Education and other Services (updated June 2, 2016)

2016 CKC/CDJA Annual Conference for Conformation Judges

October 28 – 30, 2016
Sidney by The Sea, BC
Location: Mary Winspear Centre – Activity Room 2
2243 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC

To Register: link to CKC registration form for Annual Conference



Friday October 28

  • 6:30 pm
    Meet & Greet,
    Pizza & Refreshments
  • 7:15 pm
    Presenter: Shawn Nichols – The Use of Social Media

Saturday October 29

  • 8:00am – 8:15am
    Conference sign-in
  • 8:15am
    Welcome & Opening Remarks: Grant Townsend
  • 8:30 – 10:00
    Keynote address: Sue Vroom – The Role of the Judge in the Sport of Dogs
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Refreshment break
  • 10:15 – 11:15
    Break out discussions- based upon the keynote speakers address
  • 11:15 – 12:15 pm
    The CKC presentation: Sherry Weiss & Joan Bennett
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 Lunch – catered by the Vancouver Island Dog Judges Study Group
  • 1:00 - 2:30
    Presentation of the Spanish Water Dog: Marnie Harrison
  • 2:30 – 2:45 Refreshments
  • 2:45 – 4:15
    Presentation of The Lagotto: Adrienne Perry
  • 4:15 – 4:45
    Comparison of the Spanish Water Dog and the Lagotto
  • 5:00 pm
    CDJA Annual General Meeting
    President, Margaret Jones
  • 6:30 pm
    CKC/CDJA No Host Dinner
    Rum Runner Restaurant,
    9881 Seaport Place, Sidney

Sunday October 30

  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am
    Conference sign-in
  • 8:30 -10:00
    Presentation on Weighing & Measuring; DQ’s: Excusals: Sue Vroom
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Refreshments
  • 10:15 – 11:45
    Presentation of the Dalmatian: Meg Callea
  • 11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch catered by the Vancouver Island Dog Judges Study Group
  • 12:30 pm – 1:45
    Presentation of the Pointer: Sue Vroom
  • 1:45 – 2:15
    Comparison of the Dalmatian and the Pointer
  • 2:15 – 2:30 Refreshments
  • 2:30 - 3:15
    Preparing to Judge in a foreign country: Sue Vroom
  • 3:15 pm
    Conference wrap-up

The Vancouver Island Dog Judges Study Group is pleased to be hosting the CKC/CDJA Annual Conference for Conformation Judges.

  • Our Keynote Speaker will be Ms. Sue Vroom, AKC Executive Field Representative, AKC Education Liaison, and Bouvier breeder. AKC ENews article provides an introduction - Ms. Vroom offers a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for the purebred fancy.
  • The conference will be held in the Mary Winspear Centre (Sidney, BC) - in close proximity to various hotels and restaurants. Minutes to Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.
  • All coffee breaks, Saturday & Sunday lunches are included with registration fee. Saturday dinner will be off-site and not included in registration fee. Details TBA.


CKC 101 Introduction to Conformation (mandatory for those wishing to apply for judging)

To Register: Link to CKC registration form for CKC101

Friday, Oct 28 8:30 - 2:30
Location: Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney (Victoria) BC
Cost: $75 + GST includes lunch and handouts

Please note that this is a separate event from the Annual Conference, which is for licensed judges only.



We are pleased to advise that several of the hotels in Sidney have agreed to offer group rates - be sure to mention the Canadian Kennel Club Conference in order to get these rates. Click each hotel name to visit their websites.

Best Western Emerald Isle (walking distance to Mary Winspear Centre)
10 rooms blocked for October 28, 29 and 30, 2016.
Based on single or double occupancy: 2 queen sized beds (can change for single queen or king depending on availability): group discounted rate $116.99 plus tax per night.
Cut off date of booking is September 27, 2016 after which it will be $139.99 plus tax per night. Pet fee of $15.00 per night plus tax but for 3 nights, participants can get $30.00 for 3 nights discount.
Participants must call the hotel directly, any third party reservation cannot be modified after booking or upon check in. Guests must mention the "Canadian Kennel Club" when booking to get the group discount rate.
T: 250-656-4441 or toll free 1-800-315-3377

Travel Lodge Victoria Airport: (walking distance to Mary Winspear Centre)
Based on double occupancy; $99 standard room or $109 business class room (available up to October 14th, 2016).
30 rooms blocked for October 28th, 29th and 30th, 2016 under Canadian Kennel Club. 10 rooms will be pet friendly. Cancellation policy of 14 days (must book before Oct 14th and no cancellations after this date).
Continental breakfast available 5am - 9:30am Mon-Fri & 5am-10am Sat & Sun.
Guests receive 20% off at the Charles Dickens Pub next door.
Every room comes with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker & 42" flat screen TV.
Courtesy shuttle 4:30am - 10pm Airport & BC Ferries to/from Victoria Airport Travelodge
2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney. B.C. V8L1X1

Quality Inn Waddling Dog (will require vehicle)
Rooms with one Queen bed - $69.00, rooms with two Queen size beds $79.00
All rooms are non-smoking and include complimentary breakfast.
T: 250.652.1146

Sidney Waterfront Inn
Ocean View Guestroom: (1 or 2 Queen Beds) $107-$125
Town View Guestroom: (2 Queen Beds) $108
Town View Studio Suite: (1 Queen Bed with Kitchenette) $108
Town View Suite: (2 Queen Beds with Kitchenette) $132
Ocean View Suite: (1 Queen Bed with Kitchenette) $154
Waterfront Studio Suite: (1 King or 2 Queen Beds with Kitchenette) $223-$235
Port Side Studio Suite: (1 King or 1 Queen Bed with Kitchenette) $200
Waterfront Suite: (1 Queen Bed with Murphy Bed & Kitchenette) $278
T: 250 656 1131
F: 250 656-9396

Directions to Sidney

  • From Swartz Bay Ferries: (Ferries from the mainland sail on the odd hour starting at 7:00am. to 9:00p.m. Phone (250) 386-3431, or visit
    Departing from ferry terminal, this is #17. The first set of lights, turn LEFT into Sidney. Mary Winspear Centre is on the right side of road, hotels on either side. That's right - MINUTES from ferry terminal. 

  • From Up Island:
    South on Trans-Canada, left on McKenzie, take route #17 to go north (towards ferries), then RIGHT into Sidney.

    By Air: Victoria International Airport
    There is a hotel shuttle service available to and from the airport. Ferry Pick up and drop off to/from Ferry is offered by VIDJSG

Please note that registrations for both the Conference and the CKC101 will be handled by the Canadian Kennel Club

Link to the CDJA - Canadian Dog Judges Association

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