Convention 2023


Reconnect, Reflect and Recharge

March 16 & 17, 2023 (Delta Winnipeg)

The Manitoba School Boards Association’s 59th Annual Convention will be held March 16 – 17, 2023 at the Delta Winnipeg. The theme for this year's convention is:  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 will frame the opening day of the convention. Chief Cadmus Delorme, Chief of Cowessess First Nation and Natalie Bergstrasser will share their stories, their commitment to young people and their vision for the future.

A variety of workshops and presentations will be offered on Thursday to round out the first day. Elections for provincial executive positions and the business of the association will take place on Friday. 

The Minister of Education will participate in the return of the traditional closed-door meeting with board chairs. As well, a provincial party forum on education has been proposed as part of our event in the lead up to the fall general election.

The conference will be paperless; digital delegate kits will be sent to secretary-treasurers prior to the start of the convention.

Registration is open!

EventCamp is the association’s online registration platform. With EventCamp, secretary-treasurers can reserve conference passes in advance and register names when confirmed. Trustees are reminded that they cannot register individually. A short registration video tutorial has been produced to guide secretary-treasurers (or their designate) through the registration process.  Workshop selections can be now be made. To do so, please follow these instructions:

1) Log into your EventCamp account here
2) Go to any registered ticket and click View/Edit to update your registration(s) with your choice of sessions!
3) If you have unregistered tickets, click on “register” to complete the registration!
4) Save your Changes

Email Riel Dion (C: 204.230.6330) at EventCamp should you have questions or need assistance.

Recognition of Achievement

Each year at its Annual Convention, the association honours long-serving trustees, exemplary individuals and inspiring students. In 2022, the Provincial Executive ratified changes to the Student Citizenship and Presidents’ Council Award Programs and it also expanded the long-service trustee milestones to include trustees with 30 and 40 years of service. Recognition and award nomination packages have been sent to boards.  More information and the necessary forms
to submit a nomination can be found by visiting the Awards page. 


Boards are reminded to release any rooms reserved but not confirmed at the Delta Hotel when registrants are known. Boards seeking rooms should check the reservations link for cancellations. Alternate recommended hotels, along with their rates, are:

Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Avenue 

  • Toll-free               1.800.333.3333
  • Local:                   1.204.975.6221
  • Online:                 MSBA23
  • Rate:                     $169/nt (standard) or $249/nt (deluxe)

Hotel Fort Garry, 222 Broadway

  • Toll-free               1.888.855.4599
  • Local:                   1.204.942.8251
  • Online:                 Guests can access the government rate

Alt Hotel, 310 Donald Street

  • Toll-free               1.844.946.6258
  • Local:                   1.431.800.4279
  • Online:                 Book here
  • Rate:                     $159/nt (for 1 queen bed only) 

Delta Hotel, 350 St. Mary Avenue

Reservations are now open and are on a first-come, first served basis. Click on the link to make your reservations online:

Start Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
End Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Last Day to Book: Thursday, February 16, 2023

The special group rate for MSBA ranges from $166 to $391 (plus taxes) per night. If you have questions or need help with the link, call 1-844-294-7309 (toll free number).


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.)