Christian Schools Canada Conference 2018

9th Christian Schools Canada Conference

September 26-28, 2018

Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Conference Highlights

Four Keynote Addresses
by Jennifer and Sylvia Keesmaat

Following the first keynote on Wednesday evening, enjoy a standing reception in the Summit Restaurant on the 29th floor, featuring a panoramic view of the beautiful city of Ottawa.

Faithful Presence Breakout Workshops

  • Our Relationships to the Environment
  • Our Relationships with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples
  • Our Relationships to Our Technologies
  • Our Relationships as Global vs Tribal Citizens
  • Our Relationships in Increasingly Polarized Socio-Economic Diversity
  • Our Relationships as Increasingly Urban Citizens

Thursday’s workshops will be led by experts in the fields, followed by tours of the city focusing on the specific workshop area. Friday’s workshops will bring the topic back to the classroom with practical applications

Deeper Learning Pre-Conference

Wednesday, September 26, 10 am - 4 pm

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Keynote Speakers

Growing up in Hamilton, sisters Jennifer and Sylvia are alumni of local Christian schools. Although their individual gifts have led to different but dynamic vocations, they will blend their experiences to lead us in the theme of Faithful Presence.

Jennifer Keesmaat

The former City Planner for Toronto, Jennifer has joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning as a Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning for the 2017-2018 academic year. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Honours Degree in English and Philosophy) and York University (Masters of Environmental Studies – Urban and Regional Planning). Jennifer served as the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto from 2012 to 2017, and is perhaps best known for her advocacy of density, walkability, complete streets, and active transportation, as well as for a national urban agenda.

Sylvia Keesmaat

Currently an adjunct professor at the Toronto School of Theology, Sylvia taught Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics for ten years at the Institute for Christian Studies before leaving full-time academia in 2004 to pursue her interests in sustainable living and homeschool her children. In addition to teaching at the University of Toronto, she is an instructor in the Creation Care Studies Program in Belize and the Biblical Scholar in Residence at St James Anglican Church in Fenelon Falls. Sylvia is the author, most recently, of Romans Disarmed (forthcoming, with Brian Walsh) and Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (also with Brian Walsh). Sylvia has spoken at Christian education conferences in New Zealand, Australia and across Canada on issues related to biblical faith and radical discipleship. She lives on an organic off-grid farm in Cameron, Ontario.