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Hear success stories, learn how to manage and develop your trail, and find out where Ontario Trails is headed.

Trails Risk Management Training with Direct Bearing Inc.

Presented by the City of Belleville and Ontario Trails Council

National trails risk managers bring their expertise to Belleville, sharing best practices and success stories to help you minimize and manage your trails risk and liability exposure.

For those able to attend we thank you. Thanks for taking the time to investigate and become better at trail risk management. Ontario Trails is looking to planning similar sessions in the future. In order to do this, we are seeking your feedback. We welcome your comments and suggestions.  FEEDBACK SURVEY

This includes a thorough review of trails risk, management practice, current legislation and regulation and situational analysis of what works in risk abatement

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 1 day, 7-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 -$120.00 per person +fees and taxes

Non-Members – $175.00 per person +fees and taxes

Provided: Lunch, coffee breaks and documents.

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

Instructor: Jeff Jackson, Algonquin College.

Adventure Industry Experience: 25 years of expedition guiding and instruction, ranging from the Yukon to Austria to the Southwest United States,

Senior instructor with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School,

Manager of high profile kayak schools, expedition programs and Nordic ski resorts; trail builder and trail manager,

Risk management consultant working with Canadian and international organizations,

Present and publish extensively on adventure-based risk management issues.

Education: PhD candidate, Sprott School of Business; research in the area of safety motivation and organizational culture,

M.Ed., Charles Stuart University (2005); thesis research in using case studies to build judgment, Bachelor of Business Administration (Hon.) Wilfrid Laurier University (1993)

Professional Qualifications / Industry Certification:

Co-author, Managing Risk, Systems Planning of Outdoor Adventure Programs (2010),

Whitewater kayak instructor trainer (CanoeKayak Canada); river rescue instructor.

Other Interests: Trail tourism and community development

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Trailhead Risk Management Training will be held at the Quinte Sport and Wellness Centre, located in north east Belleville, steps from the beautiful Moira River.

265 Cannifton, Rd.
Belleville, ON
K8N 4V8



See current availability and make your reservation today – before rooms fill up!

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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