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Friday October 7th, 2022

We are happy to announce that our Parks Education Forum will take place in-person at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre located in beautiful Burlington, Ontario (pending any changes to the Covid-19 restrictions)

We are in the process of planning a full day event consisting of educational presentations and vendor display tables 

 Attendees reserve your spot now as we are filling up fast!! Registration is limited      Attendee Registration

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Vendor Registration

Vendor "Table Top Displays"

OPA is offering a limited number of exhibitor spots to maximize the opportunity for our committed vendors to increase your exposure and engage with our members. 

Why Exhibit in 2022?

  • Connect with the right people in the parks industry
  • Promote and elevate your brand
  • Get new leads and customer data
  • Foster customer relationships
  • Take advantage of networking time that is built into the program - be online to connect with clients
  • Show your support for Ontario Parks Association
  • Receive 1 complimentary pass to the Forum
  • Your company logo and link  in Green Sward, and in post-event follow-up email to all attendees
  • Attendee contact information will be captured and shared with vendors post-event

Sponsor Registration

Sponsorship Opportunities

Education Session Sponsor (5 opportunities available)

Promote your company while supporting our parks education sessions and your Ontario Parks Association. As an Education Session Sponsor, your sponsorship includes exclusive sponsorship of one virtual session.  You will have a sponsor page on the event portal website, your logo on the event website, on the OPA website and in the Green Sward magazine. In addition, OPA will send an email to attendees post-event containing a thank you to our sponsors which will include your logo linked to your website, along with a few words describing the product or service your offer. You will also receive one complimentary pass to the Forum.


We are awaiting confirmation of one more presenter and will update this page as soon as possible


 Milena Braticevic - PhD Intregal Health, Founder, Nondual Perspectives - Mental Resilience and Psychological Safety 

In this experiential workshop, participants will learn to handle uncertainty and change caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, while understanding the necessary conditions for psychological safety in the workplace. Based on a prevention-oriented paradigm of integral health, the workshop introduces educational and experiential components based on the latest cognitive science to help learners develop sustainable mental resilience in uncertain times. It provides tools to create a culture of inclusion and learning, where people feel safe to speak up, take moderate risks, and work creatively together. The workshop will guide professionals to become psychologically safe leaders and increase safety in the workplace by creating conditions for the highest level of inclusion, authenticity, innovation, and collaboration.

About the Presenter

Milena holds a PhD in Integral Health from the California Institute for Human Science. She currently teaches her program “Building Mental Resilience in Uncertain Times” at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Milena’s mental health literacy programs have helped individuals at various organizations and educational institutions build resilient minds and reduce the prevalence of common mental disorders and stigma. For more information visit www.nondualperspectives.com

Jennifer Court, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition - The State of Parks as Green Infrastructure

In this presentation, Jennifer will share GIO’s recent work on the impacts of parks as green infrastructure, including results from the Economic Impact Assessment of the Green Infrastructure Sector in Ontario and preliminary results from our new project, a follow up to the “State of Large Parks in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe” report. The initial report was the first ever regional scale analysis of park supply in the Golden Horseshoe, and was intended to inform our understanding of the current large park inventory, the carrying capacity of these parks (park space per person), and how this equation will evolve based on the population projections identified in Ontario’s growth plan. In our new research, we are digging deeper on issues related to large parks access, equity, planning, and implementation, given the projected gap in distribution of large parks across the Golden Horseshoe. During the Q & A, participants will also be invited to share thoughts and feedback on the initial results and inform the final project results.

About the Presenter

Jennifer Court is the Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. An experienced leader with a demonstrated history of success in the environmental sector, Jennifer brings a breadth of experience in government relations, stakeholder engagement, partnership development and capacity building to her role at GIO. She has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental space, working all across Canada on a range of issues including climate change, waste and the circular economy, environmental health, and of course, green infrastructure.

 Kathi Ross, Senior Project Manager, Park Development, City of Mississauga - Building Churchill Meadows Sports Park

Highlights from the design and construction of a new 75,000 square foot community centre and 57 acres sports park in Mississauga.


Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Sports Park is a new park and Community Centre located in Mississauga. In addition to the Community Centre (which houses a 25-metre, six-lane pool and therapeutic pool, triple gymnasium, multipurpose room - including a teaching kitchen, and an active living studio), the sports park includes:

·        Two lit artificial turf soccer fields, one with a seasonal dome

·        Playground

·        Spray pad

·        Skate park

·        Multi-purpose court

·        Outdoor fitness equipment

·        Trails

About the Presenter
Kathi Ross is a Landscape Architect, full member of the OALA, with over 25 years' experience in project management, design and implementation of parks and open space projects. She currently leads a team of project managers in the design and implementation of capital park development projects, as a Senior Project Manager in Park Development at the City of Mississauga. Kathi played a key role in the Churchill Meadows Sports Park project, as the City’s primary landscape architect. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and Master in Environmental Studies from York University.

Niall Lobley, BSc, CRM, Director of Parks and Cemeteries, City of Kitchener - Lessons from Land Back – Decolonizing Park Space

This presentation will share the early steps in how Kitchener is seeking to better understand, engage and amplify equity deserving community voices and respond to Indigenous community needs in Kitchener’s parks and open spaces. Land Back camp has inspired the start of a journey toward the role that Kitchener parks could play in respect to reconciliation and how decolonizing parks might achieve a more equitable park and open space system.

About the Presenter

Niall Lobley is father to Meghan (age 7 – nearly 8!) and the Director of Parks and Cemeteries with the City of Kitchener. Tracing ancestry back to clan MacLeod of the Isle of Harris, Niall is an immigrant to Canada, arriving in 2011 after having spent a career in park and open space operations and management in Scotland, and starting a career in property, risk, trail and park and open space management in Ontario. He moved into his current role after having served as a forestry, trails, risk and property manager with Conservation Halton. Connecting community to open spaces and the natural environment is a passion for Niall; well served in Ontario's 9th largest city and Canada's second fastest growing community. 

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