Burlington 2017

Quo Vadis Burlington 2017 OFFICIAL PHOTO (Fotografia Boutique)

Conference Mission

  • To meet Polish-Canadian youth and create real plans of action to work together so as to realize common goals of the Polish-Canadian community and Polonia as a whole.
  • To inspire and mobilize Polish-Canadian youth into creating and maintaining local and regional efforts to help sustain the Polish culture and community across Canada (e.g. cultural festivals, local cultural groups, small business, language schools).
  • To give Polish Canadian youth the opportunity to meet and network with established Polonia leaders attending the Canadian Polish Congress’ Annual Members Meeting.

Conference Information

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Quo Vadis Conferences Canada as well as the Canadian Polish Congress Youth Committee is happy to announce that “Quo Vadis 2017: Nowa Fala” will take place in Burlington, Ontario on October 13-14, 2017. This two day conference is for Polish-Canadian students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 40, who are interested in networking and further engaging in the young and vibrant Polish community in Canada.

Date: October 13-14, 2017
Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Venue: Burlington Banquet Halls & Community Center (2316 Fairview Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 2E4)

Delegate Information

Delegate criteria: 18-40 years old (those interested in networking with young Polish-Canadians and those already engaged in any type of Polonia organization or activity).
Capacity: 50 delegates (maximum).

Tickets & Costs

Conference Costs: $60.00 CAD Early Bird** | $85.00 CAD Regular

Conference cost covers entry to pub night on October 13 and cost of venue, printed materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and, dinner on October 14.

**This early bird price is available until Sept 23 or until all 50 delegate spots run out; after Sept 23 and until Oct 6, the price will be $85.00 CAD.

Accommodations: Accommodations are not provided. However, we have listed some options and group deals for you to take advantage of on our Accommodations page.

Transportation: Transporation is not provided.
Parking at venue: Parking at our venue is free of charge.

There are no refunds, however, tickets may be transferred, just email us.

All Saturday events will be taking place at:

Polish National Union of Canada Branch 17
2316 Fairview St., Burlington, ON
L7R 2E4

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2017
8:00pm–9:00pm Canada-Poland Networking Night – Cocktail Hour
Location: Beaver & Bulldogs Tap & Grill
2020 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
L7R 4G8
 9:00pm–11:00pm Canada-Poland Networking Night – Opening Welcome & Presentations
Leader: Michael KustraSpeaker: Wojciech Sniegowski, President, Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce of Toronto
Speaker: Adam Szymkow, Kannuk Vodka Founder & DistillerLocation: Beaver & Bulldogs Tap & Grill
2020 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
L7R 4G8
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2017
8:00am–9:30am Breakfast and Registration
Leaders: Michelle Gajewski & Krys Weiss
Location (all day): Polish National Union of Canada Branch 17
2316 Fairview St., Burlington, ON
L7R 2E4Delegates are to check-in at the Registration Desk, pick up delegate package and breakfast ticket.
9:30am–10:30am Ice-Breakers
Leaders: Andrew Dabrowski & Krys Weiss
10:30am–11:15am Opening Ceremony
Master of Ceremonies: Ania Barycka, Opening AddressSpeaker: Wladyslaw Lizon, President of Canadian Polish Congress
Speaker: His Worship, Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington
Speaker: Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, His Excellency, Ambassador of Poland to Canada
Speaker: Eleanor McMahon, MPP Burlington
Speaker: Sam Oosterhoff, MPP Niagara West-Glenbrook
Speaker: David Christopherson, MP Hamilton CentreOfficial Group Photo: Maggie Habieda, Fotografia Boutique
11:15am–11:45am Networking with VIP Guests & Coffee Break
Leader: Andrew Dabrowski
11:45am–12:45pm Tools for Success Young Leaders Panel
Moderator: Natalia KusendovaPanelist 1: Louiza Szacon, Strategic Event Partnerships
Panelist 2: Kamil Podleszanski, Lawyer, Krylov Lam & Company LLP
Panelist 3: Dr. Michael Surkont, Investigating Coroner, Province of Ontario
Panelist 4: Michael Kustra, Engineer & Project Management, EllisDon
Panelist 5: Kinga Surma, PC Candidate for Etobicoke Centre
12:45pm–1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm–2:30pm Building Bridges, Building Leaders Networking Session with Canadian Polish Congress AGM, Delegates, & Open Mic
Leader: Natalia Kusendova
2:30pm–3:00pm “Connecting Cultures” History of CPC & Famous Polish Canadians Lecture
Leader: Artur WinogrodzkiSpeaker: Wladyslaw Lizon, President of CPC
Speaker: Jerzy Barycki, Chairman, National Council of CPC, Polish-Canadian Commemorative Exhibition, Canada 150
3:00pm–4:00pm “Quo Vadis? Polish-Canadian Youth Leadership Challenge”
Leader: Magda Sulzycka
4:00pm–4:15pm  Coffee Break
4:15pm–5:45pm “Connecting Tomorrow’s Future” Discussion on succession planning for Polonia Organizations and QV Conferences & Open Mic
Leader: Andrew Dabrowski
5:45pm–6:45pm “Growing Our Roots” Closing Remarks & Keynote Address
Leaders: Michelle Gajewski & Jakub RybaczukKeynote: Professor Walter Perchal, York University
6:45pm–7:30pm  Dinner
7:30pm–8:30pm  Time to Change for Mixer
8:30pm–11:00pm Nowa Fala Mixer
Leader: Michael Kustra
Location: Polish National Union of Canada Branch 17
2316 Fairview St., Burlington, ON
L7R 2E4
Chair: Ania Barycka (Windsor, ON)
Vice-Chair: Natalia Kusendova (Mississauga, ON)
Program Director: Andrew Dabrowski (Brampton, ON)
Sponsorship Director: Jakub Rybaczuk (Windsor, ON)
Accommodation Liaison: Mike Kustra (Waterloo, ON)
Marketing & Social Media Director: Michelle Gajewski (Windsor, ON)
Media Director & VIP Coordinator: Kamil Podleszanski (Brampton, ON)
Registration & Delegate Liaison: Michelle Gajewski (Windsor, ON)
Canadian Polish Congress Main
Branch Liaison:
Artur Winogrodzki (Winnipeg, MB)
Executive Organizers: Krystopher Weiss
Michael Kulasza
(London, ON)
(Winnipeg, MB)