Unleashing the Power of Play

The International Play Association (IPA) Canada is extremely proud to partner with The City of Calgary to host the 20th IPA Triennial World Conference in Calgary, Alberta in September 2017.

The IPA has members in nearly 60 countries and has been working for more than 50 years to secure every child’s right to play and to promote healthy, high quality play opportunities and environments. Our Triennial World Conference will bring together dedicated play researchers, practitioners and advocates from around the globe to celebrate play, understand its many benefits and provide all children with the chance to engage in rich, meaningful, free play…every day.

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Honorary Chair – Doug Mitchell CM, QC, LLD (Hon)

Doug MitchellWe are delighted to have Doug Mitchell as our very active Honorary Chair for the conference. His tireless energy and commitment is astounding and he is a well-known champion for community causes.

“Bringing the IPA’s Triennial World Conference to Calgary will have a significant and powerful impact on our city. It will help people to understand the importance of children’s play and the many physical, social and mental benefits that it offers. The freedom to play in my childhood provided me with the physical and mental aptitude that I needed to become a professional football player and a lawyer. We need to make children’s play a priority when we are making policy decisions and this conference will highlight that. It will promote the value of play and encourage decision-makers to take it into consideration when planning frameworks that affect the next generation and many more to come.”

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As we plan our 2017 IPA conference in Calgary Alberta, Canada, we wish to acknowledge that the event will take place in the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika First Nations. We would also like to acknowledge that this conference is in Treaty 7 territory and pay our respect to the Tsu T’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations.