2023 NOIIE Symposium

Symposium Dates, Times & Registration

2023 Symposium Flyer

May 12, 8:30am – 4:30pm Pacific Time
May 13, 8:30am – 12:30pm Pacific Time

Cost: $400 +GST per person.
*We do not offer daily rates 

Symposium is NOW FULL.

* Online registration is through Delta School District with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Visa debit card. International guests, please note: Due to a glitch in the registration system, for Province please enter BC and a generic postal code (V1V 1V1) so that you can register. Having trouble registering online? Please contact us. Registration is for the full Symposium. Daily rates are not offered.

Symposium Location

Westin Wall Centre (Airport)
3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC


We have a room block with a discounted group rate of $189+tax at the Westin Wall Centre (Symposium venue). Book early if you wish to stay here. 

Online: 2023 NOIIE Symposium Room Booking 
Phone: 604-303-6565 (indicating “2023 NOIIE Symposium”)
Email: reservations@wallcentre.com (indicating “2023 NOIIE Symposium”)

Once the room block at the Westin is full, please see a list below of additional accommodation options in close proximity to the Symposium venue. Please note, schools and districts often qualify for a government rate. 

River Rock Resort (10 minute walk)

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport (11 minute walk)

Days Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport (8 minute walk)

Hampton Inn by Hilton Vancouver/Richmond Airport (7 minute walk)

Versante Hotel (7 minute walk)


Skytrain: The Aberdeen Station or Bridgeport Station are both about a 15 minute walk from the Symposium hotel. There is also additional parking at the Bridgeport Skytrain Station.
Parking: Paid parking at the Symposium venue is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Program Details

Programming will include:

  • An amazing line-up of featured speakers around the theme of Better Together
  • Video vignettes featuring student voice from around BC
  • Network Reads (think Canada Reads but without the voting), celebrating 4 new educational books from celebrated BC authors:
    1.  Leading Through Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality (Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser)
    2. Be A Good Ancestor (Leona Prince)
    3. Wayi Wah! Indigenous Pedagogies: An Act for Reconciliation and Anti-Racist Education (Jo Chrona)
    4. The Morning Bell Brings the Broken Hearted: A Novel (Jennifer Manuel)
  •  Educational leaders sharing their perspectives to close the event

A symposium sponsored by the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE) and our partners:

2023 NOIIE Symposium

Symposium Hosts

Jana Fox
Principal at Silverthorne
Elementary (
SD 54)

Read bio here.

Jody Billingsley
Principal at Beach Grove

Elementary (SD 37)

Read bio here.

Symposium Speakers

Judy Halbert
NOIIE Co-DirectorRead bio here.

Linda Kaser
NOIIE Co-DirectorRead bio here.

Monique Gray Smith
Award-winning Author, Speaker & Consultant
Read bio here.

Dustin Louie
Director of NITEP, Faculty of Education, UBC

Read bio here.

D’Ari Lisle
Darkspark Director/Co-FounderRead bio here.

Melissa Larkin
Darkspark Director/Co-Founder
Read bio here.

Jo Chrona
Speaker, Education Consultant and Advocate, and AuthorRead bio here.

Leona Prince
Director of Instruction,
Indigenous Education (SD 91)

Read bio here.

Joanna Macintosh
Vice Principal Sands
Secondary (SD 37)
Read bio here.

Nancy Perry
Professor, Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education, UBC

Read bio here.

Melanie Stewart
Assistant Deputy Minister, Education Programs in the Ministry of Education

Read bio here.

* The header image – Paddlers – is used with the permission of Learning Alternatives (SD68). Check out their case study here