Professional Development Conference

Welcome to the 4th annual professional development conference for teacher candidates.

The Professional Development Conference is an annual 2-day conference for teacher candidates. One day is dedicated to the Bachelor of Education Secondary (BEDS) and one full day is dedicated to Bachelor of Education Elementary & Middle Years (BEEM). The speakers, professional development workshops, and school district human resources panel discussion have been selected to support your journey as an early career teacher.

Attendance is mandatory as this conference is a part of EDUC 315.
There are no school visits during this week.

You will need to register for 2 workshop sessions. Register early to reserve your favourite workshops! See tables below.

Conference Details

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (BEDS)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 (BEEM)
8:00am — 2:45pm
Various Locations at Scarfe


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Start Time End Time Event Location
8:00am 8:25am Careers in BC Education by Make a Future Life Sciences Centre 1002
8:30am 9:30am Navigating Crisis by Rob Comeau Life Sciences Centre 1002
9:45am 10:45am BEDS Workshops - Session 1 BEDS Session 1 Locations
11:00am 12:30pm BEDS Workshops - Session 2 BEDS Session 2 Locations
12:30pm 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm 2:45pm Panel Discussion by School District Human Resources Personnel Life Sciences Centre 1002


Make a Future operates the official job board of British Columbia’s public schools, independent First Nations schools, BC-certified offshore schools, and independent schools. We are a recruitment initiative created by the BC Public School Employers’ Association in partnership with the BC Ministry of Education and BC’s 60 public school boards.

Rob Comeau has been an educator for 31 years working in the Abbotsford School District. The last 19 years have been as an administrator at W.J. Mouat Secondary and Abbotsford Senior Secondary in Abbotsford B.C. Rob has also been an active professor in the City University of Seattle MEd. program for the past 18 years

Rob holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (1995) from San Diego State University. He is active at the school district level and in his community as a leader supporting inclusive education, character initiatives, technology advancements in education and immigrant support. During his tenue as principal of the W.J. Mouat Secondary School was named one of the Top 10 Schools in Canada by MacLean’s Magazine.

In 2011 Rob was selected as one of 32 principals across Canada by the Learning Partnership to receive the National honour of “Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award”. Currently he is a member of the “National Academy of Outstanding Principals”.

In 2017 Rob was recognized in the Senate of Canada for his work with Character Education.

Michelle Guillou
Director of Human Resources, Langley SD 35

Adrian Keough
Director of Instruction, Specialty Programs, Vancouver School Board, SD 39

Pete Nuij
District Principal Human Resources, Surrey SD 36

Diego Testa
District Principal Human Resources, Chilliwack SD 33


In this discussion, panel members will talk about what they look for in the hiring process, advice for your application, ways in which your practicum, your practicum report and your connection with the school community are important and what are some of the policies around being a Teacher on Call in school districts. Other topics will also be discussed and there will be time for teacher candidates to ask questions of the panel.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Start Time End Time Event Location
8:00am 8:25am Careers in BC Education by Make a Future Earth Sciences Building 1013
8:30am 9:30am Planning with Purpose in the Elementary & Middle Years Classroom by Rebecca Rubio Earth Sciences Building 1013
9:45am 10:45am BEEM Workshops - Session 1 BEEM Session 1 Locations
11:00am 12:30pm BEEM Workshops - Session 2 BEEM Session 2 Locations
12:30pm 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15pm 2:45pm Panel Discussion by School District Human Resources Personnel Neville Scarfe 100


Make a Future operates the official job board of British Columbia’s public schools, independent First Nations schools, BC-certified offshore schools, and independent schools. We are a recruitment initiative created by the BC Public School Employers’ Association in partnership with the BC Ministry of Education and BC’s 60 public school boards.

Michelle Guillou 
Director of Human Resources, Langley SD 35

Adrian Keough
Director of Instruction, Specialty Programs, Vancouver School Board, SD 39

Pete Nuij
District Principal Human Resources, Surrey SD 36

Diego Testa
District Principal Human Resources, Chilliwack SD 33


In this discussion, panel members will talk about what they look for in the hiring process, advice for your application, ways in which your practicum, your practicum report and your connection with the school community are important and what are some of the policies around being a Teacher on Call in school districts. Other topics will also be discussed and there will be time for teacher candidates to ask questions of the panel.

For inquiries, please contact Claire Rushton at the Teacher Education Office.