, into a tool for helping people bring more happiness into their cities. Montgomery’s writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents.

Willie Littlechild - Closing Keynote

Wilton Littlechild, Ph.D., is a Cree chief, residential school survivor, and lawyer who has worked both nationally and internationally including with the United Nations to advance Indigenous rights and Treaties. He has also – through leadership with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – raised awareness of former Canadian policies that decimated the livelihood and culture of Indigenous Canadians. Chief Littlechild was a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations (UN), and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Chief Littlechild has been a member of parliament, Vice-President of the Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, North American representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and a chairperson for the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform.

In addition to his ongoing work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he’s continued to run his own law firm in Ermineskin Reserve, Alberta, and maintains his commitment to sport. He has been inducted into seven sports halls of fame.

He has been awarded the Order of Canada and in 1993, the Canadian government awarded Chief Littlechild the Canada 125 Medal. He is a 2015 Laureate of the Inspire Awards and was recently honoured with the Alberta Award of Excellence.