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How to Address Those Dignitaries

What to say in person, and in correspondence

GPOP has a new page under its Resources section.

If you’re looking for information on protocols for addressing dignitaries, an event checklist or protocols for flying your flags, you’ll want to follow the drop-down list from Resources and select Protocol – Events and Ceremonies.

If you have other resources that are publicly available, let us know so that we may include them on GPOP’s Protocols page.

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GPOP has a new Mission Statement!

At the April 30, 2017 GPOP Annual General Meeting, members approved a brand new Mission Statement for our professional group. The Mission Statement speaks to the expertise of governance and president’s office professionals, and the value of membership for both members and their institutions. It will also provide focus and direction for our organization as we grow and move forward. The Mission Statement reads: GPOP is dedicated to elevating the level of expertise held by governance and president’s office professionals in Canadian post-secondary education institutions. It provides networking, mentoring and other professional development opportunities that benefit individual members and their institutions.

The Mission Statement can be found at gpop.ca under the “About” tab.


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“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Native American Proverb

Heather Allaby, Community and Government Relations Advisor at New Brunswick Community College, was the keynote speaker at the GPOP annual conference in Ottawa last month. As part of her presentation on “Connections that Count: Positioning Board and Presidents’ Offices for Strong Media, Government, and Community Relations,” Heather shared her expertise in using the art of storytelling to connect with audiences. You can access the complete presentation and storytelling tool here.




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Hicks Morley Fellowship

Some exciting news was shared at this year’s GPOP annual general meeting in Ottawa! Board Chair, Jenny Forestell, announced the establishment of the Hicks Morley Fellowship, which will provide $1,000 per year for five years (starting in 2018) and aid one GPOP member in attending our annual conference and AGM. Our sincere appreciation to Hicks Morley for their support and commitment to our professional group. Kudos to Cheryl McMurray (Fanshawe College) for her initiative in proposing the Fellowship and seeing it through. Special thanks to Catherine Finlayson, Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni at Fanshawe College Foundation, and Robert J. Atkinson, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, for their key roles in creating this Fellowship.

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GPOP 2017 Award Recipients

Two members of GPOP were presented with Awards of Excellence at the April 30th AGM. Shelagh Donnelly, College Secretary, Douglas College, was presented with the Award for Distinguished Service, and Cheryl McMurray, Executive Assistant, Office of the President, Fanshawe College, was presented with the Award for Professional Achievement. Congratulations to both these admin professionals. Well deserved!

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Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (L)
Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College (R)


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Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe College (L)
Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (R)

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Your go-to place for 2017 GPOP conference information

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s GPOP conference and AGM can be found on the GPOP website. Click on AGMs and Conferences and hover your cursor over 2017 – Ottawa, ON. This will provide a drop-down menu where you’ll find detailed information on Saturday evening’s networking reception, Sunday’s conference and AGM, keynote speaker, breakout session topics and AGM proxy form. You can even see who will be attending! You’ll also find some handy conference travel tips, like remembering to pack an evening outfit for the Gala if you’re staying for the full CICan conference (red and white is encouraged this year in recognition of Canada’s 150th).

Safe travels to all those attending. Enjoy the conference and your time in Ottawa!

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It’s here…2017 AGM agenda package!

The agenda package for our April 30th Annual General Meeting has now been posted! Members may download the agenda package by clicking here. Note that this is a password protected document. The password is the same city and year reference provided when you were first given access to the site. You’ll also find a Proxy Vote Form for those who are unable to attend the AGM, but who wish to be heard.

Please take a few minutes to review the agenda package. Your contributions to GPOP are not limited to your ability to attend conferences in person, and members are encouraged to take an active role for the benefit of all.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Ottawa!