2023 CETABC Forum

Presentations and Schedule

The CETABC Conference schedule has been released! 

For more information on our speakers, including Keynote Speaker Katie Crocker, see the conference schedule HERE and see the full conference program HERE


Registration for this year’s conference is now open!

Conference registration can be completed HERE.

Limited Accommodation at Naramata

All participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. As many are uncomfortable with sharing since COVID, Naramata Centre’s 40 rooms (2-night stay) are being offered individually to Forum attendees on a first-come first-served basis. If you wish to stay on-site, click the following link to access an online booking form. This has been pre-set with our dates and room rates:


Note: Leave the “Discount Code” field blank, as the room rates (beginning at $120/night) have already been adjusted for Forum attendees. Options include 1- or 2-bedroom motel-style units with a kitchenette in East Court, or a private room with a shared kitchen in Maple Court. Some of these are arranged in pods with shared bathrooms and common spaces for meeting with your colleagues or for evening activities. If you do decide to share a suite with another participant to reduce costs, please include both names on the booking form.

For anyone looking to rough it, Naramata Centre also has onsite camping, which can be booked directly with them.

Those who require more hotel-like accommodation than the Centre’s fairly basic rooms, on the other hand, may want to book off-site. If so, be aware the Forum takes place at the beginning of tourist season, and it would be wise to reserve early. Expedia, Trivago, and other travel sites have many options, at a range of prices, within 0–15 kms of the Centre. The town of Penticton is approximately 20–minutes away by car. Most sites and hotels allow for cancellation up to 24 hours prior at no cost, so booking your accommodation early will help secure the best price.

Thinking about Going to Naramata? Please complete our survey

If you intend to go, or are thinking about attending the 2023 Forum, please complete the pre-conference survey at https://forms.office.com/r/Tr7KRSbbc7. This will help us better plan the forum with regard to registration, accommodation and food planning as well as dietary restrictions.

Keynote Speaker

Katie Crocker is the Chief Executive Officer of AMSSA, a British Columbia provincial umbrella association that strengthens over 80 member agencies as well as hundreds of community stakeholder agencies who serve immigrants and newcomers. Katie represents the BC Settlement Sector on the National Settlement and Integration Council and is a Board Director for the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI), the national body for settlement associations. Katie is also on the Executive Committee of the UBC Centre for Migration Studies and is the Co-Chair of Pathways to Prosperity. Along with her background in not-for-profit management and her knowledge of the settlement and integration sector, Katie brings an expertise in supporting neurodiverse children and their families as a mother of a child with Autism and a Board Director of UNITI. She has a deep interest in the settlement and integration journey of newcomers and strives to learn about and take accountability for the inherent privilege she has to live, work and raise her children in these unceded territories that have been stewarded by First Nations since time immemorial.

Since joining AMSSA in 2014, she has worked with the Federal and Provincial governments to grow AMSSA’s technological expertise to provide online and e-learning opportunities for service providers throughout BC as well as on a national level. She excels at working collaboratively with teams and external partners to support diversity and inclusion in our communities and consistently seeks innovative and streamlined ways to bring services to those in need. She has an extensive experience of working with the AMSSA membership to enhance their service delivery, provide training and capacity building opportunities, and engage in meaningful consultation processes. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Katie Crocker


Click here for a full list of Presentations


The GREAT Puzzle Challenge

All CETABC participants will be put on a randomly selected team comprising delegates from all institutions when they arrive in Naramata. Each team will draw a number for a puzzle, from a selection of puzzles brought by participants. Teams will work on their puzzle as time permits and the first team that completes a puzzle will be declared the winner. But don't stop there - there will be random prizes as well! Along with boatloads of fun and the opportunity to let your hidden teamwork (and puzzle) talents shine, you will network with your colleagues in a fun, spirited activity. (And you can bet, your colleagues will be sure to answer your pesky policy questions next Fall when you remind them that YOU gave them that impossible-to-find puzzle center piece that won the day.) Each institution will bring one 1000-piece puzzle which will be returned to you in good order after the event.

Wednesday, June 7

  • Paddle-boarding – 4:30pm-5:30pm – Lead by Kirsten Hearne, the group will meet in the field between Maple Court and 3rd St. Cool off in beautiful Okanagan Lake and take advantage of the views on a stand-up paddle-board. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you can go at your own pace and relax.
  • Naramata Community Farmers’ Market – 4:00pm-7:00pm – Naramata’s regular Summer Farmers’ Market can be found just a short walk from Naramata Centre at Manitou Park, on Old Main Road.

Thursday, June 8th

  • Hike to Naramata Falls - 4:45pm-5:45pm - Lead by Kirsten Hearne, the group will meet in the field between Maple Court and 3rd St. The Naramata Falls hike is a moderate 2.5km round-trip trail that offers stunning views of the surrounding wilderness and the peaceful Naramata Creek. The highlight of the hike is the stunning 20-meter waterfall that cascades into a turquoise pool below. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner looking for a new adventure, this trail is sure to leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.
  • Bike ride along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail—4:45pm-5:45pm—Lead by Carolyn MacLaren, the group will meet in the field between Maple Court and 3rd St. NOTE: those who wish to participate in this bike ride must provide their own bike.

Event Health & Safety Plan

Click HERE to review important health & safety information about the conference

Things to Do

Naramata Map

Naramata is located in the heart of the Okanagan, with both outdoor and indoor activities aplenty! This is just a sampling of what is available: 

  • Rentals for water sports or bikes
  • Over 40 wineries within a 20-minute drive
  • Wednesday night Market in the Village
  • Restaurants, cafes and farm stands 
  • Penticton is a 15-minute drive away, Kelowna is 20 kms away
  • Shopping

If you are interested in supporting local Indigenous businesses, there are many to choose from:

If you don’t want to leave the Naramata Centre, curl up with a good book or spend time with colleagues and friends on the grounds or watch the sun set from the beach!

Naramata Centre

Discover Naramata

Visit Penticton

Getting Here

5-hour drive from Vancouver
Direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton to Penticton Regional Airport
1.5-hour drive from Kelowna International airport with shuttle service to Penticton
Buses from Vancouver through Kelowna and Osoyoos