British Columbia Ministry of Education

The purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable the approximately 650,000 students to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.

The Ministry works with partners, school districts, and community organizations to support system-wide mental health promotion for K-12 education in BC. The work is guided by the Mental Health in Schools (MHiS) Strategy, which highlights Compassionate Systems LeadershipCapacity Building and Mental Health in the Classroom action items.

BC implemented a comprehensive redesign of the provincial career curriculum, and the Ministry will help connect the project to allied ministries.

Representative: Ms. Jennifer McCrea, Assistant Deputy Minister of Learning Division, responsible for Mental Health.


Central Okanagan Public Schools #23

The Central Okanagan School District 23 serves 180,000 citizens living in four municipalities – Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and is well known for its innovative practices and support for ongoing professional development for teachers and educators. The District’s mission is to educate students in a safe, inspirational learning environment where each student develops the knowledge and skills to be a lifelong learner and a healthy productive member of our global society.

Representative: Mr. Alan Lalonde, Assistant Superintendent, Westside Family of Schools


New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is dedicated to providing the best public education system possible, where all students have a chance to achieve their academic best and where parents are involved in their children’s education. Correspondingly, the mission for New Brunswick public schools is to have each student develop the attributes needed to be a lifelong learner, to achieve personal fulfillment, and to contribute to a productive, just and democratic society.

Representative: Mr. Andrew Culberson, Learning Specialist, Educational Support Services Branch


Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training leads efforts to help individuals prepare for, obtain and maintain employment, and activities to assist employers with developing, recruiting, and retaining workers, consistent with provincial labour market needs.


Saskatoon Industry-Education Council

The Saskatoon Industry-Education Council (SIEC) is a non-profit organization bridging between Saskatchewan’s career opportunities and Saskatoon area youth. Through a partnership among business, secondary and post-secondary schools, unique hands-on career exploration events and programs are designed and delivered to students, helping them find a career that connects their passion and natural talents with current and future workforce needs. In addition to being a strong connection to the provincial ministries, the Council provides career/industry connections with the Saskatoon Public School Board, the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, and Prairie Spirit School District and is closely aligned with the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

Representative: Ms. Janet Uchacz-Hart, Executive Director, Saskatoon Industry Education Council


Surrey School District #36

Surrey Schools represents the largest school district by student population in BC, and serves the cities of Surrey and White Rock and the rural area of Barnston Island. The District represents a large and diverse urban population. At the heart of Surrey Schools is a district-wide shared vision for learning – Learning by Design – where they prepare learners for a world in which they think creatively and critically, communicate skillfully, and demonstrate care for self and others. A key aspect of Learning by Design is a commitment to supporting ongoing professional learning through research, innovation, and collaboration.