Public Education Symposium

Public Education Symposium (PES) 2022

The Public Education Symposium (PES) is the premier professional development event for Ontario School Boards. On January 27, 2022, PES will go virtual once again. We are working to deliver a high-impact professional development experience where public school board trustees from across the province can learn, collaborate and connect. Please check back shortly for event details.

For more information:

Kendra Tedford Devine, 416-340-2540, ext.128 or email the Webmaster.

Public Education Symposium (PES) 2021

In January 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Public Education Symposium was held as a virtual event on Thursday, January 28.


Keynote Session:

The Way Forward: Deconstructing Systemic Racism
Speaker: Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell, Manager of Policy and Systems Transformation, Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General

PowerPoint Presentation

Zoom Session – Passcode: JpA?7SZJ

Morning Workshops:

Session 1 – Reframing Governance: Human Rights, Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression in the Board Room and Beyond
Jim Spyropoulos, Executive Superintendent, Human Rights and Indigenous Education, Toronto District School Board
Tanya Senk, Centrally Assigned Principal in Indigenous Education with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre and the Principal of Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School at Toronto District School Board

PowerPoint Presentation

Zoom Session – Passcode: u3oK1h%!

Session 2 – Lands-based Education and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Speaker: Quinn Meawasige, Project Coordinator, Nimkii Youth Collective

Zoom Session – Passcode: .70Y4h$@

Session 3 – Unique Challenges of Governance in a Pandemic
Ron Leclair, Chair and Erin Kelly, Director of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board
Jodi Lloyd, Chair and Steve Blake, Director of Education, Simcoe County District School Board
Moderator: Heather Campbell, Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board

Zoom Session – Passcode: JpA?7SZJ

Session 4 – How to Engage Your Local Community
Jonathan Laderoute, Renfrew County District School Board
Kim Sweeney, District School Board of Niagara
Tania Testa, Thames Valley District School Board
Andréanne Denis, District School Board Ontario North East
Moderator: T.J. Goertz, Senior Communications and Policy Officer, OPSBA

Zoom Session – Passcode: VC#7d68^

Lunch Speakers:

Provincial Covid-19 Update
Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Ontario

Minister of Education
The Honourable Stephen Lecce

Zoom Session – Passcode: JpA?7SZJ

Afternoon Workshops:

Session 1 – The Role of Trustee
Sheila MacKinnon, Partner, Shibley Righton LLP
Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Policy, OPSBA

PowerPoint Presentation

Zoom Session – Passcode: XYVx.5n&

Session 2 – Amplifying Leadership in Student Mental Health in Challenging Times
Kathy Short, School Mental Health ASSIST, Canada
Joyce Erogun, Student Engagement Lead, School Mental Health Ontario

PowerPoint Presentation

Zoom Session – Passcode: ez@S4+UZ

Session 3 – A Conversation with two Directors of Education on Equity, Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Oppression and Inclusion
Camille Taylor, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Director of Education, Peel District School Board
Moderator: Judith Nyman, Director Program Policy, OPSBA

Zoom Session (recorded with lunch speakers – move slider to 1:09:15 to start this session) – Passcode: JpA?7SZJ

Session 4 – Students’ Perspectives: Racism and a Global Pandemic
Mahek Dhaliwal, President, OSTA/AECO
Zachary Garbaty, Vice-President, OSTA/AECO
Moderator: Alex Johnstone, Trustee, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board