OPSOA Annual Conference 2016

2016 Conference Information at a Glance

On-Line Registration is now open. Go to the "Register Tab" for registration details.


Thursday, April 14th & Friday April 15th, 2016


Hilton Toronto Hotel


Transforming the Landscape - A Call to Action


Download the Program in PDF Format

Conference Cost:

OPSOA Members
Full Conference Package: $615.00 (Includes HST)
Thursday Banquet: $95.00 (Includes HST)
There is no option for one day

Alumni Members
Full Conference Package: $250.00 (Includes HST)
Thursday Lunch & Workshop: $25.00 (Includes HST)
Thursday Banquet: $75.00 (Includes HST)

Full Conference: $675.00 (Includes HST)
No option for one day




Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Jordan TInney,
Superintendent, Surrey, B.C.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Wellness Break and Transition Time
10:45 - 11:25 a.m. Workshop Sessions
11:35 - 12:15 p.m. Workshop Sessions (Repeated)
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Dr. Steven Katz ,
Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd.
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Wellness Break and Transition Time
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Regional Meetings
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. President's Reception
6:30 - 10:00 p.m. President's Dinner and Awards
Friday April 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Ministry Official
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Equity Panel Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Wellness Break and Transition Time
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. OPSOA Annual General Meeting (members only)
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Reflections and Closing
12:00 p.m. Adjournment of Conference and Lunch to Go


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jordan Tinney

Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Surrey School District

Dr. Jordan Tinney

Prior to joining Surrey Schools as Deputy Superintendent in 2012, Jordan was Deputy Superintendent in Vancouver School District and Superintendent/CEO in Comox Valley School District on Vancouver Island. Jordan began his career in the oceanography industry where he was an Electronics Engineering Technologist, moving to a position of manager where he focused on environmental instrumentation, specifically oceanic, and atmospheric measurement and calibration. This work included significant travel in Canada, the United States, and Asia.

Moving from private industry to teaching and onto educational leadership, Jordan's early teaching work, sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the University of British Columbia, focused on helping students use technology to support ethnographic research on environmental issues surrounding Clayoquot Sound. Jordan's Master's thesis looked at the effectiveness of system change in the implementation of technology, and his doctoral studies considered the lives of at-risk youth who spend extraordinary amounts of time in virtual communities and those youth's concept of "self" in virtual worlds.

Passion for technology and equitable access for all learners has driven Jordan throughout his career, including implementing technological and systemic change in Surrey Schools today. Jordan frequently presents on social media, technology and learning, and retains an active life online through his blog.

Dr. Steven Katz

Aporia Consulting Ltd.

Dr. Steven Katz

Dr. Steven Katz is a director with the research and evaluation firm Aporia Consulting Ltd. and a permanent faculty member in Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. He is an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies and is the coordinator of the Psychology of Learning and Development initial teacher education program component. He is the recipient of the OISE/UT-wide award for teaching excellence.

Dr. Katz has a doctorate in human development and applied psychology, with a specialization in applied cognitive science. His areas of expertise include cognition and learning, teacher education, networked learning communities, and the design of data-driven systems for organizational accountability, planning, and improvement.

Dr. Katz has received the Governor General's medal for excellence in his field, and has been involved in research and evaluation, professional development, and consulting with a host of educational organizations around the world.

Gabe Sekaly

Assistant Deputy Minister
Business & Finance Division, Ministry of Education

Gabe Sekaly

Gabriel Sekaly has a deep and varied background in the business and finance portfolios within the government and education sectors.

Since August 2010 Gabe has been the Assistant Deputy Minister - Elementary/Secondary Businees & Finance Division of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Prior to his current position Gable served on various Boards including ICES and the Innovation Institute of Ontario.

Gabe was also the CEO of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and was the Amethyst Fellow, School of Policy Studies at Queen's University from 2005 to 2006.

From 1999 to 2005 Gabe was the Associate/Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

On-Line Conference Registration:

OPSOA Members & OPSOA Alumni Members

On-ine Registration is Open - OPSOA Members & OPSOA Alumni Members register via their personal membership page.

On-line registration has been modified this year. A single invoice will be sent to your Board for all registrants.

Not an OPSOA Member?

Non OPSOA Members register online for the Annual Conference here.

During the registration process you can pay by Credit Card or you may pay by cheque prior to April 4th, 2016.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Our block of rooms has sold out at the Hilton Toronto Hotel!

See below for accomodation at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Opening the 2012 Symposium

DoubleTree by Hilton - 108 Chestnut Street Toronto, ON

Please note: All guestrooms must be booked before April 8, 2016. After this date, any unused portion of the block will be released for general sale.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown will continue to accept reservations after this date on a space available basis, at current available rates

Register Online: Click Here

Register by Phone: 416-599-0555 or 1-800-668-6600 and ask  for the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association  preferred rate or reference group code :ONT

Register by E-Mail: reservations@torontodoubletree.com   

For Reference Only

The Hilton Toronto Hotel

Opening the 2012 Symposium


Important Notes:

  • Book by March 12th to reserve your room!
  • Please note that you are responsible for making your own hotel reservation.
  • The cost of the hotel is NOT included in the Symposium Fee.
  • Check in time is 3:00 PM
  • Check out time is 12:00 PM


Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5H 2L2
Tel: +1-416-869-3456

Room Rate:

$210.00 per night.


About the Hotel:

The Hilton Toronto Hotel is lose to Toronto Union station and only 40 minutes from Pearson International Airport (YYZ), this Toronto hotel is connected to the Toronto PATH system, making getting around easy. The 17 miles of connecting tunnel not only ensures easy access around the city but is home to the world's largest underground shopping space, offering over 1,200 outlets.

Spacious downtown Toronto hotel rooms at the Hilton Toronto hotel have oversized desks for working comfort, WiFi and spectacular city views to enjoy over a drink – the CN Tower is visible from many rooms.

OPSOA Members & OPSOA Alumni Members

On-ine Registration is Open - OPSOA Alumni Members register via their personal membership page.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Invitation to 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Ontario Public Supervisory Officers' Association (OPSOA) invites you take an active role in our annual conference "Transforming the Landscape: A Call to Action" to be held on Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th, 2016, at the Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto. Hotel information is attached.

The OPSOA membership includes Directors of Education and Superintendents from public district school boards across Ontario. We expect approximately 180 attendees at our conference this year.

For more information please download the Sponsor/Exhibitor Letter and Application Form.

In order to guarantee your organization a space at the conference please return the Application Form by Friday, March 18th, 2016. Exhibit space is limited to 15.

Our Sponsors

We'd like to thank our Sponsors for contributing to the success of the 2016 OPSOA Annual Conference.


Gold Sponsors







K-12 Education



Silver Sponsors

IBM Canada
K-12 Education
Keel Cottrelle LLP
Lakeside Information
Technologies Inc.

Bronze Sponsors

Partners in Executive Search

Our Exhibitors

We'd like to thank our Exhibitors for contributing to the success of the 2016 OPSOA Annual Conference.

Maplewood Computing
Pearson Canada
SRB Education Solutions Inc.

Our 2016 Planning Committee

We'd like to thank the Planning Committee for all their hard work planning and preparing the 2016 OPSOA Annual Conference.



Frank Wiley
OPSOA President-Elect/Chair of Committee
David Coombs
Upper Canada DSB
Riley Culhane
Thames Valley DSB
Rauda Dickinson
Alumni Member
Leila Girdhar-Hill
Toronto DSB
Peter Joshua
Hamilton-Wentworth DSB
Joan Kantola
Keewatin-Patricia DSB
Scott Moreash
Peel DSB
Rita Russo
York Region DSB
Phil Warner
Lambton Kent DSB
Warren Kennedy
OPSOA Executive Director
Kathy Sanford