OPSBA celebrates another successful Public Education Symposium

Trustees participate in a physical activity session at PES 2018.

OPSBA's 2018 Public Education Symposium was held from January 25 to 27 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, in partnership with the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO)

Featuring outstanding speakers, including Professor Yong Zhao of the University of Oregon and University of Kansas, Kevin Lamoureux of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Dr. Hayley Hamilton of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, the conference provided an engaging and informative professional development opportunity for more than 210 public school trustees and senior staff.  

In addition, Upper Grand DSB Trustees Bruce Schieck and Susan Moziar were awarded the OPSBA President's Award for 27 years of service to the students and parents of Ontario.

View the full program

View photos from the 2018 Public Education Symposium

Feedback from attendees included:

  • Had a great time learning at @OPSBA #PESym18 w/ colleagues from @ugdsb & across the province.
    Martha MacNeil, Upper Grand DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • Thank you for the well-run and well-attended Public Education Symposium. As always, we appreciate all of your hard work and your attention to detail! Carol Ann Sloat, Grand Erie DSB Trustee
  • One of the best highlights of our Student Trustee careers was speaking at #PESym18 about @OHSDen @OPSBA
    Sean McCloskey and Nic Edge, Renfrew County DSB Student Trustees, via Twitter
  • Terrific seminar today at @OPSBA #PESym18 from @LimestoneDSB on innovative student transit program with @cityofkingston - the result: top transit ridership growth in the country! Great ideas to bring back home!
    Jeff Beattie, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • Thank you @OPSBA #PESym18 for shining the light on Equity, what it means and how we tackle it.
    Penny Deathe, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Trustee, via Twitter
  • It was a pleasure speaking at #PESym18 about our collective work to improve public education in Ontario. Thank you for all that you do, as leaders to put our kids on a path to success.
    Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris, via Twitter
  • Great conference. Thanks for all you did in making it happen.
    Cheryl Lovell, Greater Essex County DSB

Future OPSBA Events

We look forward to seeing you at future OPSBA events. Save these dates today!

Summit on Children & Youth Mental Health (Registration now open)
April 12 and 13, 2018, Toronto

Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium 2018 (Registration open soon)
April 26 and 27, 2018, Toronto

2018 Annual General Meeting and Program (Registration open soon)
May 31 to June 3, 2018, Niagara Falls