Pre- and Post-Event Workshops

A number of Pre and Post workshop options are available as stand-alone learning opportunities, or as an add-on to your Spring Training. Workshop descriptions are outlined below.

Pre-Event Workshops: Tuesday, February 26

Register for both Parks Management with Gil Penalosa, and Parks Liability Risks with Samantha Boyce, and save even more (plus get lunch)!

Feb 26 Workshop: Park Management: A Tool for Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities for All

Park Management: A Tool for Creathing Healthy and Vibrant Cities for All  Gil Penalosa

9 am — 11:30 am

Rates: $75 (until Jan 23); $85 (Jan 24 to Feb 6); $90 (starting Feb 7)

Bonus savings: Register for both Parks Management with Gil Penalosa, and Parks Liability Risks with Samantha Boyce, and save even more (plus get lunch)!

Very often it seems easier to find millions of dollars to build parks than it is to find the thousands that are needed to make them work. Many parks are suffering from deficient management. Most municipalities confuse management with maintenance when this second is just a small part of the first. Parks require maintenance, but they also require much more. Management should include elements such as frequent community engagement, diverse uses and activities suitable for all ages and levels of ability, equitable access, safety, as well as be a suitable space in the context of each community. Cities need a great park system to satisfy different needs, not just one iconic park. International examples will be shown.

Gil Penalosa R Gil Penalosa is also the Opening Keynote on Wednesday, February 27. He is passionate about creating vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, social, economic, or ethnic background. Gil is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities. Before immigrating to Canada, Gil was Commissioner in Bogota. He holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he was recently selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. In 2015, Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban Planning at the prominent Swedish university, SLU. Last year, Gil was listed in Planetizen’s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists.

Feb 26 Workshop: Identifying and Addressing Parks Liability Risks

Identifying and Addressing Parks Liability Risks  |  Samantha Boyce

12:30 pm — 3:30 pm

Rates: $65 (until Jan 23); $75 (Jan 24 to Feb 6);$85 (starting Feb 7)

Bonus savings: Register for both Parks Management with Gil Penalosa, and Parks Liability Risks with Samantha Boyce, and save even more (plus get lunch)!

Local government parks staff can reduce their liability risks by implementing proper maintenance policies and procedures. Gain an overview of the law on occupier’s liability, as well as review the unique and unusual legal issues that parks departments face. Learn the hows and whys of what to do and what not to do when developing a parks maintenance program. Group discussion on the power of policies and best practices for responding to a possible claim will leave you with an improved understanding of the liability risks parks departments face, and how to set up a maintenance program that will minimize the number and severity of claims.

Samantha Boyce R Samantha Boyce is one of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC’s (MIABC) in-house legal counsel. She has an undergraduate degree from Queens University and is a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. She was called to the BC bar in 2015 after completing her articles at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP. Samantha represents MIABC members in a variety of cases including personal injury, property damage, occupiers’ liability, police civil liability, and negligent bylaw enforcement claims. Samantha has trial and appellate experience in the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Provincial Court.

Feb 26 Workshop: Playground Safety Awareness

BCRPA Playground Safety Awareness Course  Tim Richards

8:30 am — 4 pm | Lunch included

Rates: BCRPA Member - $185; Non-Member - $195; BCRPA Student Member - $175

Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC


This full-day course is for those who need an introduction or refresher on playground safety and the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Children’s Playspaces and Equipment Standards. This course introduces and reviews the skills and knowledge required to detect hazards and non-CSA compliant installations. Participants will learn the theory necessary to conduct a practical on-site playground inspection.

A certificate of completion is provided following the session.

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Tim Richards is a parks and recreation consultant with a special interest in the Canadian Playground Standard, and has worked with his own firm for over 25 years. He has authored, then instructed the BCRPA Playground Safety Awareness Course for 14 years and is an active instructor and developer of the Canadian Playground Safety Institute. His firm has provided hundreds of independent playground inspections as well as expert witness reports.

Post-Event Workshop: Friday, March 01

March 1 Workshop: Local Gardens Growing Global Goals

Local Gardens Growing Global Goals | Tara Moreau, Egan Davis and Douglas Justice

9:30 am — 3:30 pm | Lunch included

Rates: $109 (until Jan 23); $119 (Jan 24 to Feb 6);$129 (starting Feb 7)

UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC

In this day-long workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of how UBC Botanical Garden is approaching sustainable horticulture and climate change adaptation. Participants will learn about management strategies for supporting plant conservation goals and sustainability practices. They will also participate in a team building program called the Sustainble Communities Field School where they will learn about local sustainability to support biodiversity conservation, sustainable food systems, and connections between urban forests and water resources. Following lunch, garden curators will share their approaches to managing diverse ecosystems at UBC Botanical Garden. The day will close with a guided tour.

Tara Moreau is Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at the UBC Botanical Garden, with responsibility for education and community outreach. She is a long-standing member of Vancouver’s Food Policy Council and has been a board member at SPEC, a Vancouver-based environmental NGO for over 10 years. She has worked internationally as a consultant with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, publishing work and presenting on topics such as climate change, food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, pest management and food policy.
Egan Davis is a leader in the professional horticulture industry. He is a qualified Red Seal Horticulturalist from Vancouver, BC. Currently, Egan is the principal instructor for the Horticulture Training Program at the University of British Columbia. With past experiences at VanDusen Botanical Garden, Park and Tilford Gardens, and the Mendel Floral Conservatory in Saskatoon, Egan has a unique background focused on public and botanical gardens. For his entire career, Egan has also run a residential garden consultation, design and build company. He is a highly sought after speaker at garden clubs, professional seminars, and on the radio. He is a board member of HortEdBC, and has a keen interest in promoting the Red Seal certificate in BC. 
Douglas Justice is Associate Director of Horticulture and the Collections at UBC Botanical Garden, with responsibility for day-to-day operations and the living collections. He is an instructor in the Garden’s Horticulture Training Program, and also teaches woody plants in UBC’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry programs. Douglas trained in nursery work and is a life long gardener. He authored the mobile app entitled Vancouver Trees and is now working to complete a volume on Vancouver’s shrubs.


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