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Past Conferences - See what you missed


CALA 25th Anniversary Conference Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Canmore, AB. Elevation Place  

Celebrating 25 Years
Mississauga, ON Huron Park CC
Sun Sept 16, 2018
Brochure and Registration

CALA Ignite Your Fire One Day Event
Mississauga, ON Clarkson Community Centre
Sun Sept 18, 2016 8am – 5pm
CALA Team See the Brochure

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
June 13, 2015
English pdf French pdf

2015 Kitchener, ON
 Brochure and Registration form pdf
Pictures and testimonial from conference

2014 Canmore
Brochure and Registration form  
canfitpro Credits for CALA West Conference

2014 Kitchener, ON
Brochure/Registration/Meal Menus or Hotel Information

View conference pictures
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March 22, 23 & 24, 2013
Kitchener, ON,
Forest Heights Pool
Brochure & Presenter bios  Registration Trade Booth app

 Kitchener Pictures
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April 13, 2013
Mississauga ON
Clarkson Pool
Brochure, Registration & Presenter Bios

Mississauga Pictures
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West - September 2013
CALA West Conference & CALA Aqua Yoga Specialty Training & Certification Course
Where: Okotoks, Alberta
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Quebec - June 22-23, 2013
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
Details TBA
Register through CALA 1-888-751-9823

Mar. 23-25 2012
Kitchener, ON, Canada
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2011 Fall CALA-CARA Aquatic Post Rehabilitation Conference

Mississauga, ON, Canada
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2011 Kitchener, ON,
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See what you missed March 2010

See what sessions you missed at the Winter 2009 Conference - Okotoks AB

See what sessions you missed at the Spring 2009 Conference - Kitchener ON
Check out video clips from the CALA Spring 2009 Kitchener conference

See what sessions you missed at the 2008 Conference - Kitchener ON

See what sessions you missed at the Winter 2007 Conference - Canmore AB

See what sessions you missed at the 2007 Conference - Kitchener ON

CALA Canmore Alberta Aquafit Conference Oct 4, 5 6 2019
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Check the Upcoming Event page for a list conferences.  Plan to attend these "not to be missed" conferences.

Feedback from UK Training

Testimonial by Jane MacKenzie, AMAC, UK. Aqua Trainer, Note to Fitpro UK, Written by Jane MacKenzie....

AMAC will be hosting an aqua workshop presented by Charlene Kopansky from Canada. She is the founder of CALA and known all over the world for her pioneering work within water based exercise. She will be delivering 2 workshops on Sunday 20th March 2011 at Beckenham Spa. The titles are ‘Longevity with Vim and Vigour’ & ‘Exploration of Space and Time in Water’. We are extremely lucky for her to fit in a workshop in England as she is currently very busy presenting all over the world and has not been to England since October 2009. I have been lucky enough to have worked alongside Charlene in the past at an Aqua Conference in England and she is truly an inspirational educator and ambassador for exercise in the water. I want to make sure as many people within the fitness industry are aware of this workshop and have the opportunity to attend. The last workshop she delivered here was not near London and we have chosen a venue which will allow a large amount of instructors easy access to this event.

We are currently working on the promotional material for the workshop which will have a photo of Charlene on it. I know she has recently spent some time in Israel taking the CALA qualifications to them and hosts several conferences at different locations around the world. If you look on her web site you will see that there is a very active educational programme across Canada and other parts of the world.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to offer instructors in England the opportunity to experience this high standard of education from Charlene for the Aqua industry. Amac training, who I work for, are an educational provider in Kent and therefore always looking at how we can help instructors grow and improve their skills and this workshop is one way to do this for them. As a member of Fitpro myself I know that you will be able to reach so many more instructors than we will alone.

Feedback from Western Conference 2009

Congratulations on presenting the absolutely best conference of any sort that I have ever attended....it was just fantastic!!!  Between you and Karl, the two of you presenting were awesome...great interaction, and a great learning experience for all who attended. I loved the yoga, very well done, and the kickboxing! I was at a workshop in Calgary, I believe it was in 2000, downtown Calgary, and you introduced, I think it was just 'boxing' and you said, 'giving and receiving' energy then....I have been doing a bit of that in the last few years, but that segment refreshed my knowledge and gave me a new take on the whole exercise, so thank you.  Your 'sexy' class in the shallow pool was really wonderful too....I just loved those moves, hope I can come at least somewhere close in my classes....my first time for ages in the deep pool with a 'belt' really had a hard time staying upright, I always use a noodle in deep water, and that darn belt, well, I won't go into that......Thanks again for the great weekend conference, wish I could have done the water running too.. Compliments again to all of it....Marge Pollard

f you are interested in joining the conference volunteer team, please contact CALA. The CALA volunteer team goes "the extra mile" to make the event the great success it always is. Our volunteers are multi-talented, acting first and foremost as ambassadors for the CALA organization. There are benefits to volunteering. Contact CALA to discuss the benefits.

The volunteer's conference roles include:

  • Picture taking

  • Trouble shooting

  • Setup and cleanup

  • Taking attendance

  • Decorating the host facility

  • Controlling the music and sound

  • Serving meals and refreshments

  • Distributing and copying handouts

  • Welcoming delegates and presenters

  • Promoting and marketing the conference

  • Answering questions and directing candidates

  • Organizing the pool facility including equipment

  • Helping at the CALA booth... and so much more

  • Setting up the theory and practical dry land sessions

  • Providing administrative support at CALA headquarters

  • Distributing handouts, collecting and collating feedback forms

  • Welcoming, assisting and familiarizing delegates and presenters


  • Vendors or individuals who would like to donate prizes for the CALA conference should contact CALA to discuss their contribution.

Delegate Inserts

  • Vendors or individuals who would like to contribute delegate inserts should contact CALA to discuss their contribution.

Guest Speakers

  • If you would like to be a special guest speaker during breaks, contact CALA. CALA welcomes guest speakers from all fields of fitness such as nutrition, fitness music, stretches, health issues, advancements in Aquafit, employment, business, etc.

  • Add some light humour to the conference by performing (musical or acting) for your fellow Aquafit enthusiasts.

Thank you, see you in 2014 

Thank you... our AQUA QUEEN! Without your vision and passion for sharing the gift of movement... deep from within, ALL of us would not have experienced this magical journey with you, for you and to everyone that we meet along the way. You are a beautiful friend, mentor and Woman.... that is a big WOW! This was an amazing weekend for everyone that shared of themselves with each other. Felt the love and deep appreciation from and for everyone. ((HUGS)) to you 'sister of the water'  Mary Lou!

Celebrating with our CALA Aquafit Leaders

Thank you for another wonderful CALA event. So much to learn and experience in such a short period of time. Having these opportunities to share with other leaders is inspiring. We can learn so much from each other. Having these events allows us to continue our growth in the Aquafit world. Our imaginations are our only limitation. Fellow instructors, be creative and introduce new things on a regular basis.


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