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With 3 days of educational sessions, leadership development and networking socials, there were numerous opportunities for delegates to connect with new ideas, innovations, and with peers from across the province, and beyond.

Learn more about the benefits of Symposium below.

View the Program Guide.

Daily Highlights

Wednesday, May 1:

  • Opening Keynote with Gil Penalosa will focus on the role of Parks and Other Public Spaces to Create Vibrant & Healthy Communities for All through the unique ways they can contribute to local culture and social integration.
  • 2 education session blocks, each with 5 session options.
  • Dialogue sessions are back by popular demand with 5 new topics to choose from.
  • Lunch on the Go and Lost Lake Activities
  • Evening Tradeshow Party (with appies and adult beverages), open to all delegates!

Thursday, May 2:

  • 3 Education session blocks, each with 5 session options.
  • 6 Snapshots
  • Recreation and Parks Active Sessions: TheatreSports, Culture Tour or Bike Tour
  • AGM and Provincial Awards Luncheon
  • Evening Banquet & Dance (Retro Après Ski theme)

Friday, May 3:

  • Closing Keynote with Linda Edgecombe will help bring new perspective to all who have said "Holy Crap I am Busy!" Re-focus, re-energize and re-invent how you see your life and your work.
  •  1 education session block, with 5 session options, and a choice of two panel discussions.

Grand Raffle Prize - 4 night stay at 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.

BC Gaming Event license #115187

Networking Socials

Extend your network at Symposium! There are many EXTRA opportunities for you to collaborate and connect with other delegates, vendors and industry leaders.


Tuesday, April 30:

    • Welcome Reception, sponsored by HDR, at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill (4280 Mountain Square) in Whistler. Meet up with colleagues and friends for some networking, merriment, and light refreshments.

Wednesday, May 1:

    • Join the Lunch on the Go and Lost Lake Activities. Take a guided tour around Lost Lake Loop or meet up with others at the Lost Lake Passive House for some one-on-one or group conversations.
    • Continue the fun at the evening Tradeshow Party (open to all delegates). Enjoy some appies and adult beverages while playing games at the vendor booths, and learning about the newest products and services.

Thursday, May 2: 

    • BCRPA's Annual General Meeting and Provincial Awards Ceremony is your opportunity to catch up on what's happening around the province, and to celebrate the innovative work in the sector.
    • Afternoon Recreation and Parks Active Sessions include:
      • A biking adventure - Tour de BCRPA, sponsored by Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects
      • An improv session with Vancouver TheatreSports: How to Create Something from Nothing
      • A guided Cultural Tour of Whistler.
    • Have fun with new and old friends at the Banquet & Dance. The theme of the evening is Retro Après Ski Party, so pull out your snowflake themed sweaters, onesies and long-johns for some fun.

Get all the details!

Delegate Discounts in Whistler

Ziptreck Ecotours

Are you looking for a unique recreation experience?

Ziptreck Ecotours is offering delegates of Symposium a 25% discount on tours.

Ziptrek specializes in canopy walks and ziplines. There's something for everyone including interpretive walking tours, or the longest zipline in Canada and the USA.

Book online: http://whistler.ziptrek.com

Online Promo code: BCRPA2019

Valid Tour Dates: April 28 to May 6, 2019

  • Discount cannot be combined with an other promotion or discount
  • Discount is for the delegate and any accompaying guests
  • Promo code must be applied online at check-out

Check out the videos below for the Ziptrek tours:

Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Canadian Wilderness Adventures offers a range of year-round mechanized and non-mechanized outdoor adventures, including ATV and adventure dining experiences.

Delegates have been offered a discount of 15% off their adventures from May 1 to May 6th.

Book online at least 24 hours in advance: www.canadianwilderness.com

Online Promo Code: BCRPA19

Valid dates: May 1 to May 6, 2019