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Symposium 2018 - Registration Now Open

September 28, 2018

Symposium 2018

The BCPSEA 2018 Symposium: Insight and Opportunities, Human Resources in Education, will be held Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6, 2018 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 (registration opens at 8:00 am), and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on the second day (breakfast is provided from 7:00 am to 8:00 am). 

A copy of the program is attached for your information.

Program Highlights

The program features keynote speaker Anne Grant from Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre.  One of Canada's most respected mediators, Anne has assessed and managed some of the highest profile conflicts found in Canadian organizations, associations, and corporations.  Anne will deliver the opening plenary on November 5.

The morning portion of the program on November 5 also features a facilitated panel discussion, Collective Bargaining: A Cross-Canada Perspective, including Dr. Sara Slinn of Osgoode Law School, who has written extensively on the BC labour relations and collective bargaining context.

We are also excited to be joined by Global TV Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey on Tuesday, November 6 to share "The View from Victoria."

Delegates also have the opportunity to choose from a series of working sessions and we ask you to register for the sessions you wish to attend.


Registration is now open.  The registration fee is $495 + GST and registrations will be accepted until October 25, 2018. To register for the Symposium, please visit our online registration site as soon as possible, as space is limited. 


A block of rooms is being held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel at a special rate of $155 per night (not including taxes).  The rate will be honoured based on availability and will be in effect until October 15, 2018.  After October 15, the hotel will continue to accept reservations on a space available basis at current available rates.  

Delegates are required to make their own reservations as soon as possible and arrange payment directly with the hotel.  Reservations can be made by:

  • Clicking the Booking Link at https://aws.passkey.com
  • Calling the hotel's Central Reservations number: 1 800 716 6199
  • Calling locally: 604 697 0202

When calling the hotel, delegates must indicate they are attending the BCPSEA 2018 Fall Symposium to ensure they receive the special conference rate.

Please note that all travel, accommodation, and meals not provided at the Symposium are at school district expense.

If you have any questions regarding Symposium 2018 please contact Donna Verones at 604-730-4501 or donnav@bcpsea.bc.ca