Wednesday 15 May 2024

HPEC Conference 2024 Highlights and Award Winners

 Submitted by: Sonia Sheehan, HPEC Vice President Communications

Thursday May 9 to Saturday May 11, 2024, the Annual HPEC Conference took place at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, just outside of Edmonton. Thank you to the Conference Co-Chairs, Heather Rootsaert, Dean Rootsaert and Colette Tercier, and the Conference Steering Committee for hosting an outstanding professional development event. The 2024 HPEC Conference was filled with many learning opportunities, recognition opportunities, social opportunities, and lots of “hands on” physical activity participation. Thursday’s program included the pre-conference sessions and the tribute to all individuals who have served in the role as HPEC President at the HPEC Past President’s Social. Friday included the official conference opening with the Robert Routledge Address by Don Zabloski and the Keynote Address by Dr. Dean Dudley. Following the opening, conference delegates had 4 sessions and the annual HPEC AGM to attend. Friday evening finished off with the Conference “Rock of Ages” Social with many creative and impressive costumes from a variety of rock and roll eras. Saturday was the final day of the conference and included 3 more sessions for conference delegates, followed by the closing Mini Keynote by John Byl and the presentation of the HPEC Certificate of Commendation Awards to Alberta teachers who have demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of health and physical education.

The 2024 HPEC Certificate of Commendation Winners:

Krystal Mackinnon                    Greater Calgary Region

Bryce Gillis                               Calgary Region

Darren Flynn                            Northwest Region

Cameron Rittinger                   Southeast Region

Steven Reid                             Northeast Region

Vanessa Valgardson                Southwest Region

Janelle Stephens                     Edmonton Region

Congratulations to all HPEC award winners!

Stay tuned for details regarding the May 2025 HPEC Professional Development opportunity. In the coming months the HPEC website,, HPEC social media,, and the HPEC emails to members will have details regarding next year’s event.