The Symposium

The SymposiumThe Canadian Parrot Symposium West is held each year on the Victoria Day long weekend in Victoria, BC.  The focus of the event is a line up of expert speakers presenting on a wide variety of parrot related subjects.  The presentations are for 30 minutes to one hour in length and include a question and answer period.  The symposium includes much more, so please see below for a list of events. 

6th Annual Canadian Parrot Symposium (West) will be held

May 16 – 18, 2003

At the Dunsmuir Lodge

In Victoria, BC, Canada

Becoming a Delegate: 

Delegates attending the symposium will receive:

A delegate binder which includes relevant information related to the symposium (for example, schedule, biography of each speaker, evaluation form), informative articles, and promotion materials from sponsors and exhibitors.

A pass to attend the “meet the speakers” event on Friday evening

A pass to attend the speakers’ presentations for the day(s) registered

Nutritional snacks which includes beverages and finger food. Each day there is a nutritional snack in the morning and the afternoon during breaks between presentations.

For the day(s) of registration, a ticket for the popular and delicious Dunsmuir Lodge lunch buffet

For two day delegates only, a ticket to the banquet and auction on Saturday night

An opportunity to purchase tickets to win one of the CPSW raffle prizes.

An opportunity to visit and purchase items from the exhibitors present at the symposium.

An opportunity to enter the Parrot Photo Contest by entering your favourite parrot photo to win a prize (the contest is judged by the delegates)
Symposium memorabilia is also available for purchase, including the speakers’ proceedings for a cost of$20.
Delegate costs are kept to a minimum to make the symposium as accessible as possible.
Delegate Costs (Canadian funds) are:

1 day $100

2 day $225

It is recommended that delegates pre-register as there is limited registration.  For those registering at the event there is an addition registration cost of $10.   To register on line, or print off a registration form, fill it out and send it to: 

Canadian Parrot Symposium
PO Box 35065, Hillside Postal Outlet
Victoria, BC  V8T 5G2 

Or fax to: 

Or send necessary information via email to: 

[email protected]

Symposium Events 

Friday May 16th
Registration: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
· Although most delegates pre-register for the symposium to ensure attendance, it is also necessary to register at the event to pick up the delegate binder, meal tickets and identification materials. (registration is also available on Saturday and Sunday morning)
“Meet the Speakers” event on the Friday night” This event is held in the lovely Panorama Lounge at the Dunsmuir Lodge overlooking the Saanich peninsula. The event is an opportunity for delegates to meet the speakers that will be presenting over the weekend. The event is always popular amongst delegates. It is not only a chance to meet the knowledge speakers in an informal setting, it is also an opportunity for delegates to share with each other, the CPSW Board members and the exhibitors attending the symposium. The event starts at 7:00 pm with no definite ending time. The Panorama Lounge offers a bar as well as a selected menu of food items that are prepared on site.
Saturday May 17th
For those staying at the Dunsmuir Lodge, the day begins with a buffet of breakfast fare which is included in the room cost. For more information on accommodations at Dunsmuir Lodge
Symposium registration takes place in the Lobby from 8:00 am until the first session begins. There are speaker presentations in the morning with one nutritional break at mid morning. During the nutritional break, delegates can snack in the Panorama Lounge, or take their refreshments into the nearby exhibitors area and browse at the tables of information and merchandise.
At mid day all delegates and speakers may participate in the Dunsmuir buffet lunch. The mid day break is generally an hour and a half to allow delegates time to eat lunch and take advantage of other activities available. (see list of suggested activities below)
The afternoon activities includes more presentations and a mid afternoon break with nutritional snack.
Saturday evening features a West Coast banquet dinner (includes seafood, feature meat course, salads, desserts). The banquet is followed by a parrot-focused auction in the Panorama Lounge. This year we are please to have Dennis Girard, as our auctioneer. Dennis has many years experience in conducting auctions in general and bird auctions specifically.
Sunday May 18th
The registration desk will be open at 8:00 am for those attending Sunday only. Lectures, nutritional snacks and the lunch buffet follow the same format as Saturday.
At the afternoon nutritional break on Sunday, the CPSW raffle will be drawn and the winners of the Photo Contest will be announce and presented with their prizes.
The symposium activities end in the afternoon with the last presentation.
Some suggestions for activities on breaks:

Visit the Exhibitors and raffle table

Judge and/or enter the Parrot Photo contest

Eat – almost all the breaks include food and drink supplied by the Dunsmuir Lodge

Walk on the beautiful grounds of Dunsmuir or the adjoining John Dean Park.

Relax in the Panorama Lounge.

Visit with delegates and/or speakers

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