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Thank you for joining us!

Thanks to all who joined us at Symposium, May 3-5 at The Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Centre in Vancouver. Over 400+ recreation and parks professionals from all over BC and beyond came to join us.

Also, a big thank you to all our Sponsors and Exhibitors for supporting our sector, for joining us at the Marketplace Expo, and for donating all the wonderful prizes! If you missed the in-person Marketplace, you can visit the Marketplace Expo Vendors page on our website.

Tell us about your experience

We'd love to hear about your experience at Symposium. Please take the time to complete our full event evaluation survey. Your feedback will help us further strengthen future conferences and events, and ensure you recieve the education and resources that will support you the most.

Complete the survey by Monday, June 5, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to MEC.


Thank you all once again for making Symposium 2023 a huge success.

We hope to see you again in 2024 in Penticton!

Congratulations to all the Prize Winners!

Congratulations to all who won prizes during Symposium!

Plus, thank you to all the Sponsors and Markeplace Expo Exhibitors for donating prizes!


Prize winners will be contacted directly by the Exhibitors and Sponsors. Check out the lucky winners below.

Thur, May 4 Prizes: Hotel Prize, Delegate Game and Raffle Prize


Organization Prize Winner
The Hyatt Regency Hotel $75 gift card for The Hyatt's restaurant Yvonne Comfort, Port Coquitlam
BCRPA's Symposium Delegate Game $25 gift card for MEC (1 for each winner)

Naoto Motoyama, Whitehorse, Yukon

Emily Moughtin, Port Coquitlam

Aila Morris, Richmond

Andrew Mundy, South Australia YMCA

Commercial Aquatic Supplies, A Division of DB Perks & Associates Ltd. A 4-night stay at Predtaor Ridge Resort

Derek Linwood, Vancouver


Fri, May 5 Prizes: Door Prizes from Our Sponsors


Organization Prize Winner
AME Group $200 gift card for West Point Cycles + AME branded YETI mug Thomas Fahey, Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc. $250 gift card for MEC Debi Jones, Richmond
DIALOG Doubles Pickle Ball Set Jorma Geary, Port Coquitlam
Perkins & Will $100 gift card for Sḵwálwen Botanicals Matt Curtis, Peninsula Recreation Commission
Xplor Recreation Breakaway wireless Bluetooth speaker Mark Hart, Comox Valley Regional District


Marketplace Expo Prizes


Organization Prize Winner
Active Aging Society / Choose to Move  Gift Card Trang Nguyen
Aquam  First Aid Kit Mark   Versfeld, Myrtha Pools
Architecture49 Inc. 2 Tickets for Vancouver Canucks Robin Dhir, Burnaby
Canadian Ramp Company T-shirt and hat Jonathan Wood, Cascadia Sport Systems Inc.
Centaur Products Inc. Bottle of Seattle Kraken Rum Lara McCreedy, Maple Ridge
Commercial Aquatic Supplies, A Division of DB Perks & Associates Ltd. Bottle of wine Tania Lobo, West Vancouver
Fitness Experience Gift Cards: 1 at $500, 2 at $250 each

Jennifer Wilson, North Vancouver

Sarah Tung, Coquitlam

Robin Dhir, Burnaby

Fitness Town Commercial BP Inc. TRX Suspension Trainer Heather Turner, North Vancouver
GPI - Masters of Play $200 gift card for St. Regis Hotel Brett Boland, Burnaby
Habitat Systems Inc. Swag Bag Kristy Wallace, Capital Regional District
INdesign Disc Golf Inc. Disc Golf Starter Pack (x2)

Sarah Tung, Coquitlam

Jenyfer Neumann, Yukon Sport and Recreation

Langara College Gift package Sean Solon, Fitness Experience
Lifesaving Society, BC & Yukon Branch Swag package Jessica Churchill, Golden
LIV North Inc. Body Roller & Hat, and Hat

Janet Rerecich, North Vancouver

Rikki Christie, Fernie

 McElhanney McElhanney goodies Robyn McConkey, Prince George
Myrtha Pools Bottle of Prosecco, YETI beach tumbler and steel drink coaster Steffani Myler, North Vancouver
Ocean Legacy Foundation Hat Seamus Munns, Tsawwassen First Nation
Park N Play Design Co. Ltd. $100 Visa gift card Robin Dhir, Burnaby
Parkworks by MAKR Park gift package Lexine LeBlanc
Play Envy Old Fashioned Cocktails Box Tara McLellan, West Shore Parks & Recreation
Raybern Erectors Ltd. Hat and $50 gift card for Best Buy Derek Linwood, Vancouver
RecDesk Software TV Jane West, Quadra Island Community Centre
RecStaff Sony Bluetooth Speakers Laura Murray, Coquitlam
Smith Bros & Wilson (B.C.) Ltd. "Built to Last" Brett Boland, Burnaby
Sound Solutions Headphones Carleen Mcdowell, Pitt Meadows
Sudden Fun Recreation Equipment Ltd. YETI tumblers

Joanne Schroeder, Vancouver Island University

Chris Cordova, Coquitlam

Suttle Recreation $50 gift card for MEC Lanny Englund, Coquitlam
Titan Sport Systems Marley Bluetooth Speaker Rebecca Young, Quadra Island Community Centre
University of Victoria UVIC swag prize package Bobbi Neal, West Shore Parks & Recreation
V Distribution Sport Sport pack, value $79.99 - 4 paddles, 4 balls Charity Nelson, Fort St. John
Vancouver Island University Gift basket of VIU swag Sasha Buchanan, Bowen Island
Visual Sports Image $50 gift card for The Keg Brette Olsen, Brandon, Manitoba
Western Noise Control Bottle of wine Dominique MacDonald, CDN Recreation Excellence

About Symposium

Symposium is the only conference of its kind for recreation and parks professionals in the province. BCRPA's flagship event is traditionally attended by upwards of 300+ recreation and parks professionals, planners, volunteers, sector partners and elected officials who are interested in exploring best practices, innovations, and trends in the sector.  

Our Delegates return year after year, whether live or virtual, because Symposium delivers the highest quality programming. The event features speakers and sessions focused on the top issues of the day affecting the world of community recreation and parks. It also features the largest Marketplace Expo of products and services in the sector, provides multiple opportunities to strengthen personal networks and connections, and lots of time to have fun.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor & Graduating Student Scholarship Sponsor:




Gold Sponsor & Social Sponsor



Silver Sponsor &  Program Excellence Award Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor:

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Bronze Sponsors:

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Fitness Experience Logo Leesplusassociates Logo Tagline
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Sunsafebc Logo Colour High


Break Sponsor:

Tour de BCRPA Sponsor:

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