Welcome to GPOP!
GPOP, an acronym for Governance and President’s Office Professionals, is the shortened version of our formal name, CICan: GPOP/PGBDG.

Collectively, we are an independent national body made up of a network of peers who provide support to the Board or President/CEO of any public college, institution, cégep, university or other organization within the Canadian post-secondary education sector.

In launching our name, ratified in both English and French, we also proudly reflect our alignment with CICan: Colleges and Institutes Canada. Thus, we are CICan: Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP) or, in French, Professionnels de la gouvernance et des bureau des directeurs généraux de CICan (PGBDG).

Please feel welcome to look around our site and if you are interested in learning more about membership,
see our Join GPOP page.


Conference Keynote Speaker Series
In lieu of an in-person conference this year, GPOP is pleased to present two separate speakers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 9am PT, 10am MT, 11am CT, 12 noon ET, 1pm AT

Shelagh Donnelly
Choosing Resilience over Perfection:  A better Approach to High Performance

You give a lot to your career, but are you investing your energies in the right direction? Many assistants are known for a tendency toward perfectionism. Shelagh was one of them. Of course, you want to be known for the quality of your work. When it comes to performance outcomes and your career, though, you may be better off approaching this from a basis of focusing on resilience.

Join Shelagh for a look at strategies that have helped her and may help you, as well. This session is ideal for assistants who are seeking both strong performance outcomes and career satisfaction.

Key learning points

  1. The quest for perfection, and the Ps and Qs associated with perfectionism
  2. Nurturing your resilience to help drive performance and outcomes
  3. The significance of networking to your professional growth and your resilience

SHELAGH DONNELLY is an international speaker and trainer and founder of ‘Exceptional EA’.  She is also one of the founders of GPOP.  Shelagh delivers quality, customized education. She brings expertise and humour to the serious matters of high performance and career satisfaction.  She’s authentic, practical and positive.  She knows what it’s like to navigate, survive and thrive in times of uncertainty and change. Her successful career spanned a corporate merger, economic recessions, the dissolution of one institution, and helping establish the culture of its successor. Shelagh founded her globally read Exceptional EA website in 2013. A recognized thought leader, she also writes for other publications. She’s launched and co-launched internal networks, and chaired a national board of directors.  Shelagh’s client list includes professional associations, government, healthcare, higher education and governance bodies, and corporations such as the NBA.

Friday, April 23, 2021; 9am PT, 10am MT, 11am CT, 12 noon ET, 1pm AT

Kent Highnam

Whether you are negotiating an important issue, expressing your thoughts and feelings in a conflict or standing firm under pressure, the ability to self-manage, connect with your values and assert yourself is crucial to being able to reach outcomes that work for you.


KENT HIGHNAM, Cert. ConRes., BA, MA, is an international educator and speaker with a background in international and public relations with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has worked in public and private organizations as an educator, facilitator and practitioner in collaborative, interest-based processes in both English and French. As Program Director of JIBC’s School of Health and Community Social Justice, Kent also has extensive experience in human resources and labour relations issues. He directs and teaches for the Centre for Conflict Resolution, the Centre for Leadership and also instructs in JIBC’s Law Enforcement Studies Diploma.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Janet,

    Welcome aboard! I see from emails yesterday that work is underway on adding you to the listserve, and please consider yourself a member. Am about to send you an email confirming password.


  2. Giselle,

    Good morning, and welcome to our national association; please consider your membership confirmed.You’ll see shortly that I’m sending you an email with the listserve address and other info.

    Thanks, too, for your kind comments about the website; much appreciated.

    Will we see you in Ottawa for the PBSN/PNPA AGM and ACCC conference?


  3. Michele,

    Hi, and thank you very much for stopping by the site and for your kind words; much appreciated – and you’re most welcome.

    We are all up to our eyeballs right now, but please watch for a draft PBSN/PNPA Terms of Reference (TOR), which will be presented at our AGM later this month in Ottawa.