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Symposium 2017

September 28, 2017

Symposium 2017

The BCPSEA 2017 Symposium: Insight and Opportunities, Human Resources in Education, will be held Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.  The Symposium will run from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the first day, and 8:30 am to 2:15 pm on the second day. 

Program Highlights

Please find the Symposium program attached.  The theme of this year’s program focuses on Organizational Culture and features keynote speaker Jennifer Moss.

As author of the book Unlocking Happiness at Work, Jennifer has made the study of happiness in the workplace her passion and professional focus.  Jennifer will share current research and strategies drawn from her Ontario project "the HERO Generation" which explores the impact of healthier educators on students' academic outcomes.  Balancing research and real-world case studies, Jennifer presents informative and inspirational stories for school district leaders to consider in their building of strong organizational cultures.

Following up from the 2016 Symposium, Tracey Gurton will be returning to offer a plenary session, "Building a Strong Organizational Culture: Whose Responsibility Is It?"  A healthy culture fosters many positive outcomes, including lower turnover, greater engagement and productivity, and collaborative team environments.  Tracey will identify the necessary factors and practices that make organizations special, unique, and capable of supporting the organization's vision.  Starting with an examination of what organizational culture is, Tracey will explore the most effective leverage points for maintaining our culture's strengths as well as investigate how culture can be a leadership tool.

We are excited to have Allan Seckel, CEO of Doctors of BC joining us on Friday, November 3 to discuss "Implementing a Healthy and Supportive Workplace Culture."  Allan will share his experience as well as the specific strategies and approaches implemented to enrich Doctors of BC as a great place to work.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to choose from the following working sessions:

  • Legal Tips for Avoiding Culture Woes - Lindsie M. Thomson and Sari A. Wiens, Harris & Company LLP
  • Strategies to Maximize Your Recruitment Efforts - Simon Lewis, 6S Marketing and Janet Stewart, BCPSEA
  • The Connection Between Health and Work - Kathy Wright and Maureen Carradice, BCPSEA
  • Mental Health and Labour Relations: Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace - Dr. William Howatt, Morneau Shepell
  • Addressing Workplace Dysfunction - Marli Rusen, Arbitrator, Mediator, Investigator


Registration is now open.  The registration fee is $495 + GST and registrations will be accepted until October 20, 2017. To register for the Symposium, please visit our online registration site as soon as possible, as space is limited. 

If you have any questions regarding Symposium 2017 please contact Donna Verones at 604-730-4501 or donnav@bcpsea.bc.ca