GPOP Welcomes CICan’s Denise Amyot to 20th Anniversary AGM

GPOP members from across the country welcomed CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot to their 20th anniversary AGM today in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Amyot extended CICan’s congratulations on the occasion, and discussed the significance of members’ roles in the success of their Presidents’ offices and the effective governance of their organisations.

The group also discussed CICan’s leadership development initiatives, and future conference programming.

Amyot, Denise

GPOP, Denise Amyot May 2015


Margo Baptista and Joanna Campbell Named as GPOP’s 2015 Award Recipients

IMG_5100 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Recipients of Inaugural Awards Are Influential, Inspirational Leaders

Congratulations to Margo Baptista and Joanna Campbell, who will be receive GPOP’s inaugural awards at the association’s 2015 AGM. GPOP Board members unanimously endorsed the Awards and Recognition Committee’s recommendations of Baptista and Campbell, whom Board Chair Shelagh Donnelly described as inspirational and influential leaders.

Baptista_Margo photoMargo Baptista – 2015 Award for Distinguished Service: This award recognises the significant personal and professional contributions made by a current or past member. It is bestowed upon an individual whose dedicated service has improved and enhanced GPOP’s presence in the higher education community, and recipients will have contributed to the development and progress of the profession.

Margo Baptista, University Secretary at Grant MacEwan University, is widely recognised for her passionate committment to governance excellence. A member of the Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA) and the Council of Western Canadian University Board Secretaries (COWCUBS), Baptista is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) and a founding member of that body’s Governance Affinity Group.

For her graduate study research, Baptista explored the governance roles of board succession planning and presidential search within the Alberta and BC post-secondary systems. She has presented extensively at provincial workshops and national conferences, and at the Association of Governing Boards’ (AGB’s) Workshop for Board Professionals. Baptista is valued for her readiness to share the governance expertise she has acquired over the course of almost 30 years of service in the post-secondary sector. She typically deflects others’ celebration of her accomplishments into an opportunity to support peers’ professional growth, and is heavily invested in the evolution and recognition of the role of the board professional.

While Baptista is no longer an active GPOP member given Grant MacEwan’s transition to university status, she is recognised as instrumental in this association’s existence and progress over the years. As a founding member of Canada’s Professional Board Staff Network, from which GPOP has evolved, Baptista played a prominent role in planning annual meetings and facilitating professional development for her peers. GPOP is proud to formally recognise this greatly admired adviser and innovator.

Campbell, JoannaJoanna Campbell – 2015 Award for Professional Achievement: This award recognises significant contributions to higher education, and/or professional success achieved by a current or past member. Contributions to the leadership and advancement of GPOP are among the criteria, and recipients must have achieved a professional milestone or accomplishment that is viewed by the Board as significant and worthy of recognition.

Over the course of the past 18 years, Joanna Campbell has served as Executive Assistant to the Presidents of first Okanagan University College and now Okanagan College. Originally from New Zealand, she immigrated to the Okanagan Valley in 1996. Having worked for a polytechnic in New Zealand, her second or third temporary assignment at OUC was in the OUC President’s office. Months later, with a new President at the helm, the 23-year-old Campbell was recruited to the role she holds to this day.

A longstanding GPOP/PBSN member, Campbell has served as a presenter and panelist at provincial and national conferences. When ACCC announced Okanagan College’s Penticton Campus as the site of its 2013 conference, it was Campbell who co-chaired the organising committee and managed most of the logistics. On campus, she has led the development and growth of a number of successful initiatives, including an annual employee recognition event and the President’s Recognition Dinner for Student Ambassadors, a showcase of student leadership. She was pivotal in the creation of the College’s event planning protocols, a model of efficiency and effectiveness that she has shared with GPOP peers.

In his nomination package, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton offered that Campbell “… constantly goes above and beyond expectations. Because of that attitude, her innate diplomacy, and her incredible work ethic, she enjoys the respect of staff at every level and has been a key contributor to the success of the College over the past decade.” GPOP members admire Campbell for her gentle mastership of the executive office, and GPOP is proud to formally recognise this much respected Kiwi, a champion of change and collaboration.


GPOP’s 2014-15 Awards and Recognition Committe: 

Linda Le Gallee (Okanagan College),Christabell Pinchin (Nova Scotia Community College), Sandi White (Holland College) and Committee Chair Elaine Vandale (Red Deer College)




Conference Presenter Margo Baptista Meets Her Match

Margo and doppelgänger 8510 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

… or, at  least she’s met her doppelgänger, in a 1924 photo on display at Winnipeg’s historic Union Station.

Baptista, who is University Secretary at Grant MacEwan University, will present to GPOP members tomorrow; the focus of her May 24/15 session is Leading Change: Governance, Learning, Teaching and Engagement.


Proxy Form for Those Unable to Attend GPOP’s 2015 AGM

 A message from Shelagh Donnelly, Chair, GPOP/PGBDG Nominating Committee and Board of Directors

Watch this site for a password-protected 2015 AGM package and, if you’re unable to attend in person, click here to download and complete your proxy form. Please either provide your proxy to a member who will be in attendance at the meeting, or email it to Acting Secretary-Treasurer Joanna Campbell at jcampbell@okanagan.bc.ca.




GPOP Leadership Opportunities: Notice of Two Vacancies on Board of Directors

A message from Shelagh Donnelly, Chair, GPOP/PGBDG Nominating Committee and Board of Directors

If you’re looking for an opportunity that combines professional development and service to your national peers, submit your expression of interest in a leadership role on GPOP’s Board of Directors. Expressions of interest should be sent to the Nominating Committee on or before May 14, 2015.

Secretary-Treasurer Jennifer Clark will conclude her service on the Board effective upon the conclusion our May 2015 AGM, and past Director Nicole Blanchette is enjoying a new career in another sector. With appreciation for both Ms. Blanchette’s and Ms. Clark’s expertise and contributions, the Board has established a Nominating Committee to fill these two vacancies.

You’ll want to know that, while capacity to attend the 2015 or 2016 AGM is ideal, that is not a requirement for the role of Director. What is required? A readiness to serve on one or more of GPOP’s three standing committees, which conduct business by email and conference call. You’ll want to be prepared to participate in meetings of the Board of Directors, which are conducted by conference call and in person at our AGMs; we also turn to email for decision making that must be accomplished within tight time frames.

Click here for more details and the formal Call for Expressions of Interest in these important roles. Service as a Director will commence on May 24, 2015 and will conclude upon the close of GPOP’s 2016 AGM. The Board has established a Nominating Committee consisting of Joanna Campbell, Shelagh Donnelly and Jenny Forestell. If you have questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Committee.


Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to

Shelagh Donnelly, Chair, Nominating Committee, on or before May 14, 2015.

 Email: donnellys@douglascollege.ca    Telephone: 604-527-5388



GPOP’s 2015 AGM and Conference Programme

A message from Laureen Dailey, Chair, Professional Development and Conference Committee

2015 GPOP Conference Programme

The 2015 conference programme is now available!  Here’s a glimpse of three of Sunday’s sessions:

Leading Change: Governance, Learning, Teaching, Engagement  This presentation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Network, highlight its defining moments, and speak to the professional and personal benefits of leading change.    Margo Baptista, University Secretary, Grant MacEwan University and Founding Member of the Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN)

Fine-Tuning the Executive Ensemble   Like a musical ensemble, the executive ensemble requires a good sense of rhythm and coordination of effort to be effective.  It also requires constant fine-tuning to stay fresh and maintain peak performance.  Engage in a discussion with President Kathy Denton about the working relationship between the President’s Office and the Board Office and explore tips to maintain harmony in your executive ensemble.  Dr. Kathy Denton, President, Douglas College

Event Management & Protocol  Whether you’re in the President’s Office or Board Office, chances are you’re often called upon to create and manage events that will position your institution and president in the best light, yet you probably don’t have any kind of formal training in this area. This session will provide you with tips on how to become successful event planners, covering the five elements of event design and theming, design activity, and international etiquette and protocol.   Sarah Khan, Lead Instructor, Administrative Assistant Certificate Program, Red River College

Be sure to check out the recently updated GPOP website for full conference details at http://www.gpop.ca.