Education Series events shifting to online presentation

JANUARY 11, 2022

RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) - In the interest of the health and safety of all participants, the PGA of BC administration team and Board of Directors advises that the Association's upcoming Education Series gatherings scheduled for Jan. 18 at Richmond Country Club and Feb. 1 at Victoria Golf Club will be conducted virtually.

Although these events are technically permissible to go forward under the current Provincial Health Order, it has become apparent that accommodating and safeguarding all prospective attendees, presenters and staff at our host facilities poses a significant challenge. However, the shift to a virtual format will hopefully make these gatherings accessible to more member Professionals across the province.

These events will proceed online with the same lineup of featured presenters on a revised schedule outlined below.

Please note that the registration fee for each event will be adjusted to $19 (plus GST). All individuals who had previously registered for either Jan. 18 or Feb. 1 will be granted access to the virtual sessions on both dates with no action required.

The revised schedules for the now-virtual events will be as follows (all times PST, schedule & lineups subject to change):

Tuesday, Jan. 18 - Education Series #1 (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • 9:00 a.m.: "Improving Players by Process" - Tim Wilson, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
  • 10:15 a.m.: "Panel Discussion: An Analytical Approach to Pro-Shop Merchandising" - Mark Thirtle, Capilano Golf & Country Club; Scott Kolb, Victoria Golf Club; Trevor West, Sandpiper Golf Club
  • 11:30 a.m.: "Serving a Surge of New Golfers" - Derek Orr, Iron & Wood Golf Simulators

Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Education Series #2 (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • 9:00 a.m.: "Teaching Outside the Box" - Mark Bicknell, Victoria Golf Club
  • 10:15 a.m.: "Setting Up a Tournament Course: Painting Between the Lines" - Doug Hastie, British Columbia Golf
  • 11:30 a.m.: "Career Journey: Serving Top Clubs Around the World" - Padraic O'Rourke, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club


All registered participants will receive information by email on how to join the online gatherings closer to the event dates. Though we had hoped to return to in-person education sessions this month, your willingness to adapt to an online format once again is much appreciated. The PGA of BC will continue to monitor public-health circumstances to determine if Education Series events scheduled for March 15 at The Harvest Golf Club and April 25 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort can proceed as planned.

Members are also reminded that the PGA of BC Virtual Education Series begins tomorrow with our first of several one-off presentations comprising the series. The schedule for presentations announced for the 2022 Virtual Education Series will include the following sessions: (all times PST, schedule subject to change)

Wednesday, Jan. 12 - 10 a.m.

  • "How to Actually Use Your Social Media in 2022" - Colby Johannson, P6R Golf

Monday, Feb, 28 - 10 a.m.

  • "Perseverance & Podiums: A Canadian Cowboy's Journey" - Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Four-time Olympian & Three-time FIS World Cup winner

Wednesday, March 9 - 10 a.m.

  • "Transforming Your Organization into People First!" - Three Carpenter, CCM & Jackie Carpenter, CCM


Click on any workshop heading for more information on each individual session or view them from the PGA of BC’s Schedule of Events page. Further events will be added to the Virtual Education Series lineup in the weeks ahead.

Please note that access to these and other Virtual Education Series events to be announced must be purchased as a Virtual Education Series Pass priced at $39 (plus GST) for members that grants access to all events, including replays of recorded sessions for a limited time.

The administration team also reminds all members that the lineup has been released for the 2022 Spring Education Seminar, which will be held virtually on Feb. 7-8. Members are welcome to register now for the Spring Education Seminar by clicking here.

We look forward to having you join us for these informative workshops through the winter and spring months.


For more information, please contact: 

Eric MacKenzie
Communications & Marketing Manager, PGA of BC
(604) 303-6766

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