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YMCA Youth Development Conference

YCAT (Youth CEO Advisory Team)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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On behalf of the Youth CEO Advisory Team, we am thrilled to announce an exciting leadership development opportunity for YMCA staff and a guest.  

The Youth CEO Advisory Team (YCAT) aims to provide leadership and skills development to young staff, increase engagement and understanding of governance and create a formal mechanism for communication and knowledge.

To promote these outcomes as well as continue to develop the leaders in our Association, we will be hosting a free "Leadership Development Conference" on Saturday, October 22 for staff ages 18-30 (with the opportunity to bring a guest).

The Conference will include an opening keynote speaker Chris Farias. Chris Farias has been working in advertising and marketing for twelve years in Southern Ontario. In 2007 he co-founded KITESTRING Creative Branding Studio, and as VP, Creative Development & Partner he leads a vibrant team to create work that enriches their clients’ businesses. Chris is a recipient of the Hamilton/Halton Forty Under40 Business achievement awards and in 2014 was honored with the Business for the Arts Arnold Edinborough Award for exemplary leadership and volunteerism in the arts.

The conference will also offer a closing keynote speaker, YMCA's very own Brian Shelley. Brian has worked for the YMCA since 1995 and currently serves as Vice President for one of the largest Ys in Canada. Brian's areas of expertise are aligning day to day operations with organizational strategy, stakeholder engagement/stewardship and coaching/motivating adults to embrace the youth engagement process. Brian has a strong track record of budget management, operational excellence, Government relations, philanthropic development and volunteer management.

Participants will have the ability to select from various workshops to attend through the day based on their own development needs and interests. Workshops topics range from community involvement to personal empowerment. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will begin with registration at 9:00 AM and end at 3:15 PM at the Education Centre; located at 20 Education Court in Hamilton.

 Participants will be able to choose two (2) of four (4) workshops throughout the day. They are as follows:

Morning Breakout Session

Time     Presenter Description
11:00am – 11:45am Lindsay Tompkins 

Why You Need to Care About Personal Branding (Even if you don’t own a business):

  • What is personal branding and why does it matter?
  • How to use social media and custom content to land you your next job opportunity
  • The impact that video and Facebook Live has on your professional career

11:00am – 11:45am Patricia Wright

Leadership Styles and How to be Effective:

This workshop explores different types of leaders and leadership styles. Participants will be able to determine their own style, and have a conversation about when each style might be most effective.


 Afternoon Breakout Session 

Time Presenter Description
1:15pm – 2:00pm

Y on Wheels Staff

Yoga and holistic health

Please note, that in this session, participants will be doing a Yoga session

1:15pm – 2:00pm Lindsay Tompkins 

A Journey into Entrepreneurship as a young professional (How to Turn Your Passions into Profit):

  • How to turn your hobby into a business model
  • How to use simple social media strategies to land your first client
  • Why Millennials have the power to earn more income than their parents, all from their local coffee shop


1) What are my parking options at the event?

Free parking is available at the Board of Education Builing. 


2) Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Brad Coughlan: 


3) Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?



4) Can I bring a guest? 

YMCA Staff are encouraged to bring a guest (18 - 30) to participate in this conference. Guest, like yourself are free. Please note that your guest must complete their own registration to attend. 



5) Is food and refreshments provided?


Yes, a light morning snack and lunch will be provided throughout the day


6) How much are tickets?

Tickets are free for you and your guest. 

Yes, breakfast and lunch plus a light snack will be provided throughout the day


Have questions about YMCA Youth Development Conference? Contact YCAT (Youth CEO Advisory Team)

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Education Centre (HWDSB)
20 Education Court
Hamilton, L9A 0B9

Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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YCAT (Youth CEO Advisory Team)

The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford has made Youth Engagement a top strategic priority. In 2014, the Youth CEO Advisory Team was established to provide leadership and skill development to young staff, increase engagement and understanding of governance and create a formal mechanism for communication and knowledge sharing. 

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