Friday, August 14, 2020


Opening Evening Event
Sponsored by Tourism Winnipeg

Opened in 2014, the Canadian Museum For Human Rights is a unique exploration of the importance of human rights. Interactive digital technology, video, film and art are designed to educate and inspire.  As the world’s first museum dedicated to human rights, the museum focuses around the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can serve as a positive force for change in the world.

The Museum is an innovative structure of curving lines and bold geometry. Many of the surfaces are irregular, with more than three-quarters of the walls sloped at unusual angles.  The Museum has won numerous awards for it’s design. 

Human rights and environmental responsibility are interconnected. If we protect the planet’s air, land, water and living things, we also support people’s rights, such as the right to live in health and safety, to earn a sustainable livelihood, and to maintain culture.  Human rights education is a lifelong process. Through our variously themed programs, including workshops and tours, we strive to give students the tools to help them think critically and with empathy. 


Saturday, August 15, 2020


Annual Conference Kick-Off and Luncheon
Sponsored by Disney Youth Programs and Disney on Broadway

Join us for the Annual Conference Kick Off and hear all that has been planned by Tami Rogers and the Conference Committee and Tourism Winnipeg.

Then enjoy an entertaining program with Helen Russell, journalist and best selling author of the book, Year of Living Danishly. Helen will take us on an entertaining journey around the world  through her expat experience, international happiness concepts and the science of change. See her again during her Saturday afternoon workshop on the Showcase floor. 


Dine Around: Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball at Shaw Park: Let’s Play Ball! Back by popular demand.

If you don’t have dine around plans, join SYTA Members and new attendees for a night out at the Goldeyes baseball game! Your ticket includes a general admission with capability to network, game day food & non-alcoholic beverages. Add your ticket to your registration for a night full of fun and play! Average temperature in Winnipeg is 77 degrees. The Winnipeg Goldeyes are a member of the 12-team American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. 


7:00pm – Evening
Dine Around Winnipeg On Your Own

Take advantage of this open night to experience the Winnipeg food scene with customers, colleagues and friends! This the only open evening where there is not a planned conference event.

Manitoba has a unique cultural mix found nowhere else in Canada, with influences from English, French, Ukrainian, Jewish, Mennonite, Icelandic, First Nations, Métis, and more recently, Filipino.

At the top of the list of things to do in Winnipeg, might be the city’s thriving foodie culture, which keeps locals and visitors exploring the city centre and surrounding neighborhoods where excellent Manitoban and ethnic cuisines are on the menus. Throw in a growing indie beverage scene and you’ve got yourself one tasty time.  Specialties. Traditional First Nations foods, such as bison, game, fish, wild fruit and grain. Bannock: flat bread cooked over an open fire, first brought by fur traders. Smoked fish and meats – try some delicious smoked Lake Winnipeg goldeye, or another favorite, pan-fried pickerel (a small pike). The most emblematic food in Manitoba are Perogies and Kubusa sausage. 

Click here for a list of restaurants.
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Dine Around: Folklorama

For a unique dine- around opportunity, SYTA is fortunate to take place during Winnipeg’s Folklorama, the largest multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Pavilions, representing over 40 cultures, are located around the city and feature entertainment, cultural displays and authentic ethnic cuisine. Please note: three of the pavilions are located within the RBC Convention Centre: Brazilian, Mexican and Polish.

Click here for the Folklorama. 


Sunday, August 16, 2020


SYTA Youth Foundation 20th Anniversary Reception
Sponsored by Broadway Inbound

Enjoy a reception and toast to the Foundation following appointments on the Showcase Floor prior to the Luncheon. 

SYTA Youth Foundation Luncheon and Program
Then gather for the luncheon and program in the York Ballroom for a celebration of our community’s commitment to changing young lives through travel.  


Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Sponsored by Travel Manitoba

Assiniboine Park and Zoo is located minutes from downtown Winnpeg, the Zoo has been a favorite destination for families, tourists, school groups and animal lovers for over a century. 

SYTA attendees will enjoy an amazing evening at the Gateway to the Arctic and Tundra Grill. Located in the Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit, the award-winning exhibit is home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox and other northern species. It is the most comprehensive northern species exhibit of its kind in the world. Attendees will experience this incredible opportunity to view polar bears while networking with their colleagues.  


DYMO: Dance Your Meal Off

Network with your newly formed friends while you dance your meal off! Get your tickets in advanced and add it to your registration, limited number available at the door! All proceeds directly benefit the mission and work of the SYTA Youth Foundation. The $50 registration includes two drink tickets and light hors d’oeuvres.


Monday, August 17, 2020


Presidential Speeches and Best of Broadway Luncheon
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com

Urte Land will share her experiences as SYTA President before handing the gavel to her successor, Steve Maehl. Steve will share his vision for the coming year, and the new Board of Director candidates will be announced to the membership. 

Following this, an all-star show awaits you in Winnipeg, featuring performances from Broadway’s hottest shows.  


Closing Night Event
Sponsored by NYC & Company

New York City will host the 2021 SYTA Annual Conference – ten years from when SYTA last visited the nation’s top student destination. Those who attended in 2011 will remember the evening on Broadway, the earthquake during the General Session and the SYTA Band at Mars 2112.  So much has changed since then, and we are excited to experience it with you.