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For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of the courses listed here to your municipality or organization. We encourage you to let us know if you are interested even if you can only send one or two staff. We will combine your training with neighbouring organizations. Not only will this provide valuable training, but also foster and facilitate communication and experience sharing among your local and neighboring organizations. Call today to register and we will assist you through the process. 


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Upcoming events

    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 31 Dec 2018
    Register


    Join the Ontario Parks Association Foundation (OPAF) in growing green professionals by sponsoring one of the Foundation's annual student awards.

    HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

    Select the award you wish to sponsor and as an OPA Associate Member award sponsor, your business name will be identified with that award.  Due to the historical background of each award, the OPAF has a commitment to maintain the name of each scholarship and bursary so the sponsored awards would appear as follows: LEN STANLEY – KING OF KEW SCHOLARSHIP: This award has been sponsored by J. DOE TURF SUPPLIES for a 3 year period beginning in 2019. 

    Sponsorship will also be recognized through other promotional methods such as on the OPAF website, in the Green Sward, and at annual events like the OPA Parks Education Forum and the OPAF's Dave Gower Memorial Golf Tournament.

    The cost of sponsorship is the amount of the award times three years - i.e. if you sponsor the Dave Gower OPAF Bursary your commitment would be $2,000 x 3 years for a total commitment of $6,000.

    BURSARY & SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 

    The OPA Foundation currently offers four bursaries worth $2,000 each and three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, they are:


    Dave Gower OPAF Bursary 

    Dave was a great supporter of the OPA throughout his career in the municipal parks field. He was also a former president of the association and a great advocate for the OPAF. This award was named in his honour and will be given to an individual who the selection committee feels is the most deserving of this bursary.


    Joyce Anderson Bursary 

    This award was established through the generous donation made by Frank Anderson as a memorial to his loving wife Joyce. Frank was one of the founding members of the OPAF and served the OPA in many capacities throughout his distinguished career in municipal park services. The selection committee will award this bursary to a deserving student based on their academic performance and financial need.


    Protecting Tomorrow Today® Bursary -  This award has been sponsored by EVERPLAY for a 3 year period beginning in 2019. 

    This award will be presented to a student registered in the first year of their post-secondary program who has demonstrated exceptional involvement and commitment towards environmental protection and conservation. 


    The Beulah & Harry Christian, Margaret & Ernie Seager Bursary

    This award was donated by these two couples who were longtime friends and great supporters of the OPAF. Both Harry and Ernie are former presidents of the OPA, and were awarded lifetime memberships for their dedication and many years of service to the advancement of municipal and regional park systems in Ontario. Awarded to a qualified individual based on marks, but most importantly, need and effort.

    Little Tikes Commercial Scholarship -  This award has been sponsored by LITTLE TIKES for a 3 year period beginning in 2019. 

    This  scholarship was named for the above company after their generous donation of a play structure, which was auctioned off to Ontario Parks Departments. The winning bid provided sufficient funds to create this award. The selection committee will award this scholarship to a deserving individual that meets the application criteria.

    City of Mississauga Scholarship -  This award has been sponsored by CITY OF MISSISSAUGA for a 3 year period beginning in 2019. 

    The City of Mississauga made this award possible because of the outstanding fund raising efforts by their Community Services Department staff. As hosts for the annual OPAF Golf Tournament in 2003 they raised more money for OPAF than any other single event in the foundation history to date. This award will be presented to an individual that the selection committee feels is most deserving of this scholarship.

    Len Stanley-King of Kew Scholarship

    Len Stanley was one of the founding members of the OPAF and had a long and distinguished career in the City of Toronto parks system. He became known as the "King of Kew Gardens" by his fellow colleagues after becoming the superintendent of this Toronto park, and for his ongoing leadership capacity in the OPA. Awarded to a deserving student whose home address is in one of the municipalities that make up the new amalgamated City of Toronto and meets the following criteria:

    • Pursuing a career in parks design, development, maintenance or administration
    • Exemplifies the joy of life and concerns for one's fellow citizens
    • Has a positive social outlook
    • Possesses a genuine desire to preserve and protect the natural elements of their community
    • Is a successful first year student in a college or university institution in Canada or the United States.

    As a sponsor, your company or business will help ensure that all seven awards will be available for presentation to eligible students on an annual basis. Sponsorship is renewable after the original 3 year commitment is completed. Implementation of the program is expected to commence in the spring of 2019.

    Thank you for supporting the OPA Foundation as we continue to provide financial support to our future parks professionals. Together we are growing green professionals!

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 5
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    VENDOR TABLE TOP DISPLAYS

    Event Date:       Thursday, February 28th, 2019
    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre - 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    OPA Member Fees - Registration opens to members only on December 3rd.
    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $535 (Register by January 16th)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate:  $575

    Potential Member Fees - Registration opens to potential members January 3rd.

    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $575 (Register by January 31st)
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate:  $615

    (Please note above price includes buffet breakfast and lunch for one. Meal tickets for additional representatives can be purchased when registering. All company representatives attending must be registered.)

    Event Schedule and Details (please click link)

    Details: Twenty-two 4' tables will be set up around the insider perimeter of our meeting room, creating an intimate networking opportunity for vendors and parks professionals. Time will be allotted prior to the official start of the day and during breaks throughout the day for event attendees to meet and chat with vendors. Showcase your products and services to industry professionals from across Ontario. Create new relationships. Re-connect with existing customers.

    Table Top Selection - Please review the current table reservations list below to determine which tables are available, then refer to the master floor plan to select your top 3 preferred table locations - you will need this information to register. Please note that some of the table numbers have changed from last year - please be sure to check the master floor plan before selecting your tables. Tables are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, your table number will be confirmed via separate email once your registration has been processed.


    Current table reservations: 
    Table 1 - Bannerman Limited
    Table 2 - ABC Recreation
    Table 3 - 
    Table 4 - Practica Ltd.
    Table 5 - 
    Table 6 - 
    Table 7 - Colvoy Enterprises 2012 Ltd
    Table 8 -  Molok North America
    Table 9 -
    Table 10 - Mar-Co Products Ltd.
    Table 11 - 
    Table 12 - 
    Table 13 - Sutera
    Table 14 - New World Park Solutions Inc.
    Table 15 - Everplay Installations
    Table 16 - 
    Table 17 - DLF Pickseed Canada
    Table 18 - Openspace Solutions Inc.
    Table 19 - Sports Turf International Ltd
    Table 20 - Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd.
    Table 21 - G.C. Duke Equipment
    Table 22 - PlayPower LT Canada Inc.

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 106
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    Attendee Registration

    Join us at our 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum for a day of education, recognition, and networking with other parks professionals and industry vendors. 

    Event Date: Thursday February 28th, 2019

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


    Event Schedule and Details: To see the event schedule, meet our presenters and read about the education sessions, please click here.

    Registration opens Monday, December 3, 2018

    Attendee Cost:

    Early Bird Rates (Register before January 31st)
    OPA Member: $165.00
    Potential Member: $195.00
    Members Save: $30.00

    Late Bird Rates (Register after February 1st)
    OPA Member: $200.00
    Potential Member: $230.00
    Members Save: $30.00



    Luncheon & Awards Ceremony ONLY: $55.00


    Note: The above fees are HST free.


    Interested in have a table top display at our mini trade show? Click here


    Interested in being an event sponsor? Click here
    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn, Burlington, ON
    • 4
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    Sponsorship Opportunities


    Event Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2019
    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    Registration opens to OPA members on Monday, December 3, 2018

    Education Session Sponsor - $400 (4 available) 

    Benefits Include:

    • 1 Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 
    • Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag
    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link

    Awards Luncheon Sponsors- $300 

    Benefits Include:

    • 1 Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 
    • Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag
    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link


    Breakfast Sponsors - $200

    Benefits Include:

    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link

    Note:  All prices are HST free.

    Event Schedule and Details: Click here to meet our presenters and read about the education sessions


    Interested in having a table top display at the Education Forum?  Click here to be redirected to the Vendor Table Top Display registration page

     

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