Join us for the most anticipated event of the year! We have an exciting line-up of presenters and dynamic 45 minute Learning Sessions including a live 5-10 minute snapshot Q&A. You will have the opportunity to ineract with every presenter for a more impactful learning experience.

With flexible registration packages, you can customize your conference experience to fit your needs and schedule. You can participate in the sessions live, or watch and re-watch the recordings afterwards (recordings available May 14 to June 11, 2021).

Select from a variety of sessions focused on access & inclusion, leadership & resilience, and parks & open spaces.

  • Come together with peers in your sector to discuss ideas, share learnings, and connect
  • Access the virtual Marketplace, which includes a virtual Delegate Bag full of exclusive deals for delegates!
  • And best of all, be inspired!

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What Can You Expect?

  • Access to up to 11 learning sessions, including recordings on demand after the conference (available May 14 to June 11, 2021)
  • 45 minute dynamic learning sessions, including 5-10 minute LIVE Q&A with the presenter(s)
  • 3 networking opportunities: 2 networking socials and 1 summary of learnings and applications on the last day (open to all delegates!)
  • BCRPA's Provincial Awards and Annual General Meeting
  • Hot topics covering 3 session streams: Access & Inclusion; Leadership & Resilience; and Parks & Open Spaces
  • Access to the Virtual Marketplace where you can visit our exciting lineup of Sponsor and Exhibitors
  • A virtual Delegate Bag with goodies, available to all delegates
  • An opportunity to win prizes
  • And FUN!

Virtual Marketplace Exclusives

This year we present you with a virtual Marketplace! You can "stroll" through our fantastic group of Sponsors and Exhibitors and find solutions to all your pressing needs from the comfort of your home or office.

The virtual Marketplace allows for an even greater participant experience as you will be able to visit Sponsor and Exhibitor websites to view their full inventory, not just the limited products they would have available at an in-person conference. Plus, be sure to check out your virtual Delegate Bag for exclusive deals before you shop online!

Schedule At-a-Glance

This year, Symposium spans across 3 mornings, each with a daily networking opportunity. Plus, BCRPA's Provincial Awards and Annual General Meeting happens Wed, May 5 at 12:45 pm.

Check out the schedule below and start your planning, or view the Program page for full details.


Tues, May 4

Wed, May 5

Thurs, May 6

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Land Acknowledgement

Opening Remarks

Building Equity into Community Engagement Processes
presented by Jodi Mucha and Patrick Ward

Stream: Access & Inclusion

Changing the Rules: New Approaches to Recreation Design presented by Paul Fast and Steve Kellock

Stream: Access & Inclusion

PANEL: COVID Opportunity: Activating Outdoor Spaces presented by Jordan Petrovics, Darren Peterson, Chris Babcock, and Gillian Drake

Stream: Parks & Open Spaces

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Cracking the Outdoor Learning Code presented by Ted Hagmeier and Carol Sheridan

Stream: Parks & Open Spaces

The Art of Mentoring presented by Dene Rossouw

Stream: Leadership & Resilience

Providing Dignity: Informed Outreach in Our Parks presented by Jess Thornbury, Nikki Page and Kristen Kvakic

Stream: Access & Inclusion, and Parks & Open Spaces

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Now More than Ever: Community Arts and Well-being
presented by Brenda Weatherston

Stream: Access & Inclusion

KEY PRESENTATION: Increasing Our Resilience in Conflict - A Toolkit for All presented by Christine McLeod

Stream: Leadership & Resilience

Be a Good Guest, Honouring our Hosts, and Caring for Community presented by Jim McLeod and Sarah Common

Stream: Access & Inclusion

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

KEY PRESENTATION: What Is It Time For? The Magic and Logic of Leadership Post-Pandemic presented by Christine McLeod

Stream: Leadership & Resilience

KEY PRESENTATION: Organized Chaos: Post COVID-19 Preparation Tools and New Mindset for Recreation and Parks presented by Jeff Willis

Stream: Leadership & Resilience

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

 Free Time

Annual General Meeting and Provincial Awards


Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 pm

 Free Time Networking:  Summary of Learnings and Applications

 2:30 – 4:00 pm


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Networking Social

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Networking Social


Learn more about Registration, the Program, and Presenters.

Thank You to the Program Committee!

  • Suzanne Samborski, District of Saanich
  • Chante Patterson-Elden, City of Dawson Creek
  • Roger Weetman, Municipality of Whistler
  • Willa Thorpe, City of Port Alberni
  • Robyn McConkey, City of Prince George
  • Darren Peterson, City of Vancouver
  • Jordan Petrovics, Town of Golden
  • Abby Fortune, District of Ucluelet
  • Lori Bowie, City of Port Coquitlam
  • Cheryl Wiebe, District of Peachland
  • Koreen Gurak, Strathcona Regional District
  • Augusto Romero, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

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