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2017 Spring Retreat - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre St. Catharines

  • 27 Jun 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 29 Jun 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre 250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2


  • with HST $224.87

    Includes: registration, AGM Hospitality, two lunches, and two dinners
  • with HST $141.25

    Includes: registration, one lunch, and one dinner (choice of Tues or Wed dinner)

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The 2017 Spring Retreat will be hosted by Steve Solski, Sara Palmieri and Annie Wilson at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

This year's gathering features a relaxing rooftop soirée to end a full day of conversations that have emerged from previous member discussions, cohort meetings, and an experiential learning exercise.

Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms set aside at the St. Catharines Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre located at:

327 Ontario Street

St. Catharines, Ontario


2.7 km away from FirstOntario PAC

Walking Distance: 34 mins

Driving Distance: 7 mins

Call 1-877-688-2324 ext. 2 to book your room at the St. Catharines Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre. 

Booking deadline for the hotel was June 2nd. You will now have to book your stay at the regular hotel rate. 

Please feel free to contact Jane Smythe with any questions: | (416) 703-6709 ext. 5

Other Venue Information

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - Robertson Theatre

250 St. Paul Street

St. Catharines


La Scala Restaurant

9 Queen St. 

St. Catharines



Tuesday June 27th

3:00 pm (Holiday Inn)

Check-in at hotel

4:00 pm (Robertson Theatre)

OP Annual General Meeting at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

6:30 pm (La Scala Restaurant)


Wednesday June 28th

9:00 am (Robertson Theatre) 


9:15 am

Impromptu Networking/Feedback

10:00 am

Cohort Conversations - Multiple cohorts – Ontario Classical Music Network (OCMN); Ontario Presenters Education Network (OPEN); Community Presenters Network (CPN) and cohorts focussing on programming and organizational leadership - will focus on specific challenges that require time, thought, and resources for to improve, resolve, or adapt to changing conditions. 

12:00 pm (Robertson Theatre)


1:00 pm 

Open Topics
With topics gathered from members prior to the retreat, it's time to discuss key issues that are important to you and your colleagues with ideas emerging from ongoing sectorial challenges in a roundtable setting. 

3:45 pm


4:00 pm (Outdoors)

The Blanket Exercise is an educational workshop developed by KAIROS Canada. It covers 500 years of Indigenous history in one and half hours in which participants will take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada and you will walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. More information on the Blanket Exercise can be found here.

5:30 pm 

End of Day Session

6:30 pm (Holiday Inn)

Dinner & Rooftop Social

Thursday June 29th

9:00 am (Robertson Theatre)

Impromptu Networking

9:45 am 

What? So What? Now What? Let’s talk about next steps, priorities and what we want to do to move forward.

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