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  Friday November 18, 2022
7:45 am Breakfast - Airport Ballroom Foyer
 8:45 am

Opening Remarks & Acknowledgements


Hon. Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education and Child Care

Jennifer Whiteside was born and raised in New Westminster. She was elected as the MLA for New Westminster in 2020, and serves as Minister of Education and Child Care. Before her election, she served as chief spokesperson and lead negotiator for the Hospital Employees’ Union. Jennifer has championed a wide range of social justice issues from accessible post-secondary education and affordable public child care, to Medicare and health equity. As Minister of Education and Child Care, she is passionate about ensuring students get the education they deserve in safe and inclusive schools, and delivering quality and affordable child care to more families across BC.

 9:45 am

Improving Student Outcomes – Data and Continuous Improvement - Lucas Corwin, Executive Director, Sector Performance Branch, Governance & Analytics Division

This presentation will provide an overview of how the Ministry of Education and Child Care uses data to improve student outcomes. In particular, Lucas Corwin Executive Director of Sector Performance will touch on the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, which is a sector-wide program that is focused on ensuring Government and School District’s accountability to the public for student outcomes. Lucas will also provide an overview of the ministry’s education data holdings, publication and areas of analysis, which helps guide this work.

Lucas is the Executive Director of the Sector Performance Branch at the Ministry of Education and Child Care.  In his current role, Lucas leads the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, a sector-wide program in the Ministry of Education and Child Care, focused on ensuring Government and School Districts’ accountability to the public for student outcomes.  He also serves as a government-appointed Trustee on the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees and is a Director on the Board of the British Columbia Pension Corporation.  Lucas is called to the Bar of the Province of British Columbia and practiced law before joining the BC Public Service.

 10:30 am

Nutrition Break - Airport Ballroom Foyer

11:00 am

Learning and Supports Update - Jennifer McCrea, Assistant Deputy Minister, Learning Division

The Ministry of Education and Child Care will share new supports available to parents regarding youth mental health, SOGI-inclusive education and anti-racism actions. There are two big pieces of work underway in the Ministry to share with parents, the first are the changes to the graduation program to include an Indigenous focused bundle of credits and second the Ministry is looking for parent feedback on consent and healthy relationships resources being created. 

Jennifer McCrea (she/her) lives, works, and plays on the unceded traditional territory of the Lekwungen People, which include the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. She has been with the BC Public Service for 30 years and is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister within the Ministry of Education and Child Care. Jennifer is passionate about creating strong, collaborative relationships within the province while providing leadership and support in early learning, Indigenous education, student safety, wellness and anti-racism in the province, with a strong focus on mental health.

12:00 pm

Lunch - Airport Ballroom Foyer

1:00 pm

Truth, Healing and Reconciliation - Indigenous Education - Swee alt (Denise Augustine), Superintendent of Indigenous Education (Secondee) & Brad Baker, Associate Superintendent of Indigenous Education (Secondee)

This presentation will share information and facilitate discussion regarding the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s work towards Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation. We will also explore the role of parents and Parent Advisory Committees in this journey.

Denise Augustine, M.Ed, is a First Nations woman of mixed ancestry who lives in the Cowichan Valley on the unceded lands of the Hul’q’umi’num people. Denise is on Secondment with the Ministry of Education and Child Care, where she serves as the Superintendent of Indigenous Education. With over 25 years as an educator and a recipient of the Indspire Indigenous Educator Award for leadership, Denise is a passionate champion for systemic changes that support education Equity for all learners, especially Indigenous Learners. 

Brad Baker is a proud member of the Squamish Nation, on Secondment with the Ministry of Education and Child Care as the Associate Superintendent of Indigenous Education. Prior to this, Brad was an educator for 27 years in the North Vancouver School District, including as a District Principal involved in Indigenous Education and Safe Schools portfolios. Brad is a Board Member for ViaSport BC and the Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Fund and a member of Rugby Canada’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee. 

2:30 pm Nutrition Break - Airport Ballroom Foyer
3:00 pm 

Public Health Update on Health and Wellbeing of Children and Youth in BC - Dr. Geoffrey McKee, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Geoffrey McKee is a public health physician and the medical director for Population and Public Health at BCCDC. He is also a clinical instructor at the UBC School of Population & Public Health. Dr. McKee completed his MD (2013), MPH (2017) and specialty training in public health and preventive medicine (2018) at the University of British Columbia. He previously worked as a Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, providing support for the Coastal Rural region, Population Health, Indigenous Health, and the Public Health Surveillance Unit. He is currently the medical director of Population and Public Health (PPH) at BCCDC, which is focused on prevention of chronic disease and injury through supporting health promotion and healthy public policy. The PPH team also supports the centre with knowledge generation, synthesis, and translation activities related to population health.

 3:45 pm

Hon. Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care

Katrina Chen was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed in May 2017. She was sworn in as the Minister of State for Child Care in July 2017. Prior to her election as an MLA, Katrina served as a trustee on the Burnaby Board of Education and worked in both provincial and federal constituency offices for over 10 years. As the mother of a young son, Katrina understands quality, affordable child care gives children a strong foundation for the future and keeps the province’s economy and communities moving by giving parents the option to return to work, go back to school or pursue other opportunities. Katrina is working hard to make inclusive universal child care a reality in British Columbia with the comprehensive Childcare BC plan.

4:30pm Closing Remarks for the Day
  Saturday November 20, 2022
8:00 am Breakfast - Airport Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am Emerging Topics Discussion
10:15 am Nutrition Break - Airport Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am Emerging Topics Discussion
12:00 pm Closing Remarks & Farewell
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