OPSOA Annual Conference 2015

2015 Conference Information at a Glance


Thursday, April 9th - Friday April10th, 2015


Hilton Toronto Hotel


Leading Change



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Conference Cost:

OPSOA Members
Full Conference: $610.20 ($540.00 + $70.20 hst)
One day (Thursday includes dinner or Friday): $305.10 ($270 + $35.10 hst)
President's Dinner only (Thursday night): $96.05 ($85 + $11.05 hst)

Alumni Members
Full Conference: $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 hst)
Lunch and AGM: $28.25 ($25 + $3.25 hst)
Lunch only: $28.25 ($25 + $3.25 hst)
President's Dinner (Thursday night): $96.05 ($85 + $11.95 hst)

Full Conference: $672.35 ($595 + $77.35 hst)
No option for one day




Thursday, April 09, 2015
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Aboriginal Greeting
"Leading Change – What Does This Mean in the 21st Century?"
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Gordon Stein, Head of Enterprise & Education Markets
Apple Canada
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. OPSOA Showcase - Carousel of OPSOA Change Leaders
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Steven Katz , Director
Aporia Consulting Ltd.
"What are we Learning about S.O. Learning?" - Panel of Supervisory Officers
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session
Equity Committee: Cecil Roach, Susan Edwards, Carol Speers, Linda Knight, Camille Taylor, Peter Joshua
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Regional Meetings
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. President's Reception
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. President's Dinner and Awards
9:00 - 10:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite
Friday April 10, 2015
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Ministry Official
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Jennifer Riel
Academic Director, Integrative Thinking Program
Rotman School of Management
- Panel of Supervisory Officers
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. AGM
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Reflections and Closing


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Steven Katz
Aporia Consulting Ltd.

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.

Jennifer Riel
Rotman School of Management

Jennifer Riel

Jennifer Riel is the Associate Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking and Director, Content and Communications at the Rotman School of Management.

Jennifer is responsible for developing training programs, teaching and writing about Integrative Thinking and design. In her role, Jennifer also has oversight of Rotman Designworks (the school's business design initiative) and I-Think (Rotman's elementary and secondary school Integrative Thinking Program). Jennifer is academic director for Rotman's flagship open-enrollment Integrative Thinking Program.

Jennifer has created and led custom workshops with large public and private sector organizations in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Australia. She collaborates closely with former Rotman Dean Roger Martin on his writing, including The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking (2007), The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the New Competitive Advantage (2009), Fixing the Game: Bubble, Crashes and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL (2011), Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works (with A.G. Lafley, 2013) and most recently, the Playing to Win Toolkit (2014). She has published articles in Businessweek, Strategy Magazine and Rotman Magazine, as well on online at Fortune.com and the Daily Beast.

Jennifer received her MBA from the Rotman School of Management in 2006. Prior to joining Rotman, she worked as a project manager and copywriter in the retail and non-profit sectors.

The Honourable Liz Sandals
Minister of Education

Liz Sandals

Premier Wynne appointed Liz Sandals as Minister of Education on February 11, 2013. Liz Sandals has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care, Transportation, Education, Government Services, and Community Safety and Correctional Services. She led the government's Safe Schools Action Team and served on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions and Treasury Board/ Management Board of Cabinet.

Sandals first became involved in politics with education issues. She was elected to the local public school board in 1988 and was re-elected four times. She served as chair of the board and was elected as president of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) from 1998 to 2002. She also sat on the board of directors of the Canadian School Boards Association. In recognition of her work as OPSBA president, she was selected as the first recipient of the "Outstanding Contribution to Education Award" by the Ontario Principals' Council. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Centre for Prevention Sciences (London) presented Sandals with their 2009 Fourth R Award in recognition of her leadership on the Safe Schools Action Team and her significant contributions to making Ontario schools safer.

Prior to her election, Sandals worked as a computer programmer analyst and taught computer science at the University of Guelph. Sandals grew up in Guelph and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Sandals and her husband, David, have two children, Richard and Allison, and three grandchildren.

On-Line Conference Registration:.

OPSOA Members

All OPSOA Members have been sent an email with instructions on how to register via your Personal Web page. If you have not received an email or have misplaced it please contact Debra Morita and one will be sent to you. Call 905-845-7003 or click dmorita@opsoa.org

Not an OPSOA Member?

Non OPSOA Members can register online for the Annual Conference by clicking: Register Online - CLICK HERE.
During the registration process you can pay by Credit Card or you may pay by cheque prior to March 27th, 2015.

On-Line Hotel Registration: Click Here

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Important Notes:

  • Book by March 18th 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.


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

Room Rate:

$205.00 to $235.00 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.



Our 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors

We'd like to thank our Sponsors and Exhibitors for contributing to the success of the 2015 OPSOA Annual Conference.

Corporate Sponsors:

IBM Canada
Keel Cottrelle LLP

Corporate Exhibitors

Aramark Canada Ltd.
Maplewood Computing
Maximus K-12 Education
Ontario Principals' Council
Pearson Canada
SRB Education Solutions Inc.
Ultimate Discovery Coaching, Training & Consulting

Our 2015 Planning Committee

We'd like to thank the Planning Committee for all their hard work planning and preparing the 2015 OPSOA Annual Conference.

Joy Badder President-Elect, OPSOA
David Coombs Upper Canada DSB
Rauda Dickinson Alumni Member
Ina Fournier Peel DSB
Mag Gardner Hamilton-Wentworth DSB
Leila Girdhar-Hill Toronto DSB
Peter Joshua Hamilton-Wentworth DSB
Warren Kennedy OPSOA Executive Director
Terry Lyons Greater Essex County DSB
Nadira Persaud Toronto DSB
Kathy Sanford OPSOA
Frank Wiley Ottawa-Carleton DSB