Networking Socials

There were numerous opportunities for delegates to extend their networking during Symposium, form the informal (playing games at the Evening Tradeshow Party on May 1) to the formal (Provincial Awards and AGM Luncheon on May 2).

Tuesday, April 30

6 pm - 9 pm | Welcome Reception, sponsored by HDR

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Welcome Reception, sponsored by HDR

•   Location: Longhorn Saloon & Grill, 4280 Mountain Square, Whistler

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Join us at the Welcome Reception for some networking, merriment and light refreshments. Meet up early with friends and colleages at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill.

All delegates are welcome.



Daily, May 1 to May 3

Win a trip to Predator Ridge Resort!

Attending Symposium? You might just walk away with a 4-night stay at Predator Ridge Resort located in the sunny Okanagan Valley, just outside Vernon!

For the second year in a row, DB Perks & Associates has generously donated a raffle prize for delegates of Symposium. Total value of prize: $1,200. Time slots are available May through September 2019 to enjoy this fantastic prize package.

Package includes:

  • A two bedroom suite furnished with one king and two twin beds, and a fold out couch in living room
    • Master bedroom features a king bed and ensuite bathroom, including a soaker tub with jacuzzi jets, separate shower, and flat screen TV
    • Second bedroom features 2 twin beds with a flat screen TV and access to the second bedroom
  • Suite includes a full kitchen and dining area equipped with a fridge, stove, dishwasher, and microwave
  • Living room area includes a flat screen television, gas fireplace, and walk-out patio
  • Total suite size: approximately 1,028 sq. ft
  • Activities available include golf, access to an indoor pool, walking, hiking, and biking trails

Tickets will be sold throughout Symposium. The winner MUST be in attendance on Friday, May 3 at 12:30pm during the closing ceremony to win; this condition is non-negotiable. Doors will be open at that time for all those who purchased tickets to attend the draw.

Raffle tickets are 2 for $5.00, or 5 tickets for $10.00 payable by cash or by credit card.

Make sure to register for Symposium 2019 and enter to win!

Full contest rules can be found here.

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Wednesday, May 1

12 pm - 1:30 pm | Lunch on the Go and Lost Lake Activities

Grab your lunch to go and head out as a group for a walk & talk around the Lost Lake Loop or make your way to the Lost Lake Passive House for discussions on topics that make you feel lost at work.

Delegates may pick up their lunch at the Fairmont Château Whistler before heading out as a group.

Lost Lake Passive House

4 pm - 6:30 pm | Evening Tradeshow Party

MacDonald Ballroom, Fairmont Château Whistler

All delegates are welcome to visit the exhibitors at the Tradeshow Party - no ticket required! Meet and greet the exhibitors, enter contests, and participate in interactive games for a chance to win prizes.

Visit with new and returning exhibitors, and learn about new products, services, and exclusive promotions, all while enjoying some light refreshments and adult beverages. All are welcome!

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Left: Symposium Delegates mix and mingle at the 2018 Symposium Tradeshow

6:30 pm - 8 pm | HIGH FIVE® Huddle

High Five Logo ColourjpgAnyone involved with the HIGH FIVE® as host sites, trainers and registered organizations are invited to share their input on the future direction of HIGH FIVE®. Join the National Director of HIGH FIVE® for this is a great opportunity to provide feedback on what is working and what changes you would like to see to the program for your community. A light meal is included.

Space for this VIP confab is limited! Please contact Vanessa to book your spot.


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Thursday, May 2

12:35 pm - 1:25 pm | Awards Luncheon

Join us in recognizing the innovative work of the 2019 BCRPA Award Recipients for their achievements and committment to the province's recreation and parks sector. Be inspired by the contributions of your fellow members.

Luncheon is included for Full Delegates and Daily Registrants of Thursday, May 2nd.

Guest Tickets are $50 for the luncheon and may be purchased through the Registration link.

1:25 pm - 2 pm | Annual General Meeting (all are welcome)

All are welcome to attend BCRPA's Annual General Meeting from 1:25 to 2 pm.

The Board of Directors and CEO will update you on BCRPA's many activities over the past year, and inform you of plans for the coming year. Be sure to join your colleagues to share your voice - Members in good standing are invited to vote on resolutions that affect your Association.  

Those members not registered for Symposium are also welcome to attend the AGM. We ask that you RSVP by April 24.

Not sure if you can make it? Last minute drop-ins are also welcome!

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm | Recreation and Parks Active Sessions

Join in on the active recreation and parks activities planned around Whistler. Get energized and inspired by Whistler’s outdoors (rain or shine) or join Vancouver TheatreSports for an indoor improv session on How to Create Something from Nothing to help you be prepared when events don't go as planned.

  • Tour de BCRPA - Bike Tour Adventure: Ride along with other delegates on a guided tour through a dense network of trails through the forest surrounding Lost Lake. The area bike trails offer numerous options for beginners to intermediate riders on various terrain, including gravel roads, paved valley trails, crushed gravel trails and single track trails (Lost Lake Loop, Grand Wazoo, Molly Hogan, and more).
  • Cultural Tour of Whistler: This guided cultural journey will take you through Whistler Village where you will explore and learn about Whistler's cultural institutions and offerings including its cultural centres, art galleries, and museums. Learn more about Whistler's history and its unique mountain culture.
  • Vancouver TheatreSports: How to create something from nothing: This fun filled, fully interactive session will provide you with ways to improvise when things don't go as planned - something we can all relate to. You'll leave with the ability to 'make it up as you go', leaving your group/audience/class with no idea that anything was amiss in the first place.

Note: Tour de BCRPA and Cultural Tour of Whistler are sold out.

6:30 pm - 11 pm | Banquet & Dance

The theme this year is Retro Après Ski Party so put on your cozy sweaters or onesies, and show off your après-ski attire!

Strut your stuff, impress our judges, and win a prize. They'll be choosing best team, best individual, and overall best in show.

Please note:

  • Full Delegate registration includes the Banquet & Dance.
  • Daily delegates, and guests may purchase a Banquet ticket through the Registration link.


Below are just a few ideas to get you started.

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Friday, May 3

12:30 pm | Closing Remarks and Prizes

Stay until the end for the closing remarks and draw prizes, including the Raffle Draw prize for a 4-night stay at Predator Ridge Resort!

You must be in attendance to win!