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Conference Travel Tips

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria for the CICan:GPOP Conference!  Getting away from the office to attend a conference is often difficult, but rewarding.  Whether you are only attending the GPOP session, or the entire CICan Conference, we have some suggestions that might help you enjoy your trip.

 Before you Leave …

Home

  • Bring an umbrella
  • Remember chargers for all your electronic devices
  • When you think of it – pack it

The Office

  • Slip extra business cards in your bag
  • Water your plants (no one is going to remember to do that for you)
  • Set your Out of Office, Voicemail, etc.
  • Leave your hotel, flight and other details with your colleagues
  • Take time to review the conference agenda:

Once you are in Victoria ….

  • Arriving by air? It will take you approximately 30 mins to get into the city. Click this link for taxi and shuttle information: http://www.victoriaairport.com/taxi-and-shuttle
  • Looking for local information? The Camosun College organizing committee has put together some helpful information at the following link: http://camosun.ca.libguides.com/Cican2018
  • What to wear? Bring business clothes for the GPOP and CICan conference sessions, business casual for the GPOP and CICan opening reception, and if you are attending the CICan closing gala, the dress code is “Elegantly Relaxed”.
  • Relax, learn, connect, enjoy!

 

 


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Acknowledgement of Traditional Territories

A recent query from a member generated many different responses from GPOP colleagues. She had been asked by her Board Chair to inquire about the practices other Colleges may have adopted regarding acknowledgement of traditional territories at the beginning of Board meetings. Click here for a summary of responses. Thanks to Jenny Forestell (NBCC) and Lisa McIntyre (Fanshawe) for their work in compiling this information.


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2018 Conference Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28/18

Join us as we launch the weekend with a welcome reception

All GPOP members attending this year’s conference are encouraged to kick off the weekend in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with our opening reception. Enjoy appetizers, networking and views of Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour as you re-connect with colleagues and welcome new members. Cost of the evening is included in your GPOP registration fee. Dress is business casual.

Saturday, April 28th ┃5:30 – 7:30 p.m. ┃Finn’s Restaurant, 1208 Wharf Street, Victoria

 


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It’s here: 2018 GPOP Annual Conference Agenda

The agenda for our April 28/29 conference is now available! Our time together will be jam packed from Saturday evening’s welcome reception to Sunday’s full day of learning, sharing and networking. Click here for the complete agenda. Note that the Annual General Meeting will be held at a later date in the Spring.

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet it’s not too late! The GPOP conference discount rates are available until conference day. Click here for an overview of how and where to register.

We look forward to seeing many of you in the “City of Gardens”!Tourism Victoria Logo

 

 


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2018 Conference Keynote Speaker

On Sunday, April 29th we will welcome keynote speaker, Natasha Himer, as part of the day’s conference sessions. Natasha’s presentation is: Keeping Pace with Evolving Governance Standards: Exploring Changes in Post-Secondary Governance and the Relevance for CICan Members

Natasha Himer is a governance advisor with WATSON Inc. specializing in policy and research to help private, public and not-for-profit boards and their committees establish effective and sustainable governance structures and practices. She is a facilitator in WATSON’s Governance Academy delivering governance education programs to both individual directors and boards. Known for her deep knowledge of emerging governance issues, Natasha delivers well-researched, practical recommendations to WATSON’s clients. Natasha’s practice includes extensive work in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including with professional associations, charities/foundations, and colleges, institutes and universities.

Read Natasha’s full bio here.


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Register Early: Special Rates for GPOP Members

The 2018 GPOP and CICan conferences are not far off.  The Early Bird registration deadline for the CICan Conference is March 15, 2018.  However, CICan is offering special GPOP rates for individuals who want to participate but cannot attend the full conference.  The GPOP discount rates are available until conference day.  Click here for an overview of how and where to register.

 

GPOP’s Saturday and Sunday events only, at a rate of $200 (regular registration; no code necessary). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28: GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29: GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

 

GPOP events and Sunday CICan events, at a rate of $295; use case-sensitive code GPOPSun (registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28:  GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29:  GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 29: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 29: Opening Reception (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

 

GPOP events plus Sunday and Monday CICan events, at a rate of $500; use case-sensitive code GPOPSunMon (registration code required). Registration fee includes:

  • April 28: GPOP Networking Reception at Finn’s Restaurant, (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
  • April 29:  GPOP 2018 Conference and AGM (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
  • April 29: Official opening of CICan conference, with keynote speaker Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • April 29: Opening Reception (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • April 30, Monday CICan sessions

We hope to see you in Victoria!

 

 

 

 

 


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Deadline for GPOP awards and grants approaching fast!

Mon. February 26th is the deadline for GPOP award nominations and grant applications. Click on the links below for full details of nomination criteria and grant application form. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a deserving colleague or apply for a grant to support your attendance at the upcoming GPOP conference and AGM in Victoria (April 28/29).

Award for Distinguished Service

Award for Professional Achievement

Hicks Morley Fellowship Grant