Careers & Training

Professional Development for Practitioners and Volunteers

Our annual Spring Symposium is on hiatus this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Instead, SPRA is pleased to announce the Industry Builder Learning Series

The  Industry Builder Learning Series is an online professional development opportunity designed for Parks and Recreation practitioners and volunteers. Professional development is a key need recognized by our members and industry. The Industry Builder Learning Series is designed to help fill this need. 

About the Series

The Industry Builder Learning Series features 10 online learning opportunities. In order to help make the shift from in-person to online learning, key features of the Industry Builder Learning Series will include:

  • live virtual sessions with two-way dialogue
  • the ability to register for as many sessions as you like
  • customize your training based on your interests and resources
  • easy access to watch and re-watch the sessions until June 30, 2021. 

The online learning sessions will focus on important topics related to parks/open spaces and facilities/arenas. The Industry Builder Learning Series will be offered over a 4 week period with the first session on April 27 and the final session on May 20.

All sessions will start at 9:00 a.m. and last 1.5 hours.

Our profession has a positive impact on our communities and residents. It is critical that we launch our industry into a new decade of professional development and innovation. Make sure your training is professional grade and attend this year's Industry Builder Learning Series.

Session Information

Follow the links below to the registration and information pages for each session. 

Session Facilitator Date      
Playgrounds, Spray Pads and More: Adding Value to Parks and Open Spaces Kelly Crozon – 1 Stop Playgrounds                    April 27                          
Alcohol and Gaming Requirements for Community Facilities and Programs Matt Leisle and Panelists – SLGA April 29
Drivers Of Change In Recreation Delivery Rob Parks - RC Strategies May 4
Your Pathway to Net Zero Bashar Naser – Cimco Refrigeration May 5
Roof Maintenance 101 - Always On Top and Out of Mind Dennis Burnie – Atlas- Apex Roofing May 6
Access and Inclusion in Recreation Spaces Dave Slater - City of Regina May 11
An Introduction to Tree Identification Heather Richardson - SPRA Instructor May 12
An Introduction to Landscape Design Patricia Hanbidge - SPRA Instructor May 13
Pruning Techniques for Healthy Trees Verna Mumby - Mumby’s Arboriculture Consulting May 18
Building Trails in Your Community David Powell - Saskatchewan Trails Association, Industry Experts and Community Representatives May 20


Sessions will be delivered on either the GoToMeeting or Zoom platforms. Have your computer or other device ready to access these platforms so you can quickly and easily log into your session. 

Each session will have a Question and Answer period to encourage interaction and engagement. 

Registration and Payment Information

Registration opens March 15.  

To register, click on the session links above and follow the registration process on Eventbrite. 

Individual or group registrations and payments can be conveniently processed for an improved member and non-member experience.  When registering for someone else, please include their name and email address so session information and reminders can be seamlessly provided to them.

Some sessions have a minimum number of participants required so register early to avoid disappointment. If you find it difficult to plan too far in the advance, all sessions will accept registrations until noon the day before. 

Please have your credit card, Paypal or debit information ready before registering.

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