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Public Education Symposium

January 23 to 25, 2020

Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON  M5H 2M9

Please ensure you register for the Public Education Symposium AND book your room at the hotel BEFORE the holidays.

  • Early Bird pricing for PES registration ENDS on January 6 and the cost goes up.
  • Hotel cut-off date is January 6. After this date we may not be able to get rooms at the conference rate.


Thursday, January 23, 2020:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Main Symposium

Thursday, January 23:  7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 24:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon



OPSBA's 2020 Public Education Symposium (PES) will take place in Toronto, January 23 to 25, 2020.  PES is the premier professional learning event of the year for school board trustees and offers outstanding keynote speakers who are experts in their field, dynamic, stimulating and interactive sessions, opportunities to discuss the future of education and time to network with colleagues across the province. Trustees, Directors of Education, supervisory officers and student trustees are warmly encouraged to attend PES 2020.

Book your group rate for OPSBA Ontario Public Education Symposium 2020

NOTE: "NEW" procedure for hotel reservations

  • A 1 night non-refundable deposit will be applied to all reservations on Monday, December 16, 2019 (or at time of booking if reserved after December 16). 
  • A maximum of 3 rooms per guest name.
  • Names must be updated to actual guest name and registered to attend the conference by December 16, 2019 or the group reserves the right to cancel these rooms. Group will cancel any duplicate names/bookings found that are holding more than 3 reservations under the same name with no notification. 

If you need to cancel a hotel reservation, please ensure you cancel BEFORE MONDAY, December 16, 2019.

Hotel cut-off date:  January 6, 2020
The preferred hotel rate is $229.00 plus taxes (single/double). Book online before January 6, 2020 in order to receive the preferred rate. After this deadline, rooms will be available on a space-available basis only.

January 24 to 26, 2019

Available Presentations: 

Lori Lukinuk, CP-T, PRP Certified Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian:
Parliamentary Procedures - Setting the Stage: Foundational Concepts for Effective Meetings
Parliamentary Procedures - Beyond the Basics: Building on the Foundation

Sheila MacKinnon, Partner, Shibley Righton LLP:
Everything a Trustee Needs to Know About Best Practices for Board Meetings

Student Trustees Session with Ryan Brown, Sarah Chun, Bella Frick, Isaac Glassman and Sean McCloskey:
Supporting Student Leaders

OPSBA Session with Jennifer McIntyre, May Moore and Judith Nyman:
How OPSBA Supports Trustees and School Boards

Michael Hines, Partner, Hicks Morley LLP:
Trustees and their Boards - The Legal Framework

For more information:

Susan Weinberg, Professional Development Coordinator, 416-340-2540, x128 or email the Webmaster