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OPA's 62nd Annual Parks Education Forum

Date:

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Location:
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre
3063 South Service Road
Burlington, ON  L7N 3E9


Start your day off right ...

With some delicious food at our hot breakfast buffet! 

And then you can walk off your breakfast as you wander our mini trade show where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of our industry's most knowledgeable experts.  Re-connect or meet for the first time some of the people who spend their careers coming up with solutions to the problems that you face on a daily basis. Talk to industry experts about the issues you are trying to tackle. If they don't have an immediate tried and true solution their experience will no doubt enable them to come up with some brilliant suggestions for you to try! Yummy breakfast. Free consultation and advice sessions. Don't miss that opportunity! PLUS as a trade show attendee you will have have the chance to have your name entered into a prize draw that will take place at the end of the day!!

Join us for a day of education, recognition and networking!!


Our Education Sessions

NEIGHBOURHOOD DECISION MAKING PROGRAM 2017

What happens when you ask a city what they would like to spend $250,000 on to make their neighbourhoods even better???

Overwhelmingly they want park infrastructure.  With over 400 parks in the City of London, most neighbourhood focused people love their parks. They want to spend more time in them doing everything from enjoying a quiet rest on a bench to playing pickle ball to working through a Ninja Warrior Course.

Community engagement is a hot topic for municipalities and programs that ask for more resident input seem to be emerging. Could this type of program be the new trend? This session will focus on a “participatory budget” style pilot program that the City of London implemented in the fall of 2017.  Residents submitted over 250 ideas for their neighbourhoods, those ideas were vetted for feasibility and 148 ideas were on a ballot that Londoners voted on in a one day vote both online and in person. Next comes implementation and the challenge of maintaining parks projects with no increase in budget!

You will receive an overview of the program, learnings and surprise outcomes along with the level of engagement and interest in the program.

Karen Oldham is a Manager of Neighbourhood Development and Support with Neighbourhood Children and Fire Services at the City of London for the past 11 years. The City provides opportunities to build social infrastructure and strengthen neighbourhoods as key strategic investments in the health and well being of local communities. Karen and her colleagues assist in the development of strong, healthy neighbourhoods and communities through consultation, facilitation, tools and resources, partnerships, support of special initiatives, funding and organizational development. In addition, they work with a wide range of community stakeholders and other funders to identify and address emerging needs in the community.  Specifically, Karen is the lead for the Neighbourhood Decision Making Program and the London Strengthening Neighbourhood Strategy.

Karen is active with her family in sports and can be found in an arena, soccer field or volleyball court almost every day of the week.

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GROWERS’ CHOICE

Tired of specifying the same plants year after year for your street tree planting projects? With survivability of urban tree plantings as your number one priority, as a park planner and urban forester, you rely on your tried, tested and true tree varieties. Landscape Ontario’s nursery growers are on a mission to convince you to spice up your city streets with some new and underused varieties and cultivars. 

In this session, Ontario’s nursery growers will present you with some of their own top choices for your street tree plantings. Also on the agenda will be a quick introduction to Vineland’s new Species Selector website.

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HIGH LAKE EFFECT 2017 - TORONTO PARKS EXPERIENCE

As the lead role manager for the High Lake Effect (HLE) for the City of Toronto Waterfront Parks James Dann was the key staff at coordinating all of the emergency parks works this past year. The lake went to record levels not seen in in recorded history causing extensive flooding damage that has in places forever changed the waterfront.

At the peak of the lake level James was responsible for dealing with the Office of Emergency Management, the Mayor's office, all media and communications, as well as the lead for all work taking place on the Toronto Islands and waterfront.

Hear how staff teams comprised of City of Toronto, TRCA, and volunteers successfully placed over 45 000 sand bags on the Toronto Islands to preserve the homes and infrastructure. Additionally, James will present on future long term strategies to address future flooding incidents.

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OPENING THE DOOR TO NEW TRAIL USERS: A LOOK AT THE DRAFT ONTARIO TRAILS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

Hear from presenter Dan Andrews as he provides a sneak peek into the draft Ontario Trails Classification System.  This is an opportunity to understand how the draft was developed, the benefits of the system and to provide input before it’s completed.

Dan is a Land and Resource Planning Technician with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority. He has more than 20 years of combined professional experience in the recreational trail and conservation sectors. He’s been an advocate of accessible trail information and participated in the creation of International Trails Day, the Canadian Trails Federation, Ontario’s regional trail committee model and the Path of the Paddle.

While coordinating the Trans Canada Trail connection across Ontario for nearly a decade and adding more than 1,200km to the route, Dan was an advisor to and provided input on the Ontario Trails Strategy and Trails Act. Collaboration is in his bones and he continues to support trail development at the provincial, regional and local levels as a board member of the Ontario Trails Council.

His family will tell you he has a passion for the outdoors and sport. He’s slept in a tent more than 365 times, can paddle a canoe solo-backwards while instructing new canoeists and has walked, hiked and cycled more than 200 trails across Canada and in the Northeast US.  When winter hits you can find him in at an arena coaching hockey or on a ski hill with his family carving up the slopes.  His four favourite words are plan, discover, share and repeat.

Interested in Overnight Accommodations?

Want to avoid traffic and weather hassles the morning of the Education Forum? We have arranged for a block of rooms to be held until Friday, February 2, 2018.

Room Rates:
Queen - $119*
King Business - $134*
King Executive - $139*

* Hotel room rates are subject to applicable taxes in effect at the time of check-in (currently 13%). Additional person is $10.00 per room per night. Executive King level guest rooms are available at an additional upgrade charge of $20.00 per room per night, subject to availability at time of booking.

Call 1-888-987-4888 and request the OPA Education Forum group rate.

7:00 to 7:30

Set-Up

7:45 to 8:45

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 to 9:00

Welcome 

9:00 to 10:00

Securing Parks and Trails to Expand Economy, Tourism and Community Benefits – Presented by: Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council, and Robert Orland, Founder, Orland Conservation 

10:00 to 10:45

Break with Vendors

10:50 to 11:50

How Parks Professionals Can Contribute to Age Friendly Communities

 - Presented by: Michelle DellamoraSpecial Projects Coordinator, Age Friendly London and Paul D’Hollander, Manager, Recreation Services, City of London

12:10 to 1:30

Past Presidents Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

1:30 to 2:30

Medians & Boulevards –Presented by: Mary Battaglia, City of Burlington

2:30 to 3:00

Break with Vendors

 

3:00 to 4:00

Noxious invasive plants in the urban setting – lessons learned from practical experience   Presented by: Sara Rowland, BSc. MSc. MICFor. CEnv.

 

4:00

Closing

7:00 to 7:30

Set-Up

7:45 to 8:45

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 to 9:00

Welcome 

9:00 to 10:00

Securing Parks and Trails to Expand Economy, Tourism and Community Benefits – Presented by: Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council, and Robert Orland, Founder, Orland Conservation 

10:00 to 10:45

Break with Vendors

10:50 to 11:50

How Parks Professionals Can Contribute to Age Friendly Communities

 - Presented by: Michelle DellamoraSpecial Projects Coordinator, Age Friendly London and Paul D’Hollander, Manager, Recreation Services, City of London

12:10 to 1:30

Past Presidents Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

1:30 to 2:30

Medians & Boulevards –Presented by: Mary Battaglia, City of Burlington

2:30 to 3:00

Break with Vendors

 

3:00 to 4:00

Noxious invasive plants in the urban setting – lessons learned from practical experience   Presented by: Sara Rowland, BSc. MSc. MICFor. CEnv.

 

4:00

Closing

Registration

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