Thank you to all of our vendors, sponsors and attendees who attended our 65th education forum. A special thank you to our amazing speakers. We could not have done it without all of you.
Our vendors who participated and so generously support OPA were the following:
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?
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.
PRESENTERS FOR THE 2022 PARKS EDUCATION 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
Presentation Time is 8:50 am
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 authenticity, inclusion, innovation, and collaboration.
About the Presenter
Milena holds a PhD in Integral Health from the California Institute for Human Science. She currently teaches her programs “Building Mental Resilience in Uncertain Times” and “Psychological Safety” 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
Presentation time is 12:10 pm
In this presentation, Jennifer will talk about the important role of parks as green infrastructure, and the important services and benefits that green infrastructure provides (including results from GIO’s “Economic Impact Assessment of the Green Infrastructure Sector in Ontario”). She will talk about funding and drivers for parks specifically and for green infrastructure generally, and will share high-level results from the report “Improving Access to Large Parks in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe: Policy, Planning, and Funding Strategies,” completed while she was at GIO. This report highlights key policy themes in large park funding, planning, and establishment, and outlines recommendations, strategies, and models that could help address the projected gap in large park supply in the Golden Horseshoe.
About the Presenter
Jennifer Court is the Green Infrastructure Lead at GHD, an international network of engineers, architects and environmental scientists serving clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Prior to joining GHD, Jennifer was the Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, and has 15 years’ experience in the environmental space, working across Canada on a range of issues including waste and the circular economy, environmental health, and energy efficiency, with a particular focus on green infrastructure. She draws on her interdisciplinary background and passion for environmental sustainability to drive business growth while remaining impact-oriented.
Jeff Crosby - Operations Manager / Mike Crosby - Director Of Education - Greenhouse Academy - We've partnered with nature to grow skills and experience in youth
Presentation time is 1:20 pm
In this presentation Greenhouse Academy works with students, educators, training centers, conservation areas and tree nurseries to
manage a fully-functioning wholesale greenhouse. Using the production and sale of sapling trees as a resource for learning, the
GHA provides training to the next generation workforce while growing thousands of trees for your planting needs.
About the Presenters
Through the 15 year development of their own property maintenance company in London, Ontario, Jeff and Mike Crosby
realized a severe need to introduce more youth to the career opportunities in green industries. Combining their passions for the
trades, the environment and enriching the student experience, Jeff and Mike transformed a 60,000 square foot greenhouse facility
into a one-of-a-kind skills development center, creating opportunities for youth to be critical agents of change.
Esther Afriat -
Acting Project Manager of Parks, PA Unit, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Parks Encampment, Outreach & Response
Presentation time is 10:00 am
This one hour session will provide attendees with information on best practices for outreach and responding to encampments in our public parks, with a practical lens applied to staffing, training and the tools needed to do this complex work. This course will be structured as a combination of seminar presentation and open discussion.
About the Presenter
Esther Afriat has been working for the City of Toronto for 23 year with the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. She has a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Service from Centennial College and the PRO Parks and Recreation Management
Scott Bowron - President, Clear Aquatics Sales and Training - We are getting a Spray(splash) pad…. now What?
Presentation time is 2:30 pm
We will discuss some of the fundamental similarities and differences of spray pads. Whether you have one now or are getting an new install, doing your homework will ensure you get what your community needs and what your staff can handle. This is the most requested piece of equipment for parks in North America, embrace it!
About the presenter
Scott has been in recreation for more than 25 years, coming from municipal parks and recreation, and now as President of Clear Aquatics. He is a seasoned CPO Instructor, OPA instructor and aquatic operations specialist. Scott brings a wealth of experience from both the municipal sector and project perspective.