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Public Education Symposium

January 24 to 26, 2019

OPSBA's 2019 Public Education Symposium (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 2019.

Full PES Program

Online Registration - Early Bird ends Friday, January 11

Hotel Reservations – Hotel cut-off date is Monday, January 7
Sheraton Centre Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto  M5H 2M9

Program Information 

These are just some of the sessions being planned for you:


Thursday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.:  Minister of Education

Thursday, January 24:  DON DRUMMOND, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
"Educating in a World Where Education is Everything"
Consensus is building that education is the answer to many of societies' goals including stronger economic growth, less poverty and better health outcomes.  These aspirations will be on a collision course with constrained public resources. Better ways of delivering education will be required but ideology too often prevails over evidence in that dialogue.

Friday, January 25:  MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS
"The Importance of Teamwork"
Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons. With boundless energy Pinball’s talk centres on the potential for each of us to achieve anything we set our minds to.

PLENARY SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS with time for discussion and Q. & A.

  • Parliamentary Procedures– both Basic and Advanced
  • Labour Relations – Collective Agreements Are Expiring : What’s Next?
  • Trust with Respectful Oversight:  What does an effective relationship look like between the Board of Trustees and Administration?
  • Role of the Trustee, Role of the Chair, Relationships within School Boards
  • Everything a Trustee needs to know about Best Practices for Board Meetings; Conflict Resolution and the Purpose of Code of Conduct; Requests for Trustee Emails and complying with privacy legislation.
  • Current Issues and Hot Topics in Education – Panel presentation
  • Trustees and Their Boards – The Legal Framework
  • Reconciliation in Education:  The Role of the Indigenous Trustee
  • What Does OPSBA Do for You?  How can you get involved?  Professional Development Modules and Government Legislation; Special Education; Mental Health





January 25: Michael "Pinball" Clemons, inspirational speaker and former Canadian Football League player

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael "Pinball" Clemons. Pinball joined the National Football League in 1987, and the Toronto Argonauts (and the CFL) in 1989. In 1990, he was honoured with the CFL’s "most outstanding player" award, after setting the single-season record for all-purpose yards. He played his last game as an Argonaut in 2000, before becoming Head Coach of the team. In 2007, Pinball stepped down as head coach to become the Chief Executive Officer; in 2009, he was appointed to Vice-Chair of the team -- he has since left the position. That same year, he founded the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. Pinball is a member of The Order of Ontario and a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. 

January 24: Don Drummond, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University 

Don Drummond is the retired senior vice president and chief economist of TD Financial Group, and current Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queens University. At TD, Don led the company in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. During the course of his career, he acted at Finance Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister, Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis; Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Policy and Legislation; and, most recently, Associate Deputy Minister, where he handled economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations, as well as co-ordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets. He was also the Chair of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services in 2012. Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Don graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his master’s degree in economics from Queen's University.

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