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Thank you for joining us!

Thanks to all who joined us at Symposium to celebrate the resilience and brilliance of recreation and parks. Over 360+ recreation and parks professionals from all over BC and beyond came to join us for Virtual Day on April 27, and in-person sessions on May 4 and 5 in Whistler.

Also, a big thank you to all our Sponsors and Exhibitors for supporting our sector, for joining us at the Marketplace, and for donating all the wonderful prizes!

If you missed the in-person Marketplace, you can visit the virtual Marketplace on our website. Click here to check out out the virtual Exhibitors.


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

Calling all Presenters for 2023

Share your innovative and inspiring work with your colleagues and peers in the recreation and parks sector by presenting at Symposium 2023.

We are seeking dynamic and engaging speakers and leaders to share knowledge, experience, and best practice techniques related to the work of recreation and parks. Presenters are required to incorporate active delegate engagement into their presentations and leave participants with practical solutions and take-home tips for use the next day.

In particular, we are looking for presentations that speak to the following key topic areas reflected in our Strategic Plan 'Champion' pillar:

  • Reconciliation
  • Climate change
  • Physical inactivity, and
  • Diversity equity and inclusion (DEI)

Presentation proposals from other areas of interest are also welcome.

Click here to learn more and to submit a proposal to present on projects, programs, or events that have had a positive impact in your community.

Proposal submissions are due by Monday, September 12, 2022.

If you have any questions or for more information, please email Jewel Dimayuga, Programs and Initiatives Coordinator.

Marketplace Prizes

Thank you to all the Sponsors and Markeplace Exhibitors for donating prizes!

Prize winners will be contacted directly by the vendors.

Marketplace Prizes


Organization Prize Winner
Commercial Aquatic Suppies, A division of DB Perks & Associates Ltd. 1 bottle of red wine and 1 bottle of white wine Derek Linwood
EDS Group Inc. Community Park Design package incl. concept design, faciliated key stakeholder engagement meeting and cost estimate (Value: $15,000) Darcie Osborne
LEES+Associates Spikeball Set (Value: $90) Claire Russell
Architecture49 2 tickets to a Canucks game Derek Linwood
BC Municipal Safety Association Bottle of Bailey's and $50 gift card to The Keg Luke Balson
Calibersport 2 bottles of red wine Kirsten Close
Canadian Ramp Company Candian Ramp Company Skate Board Deck (Value: $40) Veda Roberge
Centaur Products Inc. Bottle of Vodka Tim Neufeld
Canucks Autism Network Signed Elias Pettersson puck Jessica Churchill
ePact Network Ltd. Roadside Assistance Kit (Value: $90 Teri Keller
Girl Guides of Canada Girl Guide Cookies Regan Jamieson
Greenrootsplay Equipment $100 gift certificate to SportChek and candy Kristina Flackman
Habitat Systems Inc Swag bag with Habitat branded items (Value: $50) Cassie Ofner
Harrison Fitness Equipment & Services Unspecified prize Isabella Hodson
InBody Canada InBody Band 2 (activity tracker bracelet) (Value: $189) Isabella Hodson
Langara College "Always Ready for Summer" pack including:
- $50 MEC Gift Card
- Langara Recreation Studies branded picnic blanket
- Outdoor game set
Isabella Hodson
Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon A life jacket of the winner's choice Cassie Oliver
Myrtha Pools 1 bottle of Prosecco from the factory region Gillian Drake
New Line Skateparks 1 skateboard (Value: $80) Deb Treberne
Parkworks Parkworks branded 24 oz. stainless steel water bottle and beach towel Darren Peterson
PlayQuest Recreation Yeti mug Claire Russell
Playspace Adventures Ltd. Solar Powered Playsoleil light (Value: $165) TBC - Playspace will select their own winner
RecStaff Inc. Echo Dot (voice-controlled speaker) (Value: $60) Alex Harned
Sound Solutions 2002 Inc. 1 bottle of rwine Stephanie van den Berg
Suttle Recreation Back pack Sarah Tung
Swing Time Distributors Ltd. $100 gift card to The Keg Daniel Cindric
Transition Construction Inc. Swag Bag with sweatshirt, t-shirt, stickers and a patch John Epplette
University of Victoria Basket of goodies: Hoodie, mug, notebook, odds and ends (Value: $75) Lauralee March
Visual Sports Image $100 gift card to The Keg Luke Balson
Water Technology Inc. Bottle of Crown Royale and Maple Syrup
Gift Bsket
Karin Carlson
Chris Yu
Western Noise Control $50 gift card to Starbucks Isabella Hodson


Event and Game Prizes


Organization Prize Winner
Commercial Aquatic Supplies, A division of DB Perks & Associates Ltd. Raffle Prize - 4 night stay at Predator Ridge Resort Deb Treherne
Perkins+Will $100 gift card to Sḵwálwen Botanicals Meagan Wilson
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc. 1-year subscription to Strava Renee Hurford
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRa)

CPRA Travel Bag
Yeti Mug
2 Fish-Goldfish

Kim Clowes
Caitlin Carlson
Evan Hinselwood
Brett Speed

Municipal Insurance Association of BC (MIABC) MIABC Prize Bags

Michael Vidal
Michelle Biggin
Yue-Ching Cheng
Arbor Webster
Marcia Rice

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 1-night stay for 2 at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Stacey Aspden
Melissa Wilson
Corinne Garrett

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, multiple opportunities to strengthen personal networks and connections, and lots of time to have fun.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor & Graduating Student Scholarship Sponsor:

Event Technology Sponsor:

 DB-Perks-logo Logo Univerus Sportrecreation 

Silver Sponsor & Program Excellence Award Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor and Social Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

 Hcma 2021 Logo Black Rgb EDS Group Logo Hdr Logo C Lg


Break Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors:


Dialog Logo Blue

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Reception Sponsor:


Tour de BCRPA Sponsor:

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