Volunteer Futures Symposium 2018

03 Oct 2018 @ 7:00am PDT
04 Oct 2018 @ 5:00pm PDT

Event Details

Volunteers, non-profits and charities strengthen and build communities. To succeed we must be aware of trends and be ready to take advantage of all the opportunities.

Join BCACG & Volunteer BC - at VOLUNTEER FUTURES SYMPOSIUM 2018. We have combined the event to offer a cost-effective conference known for its inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and relevant sessions with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC. Join us to learn more about the Community Gaming Grant, volunteer engagement and more.

Registration fees include: All sessions, breakfast, lunch, coffee & refreshments.

Everyone is welcome! Volunteers, staff, board of directors, volunteer coordinators and from general public wanting to learn more about volunteerism and non-profit/charities sector can attend. Sign language interpreters are available making this event accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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We are honoured to have Kris Archie, Executive Director, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada as the keynote at Volunteer Futures Symposium.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation and activation.

Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation, is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. Prior to her role at The Circle, Archie was the senior project manager for the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, called Fostering Change.


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Do you want to learn how to not suck at digital youth engagement? If so, this is for you! Presented by Jason Shim, Director, Digital Strategy at Pathways to Education Canada, this session will detail case studies, tactics, and tools that have been used to engage a national community of 5,000 youth aged 13-29 across multiple channels including email, text messaging, social media, messaging platforms, and face-to-face interactions.

This will be a fun and high-energy session. It’ll be “lit.”

With over 10 years of experience spanning the nonprofit and academic sectors both as an employee and a consultant, Jason has consistently helped organizations engage with youth online and stay ahead of the technology curve.

Jason has been honoured by several organizations for his work in the nonprofit sector, including the NTEN Award for contributions to the nonprofit technology community and as Young Alumnus of the Year by the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association, which recognizes the outstanding achievements by a young alumnus. Jason also currently serves on the boards of 211 Ontario and NTEN.

Meet face-to-face with Community Gaming Grants Branch staff. Become informed about any updated program guidelines.


In this presentation the audience will not only get a chance to know more about JABC but also learn about how they engage youth in entrepreneurship/business projects and what they can do in your community to support them.


For any type of organization, keeping track of data can be a challenge. What’s important to collect? How do you bring together data to gain insights about what you are doing, make good decisions and to demonstrate your value to others, including community impact. The Demonstrating Value framework provides a simple, practical and highly visual approach to address these challenges. In this interactive session, participants will learn more about this framework and how to apply it, working through a variety of practical examples. For more information about Demonstrating Value, see www.demonstratingvalue.org

Coastal Church manages close to 900 volunteers across 4 locations on a weekly basis with a vision to expand to 7 locations by 2020 and 10 locations by 2025.

Learn some of the best practices that contemporary churches have employed for volunteer recruitment, practical tools for volunteer management, and innovative ideas to keep individuals/teams motivated.

James will share personal anecdotes as a volunteer for 10 years (while working as a professional engineer) before joining as a full-time staff with Coastal Church. Hear his insights into the why (vision), the who (team building), and the how’s (strategy) of volunteer development that organization can glean from contemporary churches.


Do you have more pins than a porcupine? Can you wallpaper rooms with certificates and awards? 

This fun, interactive workshop will give you new, innovative ideas on how to update your appreciation efforts and programs!

Workshop participants won't leave empty-handed. Plan on attending to garner practical easy to use techniques that can be used immediately. 


Bullying and Harassment is it happening in your workplace? What are you obligations as an employer or as a supervisor? What are employer’s required to do under the Workers Compensation Act? Dale Alcock is the Supervisor Field Prevention Services responsible for supervising the Safety Officers who inspect reported incidents of bullying and harassment at workplaces in the Province of B.C.


Learn more about the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada's first online tribunal resolving strata property, small claims, and soon Societies Act and motor vehicle accident claims. The CRT focuses on collaborative dispute resolution and makes a binding decision where people can't agree. Parties can use the tribunal whenever it works for them, from a smartphone or tablet.


As the broker for Under Our Wing, Volunteer Canada’s member insurance program, we are proud to work with over 800 non-profit organizations.  Through our experience with these organizations we have learned that non-profits are not immune to the considerable exposures facing publicly traded and privately owned corporations and they might face potential claims from employees, trustees, volunteers and committee members.  Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance provides coverage for these exposures and the Under Our Wing program offers superior insurance coverage at competitive rates.  Our session will include examples of the types of claims most commonly seen by insurers in this sector. 


Are you one of the 50% of societies that has put off transitioning to the new Societies Act? This presentation will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes to transition and function effectively under the new Act. We will also go over what ongoing compliance looks like under the new Act with a focus on setting up good systems.

Not for profit work and grass-roots organizing can be a very rewarding experience but it can also be very demanding. In order to avoid burnout and to make our work sustainable over the long-run, it is essential to have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and to practice self-care as well as collective care. In this interactive presentation, participants will explore concepts for understanding personal boundaries and self-care within the context of a peer-led groups and community engagement. The presentation will also offer practical tips and tools to help participants take what they have learned and apply it to their real-life situations. Although aimed at facilitators, the materials in this workshop can also be beneficial to other members of peer-led groups.

Our guest presenters will showcase a wide range of resources available to nonprofits today. The goal of the show/tell is to help provide you the tools to communicate better with staff, volunteers and stakeholders, and work more efficiently. 


Executive Airport Plaza Hotel Richmond

7311 Westminster Highway

Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

How do I book a room at special rate?

Executive Airport Plaza Conference Hotel is offering conference delegates a special rate of $129/night. Please call @ 604-278-5555 or 1-800-663-2878 and ask for the Volunteer Futures Symposium Special Room Rate and reserve your room via credit card.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Skytrain station/transit is a few blocks away from the hotel.

Buy your parking pass at the front desk and you must display it on your dashboard. Exact change is required.

Our sponsorship package outlines exciting opportunities for you to become involved in supporting the event. Check out the Sponsorship Package.

We acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia.

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Member Rate
24 Sep 2018
Sale Ended
Non-Member Rate
24 Sep 2018
Sale Ended
Daily Rate
04 Oct 2018
Sale Ended
Late Registration
04 Oct 2018
Sale Ended

03 Oct 2018 @ 7:00am PDT
04 Oct 2018 @ 5:00pm PDT

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  • Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3, Canada


Please contact the organizer - 604-379-2311 or info@bcacg.com.


Is this event an eligible gaming expense?

The Gaming Branch is allowing organizations to use gaming funds to attend the Symposium. As with any use of funds, organizations are expected to demonstrate how the training contributes to program delivery. 

Travel expenses for volunteers to go to the BCACG Symposium are eligible to be paid from an organization’s gaming account. An additional $500 that may also be allocated from the gaming account.  It is to be used in any manner directly related to the BCACG Symposium.  For example, a paid employee of an organization may use the $500 towards travel and accommodation and/or any registration fees related to the Symposium.

Any questions email: executivedirector@bcacg.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, You may transfer your registration to someone else from your organization by Sept 24. Email info@bcacg.com.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds after September 21, 2018. You may transfer your registration to someone else from your organization before Sept 24. Cancellations before September 21 will receive a refund, less a $75 administration fee per registration.