The Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association (OPSOA) inYour Annual Conference Organizing Committee, lead by Chair Nancy Sanders and Executive Director Kathy Soule, is hard at work putting the final touches on this year's conference. It promises to be a great event.
The theme of the conference, "Renewal/Resiliency/Revitalization" is sure to be topical and engaging.
On-line registration for the conference will be available on the Registration tab. Book your room at the Hilton Toronto Hotel ASAP via the Hotel tab to avoid disappointment.
Full Conference & Frank Kelly Tribute: $540.00 + HST = $610.20
Thursday April 25th only & Frank Kelly Tribute: $280.00 + HST = $316.40
Friday April 26th only: $260.00 + HST = $293.80
Frank Kelly Tribute: $26.55 + HST = $30.00
Full Conference & Frank Kelly Tribute: $170.00 + HST = $192.10
Frank Kelly Tribute: $26.55 + HST = $30.00
Full Conference & Frank Kelly Tribute: $610.00 + HST = $694.95
Frank Kelly Tribute: $26.55 + HST = $30.00
We are currently finalizing our Agenda.
The information provided below is correct at the time of posting but more detail will be added soon.
|Thursday, April 25, 2013|
|8:00 am||Exhibits Open|
|8:00 am – 8:45 am||Registration & Continental Breakfast|
|8:45 am – 9:30 am||Welcome, Introductions & Greetings from the Government|
|9:30 am – 10:15 am||Opening Keynote Speaker:||Greg Wells, Sick Kids|
|10:15 am – 10:30 am||Renewal/Resilience and Revitalization in OPSOA|
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Nutrition Break and Visit the Exhibits|
|11:00 am –11:45 am||Regional Meetings|
|11:45 am – 1:00 pm||President's Lunch and Awards|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Presentation:||Bob Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP|
|2:00 pm – 2:15 pm||Nutrition Break and Visit the Exhibits|
|2:15 pm – 3:15 pm||Keynote Speaker:||Dianne Buckner, Host of the hit reality TV show "Dragons' Den"|
|3:15 pm||Adjournment of the Day|
|5:30 pm – 8:15 pm||Retirement Tribute for Frank Kelly|
|5:30 pm – 6:45 pm||Cocktails and Tapas|
|7:00 pm – 8:15 pm||Speeches and Presentation followed by Harpist/Soloists from School for the Blind|
|Friday April 26, 2013|
|8:00 am||Exhibits Open|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||Buffet Breakfast|
|9:00 am – 9:30 am||Annual General Meeting - For Members Only|
|9:30 am – 10:30 am||Keynote Speaker:||Ron Canuel, Executive Director, CEA|
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Nutrition Break and Visit the Exhibits|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Keynote Speaker:||To be confirmed|
|12:00 pm – 12:15 pm||Wrap Up & Special Prize Draws|
|12:15 pm – 1:00 pm||Adjournment of Conference, Visit the Exhibits & Lunch to Go|
Greg Wells, Ph.D. is a scientist and physiologist who specializes in health and performance in extreme conditions. Most recently, Dr. Wells was the host of the Gemini-Award winning Superbodies segments for Canada's national Olympic broadcast and the on-camera sport science and sport medicine analyst for the CTV Broadcast Consortium, ABC News and ABC's 20/20 during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Dr. Wells' on-camera analysis will be a part of CTV's 2012 Olympic broadcast in London. Dr. Wells is also a regular contributor to CTV's Canada AM, and has appeared on TSN's Off the Record. Dr. Wells released his first book in June 2012 appropriately titled Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World's Best Athletes.
As a researcher, Dr. Wells is working in a field of investigation called 'exercise medicine' where he uses specific exercise protocols to test the limitations of the human body in various diseases - mostly related to muscle and lung conditions. He has been using advanced MRI technologies to measure these limitations, as MRI does not require any radiation or drugs and can offer a look inside the human body without the use of needles or other invasive measures.
Dr. Wells is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto where he directs the Human Physiology Research Unit. He is also an Associate Scientist in Physiology and Experimental Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children. As a researcher, Dr. Wells is working in a field of investigation called 'exercise medicine' where he uses specific exercise protocols to test the limitations of the human body in various diseases - mostly related to muscle and lung conditions. He has been using advanced MRI technologies to measure these limitations, as MRI does not require any radiation or drugs and can offer a look inside the human body without the use of needles or other invasive measures with the ultimate objective of creating exercise interventions that are targeted to specific diseases.
Previously, Dr. Wells served as the Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Centre where has had the opportunity to work with dozens of athletes who have won medals at Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games. Dr. Wells also taught Canada's elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute. From 2002-2010 he has served as the Exercise Physiologist for the Royal Canadian Golf Association and is a regular contributor to Golf Canada and Fairways Golf magazines.
Dr. Wells is invited to speak at leading sports and medical organizations around the world, including the International Olympic Committee, International Congress on Child Neurology, Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He also is active in the corporate community where he presents the latest research on human performance in business.
Dr. Wells also believes that to truly understand extreme conditions you should experience them yourself. To this end he continues to build on his experiences as a former international level competitive swimmer, as a marathon runner (having twice completed the world's toughest marathon 600 miles north of the arctic circle), and recently completed 11,000 km in the Tour D'Afrique bike race - the longest bike race in the world (pictures). Dr. Wells is the expedition physiologist for impossible2Possible, an organization that encourages youth to reach beyond their perceived limits by using adventure as a medium to Educate, Inspire and Empower our global community.
Dianne Buckner is best known to Canadians as the host of CBC Television's hit reality program, Dragons' Den, where eager entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a group of self-made Canadian millionaire investors.
Other viewers may remember her ten years as the host of Venture, the successful and long-running series that chronicled the adventures of entrepreneurs.
When Venture retired from the airwaves in 2007, Buckner co-created a new show, Fortune Hunters for CBC's news network. It ran for two seasons, focusing on the social and consumer trends that create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
When Venture retired from the airwaves in 2007, Dianne co-created a new show, Fortune Hunters for CBC's news network. It ran for two seasons, focusing on the social and consumer trends that create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
In addition to her role on Dragons' Den, Dianne is a member of the Business Team at CBC News. She writes a weekly column about small business for cbc.ca – the number one site for news in Canada. She also appears regularly on CBC's local supper-hour newscasts across the country, reporting on the top business stories of the day.
In the course of her work, Dianne has spoken with prime ministers, celebrity CEOs such as Jack Welch and super investor Warren Buffet, and has traveled extensively to countries such as Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Iceland in pursuit of stories for CBC viewers. Her perspective on the world, and on the world of business, is unique.
Ron Canuel is recognized as a "Hero in Education" for his Vision and Leadership.
For over 30 years, Ron has been involved in making significant positive changes in the educational system in the Province of Quebec. Since 1999, he was the Director General of the Eastern Townships School Board in Quebec until his retirement in 2010. He has extensive experience as a Teacher, Coordinator, Vice-Principal, Principal, Assistant Director and Director of Human Resources.
Fully bilingual, Ron has participated on many provincial, national and international level committees focusing on education, technology, leadership, and change. He was a long-standing member of the Quebec Superior Council of Education, Secondary Commission, and past President of the Association of Directors General of English School Boards of Quebec.
In October 2006, the Canadian Association of School Administrators presented Ron with the National EXL Award recognizing him as an example of excellence and leadership in education. In 2003, Ron implemented Canada's only 1:1 systemic laptop deployment for all children in Grades 3 -11. The results of this initiative is one of Canada's biggest education secrets!
Ron took the success of this initiative outside Canada by developing a partnership agreement with the government of Uruguay and deployed over 400,000 OLPC laptop computers to their schools. Nicholas Negroponte, visionary leader of the One Laptop Per Child initiative, personally invited Ron and the ETSB to provide support to the OLPC in Africa.
Ron was the principal architect of a unique entente with the world famous Cirque du Soleil, in which teachers from the ETSB provide direct synchronous instruction to students in Tokyo, Brazil and other parts of North America.
To compliment this educational work, Ron also pursued being a management/marketing consultant for small and medium sized businesses while completing his Graduate Business studies (MBA) at McGill University.
Today, Ron is the CEO of the Canadian Education Association. His focus is on transformational and innovative approaches to the public education model including using the voices of students and teachers in the change process.
Ron's experiences during his ascent through all of the educational ranks have taught him well. Especially in having given him a thorough perspective into the challenges and successes of the Canadian public school system. He is in demand as a keynote speaker sharing his insights into the most effective methods of introducing change innovation in the classroom and on how to reform the educational system.
To many delegates who have heard Ron speak, the refrain is the same: "Inspiring", "Passionate", "Action-Minded", "Insightful", "Moving". Ron presents with a high level of credibility - he has been there and done what few have – lead and managed a system-wide innovative change for the classroom.
Ron is so passionate about education, the future of our children and of our country, that he not only impresses but convinces audiences to change.
David Chalk is the World's leading expert on Cyber Terrorism.
He is also a leading entrepreneur, technology visionary and futurist with a personal story as inspiring as his professional one.
Many recognize David from his 12 years hosting the Dave Chalk Computer TV show where he introduced viewers to new technologies. It's something he's being doing for over 30 years on TV, Radio, the Internet and at his software training company, Chalk Media. His goal has always been to empower people with the information they need to become more productive and enhance their lives. Essentially, he bridges the gap between technology and practicality for businesses and individuals.
What many people don't know is that David was born with an undiagnosed learning disability, a severe form of dyslexia. He thinks in pictures rather than words, and reading and remembering are major challenges for him. He also has prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces so at a very young age, David was told he would never amount to anything.
Despite these challenges David developed coping skills and was soon able to overcome his learning disabilities by recognizing how to utilise the strength of "thinking differently". This has been the catalyst to his personal and professional success and why being innovative and creative come naturally to him.
Thinking differently has awarded David throughout his life. He has received a Doctorate Degree in Technology, a YEO Entrepreneur of the year award, the Yahoo Award for Design innovation, Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Top 40 under 40 Entrepreneur award, Retail Councils Top Marketer award, Top 100 companies to work for award, BM Retail award for Excellence in Managing, Equity Magazine Leader for the Next Millennium award and a Freddie Award for Best International Educational Documentary: "An insight into life with Dyslexia & learning disabilities."
For the past few years, Dave has focused on Cyber security where his expertise and knowledge is unparalleled around the World. David says there is a crisis in computing infrastructure today that enables easy access to confidential information, manipulation and the destruction of business. Today, the Global network and Cyber infrastructure that was created to drive efficiency in business and massive growth is failing to protect itself from harm and possible destruction. Current cyber protection solutions and businesses claim to be iron clad but too many headlines are telling us otherwise. The World has inadvertently put all our power into the hands of hackers.
Bob Keel was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1977 and the Bar of New York State in 1986. Bob served as Law Clerk to the Chief Justices of Ontario for one year after his call to the Bar. His current practice includes alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation, education and administrative law, as well as aboriginal self-governance.
Bob has produced more than 100 articles on various topics and has spoken at over 100 international, national and local conferences and association meetings. Bob's current practice has significant emphasis on education law, and Bob is the Executive Editor of the Keel Cottrelle LLP Education Law Newsletter, the Keel Cottrelle LLP Human Resources Newsletter and the Keel Cottrelle LLP Public Sector Procurement Newsletter. Bob is also the author of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Attendance and Discipline (1998), the co-author of An Educator's Guide to Managing Sexual Misconduct in Schools (2003), the co-author of An Educator's Guide to Parental Harassment (2004), and An Educator's Guide to Health and Safety of Students (2010).
As a member of OPSOA or the OPSOA Alumni you will be sent an email that contains a link to your personal registration page. It makes registering faster and easier.
Payment may be made via cheque or via a Credit Card or your PayPal account.
Once you have registered and paid a confirmation letter and receipt will be emailed (separately) to you.
Your registration is not complete until we have received your payment.
On-line registration for NON OPSOA MEMBERS is now live. If you are an OPSOA Member please use your personalized registration link. If you did not receive an email with your personalized registration link please contact the OPSOA office at 905-845-7003.
Hotel registration is done on-line via the Hilton Toronto Hotel web site. More information and a link to the Hilton Toronto Hotel site is provided under the Hotel taa.
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Click this LINK to reserve your hotel room. Be sure to enter the Group Code "OPSO13" for the special room rate of $199.00 CAD/Night.
All OPSOA Alumni are invited to join us at the OPSOA Annual Conference
Alumni members are able to enjoy a significantly discounted fee that will provide entry to the entire conference.
Alumni members who are not able to attend the conference but would like to attend the tribute to Frank Kelly are also welcome to join us for the celebration on Thursday evening.
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We'd like to thank the Planning Committee for all their hard work planning and preparing the OPSOA Annual Conference.
|Heather Campbell||Director of Education||Rainy River DSB|
|Jeff Hainbuch||Superintendent of Education||&Toronto DSB|
|John Laverty||Superintendent of Education||Hamilton-Wentworth DSB|
|Terry Lyons||Superintendent of Education||Greater Essex County DSB|
|Nadira Persaud||Superintendent of Education||Toronto DSB|
|June Rogers||Superintendent of Education||Hastings and Prince Edward DSB|
|Nancy Sanders||Director, Provincial Schools||Ministry of Education|
|Kathy Sanford||Executive Assistant||OPSOA|
|Michael Smith||Alumni Member||OPSOA Alumni|
|Kathy Soule||Executive Director||OPSOA|