Rogers Sportsnet Sportscaster, Evanka Osmak, to Headline 2022 Conference / Show Program Announced

Release…October 28, 2021

We are very pleased to announce that Evanka Osmak will be headlining the 59th Annual WCTA Conference and Trade Show as keynote speaker!

Image courtesy National Speakers Bureau

After a 24 month hiatus, the show is set to take place live and in-person, February 16-18, 2022 all under one roof at the Penticton Lakeside Resort in sunny Penticton, BC.  

As one of the faces of Rogers Sportsnet, Evanka Osmak joined the network in 2007 and is now a Co-Anchor of Sportsnet Central – Sportnet’s nightly sports news program.  She brings sports fans from coast-to-coast a healthy serving of fun, humour and insight alongside Ken Reid. 

Evanka is an upbeat, down-to-earth speaker who brings a bit of humour to everything she does. She leaves audiences inspired to seek out what it is they truly are passionate about. When not covering the latest sports stories on-air, she is a member of the Special Olympics Ontario board, acting as an ambassador for Golf Fore the Cure alongside Golf Canada and is a committee member of the Sports Media Canada Luncheon.

 “Evanka was as advertised, absolutely outstanding! She has such and “art” to being in front of people, either through the camera or live. She combines amazing sports knowledge, numerous experiences, a cagey sense of humor, and an obvious emotional intelligence that makes her real…almost just a Canadian sports fan like the rest of the audience...She is a tremendous role model, advocate and champion for all young girls, and women aspiring for a life in sports. Evanka has a career that may seem unconventional and unattainable for many females, but she has an ability to let people know to chase their dreams if it’s a life in sports. Finally, she went the extra mile outside of the Gala to meet, great, and personally make many individuals feel appreciated and special.”
- Athletics Director, Acadia University Department of Athletics

The full 2022 conference program has now been released!  CLICK HERE.

The organizing committee is also very excited about our world-class line-up of turf management heavy hitters presenting at this year’s conference including the following:

Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee
Dr. Eric Lyons, University of Guelph
Dr. Clint Mattox, Oregon State University
Daren Collins, Victoria Golf Club
Mike DeCicco, City of Kamloops
Neil Pilon, Sagebrush Golf Club
Trevor Warner, City of Woodstock
Don Schouten, WorksafeBC
Doug Wournell, DWournell Sport Architect
Jason Pick, Olds College
Stan Kazymerchyk, Kwantlen University
Terry Ormod, Toro Irrigation/IIABC
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising and Research
Andreas Wins-Purdy, BC Minister of Environment
& more!

Check the show program for speakers, topics and session timings.  Exhibitor registration opens October 29th while delegate registration is expected to start mid to late November.  Go ahead and mark Feb 16-18, 2022 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on your calendar now!

Gary Bartley
WCTA President & Conference Committee Chair

CLICK HERE for the full education program
CLICK HERE for exhibitor registration
CLICK HERE for the accommodation landing page


A WCTA member recently wrote:
I’m required to draft up a business case on the benefits of attending the conference.  There’s a chance I won’t make it this year due to cutbacks and that we are trying to obtain our education through in–house development and training.

Our reply:
An individual attending our conference is subsidized in two ways.  Firstly, the trade show reduces cost to delegates by about half (delegates, make sure to support the trade show!).  Secondly, economy of scale enables us to spread speaker costs over hundreds of delegates.  Also, there are always tons of ways to save an immeasurable of money and/or improve your operation by attending whether it’s a purchase at the silent auction, an idea picked up from a colleague or implementing knowledge learned from any number of seminar speakers.