British Columbia Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the province of British Columbia.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP

Virtual and In-Person Tours – Advancing Middle Schools (SD43)

June 6, 2022
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note: Masks may be required – subject to Provincial Health Orders.

École Banting Middle School

Address: 820 Banting Street, Coquitlam
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Presentation: Capital Group – SD43 Coquitlam
Tour Lead: Mark Ehman, DA Architects
Learning Units: 1.5 Core

This new 550 capacity school was designed to support ‘best practice’ research and philosophy for middle school education. It includes clusters of team educational spaces, clear and prominent placement of the exploration areas, flexible learning spaces and opportunities for socialization in small and large gathering areas throughout the school.

École Banting Middle School

Minnekhada Middle School

Address: 1390 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam
Time: 3:10 pm – 4:15 pm
Tour Lead: Justin Dyck, Station One Architects;
Learning Units: 1.0 Core

21-Century learning features were customized to meet district and user needs following extensive design collaboration sessions. Special configuration provides breakout flexible collaboration areas in the building’s core rather than dividing into smaller learning pods. Flexibility to open classrooms onto the main commons, while allowing the option for closure was critical. The building’s form is an upward thrust, using the metaphor of a sprout breaking through the soil, reflecting the burgeoning growth of middle school students.

Minnekhada Middle School

Learning Objectives:
  • School District 43 Coquitlam’s iterative design process to improve middle school learning outcomes by incorporating best practice design features.
  • How two new middle schools (École Banting and Minnekhada) incorporate “Lessons Learned” to provide students with environments to enhance learning.
  • How each of these two new schools embraces best practice principles in unique ways to support learning for middle school students.

1:00 pm Arrive École Banting 12:55 pm Log-in
1:00 – 1:15 pm Welcome/Introduction 1:00 – 1:15 pm Welcome/Introduction
1:15 – 1:40 pm SD43 Presentation 1:15 – 1:40 pm SD43 Presentation
1:40 – 2:40 pm Tour École Banting 1:40 – 2:40 pm Tour École Banting
2:40 – 3:10 pm Drive to Minnekhada 2:40 – 3:10 pm Social Time
3:10 pm Arrive Minnekhada
3:10 – 3:15 pm Gather 3:10 – 3:15 pm Gather
3:15 – 4:15 pm Tour Minnekhada 3:15 – 4:15 pm Tour Minnekhada
4:30 pm Meet at Local Craft Brewery

In-Person Social Time:
4:30 pm Meet at Local Craft Brewery (TBC)

Members: FREE | Non-Members: $20 CAD
Deadline to register: June 5 by 12:00 pm

Virtual link will be sent on the afternoon of June 5.


Airmeet Virtual AGM and Presentation

Thursday, June 16, 2022
12:30pm – 3:30pm

The Importance of Planning

School Class Learning Objectives:
  • Features and Critical Success Factors of LRFP (Long Range Facility Plan)
  • Planning Challenges & Opportunities
  • Land Acquisition Challenges & Solutions
  • Planning Panel Discussion
  • Ministry Update
  • Grant Winners – Supportive Learning Environments

12:30 – 1:00 pm Mix & Mingle
1:00 – 1:10 pm Welcome & Introductions
1:10 – 1:25 pm AGM
1:25 – 1:40 pm Student Presentations
1:40 – 2:00 pm Pecha Kucha Presentations
2:00 – 2:30pm Panel Discussion
2:30 – 3:00pm Ministry Update
3:00 – 3:30 pm Social Time

Members: FREE | Non-Members: $20 CAD


2020 Annual Grant Winners

The British Columbia Chapter announces the 2020 winners of the annual grant. Congratulations to the winners! We thank all those that took the time to enter.

1st Place ($5,000): Ripple Rock Elementary

Campbell River SD#72
Story Telling Lab
Ripple Rock Story Telling Lab

2nd Place ($2,500): Ferris Elementary

Richmond SD#38
Makerspace Dream

3rd Place ($1,000): Queensbury Elementary

North Vancouver SD#44
Collaborative Learning Space Refresh

Annual Grant

Annual Grant
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Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Chapter Sponsors!

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Upcoming Events

  • June 6, 2022, In-person or Virtual Tour – Advancing Middle Schools
    Banting MS & Minnekhada MS
  • June 16, 2022, Virtual AGM & The Importance of Planning Presentation

  • Thursday / Friday, October 20-21, 2022 (TBC)
  • VSB Tours of Mass Timber Schools (one Thursday afternoon; the other on Friday afternoon)
  • Half-Day session on various aspects of Mass Timber (Friday morning)
  • Meet & Greet on Thursday evening

Note: LearningSCAPES Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 6-9, 2022

  • Thursday, November 17 or Friday, November 18, 2022 (TBC)

  • Thursday December 15, 2022
  • Christmas Social
  • Location TBC (perhaps virtual)

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