ATRA Symposium


CSS has worked with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) for a number of years to help them achieve their goals of encouraging wellness through recreation. Their annual symposium allows recreation therapists and related professions to connect and share their ideas, progress and hopes for the well-being of people with illness and disabling conditions.

The Event

They teamed up with Alberta Recreation and Parks Association this year for their symposium at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. For previous years, we’ve setup for ATRA in Edmonton and Lethbridge. Venues are always likely to change, but we have no problem being flexible with distance and load-ins – especially if we’re surrounded by our beautiful mountain backyard.

The size of the event called for a main room and a couple of breakout rooms. In the main room, we set up two 6’ by 8’ fast-fold screens and projectors, stage wash lighting, live stream cameras, and all necessary audio. We always work closely with clients and presenters so we have speaker slides and other material at the ready for seamless, cohesive presentations. We never forget a handy Targus for remote advancing either. 

Breakout rooms were also equipped with cameras for the livestream feed going through GoToWebinar so those that couldn’t join the other 600 or so delegates there could participate online. 


The three days went as smooth as ever; with these events, as with most, we want to be a fly on the wall. We constantly strive to offer excellent response and communication while remaining as invisible as possible. In this case, that was at the back of the room with our video switchers and sound mixers. 

We’re excited to return for next year’s conference, but also to the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) Conference for the first time. It’s in Jasper too. In Spring, no less. We can’t wait.