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Trails Risk Management Training with Direct Bearing Inc.

Presented by the Ontario Trails Council

National trails risk managers bring their expertise for 2 days to Barrie, sharing best practices, abatement skills and in-field practical application to help you minimize and manage your trails risk and liability exposure.

This includes a thorough review of trails risk, management practice, current legislation and regulation and situational analysis of what works in risk abatement. Day 2 is an in-field practical application of RM technique.

Are you Court Ready? This session will enable you to effectively reduce your liability exposure and improve the safety of your trails in an urban, town and country or rural environment.

Important Topics

Discover best practices, innovations and ideas from across the country.

Inspiring Speakers

Gain insights from a range of influential leaders and experts.

Networking & More

Exchange ideas with fellow attendees and those shaping the future of trails in Ontario.

Training Agenda

A glimpse of what’s in store for the Trailhead Training event.

Who should attend: Any manager or person responsible for the safe and responsible operation of recreational trail, lands, parks or conservation areas with trails.

Course Objective: To provide participants with the best possible understanding of liability as it pertains to recreational trails. This course is not intended to substitute or replace formal legal advice, all information is provided for discussion purposes only.

Course Details: This course is delivered as a 2 day, 12-hour module. Using photos and /or video of actual trails we will demonstrate actual trail risks and show how these risks can be managed. Through the use of photos of real signage, we will provide participants with a “hands-on” experience allowing them to clearly differentiate between the good and the bad.

Course Outline:

1. Responsibilities/Liability
2. Requirements for Varying Types of Trails
3. Policies and operations
4. Joint & Several Liability
5. Vicarious liability
6. Immunities
7. Assumption of Risk
8. Risk Management
9. Law of Risk Management
10. Inspections
11. Documentation
12. Signs
13. Appropriate Use of the trail
14. Rules of the trail
15. Risk Assessments
16. Risk Financing
17. Insurance

Fee: Ontario Trails Members -$160.00 per person +fees

Non-Members – $200.00 per person +fees

Sponsor Rate – City of Barrie – $120.00 +fees

Add June 7 – Extended Training – $60.00 +fees

Provided: Lunch, coffee breaks and documents.

Contact: Patrick Connor, CEO, Ontario Trails. 613-484-1140,

Instructor: Jeff Jackson, Algonquin College.

Jeff Jackson has a Ph.D. in safety management and is a professor at Algonquin College in the Outdoor Adventure Program. He is one of the principle consultants with Direct Bearing, a risk management consulting firm. Jackson is heavily involved in trail-based risk management, helping land managers establish policy, perform risk audits, and build management systems.

Mr. Jackson has worked with insurers and with legal counsel providing expert opinion. He has authored several publications on trail-based risk, including chapters in the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) trail resources.

Notable projects include trail policy development with the Province of British Columbia, the City of North Vancouver, and developing resources for the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Tourism, and the International Standards Organization (ISO). Jackson has worked as a trail builder and trail manager in both winter and summer.

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Trailhead Risk Management Training will be held at The City of Barrie Operations Centre 165 Ferndale St. N. in Barrie, Ontario. L4N 9V9

Operations Centre
165 Ferndale St. N.
Barrie, ON.
L4N 9V9



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Sponsors & Partners

A big thank you to our 2019 sponsors!


$5,000 event champion


$1,000 sponsor coffee breaks/subsidize lunch


$400 host a table or booth


$180 sponsor a speaker

Sponsorship Opportunities

Trailhead Ontario has great sponsorship opportunities available for companies looking to extend their brand within and beyond the trails community.

Your tax-deductible conference sponsorship is a great way to reach trail directors and decision-makers, showcase your organization, and support healthy communities.

Opportunities for sponsors include:

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