Convention 2023


Reconnect, Reflect and Recharge

March 16 & 17, 2023 (Delta Winnipeg)

The Manitoba School Boards Association’s 59th Annual Convention was held March 16 – 17, 2023 at the Delta Winnipeg. The theme for this year's convention was:  Reconnect, Reflect and Recharge.


The words selected for the theme of the 2023 Annual Convention recognize the past, but they also capture the energy building as we re-emerge and come together once again. This year’s convention will provide meaningful opportunities for trustees and member boards to gain perspective and clarity and to focus on the important work that lies ahead.

Program Highlights

Two keynote speakers framed the opening day of the convention. Chief Cadmus Delorme, Chief of Cowessess First Nation and Natalie Bergstrasser shared their stories, their commitment to young people and their vision for the future.

A variety of workshops and presentations were offered on Thursday to round out the first day. Workshop presentations are available for download:

Elections for 2023-24 provincial executive positions and the business of the association took place on Friday.

The Minister of Education participated in the return of the traditional closed-door meeting with board chairs. As well, a provincial party forum on education was a highlight of our event in the lead up to This fall's provincial general election.


EventCamp is the association’s online registration platform. Email Riel Dion (C: 204.230.6330) at EventCamp should you need to cancel a registration.  An administration fee may apply.

Recognition of Achievement

Each year at its Annual Convention, the association honours long-serving trustees, exemplary individuals and inspiring students.   More information about MSBA's awards program can be found by visiting the Awards page. 


The Delta Winnipeg was this year's conference hotel. 


Trustees are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the Convention Planning Committee. Complete the Volunteer Committee Form and we will contact you. New volunteers are needed to provide a fresh perspective to all aspects of planning the annual convention.

Planning CommitteeNominating CommitteeResolutions Committee
Fred Kelesnik, Red River ValleyFloyd Martens, Mountain ViewFloyd Martens, Mountain View
Penny Helgason, EvergreenYolande Dupuis, DSFMRobert Rivard, Seine River
Theresa Bergson, Seine RiverRobert Rivard, Seine RiverPatty Wiebe, Border Land
Leifa Misko, Mountain View Cheryl Smukowich, St. James-Assiniboia
Jack Bogaski, Lord SelkirkJack Bogaski, Lord Selkirk
Josh Watt, MSBA Staff
Karen Harrington, MSBA Staff



Key Dates

  • Call for Nominations Deadline: Floor of Convention
  • Call for Presenters & Student Performers Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2023 (CLOSED)
  • Nominations for Recognition Awards Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2023 (CLOSED)
  • Charity Raffle Donation: Friday, February 24, 2023

Charity of Choice


Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S. Inc.)